DC Council Honors Teen Parent Program for its Commitment to Helping Young Mothers

The DC Council has recognized the MedStar Washington Hospital Center Teen Alliance for Prepared Parenting program.

March 24, 2015

“A Ceremonial Recognition Resolution of 2015 for the 15-Year Anniversary of the Teen Alliance for Prepared Parenting”

Washington, D.C., March 24, 2015 – The Council of the District of Columbia has recognized the MedStar Washington Hospital Center Teen Alliance for Prepared Parenting program (TAPP), for its achievement in supporting pregnant teenage mothers over the past 15 years.  

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The ceremonial resolution was proposed by Councilmember Yvette Alexander and unanimously approved by the D.C. Council. It applauded TAPP for its comprehensive youth program that guides young women through their pregnancy with positive reinforcement that helps to prevent future, unwanted pregnancies.

“We believe that by offering high quality medical services and intensive youth development coaching, we can encourage participants to realize that they can parent successfully and live meaningful lives,” said Loral Patchen, CNM, executive director of TAPP at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

TAPP program statistics prove the model is a success. Within one year of delivering a newborn, 94 percent of TAPP program participants received their high school diploma or completed a GED program, while national statistics reflect only 40 percent of teenage mothers graduate.* 

Founded in 1999, TAPP is the longest running program in the District of Columbia that has provided prenatal care exclusively to teenage girls. The program targets Wards 1, 5, 7 and 8, but reaches participants throughout the District. More than 2,000 teenagers under the age of 18 have benefited from TAPP services. A young mother can receive services until their child is two years old and fathers are eligible for the services as well.

*Shuger, L. (2012). Teen Pregnancy and High School Dropout: What Communities Can Do to Address These Issues.  Washington, DC: The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. 

MedStar Washington Hospital Center

MedStar Washington Hospital Center is a 926-bed, major teaching and research hospital. It is the largest private, not-for-profit hospital in the nation’s capital, among the 100 largest hospitals in the nation and a major referral center for treating the most complex cases. U.S.News & World Report consistently ranks the hospital’s cardiology and heart surgery program as one of the nation’s best. It also is a respected top facility in the areas of cancer, diabetes & endocrinology, Ear, Nose & Throat, gastroenterology & GI surgery, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology, pulmonology and urology. It operates MedSTAR, a nationally-verified level I trauma center with a state-of-the-art fleet of helicopters and ambulances, and also operates the region’s only adult Burn Center.