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Achieving health equity, eliminating disparities, and improving the health of all groups is an overarching goal of Healthy People external icon. Evidence-based programs and clinical services to prevent teen pregnancy through individual behavior change are important, but research is also shedding light on the role social determinants of health play in the overall distribution of disease and health, including teen pregnancy. Inthe birth rates for Hispanic teens
Teen births in the US have declined, but still more thaninfants were born to teens ages 15 to 19 in CDC Vital Signs links science, policy, and communications with the intent of communicating a call-to-action for the public. CDC Vital Signs provides the most recent, comprehensive data on key indicators of important health topics.
More than 1 in 4 teens who gave birth were ages 15 to 17, before teens typically complete high school. Teen births in the US have declined over the last 20 years to the lowest level ever recorded, but still more than 86, teens ages 15 to 17 gave birth in Giving birth during the teen years has been linked with increased medical risks and emotional, social, and financial costs to the mother and her children. Becoming a teen mom affects whether the mother finishes high school, goes to college, and the type of job she will get, especially for younger teens ages 15 to
Yet black and Hispanic teens still have birth rates twice as high as their white counterparts, and geographic and socioeconomic disparities persist. Text version of this graph. National Vital Statistics System data.
Ina total ofbabies were born to women aged 15—19 years, for a birth rate of This is another record low for U. Although reasons for the declines are not totally clear, evidence suggests these declines are due to more teens abstaining from sexual activity, and more teens who are sexually active using birth control than in previous years.
Behaviors that lead to unintended pregnancy are heavily influenced by underlying socioeconomic conditions poverty, discrimination, and lack of opportunities as well as cultural norms in terms of gender, sexuality, health, sexual orientation and illness. Recent literature on racial disparities in unintended pregnancy and HIV and effective teen pregnancy and HIV prevention programs underscores the importance of cultural sensitivity, cultural relevance, and cultural competence in the delivery of services and care. JSI assisted these grantees to raise awareness among community partners about the social determinants that impact teen pregnancy and how they can create feasible strategies to address them.
By focusing on a specific set of strategies including support for access to contraception, increased uptake of the most effective types of contraception, and improving the quality of family planning services offered, teen pregnancy rates continue to decline. Gaston County, North Carolina historically has had high rates of teen birth. The average birth rate from was