May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. Media will herald the fact that teen pregnancy rates in the United States are at historic lows. But, before you don your party hat, consider this: Not only is Texas number 3 in teen births, we have the highest rate of repeat births to teens in the country.
Teen Pregnancy Prevention Needs Assessment Now Available Online
The Healthy Youth Partnership (HYP) is a volunteer-led collaboration working to support youth-serving professionals in the Central Texas community. The group recently conducted a community-wide needs assessment to better understand the supports and barriers within the greater Austin community to preventing teen pregnancy. HYP collected data from teens, parents, and providers to determine the types of services that are available to teens, how accessible services are, and what barriers teens and their families encounter when trying to access services. The final report contains the most up-to-date and useful information for those organizations working on intervention strategies within the greater Austin area.
New Study Finds that Teen Pregnancy Is Even Greater in Rural Areas of the U.S.
The teen birth rate is nearly one-third higher in rural areas of the United States than it is in more populous areas of the country, and teen pregnancy rates have been much slower to decline in rural counties over the past decade, according to a new study from The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. The advocacy organization notes that while no single reason explains the difference in teen birth rates across regions, adolescents in rural areas likely have particular barriers to contraceptive services.
Did you know that the only bill the Texas Legislature is constitutionally required to pass is House Bill 1, also known as the 2016-2017 budget? While the Texas Campaign and our partner organizations have a special interest in the status of several bills related to the health and well-being of Texas citizens, the budget, or more specifically, the line items in the budget,are also of importance. Of notable significance to the work we do, the current draft budget includes funding for women's health care and prevention as well as funding for abstinence-only sexuality health education, with budget priorities heavily favoring Education and Health and Human Services.Both the House and Senate must approve the budget and they have until June 1, 2015, to do so. Otherwise, they head into special session. For a comparison of the two budget proposals, including details on areas where the plans converge, click here.