May is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month
Health Connection of Pace Community Action Agencyrecognizes the month of May as Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. Hundreds of thousands of teens nationwide are expected to participate in National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month this year. The purpose of National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month is to focus the attention of teens on the importance of avoiding too-early pregnancy and parenthood.
“Research has shown that preventing teen and unplanned pregnancy can make significant improvements in many of society’s problems including poverty, child abuse and neglect, father-absence, low birth weight, school failure and poor preparation for the workforce.” stated Linda Obaseki, Health Educator. Pace’s Health Connection provides education and birth control, both of which reduce teen pregnancy.
This month and throughout the year, teens nationwide are encouraged to visit www.stayteen.org and play the two interactive, engaging digital resources that challenge them to think carefully about what they might do “in the moment” through a series of interactive scenarios.
The latest news on the teen pregnancy front has been incredibly positive. Since the early 1990s, teen pregnancy and birth rates in the United State have declined by 55% and 64% respectively and are now at record low levels. The extraordinary decline in teen pregnancy and childbearing over the past two decades prove that progress can be made on tough issues. In fact, few social problems have improved quite as dramatically over the past 20 years as teen pregnancy.
Indiana has also made tremendous strides in lowering the number of teen pregnancies and teen childbearing, however more progress is needed. The following are some Indiana teen pregnancy facts from The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy based on most recent figures available for girls 15 to 19 years of age:
· Ranks 24th in the Nation for total Teen Pregnancies
· 11,050 Teen Pregnancies
· 6,233 Teen Births
· Ranks 34th in the Nation for total number of Teen Births
· $227 million – cost to Indiana taxpayers in one year for teen childbearing
To learn more about Teen Pregnancy, Contraception or STD Testing call Health Connection at (812) 882-6069, (812) 234-3352 or (812) 254-6069
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