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File #: 2079-2021    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 7/20/2021 In control: Health & Human Services Committee
On agenda: 9/13/2021 Final action: 9/16/2021
Title: To authorize the Executive Director of the Office of CelebrateOne, on behalf of the Office of the Mayor, to modify a contract with Planned Parenthood to provide teen peer to peer reproductive health education, and support CelebrateOne’s goal to improve reproductive health planning in its high priority neighborhoods; to authorize the expenditure of $100,000.00 from the City’s General Government Grant Fund; and to declare an emergency. ($100,000.00)
Attachments: 1. 2079-2021 Fiscal .pdf

BACKGROUND: This ordinance authorizes the Executive Director of the Office of CelebrateOne, on behalf of the Office of the Mayor, to modify a contract with Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, to continue a community based peer to peer education program for teens in Franklin County. Funding was awarded by the Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services with Ordinance 2465-2020. To complete the deliverables of the grant, CelebrateOne will contract with Planned Parenthood from July 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021 for an additional contract amount of $100,000.00.

In addition to having one of the highest infant mortality rates in the nation, Ohio ranks 23rd out of all 50 states for teenage pregnancies. Teen pregnancy is a significant contributor to prematurity, a leading cause of infant mortality, because pregnant teens have a higher risk for having a baby born too small or too soon.

A recent examination of the National Survey of Family Growth revealed that teens who received comprehensive sex education were 50% less likely to report a pregnancy than those who received abstinence-only education. Currently, without any state health education standards, many teens in Ohio and Franklin County do not have access to comprehensive, medically-accurate sex education.

The Office of CelebrateOne, in partnership with Planned Parenthood, plans to reinforce peer education by engaging youth in Columbus City Schools from the CelebrateOne neighborhoods starting Fall of 2021. Peer education supports the development of healthy lifestyles and responsible choices by adolescents. Peer educators will receive training and incentives to increase their knowledge of essential, evidence-based sexual health information, establish important leadership skills, and gain the confidence to engage their peers and larger community in vital conversations.?

The original contract was established by Ordinance 1564-2020 which passed Council on July 20, 2020.

Emergency Designation:...

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