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Programs to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

by Carrie Cross, studioD

The teen birth rate is on the decline in the United States, according to a 2011 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Even so, almost 330,000 babies were born to teens between 15 to 19 years of age in 2011. Many programs exist to help teenagers cope with prevention, pregnancy and the pressures of unprotected sex.

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative

The CDC and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health have partnered to form an initiative to prevent teen pregnancy. Its goals are to reduce pregnancy and birth rates, to make services readily available to pregnant teens, to increase links between clinical services and prevention programs and to increase education about teen pregnancy.

UT Teen Health

The University of Texas in San Antonio provides a teen health program aimed at adolescents, high school students, adults and parents. It offers medically accurate, culturally relevant and age-appropriate information regarding sex, pregnancy and prevention. It reaches out to teens and their families through the media, by having a teen advisory board and offers a sex education program through the Health Sciences Center.

Hartford Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative

The Hartford Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative in Connecticut offers information to teens, their families and the community regarding reproduction, prevention and making informed decisions. The program links to other community and national resources and works with community outreach programs and health centers. It provides emergency contraception, mental health services, STI testing and treatment, pregnancy testing, and information on abortion and birth control.

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Inc.

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Inc. in Gainesville, Georgia, focuses on providing age-appropriate counseling and support services. It offers a ninth-grade classroom program that encourages safe and healthy relationships and assists teens in making positive choices. It also offers separate programs for girls and boys. It provides programs to encourage completion of school and has sessions with sixth-graders on sex and pregnancy to encourage communication between parents and their kids.

About the Author

Carrie Cross has been writing for profit and pleasure for more than 35 years. Her background includes business, real estate, entrepreneurship, management, health and nutrition. A registered nurse, she has published various pieces, including web content, numerous newspaper and magazine articles and columns and six books.

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