Text: H.R.5806 — 109th Congress (2005-2006)

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109th CONGRESS
  2d Session
                                H. R. 5806

  To make grants to carry out activities to prevent teen pregnancy in 
   racial or ethnic minority or immigrant communities, and for other 
                               purposes.


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                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                             July 13, 2006

Ms. Solis (for herself, Mrs. Capps, Mrs. Napolitano, Ms. Roybal-Allard, 
Ms. DeLauro, Mr. Waxman, Mr. Brown of Ohio, Ms. Slaughter, Mrs. Lowey, 
    Ms. Jackson-Lee of Texas, Mrs. Jones of Ohio, Ms. Kilpatrick of 
 Michigan, Ms. Corrine Brown of Florida, Ms. Norton, Mrs. Christensen, 
Ms. Lee, Mr. Davis of Illinois, Mr. Grijalva, Ms. Bordallo, Ms. Watson, 
 and Ms. Schakowsky) introduced the following bill; which was referred 
                to the Committee on Energy and Commerce

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                                 A BILL


 
  To make grants to carry out activities to prevent teen pregnancy in 
   racial or ethnic minority or immigrant communities, and for other 
                               purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Communities of Color Teen Pregnancy 
Prevention Act of 2006''.

SEC. 2. COMMUNITY-BASED INTERVENTION PROGRAMS.

    (a) In General.--The Secretary of Health and Human Services 
(referred to in this Act as the ``Secretary'') shall make grants to 
public and nonprofit private entities for the purpose of carrying out 
projects to prevent teen pregnancies in racial or ethnic minority or 
immigrant communities with a substantial incidence or prevalence of 
cases of teen pregnancy as compared to the average number of such cases 
in communities in the State involved (referred to in this Act as 
``eligible communities'').
    (b) Requirements Regarding Purpose of Grants.--A grant may be made 
under subsection (a) only if, with respect to the expenditure of the 
grant to carry out the purpose described in such subsection, the 
applicant involved agrees to use one or more of the following 
strategies:
            (1) Promote effective communication among families about 
        preventing teen pregnancy, particularly communication among 
        parents or guardians and their children.
            (2) Educate community members about the consequences of 
        teen pregnancy.
            (3) Encourage young people to postpone sexual activity and 
        prepare for a healthy, successful adulthood.
            (4) Provide educational information, including medically 
        accurate contraceptive information, for young people in such 
        communities who are already sexually active or are at risk of 
        becoming sexually active and inform young people in such 
        communities about the responsibilities and consequences of 
        being a parent, and how early pregnancy and parenthood can 
        interfere with educational and other goals.
    (c) Utilizing Effective Strategies.--A grant may be made under 
subsection (a) only if the applicant involved agrees that, in carrying 
out the purpose described in such subsection, the applicant will, 
whenever possible, use strategies that have been demonstrated to be 
effective, or that incorporate characteristics of effective programs.
    (d) Report.--A grant may be made under subsection (a) only if the 
applicant involved agrees to submit to the Secretary, in accordance 
with the criteria of the Secretary, a report that provides information 
on the project under such subsection, including outcomes. The Secretary 
shall make such reports available to the public.
    (e) Evaluations.--Not later than 12 months after the date of the 
enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall, directly or through 
contract, provide for evaluations of six projects under subsection (a), 
which evaluations--
            (1) describe the activities carried out with the grant; and
            (2) how such activities increased education and awareness 
        services relating to the prevention of teen pregnancy.
    (f) Authorization of Appropriations.--For the purpose of carrying 
out this section, there is authorized to be appropriated $40,000,000 
for each of the fiscal years 2007 through 2011.

SEC. 3. SCHOOL-BASED PROJECTS.

    (a) In General.--The Secretary may make grants to public and 
nonprofit private entities for the purpose of establishing and 
operating for eligible communities, in association with public 
secondary schools for such communities, projects for one or more of the 
following:
            (1) To carry out activities, including counseling, to 
        prevent teen pregnancy.
            (2) To provide necessary social and cultural support 
        services regarding teen pregnancy.
            (3) To provide health and educational services related to 
        the prevention of teen pregnancy.
            (4) To promote better health and educational outcomes among 
        pregnant teens.
            (5) To provide training for individuals who plan to work in 
        school-based support programs regarding the prevention of teen 
        pregnancy.
    (b) Priority.--In making grants under subsection (a), the Secretary 
shall give priority to providing for projects under such subsection in 
eligible communities.
    (c) Required Coalition.--A grant may be made under subsection (a) 
only if the applicant involved has formed an appropriate coalition of 
entities for purposes of carrying out a project under such subsection, 
including--
            (1) one or more public secondary schools for the eligible 
        community involved; and
            (2) entities to provide the services of the project.
    (d) Training.--A grant under subsection (a) may be expended to 
train individuals to provide the services described in paragraphs (1) 
and (2) of such subsection for the project involved.
    (e) Authorization of Appropriations.--For the purpose of carrying 
out this section, there is authorized to be appropriated $10,000,000 
for each of the fiscal years 2007 through 2011.

SEC. 4. MULTIMEDIA CAMPAIGNS.

    (a) In General.--The Secretary shall make grants to public and 
nonprofit private entities for the purpose of carrying out multimedia 
campaigns to provide public education and increase awareness with 
respect to the issue of teen pregnancy and related social and emotional 
issues.
    (b) Priority.--In making grants under subsection (a), the Secretary 
shall give priority to campaigns described in such subsection that are 
directed toward eligible communities.
    (c) Requirements.--A grant may be made under subsection (a) only if 
the applicant involved agrees that the multimedia campaign under such 
subsection will--
            (1) provide information on the prevention of teen 
        pregnancy;
            (2) provide information that identifies organizations in 
        the communities involved that--
                    (A) provide health and educational services related 
                to the prevention of teen pregnancy; and
                    (B) provide necessary social and cultural support 
                services; and
            (3) coincide with efforts of the National Clearinghouse for 
        Teen Pregnancy Prevention that are made under section 5(b)(1).
    (d) Authorization of Appropriations.--For the purpose of carrying 
out this section, there is authorized to be appropriated $6,000,000 for 
each of the fiscal years 2007 through 2011.

