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National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

Every May, the nation turns its attention to teen pregnancy prevention for a full month. National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month (NTPPM) highlights the historic declines in the rates of teen births in the United States. Significant declines have occurred in all 50 states and among all racial/ethnic groups, yet disparities continue.

Want to get involved? You and your organization can make a difference, whether you have two minutes, two hours, or two days to devote to supporting NTPPM. Below are resources, tools, and ideas to fit any budget or amount of time. To join the conversation, be sure to follow #NTPPM on Twitter!

Past NTPPM Events

Check out resources from previous years:

2017 NTPPM Events

  • #NTPPM 2017 Twitter Chat: OAH, Touchstone Behavioral Health, University of Texas Health Science Center-San Antonio, BCBG Greater Milwaukee, and Youth Services of Tulsa hosted a chat to share ideas about how to support NTPPM. 

2016 NTPPM Events

  • Get Involved! Webinar: Check out the webinar slides to get tips and ideas from experts in the field and partners for how to participate in NTPPM all month long.
  • #NTPPM Twitter Chat: OAH and Power to Decide (formerly the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy) hosted a chat to highlight various topics, including progress made in prevention, how people can support prevention efforts, and resources communities can use to prevent teen pregnancy.
  • Digital Town Hall Webinar: Check out the slides and transcript from the webinar, which shared the results and successes from the OAH TPP Program and discussed the importance of a continued focus on teen pregnancy prevention.

Information about the OAH TPP Program

Quick Facts

  • There were 18.8 births for every 1,000 adolescent females ages 15-19 in 2017.1
  • The teen birth rate in the United States is at a historic low, but it remains higher than the rate in many other developed countries.
  • Teen birth rates differ substantially by age, racial/ethnic group, and region of the country.
  • Birth rates are higher among Hispanic and black adolescents than among their white counterparts.
  • While Hispanics still have a higher teen birth rate than their black and white peers, there has been a substantial decline in recent years.
  • Read more on the Trends in Teen Pregnancy section of the OAH website.
  • Check out OAH’s Reproductive Health Fact Sheets for national- and state-level data.

Footnotes


1 Martin, J. A., Hamilton, B. E., Osterman, M. J. K., Driscoll, A. K., & Drake, P. (2018). Births: Final data for 2017. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr67/nvsr67_08-508.pdf.

Content created by Office of Adolescent Health
Content last reviewed on May 1, 2019