By Patti Wheater

Communications and Development Specialist of the Fremont Area Community Foundation

OSCEOLA COUNTY — The Osceola County Community Foundation, an affiliate of Fremont Area Community Foundation, has been awarded a grant of approximately $29,000 from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund to support community-wide solutions for reducing teen pregnancies and increasing access to prenatal care in the county.

“This grant will allow us to collaborate with local partners on an effective teen pregnancy prevention campaign,” said Larry Neiderheide, chair of the OCCF Board of Trustees. “The high rate of teen pregnancy is one of our community’s most challenging youth health behaviors and we look forward to working together on evidence-based prevention strategies for Osceola County.”

Programs developed with the Michigan Health Endowment funds will target Osceola County male and female youths ages 15 to 19 with a particular emphasis on those in low-income households.

The community foundation will re-grant dollars from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund to train service providers and other stakeholders in evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention practices and emerging local strategies to reduce teen pregnancies. More information about the grant application process will be released this fall.

The Michigan Health Endowment Fund awarded more than $8.5 million to 29 community foundations across the state, making it the Fund’s second largest distribution of funds to improve the quality of health for Michigan’s children and seniors.