Collaborative Approaches to Teen Pregnancy Prevention

May 21, 2013

"If you look at the violence in our community, I don't expect to be around in a couple years. So why should I use a condom?"

This quote from this Chapin Hall Forum on Collaborative Approaches to Teen Pregnancy Prevention shows how pessimism erodes young people's confidence in the future and their determination to avoid risks.

Despite overall declining rates of teen births in the United States, there exists significant disparity across race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and youth living in conditions of higher risk. Teen pregnancy and birth rates in the United States are also significantly higher than in other industrialized nations. The social and economic costs of teen pregnancy are high and have a long-term impact on teen parents, their children, and communities.

Teen pregnancy is often related to other risky behaviors, and hence its prevention is of paramount importance to the health and quality of life of pregnant and parenting youth. Consequently, it is largely a public health issue. The evidence base indicates that it takes more comprehensive approaches than just sex education to address this issue, including those that address protective factors based on knowledge, skills, beliefs, and attitudes related to teen pregnancy. Additionally, outreach is maximized when these approaches are taken to where the youth are, whether in schools or in community settings.

Public health agencies are increasingly forming partnerships with such institutions and organizations, helping them to leverage local resources. They are also supporting evaluation research efforts through local and national initiatives.

Watch the March 2013 event below: