Director of Media Relations
News Date: December 20, 2019
CelebrateOne Awarded Competitive Grant to support efforts of Teen Pregnancy Prevention
The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio has awarded a $10,000 grant to CelebrateOne in partnership with The Columbus Women’s Commission to support efforts of Teen Pregnancy Prevention. The grant-funded project aligns with the Women’s Fund economic empowerment priority to reduce teen pregnancy via comprehensive, medically accurate sex education.
“It is critical for the young men and women in our communities to have medically-accurate education as they develop and mature,” said Erika Clark Jones, Executive Director of CelebrateOne. “With this grant from The Women’s Fund, we are able to continue to educate and inform teens about reproductive health, ensuring babies are born healthy and thrive.”
Ohio is the only state with no health education standards and has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the nation, ranking 41 out of 50 in 2018. Additionally, Ohio ranks 23rd out of all 50 states for teenage pregnancies. Teenage pregnancy has been shown to contribute to an increase in healthcare costs and health risks; such as poverty and prematurity, both in which impact infant mortality.
CelebrateOne is leading a Teen Reproductive Health Education Committee (TRHEC) to increase access to comprehensive, medically accurate sex education in Franklin County, starting with a partnership with Columbus City Schools to provide this education to all middle schools in the school district within the next three years. CelebrateOne in partnership with Columbus Women’s Commission will expand this work in 2020 to one additional public-school district in Franklin County.
“Research shows us that teenage pregnancy impacts a women’s economic security and often sets into motion a cycle of poverty,” said First Lady Shannon Ginther, Chair of the Columbus Women’s Commission. “This grant allows us to provide our youth with key health education information to change this story for teens in Columbus.”
With the support of The Women’s Fund grant money, the CelebrateOne and Columbus Women’s Commission team will further the work by supporting a qualified sex education program manager to oversee the initiative; develop a data collection process; and provide technical assistance to the district leadership in creation of the health education standard policy change.
In June 2014, the Greater Columbus Infant Mortality Task Force released its final report. In it were eight recommendations to reduce the community’s infant mortality rate by 40 percent and cut the racial health disparity gap in half by 2020. CelebrateOne was created in November 2014 to carry out the Task Force’s recommendations and ensure Franklin County meets its ambitious goal. For more information, visit: CelebrateOne.info.
About The Columbus Women’s Commission
On February 24, 2016, the Columbus Women’s Commission was announced by Mayor Andrew J. Ginther in his first State of the City Address in order to advance the economic well-being of women in our community. The Commission is focused around four key areas that are facing women in our community: pay equity, housing, health, and workforce development. Tasked with bringing awareness to the unique needs and challenges facing women in Columbus, the Commission convenes, imparts knowledge, catalyzes, build partnerships, recommend solutions, and advocates to create change in this community, with the belief that all women have the opportunity to succeed. For more information, visit: https://www.columbus.gov/womenscommission/