Monday, May 2, 2016
Every May we take the time to assess our progress and renew our commitment to teen pregnancy prevention. This year, we celebrate National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month by highlighting a dramatic decrease in teen birth rates with substantial declines in all 50 states and among all racial and ethnic groups.
The HHS Office of Adolescent Health (OAH)’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) program funds diverse organizations working in communities that have high teen birth rates to implement evidence-based programs or test innovative strategies. The TPP grant programs also focus on linking young people to health and social services and supports in their communities.
“We’ve made enormous progress in reducing teen pregnancy, but we still have work to do, especially in addressing disparities. It’s critical that we continue to design, implement, evaluate and improve teen pregnancy prevention programs that help adolescents and young adults thrive,” says OAH Director, Evelyn Kappeler.
Whether you have two minutes, two hours, or two days, you can be a part of National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. The OAH website has free resources, tools, and ideas that you can use to share information and raise awareness about this issue in your community.
New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that births among Hispanic and black teens have dropped by almost half between 2006 and 2014, which parallels the decline in births to all American teens by more than 40 percent within the last decade.
While this is tremendous progress, there are still significant disparities in teen birth rates across race, ethnicity, and geography. Birth rates remain twice as high for Hispanic and black teens compared to white teens nationally, and more than three times as higher in some states. Even in states with overall low birth rates, there are pockets of high birth rates in some counties.
Birth rates remain high among the most vulnerable youth, including youth in foster care, parenting teens, and LGBTQ youth.
For more information on the Office of Adolescent Health, or National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, please visit http://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah.