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MDHHS issues Request for Proposals for teen pregnancy prevention programming

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for public and private non-profit organizations to educate adolescents on both abstinence and contraception to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STI), as well as support youth’s successful transition to adulthood.

MDHHS is committed to the goal of reducing the rate of teen pregnancy in Michigan. This will be achieved through the replication of eligible evidence-based, effective program models. The Taking Pride in Prevention program targets youth and young adults between the ages of 12 and 19 in high need geographical areas. MDHHS expects to award approximately $1.1 million annually through this competitive RFP process to 11 agencies, with funding of $100,000 per year to implement and evaluate teen pregnancy and STI prevention programming.

Funded applicants will receive ongoing technical assistance from the MDHHS project coordinator, as well as the evaluation team from the Michigan Public Health Institute. Technical assistance will include help with program start up, reporting requirements and barriers to program implementation.

Grant applications must be submitted electronically through the MI E-Grants program by June 27, at 3 p.m. The program period begins Oct. 1, 2019 and ends Sept. 30, 2020.

For more information or to apply, visit the MI E-Grants website and select «About EGrAMS” link in the left panel to access the “Competitive Application Instructions” training manual. The complete RFP can be accessed under the ‘Current Grants’ section under the “Public Health Administration” link and selecting the “TPP-2020” grant program. — G.G.

Student loan repayment program gives incentive for medical providers

LANSING — Medical providers who begin providing or expand opioid addiction treatment are now eligible for student loan repayment through a new Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) program.

MDHHS received a $500,000 grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund to implement the Michigan Opioid Treatment Access Loan Repayment Program to repay medical education loans.

Providers who work in a variety of health care settings are eligible to apply.

Applications can be filed through June 30. Applications and other resources can be found on the Michigan Opioid Treatment Assistance website. Details: Call 517-335- 6713 or visit G.G.