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Grant to fund awareness of teen pregnancy

September 26, 2007

A $30,000 grant will help the Washington County Health Department continue a teen pregnancy awareness campaign.

The grant is one of six announced by Quality Health Foundation, part of the Delmarva Foundation, a national nonprofit organization focused on health care.

It's not clear when the grant was awarded. A press release sent Tuesday is dated Sept. 20. The same press release at the Quality Health Foundation's Web site, dated June 1, says the grants were "recently announced."

Jennie Dickerson, a program director for the foundation, did not return two phone messages left Tuesday.

Washington County Health Department spokesman Rod MacRae said Tuesday that his agency received a similar $50,000 grant last year.

The health department is using billboards, and TV and radio ads to publicize family-planning clinics, as part of the agency's continuing focus on reducing the teen pregnancy rate, MacRae said.

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Some grant money might pay for medical services, such as hiring a nurse practitioner, he said.

The health department has estimated that 800 teens will visit family-planning clinics because of the ad campaign and that messages and educational resources will reach 18,000 teens and 30,000 adults in the county.

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