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AmeriHealth Pairs with Teen-Pregnancy Prevention Project

Dorothy Rowley | 7/15/2014, 1:56 p.m.
A leading Medicaid-managed healthcare organization will team with the DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy for the campaign's "Pipeline to ...
A teen-pregnancy prevention project in D.C. aims to help reduce the city's teen pregnancy rates by 50 percent by 2015. (Courtesy photo)

A leading Medicaid-managed healthcare organization will team with the DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy for the campaign's "Pipeline to Prevention" program.

Officials from AmeriHealth District of Columbia will take part in an event Thursday at the Boys and Girls Club on Benning Road in Northeast to launch the "Pipeline to Prevention" program that will provide attendees the opportunity to meet Pipeline volunteers as they explain the new project and provide materials to be used in the coming months.

"It's our job, as parents and leaders, to open our children's eyes to a world of opportunities and show them all that is possible, said Karen Dale, executive director of AmeriHealth District of Columbia. "Together, we can help them build a life filled with options, like obtaining an education, starting a career and experiencing the joy of eventually raising a family when they are prepared to do so."

DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy was founded in 1999 with the mission of helping to cut teen pregnancy rates in half by 2005, a goal which was met and exceeded. The campaign now aims to help reduce teen pregnancy rates by another 50 percent by 2015.

The project comes in the wake of last month's Department of Health and Human Services-sponsored teen pregnancy prevention conference held in the District.

AmeriHealth's plan members will be able to sign up throughout September for educational workshops that provide parents with expert advice on how to talk to their children about healthy relationships.

"I am deeply grateful for the leadership of AmeriHealth District of Columbia in this teen pregnancy prevention initiative," said Brenda Rhodes Miller, executive director of DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. "Tremendous progress has been made in the District of Columbia but there's still lots of work to do. Preventing teen pregnancy is a community-wide effort and it's an honor to work with AmeriHealth District of Columbia."

Workshop participants must be members of AmeriHealth District of Columbia. To register, call 1-877-759-6224.