Help Save TPPP and Title X – What You Can Do

May 18 2016

How Can You Help To Protect TPPP and Title X?

Background

On February 9, 2016, President Obama released his fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget, a reflection of the Administration’s priorities.  (Read The National Campaign’s statement for more information on what’s in the President’s budget.)  The release of the President’s budget is an important step, but it’s just the first phase of the budget and appropriations process, and Congress ultimately sets the spending levels. 

What’s Happening Now

There is no word yet on when the House or Senate will begin work on their respective versions of the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) spending bill for FY 2017.  Nevertheless, it is important to keep up the drumbeat by weighing-in with your members of Congress, especially if there is a current TPPP grant benefitting your community.

We must lay the groundwork now.  Remember, last year the House and Senate Appropriations Committees initially made devastating cuts to both TPPP and Title X, so it is critical to keep reminding members of Congress about the value of these programs.

What You Can Do

Advocate.  Let your members of Congress know about the great work that TPPP is supporting in your community and the importance of continued funding for TPPP to its ongoing success.  The ask is “please fully fund the evidence-based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP) at $110 million for FY 2017.”  Remember, grantees can advocate for this federal funding, but they cannot use their federal funds to do so.  See our sample advocacy letter to use as a template for your outreach.

Educate.  If you aren’t able to advocate, you can still educate members about the great work that TPPP is funding in your community.  For those who cannot lobby for funding but want to help protect the program, educating members is important.  See our sample education letter as a guide for your efforts.

To look up your Representative, click here and enter your zip code in the box on the top right.  To view your Senators, click here.

Additional Things You Can Do:

  1. Develop a statement or news release to make sure local press know about new grants where appropriate, and the great work it is supporting in your community.  
  2. Send an alert to others in your network asking them to contact elected officials and let them know about the value of your program.  Feel free to use our language to make it easier.  Ask young people you work with to lend their voice – they can write letters to the editor, send emails to elected officials, and use social media to encourage their friends to contact their elected officials.
  3. If you have board members or other friends who have good relationships with your   congressional delegation, encourage them to weigh in – a quick phone call or email from someone that is well connected goes a long way.  
  4. Set up district meetings and site visits with members of Congress during their time at home over the August recess (which actually begins in late July).  This is a great way to educate them about the impact of your work.
  5. If you haven’t already, have your organization sign-on to this letter to Congressional Leadership from more than 150 national, state, and local groups supporting TPPP.  Contact tmancini@thenc.org to add your organization’s name to the letter.

Key Messages:

  • Since the first round of TPPP grants began in 2010, the teen birth rate in the U.S. has declined 29%, about twice as large as the decline in any other four-year period.  Why mess with success?
  • Investing in evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs saves taxpayer dollars. Teen pregnancy costs taxpayers at least $9.4 billion annually, and the estimated savings in 2010 alone due to the 61% decline in the teen birth rate between 1991 and 2010 was $12 billion.
  • Eight in 10 adults (83%) support the federal evidence–based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP), including 92% of Democrats and 75% of Republicans.  For additional points you can make, see our TPPP talking points, as well as our resources below.

Resources:

  • The National campaign’s FY 2017 Federal Appropriations Request Letter.
  • Letter from more than 150 national, state, and local groups demonstrating broad support for maintaining funding for evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs.
  • For state specific information about teen and unplanned pregnancy, and TPPP and Title X grants going to the state, see here.
  • It’s About Evidence: What You Need to Know About The Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP Talking Points)
  • Survey data and infographics that demonstrate…
    • the vast majority of adults recognize the challenges that remain and support additional efforts to prevent teen pregnancy.
    • strong support for TPPP, along with a graph pointing out the dramatic progress in the national teen birth rate since TPPP began.  While there are certainly many things that have contributed to the declines in teen childbearing, this accelerating progress is notable.
    • widespread support across racial/ethnic, political, and regional lines, as well as among all ages and education levels for the evidence-based TPPP and Title X.
    • extensive support for taxpayer-funded efforts to prevent teen pregnancy to be invested in interventions that have been shown to actually change teen sexual behavior.

Note: In the photo gallery below each Survey Says, you will find separate infographics for the items in the document so you can easily use them separately or together as you see fit.

Supporting Materials