Project Vida Awarded Grants Totaling Nearly $9M 

Thursday, January 21, 2021


 Project Vida announces two grants totaling nearly $9 million awarded by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Public Health Services, Office of Population Affairs (OPA); and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHS). The two grants support targeted schools over the next three years to increase preventive health care for students and increase students’ health in the context of their families. 

The U.S. Public Health Service OPA award of $4,294,959 enables Project Vida to continue strengthening school-based support systems encouraging student access to health care to curb unplanned teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections and HIV. The program was implemented under a previous three-year grant and reached 10,659 students. Project Vida expects to reach an additional 18,000 youth with the new three-year funding. 

The Texas Health & Human Services grant of $4,614,560 extends mental health services to an additional 500 students, adding to the 596 students Project Vida currently serves with school-based mental health care. Therapists will continue offering mental health clinical intervention on targeted school campuses. Navigators will provide students and families access to appropriate care, so students receive in-school mental/behavioral health services, and families receive needed medical/mental health care or social services at any Project Vida clinic, including support from Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists.

The Texas HHS grant also helps teachers, counselors, nurses and school staff develop strategies to optimize student health with trauma-sensitive school environments at targeted schools. Strategies include supporting health teachers with activities addressing wellness, healthy relationships, bullying, suicide prevention and informed decisions about teen sexuality. Parents will receive simple strategies to encourage healthy relationships and guide their children by modeling self-regulation.