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The month of May is recognized as Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

May 03, 2017

The month of May is recognized as Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, and May 3 is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Day. The Florida Department of Health in Orange County (DOH-Orange) intends to increase public awareness of the need to address the effects of unintended teen pregnancy, and continue to work on reducing the rate of teen pregnancy in Orange County.

“Teen pregnancy prevention is a top priority for building a culture of health,” said Dr. Kevin M. Sherin, director of the Department of Health in Orange County. “The entire community should work together in this effort of teen pregnancy prevention. To improve the future of local youth, DOH-Orange provides abstinence and family planning, as well as HIV and STD education and services.”

Throughout the 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.

In addition, DOH-Orange is organizing three (3) summits at different locations to educate and bring awareness to this issue. The department also has an abstinence program called “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 2015, a total of 823 babies were born to women aged 15-19 compared to 884 in 2014. For the state of Florida, there were 11,958 births in 2015. Teen pregnancy is a concern and prevention messages are key in creating awareness and continuing to lower the rates. Florida ranks 23rd in the nation with births to 15-19 year olds.

There are many things parents and adults can do to reduce the risks of females becoming pregnant when they are teens. 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. Resources like 8 Tips for Talking to your Teens, Ten Tips for Parents, and 7 Keys to Success for Churches can all be reviewed at The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. Medlineplus.gov is also available for health topics related to teens.

For more information on teen pregnancy prevention and learning communication techniques for talking with your teen, visit the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, bedside.org, www.greattowait.com, and www.stayteen.org.