Erie County Receives Federal Teen Pregnancy Prevention Grant; Awarded $2 Million Annually for Five Years to Reduce Pregnancy Among Females 15--19

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 From the Office of the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Gale R. Burstein

 Date November 4, 2015                           

CONTACT: Mary C. St. Mary/Mary.StMary@Erie.Gov

Phone: 716.858.4941/ Mobile: 716.253.3925


Awarded $2 Million Annually for Five Years to Reduce Pregnancy Among Females 15-19

Erie County, NY – The Erie County Department of Health (“ECDOH”), in partnership with the University of Buffalo’s (“UB”) Clinical and Translational Science Center and the Department of Family Medicine, and CAI (“Cicatelli Associates Inc.”) has received a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Adolescent Health (“OAH”). The purpose of this funding is to facilitate and resource a community-driven plan to reduce teen pregnancy in nine targeted zip code areas (14201, 14204, 14206, 14207, 14208, 14209, 14211, 14213, and 14215) in Buffalo, New York. This award represents the first year of funding for a five year grant period.

With this grant, members of the community, both youth and adults, community-based organizations, and other key stakeholders will work in partnership to reach 15,000 youth ages 15-19 annually with evidence-based programing. The educational outreach will occur within the Buffalo Public Schools,  after school programs, shelters and in healthcare provider settings. 

To date, community-based partners include:

  • Buffalo Public School District
  • Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers Inc.
  • Buffalo Prenatal and Perinatal Network
  • Journey’s End Refugee Services
  • Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara Counties
  • Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York
  • University of Buffalo, Department of Family Medicine

“Teenage pregnancy poses a serious risk to the health of teen mothers and their babies, and to society as a whole, which has to pay the economic and social costs of teen pregnancy, “ said Dr. Gale R. Burstein, Erie County Commissioner of Health. “By preventing teen and unplanned pregnancy, we can significantly improve other serious social problems including poverty (especially child poverty), child abuse and neglect, low birth weight, and failure in schooling.”

In the target zip code areas, the average teen birth rate in 2012 was 61.3 per 1,000 females between the ages of 15 and 19. This is more than 3 times greater than New York State’s (excluding New York City) average of 18.5 per 1,000 and the 2013 national teen birth rate of 26.5 per 1,000 females.

This initiative is one of 81 grants to non-profit organizations, school districts, universities, and others awarded by the Office of Adolescent Health across the nation. Collectively, these organizations are expected to reach more than 291,000 youth across the United States each year in communities where teen birth rates remain high and to rigorously evaluate the effectiveness of the program.

“Every child deserves the opportunity to play, learn, work, and live in a safe and nurturing environment.  This new exciting initiative will combat the increasingly high rates of teen pregnancy in Erie County and improve the health and socio-economic well-being of individuals and the community at large,” said Stan Martin, Project Director, CAI.  “CAI’s investment in New York State and in Buffalo in particular is a reflection of our commitment to the “City of Good Neighbors”. CAI’s ability to work collaboratively with existing partners and establish and leverage new relationships will help ensure sustainability of the project beyond its life-span.” To learn more about this exciting initiative and how to become a community action team partner, contact Stan Martin, Project Director, at (212) 594-7741 ext. 233 or via email at

“This is a great opportunity for partners throughout Erie County to work together to reduce teen pregnancy in our community. We have tremendous potential to make a huge difference for generations to come. We are excited to be part of this dynamic team that is committed to strengthening Buffalo through new initiatives and leveraging so many assets that already exist in our community,”  said Laurene M. Tumiel-Berhalter, Director of Community Translational Research, and Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the University at Buffalo.

List of all OAH teen pregnancy prevention award recipients:

OAH’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program:   

University at Buffalo Clinical and Translational Research Center:  The vision of the Buffalo Community and Translational Research Center is to perform innovative clinical and translational research to improve the health of our community and the nation by serving as an integrated academic home for outstanding clinical and translational science. It also serves as the hub of the Buffalo Translational Consortium, providing innovative research tools, support, training, resources and coordination. The Consortium includes the leading academic, healthcare and research institutions in the Buffalo region, along with key community partners.

University at Buffalo Department of Family Medicine: Family Medicine is a department within the University at Buffalo’s School of Medicine and Biomedical Science which is committed to patient care, education of future physicians, and health services research. Researchers within the Department work to improve health care quality, improve patient experience, and reduce costs with a special emphasis on reducing health disparities.

CAI: CAI is a New York State-based nonprofit, with staff in New York City, Albany and Buffalo. We are dedicated to improving the health and well-being of communities throughout New York State, the nation and the world.  For 36 years, CAI has provided customized services and training to health and human services organizations addressing the toughest issues in public health including HIV/AIDS, teen pregnancy, family planning, mental health, tobacco control and the nutrition of women and children.  Our work in the Buffalo area has included projects with the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (“WIC”), the AIDS Institute of New York State, the New York State Bureau of Tobacco Control and the Office of Health Insurance Programs.  For more information about CAI, visit our website:

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For More Information:

Erie County Department of Health

New York State Department of Health  

National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy

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