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USING E-DIARIES TO COPE WITH MICROAGGRESSIONS – $173,089 ADAM KINZINGER | ILLINOIS-16 | REPUBLICAN

A $173,089 grant to Northern Illinois University from HHS supported a four-week study in which “racially diverse bisexual women” document their experience with microaggressions – defined as “minority stressors at the daily level – through a daily online diary. This study presumes that people fitting this specific demographic are more likely to be victims of microaggressions and, as a result, suffer more often from deteriorating mental health. Researchers relied on the diary, along with interviews, to assess how microaggression affects daily and lifetime mental health.

NEW CONDOM DESIGN WITH MORE LUBRICATION - $200,601 JOSEPH KENNEDY III | MASSACHUSETTS-4 | DEMOCRAT

A grant for more than $200,000 from HHS funded a new condom design to address a “lack of adequate lubrication,” currently a “universal drawback” in other condom designs. The grant recipient, Hydroglyde Coatings, claimed its innovative lubricated condom coating lowers the chance of condom breakage, reduces transmission of STDs, and increases “satisfaction between partners.”

MEDITATION BREATHING MOBILE APP – $687,989 JIM CLYBURN | SOUTH CAROLINA-6 | DEMOCRAT

In an effort to fight high blood pressure, the Medical University of South Carolina received a $687,989 grant from HHS to create a “smartphone breathing-awareness meditation program” called Tension Tamer. This study chose subjects ages 21 to 50 years in rural and urban areas, then measured their use of the app and its effects on hypertension.

FUNDING A NOTORIOUS CHILDCARE FACILITY – $5,052,054 PETE OLSON | TEXAS-22 | REPUBLICAN

Photo: Johnny Hanson, Houston Chronicle Staff

The Shiloh Treatment Center – operating out of a mobile home in Manvel, Texas – has a long media-chronicled history of alleged abuse and negligence. As reported by The Houston Chronicle, Shiloh and its affiliate entity, Daystar Treatment Center, are owned by the same individual and have been subject to local, state, and federal investigations. Reports from children and investigators at these facilities have alleged physical and verbal abuse, neglect, and, on three occasions, death. The reoccurring allegations led the U.S. Representative from a neighboring Texas district – Sheila Jackson Lee (TX18) – to publicly call on the center to close its doors. U.S. Representative Pete Olson said he wondered why this small facility in his district is so expensive and whether the children are safe, so he visited the center in the summer of 2014 but received no answers.

Troubling allegations have continued through 2016. Official Texas Health and Human Services Commission reports show four “deficiencies” over the past two years, three considered high risk and one medium high risk. These infractions included mold on the ceilings and supervisors falling asleep on the job. Yet, in fiscal year 2016 Shiloh Treatment Center received more than $5 million for its 44-person capacity facility, operated out of a mobile home. Over the course of three years (FY2014-FY2016), the Shiloh Treatment Center received $14.9 million in federal grants. Twice, we reached out to the Shiloh Treatment Center for comment and received no response. U.S. Representative Pete Olson said he wondered why this small facility in his district is so expensive and whether the children are safe, so he visited the center in the summer of 2014 but received no answers.

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OpenTheBooks - Where's the Pork?  

This report maps and provides macro and micro analysis to the $583 billion in fiscal year 2016 federal grants. Additionally, it details 50 c...

OpenTheBooks - Where's the Pork?  

This report maps and provides macro and micro analysis to the $583 billion in fiscal year 2016 federal grants. Additionally, it details 50 c...