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May 18, 2016

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, as well as HIV and STD education and services to help improve the future of Orange County’s youth,” said Dr. Kevin M. Sherin, director of the Department of Health in Orange County.

During this month the health department’s Family planning program 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 prevention awareness among middle and high school students. There is also an abstinence program call “Making a Difference” available to middle and high school students.

Teen birth rates have declined in Orange County, in Florida and throughout the nation. In Orange County during 2014, a total of 884 babies were born to women aged 15-19 compared to 985 in 2013. Even with these statistics, teen pregnancy exists and prevention messages are key in creating awareness and continuing to lower the rates.

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.

For more information on teen pregnancy prevention and learning communication techniques for talking with your teen, visit and