Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month
May 14, 2015
The Florida Department of Health in Orange County recognizes May as Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, a time to increase public awareness of the need to address the effects of unintended teen pregnancy and continue working to help reduce the rate of teen pregnancy in Orange County.
“We are committed to helping teens make informed decisions. DOH-Orange provides abstinence and family planning education and services to help improve the future of Florida’s youth,” said Lesli Ahonkhai, assistant director of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County.
During this month the health department’s Office of Community Health is sponsoring a Teen Pregnancy Prevention Awareness Poster contest for middle and high school students in grades 6-12. This poster contest will help promote teen pregnancy awareness among middle and high school students. There is also an abstinence program call “Making a Difference” available to middle and high school students.
In 2013 the average birth rates were 22.4 % for Orange County compared to 26.6% for the nation for teens ages 15 -19. Even with these statistics black and Hispanic teenagers still have high numbers of teen pregnancies.
There are many things parents and adults can do to reduce the risk of youth becoming pregnant when they are young. Developing strong relationships with your child, having open and honest communication and close supervision are among some tools that can help parents create awareness and encourage their children to make wise decisions.