SEC. 5. NATIONAL CLEARINGHOUSE.

    (a) In General.--The Secretary shall make grants to a nonprofit 
private entity to establish and operate a National Clearinghouse for 
Teen Pregnancy Prevention (referred to in this section as the 
``Clearinghouse'') for the purposes described in subsection (b).
    (b) Purposes of Clearinghouse.--The purposes referred to in 
subsection (a) regarding the Clearinghouse are as follows:
            (1) To provide information and technical assistance to 
        States, Indian tribes, local communities, and other public or 
        private entities to develop content and messages for teens and 
        adults that address and seek to reduce the rate of teen 
        pregnancy.
            (2) To support parents in their essential role in 
        preventing teen pregnancy by equipping parents with information 
        and resources to promote and strengthen communication with 
        their children about sex, values, and positive relationships, 
        including healthy relationships.
    (c) Requirements for Grantee.--A grant may be made under subsection 
(a) only if the applicant involved is an organization that meets the 
following conditions:
            (1) The organization is a nationally recognized, 
        nonpartisan organization that focuses exclusively on preventing 
        teen pregnancy and has at least 10 years of experience in 
        working with diverse groups to reduce the rate of teen 
        pregnancy.
            (2) The organization has a demonstrated ability to work 
        with and provide assistance to a broad range of individuals and 
        entities, including teens; parents; the entertainment and news 
        media; State, tribal, and local organizations; networks of teen 
        pregnancy prevention practitioners; businesses; faith and 
        community leaders; and researchers.
            (3) The organization has experience in the use of 
        culturally competent and linguistically appropriate methods to 
        address teen pregnancy in eligible communities.
            (4) The organization conducts or supports research and has 
        experience with scientific analyses and evaluations.
            (5) The organization has comprehensive knowledge and data 
        about strategies for the prevention of teen pregnancy.
            (6) The organization has experience in carrying out 
        functions similar to the functions described in subsection (b).
    (d) Authorization of Appropriations.--For the purpose of carrying 
out this section, there is authorized to be appropriated $1,500,000 for 
each of the fiscal years 2007 through 2011.

SEC. 6. RESEARCH.

    (a) In General.--The Secretary, acting through the Director of the 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, shall make grants to public 
or nonprofit private entities to conduct, support, and coordinate 
research on the prevention of teen pregnancy in eligible communities, 
including research on the factors contributing to the disproportionate 
rates of teen pregnancy in such communities.
    (b) Research.--In carrying out subsection (a), the Secretary shall 
support research that--
            (1) investigates and determines the incidence and 
        prevalence of teen pregnancy in communities described in such 
        subsection;
            (2) examines--
                    (A) the extent of the impact of teen pregnancy on--
                            (i) the health and well-being of teenagers 
                        in the communities; and
                            (ii) the scholastic achievement of such 
                        teenagers;
                    (B) the variance in the rates of teen pregnancy 
                by--
                            (i) location (such as inner cities, inner 
                        suburbs, and outer suburbs);
                            (ii) population subgroup (such as Hispanic, 
                        Asian-Pacific Islander, African-American, 
                        Native American); and
                            (iii) level of acculturation;
                    (C) the importance of the physical and social 
                environment as a factor in placing communities at risk 
                of increased rates of teen pregnancy; and
                    (D) the importance of aspirations as a factor 
                affecting young women's risk of teen pregnancy; and
            (3) is used to develop--
                    (A) measures to address race, ethnicity, 
                socioeconomic status, environment, and educational 
                attainment and the relationship to the incidence and 
                prevalence of teen pregnancy; and
                    (B) efforts to link the measures to relevant 
                databases, including health databases.
    (c) Priority.--In making grants under subsection (a), the Secretary 
shall give priority to research that incorporates--
            (1) interdisciplinary approaches; or
            (2) a strong emphasis on community-based participatory 
        research.
    (d) Authorization of Appropriations.--For the purpose of carrying 
out this section, there is authorized to be appropriated $7,500,000 for 
each of the fiscal years 2007 through 2011.

SEC. 7. GENERAL REQUIREMENTS.

    (a) Medically Accurate Information.--A grant may be made under this 
Act only if the applicant involved agrees that all information provided 
pursuant to the grant will be age-appropriate, factually and medically 
accurate and complete, and scientifically based.
    (b) Cultural Context of Services.--A grant may be made under this 
Act only if the applicant involved agrees that information, activities, 
and services under the grant that are directed toward a particular 
population group will be provided in the language and cultural context 
that is most appropriate for individuals in such group.
    (c) Application for Grant.--A grant may be made under this Act only 
if an application for the grant is submitted to the Secretary and the 
application is in such form, is made in such manner, and contains such 
agreements, assurances, and information as the Secretary determines to 
be necessary to carry out the program involved.

SEC. 8. DEFINITIONS.

    For purposes of this Act:
            (1) The term ``eligible community'' has the meaning 
        indicated for such term in section 2(a).
            (2) The term ``racial or ethnic minority or immigrant 
        communities'' means communities with a substantial number of 
        residents who are members of racial or ethnic minority groups 
        or who are immigrants.
            (3) The term ``Secretary'' has the meaning indicated for 
        such term in section 2(a).
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