Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month 2020
Published: May 13, 2020
Did you know it was Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month? While there has been historic declines in teen pregnancy and birth rates, there is still work to be done. The teen birth rate in the United States is still higher than many other countries. Locally, as of 2018, Knox County has a teen pregnancy rate of 7.9, and the state of Tennessee has a rate of 11.6.
So, what can you do to bring awareness to Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month? Firstly, you can educate yourself on the teen pregnancy rates in your area and use local resources like the mybodymyfuture website. You can also do your own research using trusted sources like the CDC’s website, and learn more about the impact of teen pregnancies for not only the people involved, but also communities. Most importantly, we encourage you to always make safe and healthy choices!
Sources: U.S Department of Health and Human Services, KidsCount Data Center
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