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Multnomah Co. Health Dept. appeals Trump decision to end teen program grant

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The Multnomah County Health Department announced Wednesday it is formally appealing the Trump administration’s decision to end a five-year teen health program grant two years early.

The department reported that the $6.25 million grant aimed at preventing unintended pregnancies and teaching healthy relationship skills to middle and high school students was canceled “without warning and without explanation or regard to performance” on July 6.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Adolescent Health awarded the competitive grant to Multnomah County in 2015, pledging $1.25 million per year for five years to implement programs in middle schools, high schools and culturally specific community-based settings.

The grant was terminated as of 2018, according to county officials.

To date, Multnomah County reports the project has served more than 8,000 young people in Portland Public Schools and David Douglas, Parkrose, Reynolds and Centennial school districts.

“The county hopes the administrative appeal will avoid unnecessary litigation,” according to a statement from the Multnomah County Health Department.

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