A California State University, Bakersfield professor has received a $450,000 grant from the California Wellness Foundation in Woodland Hills to combat the continuing teen-pregnancy problem in Kern County.
Vandana Kohli, a professor in CSUB's Department of Anthropology and Sociology, received the grant, which will provide $150,000 each year for three years.
The grant will do two things, Kohli said:
"Kern County has the highest pregnancy rate among teens under age 15 in the entire state of California," Kohli said. "And, according to a recent study by a team of researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, Bakersfield is identified as a hot-spot for teen pregnancy. The reasons involve a combination of variables having to do with low socio-economic status, low education, single-parent households and residential instability.
"I feel that CSUB should be taking a leadership role in this initiative because CSUB, as a regional university, has a responsibility to the health and wellbeing of the residents in its service region," Kohli continued. "By helping these young people, we can ensure they continue their education and thus maximize their chances for self-actualization."
For more information about the program funded by the grant, please call Kohli at 661/664-2390, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
| Public Affairs Offices/Campus News
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