OAH applauds CDC news about decline in teen birth rate – celebrates grantee success
September 12, 2013
Network faithful are encouraged to read the message below from the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) and review the recent CDC report which shows a decline in teen pregnancy. The message from OAH outlines the important work being done by Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) grantees to help reduce teen pregnancy iand includes several links to useful resources for researchers and practitioners. Wonderful things are happening at OAH. Note: They have a kickin’ website to boot!
We at the Office of Adolescent Health, along with our colleagues across the country working to prevent teen pregnancy, are encouraged by news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that the teen birth rate dropped to an historic low in 2012. In fact, after several years of record-breaking declines, the teen birth rate now stands at approximately half of its 1991 rate.
Specifically, the CDC report revealed a six percent drop in the teen birth rate in just one year between 2011 and 2012 (from 31.3 births per 1,000 teenagers 15-19 years of age to 29.4 per 1,000). This decline was reported across all racial and ethnic groups. Declines were steepest among adolescents ages 15-17 and, since 2007, among Hispanic adolescents.
We’re proud of the work that OAH’s grantees have done to contribute to this decline. By implementing evidence-based programs and innovative approaches, OAH’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Grantees connect with adolescents across the U.S. to make a positive difference in their lives. Also, recognizing that repeat teen pregnancies remain an important factor in the teen birth rate, OAH’s Pregnancy Assistance Fund (PAF) grantees support teens who are expecting or parenting. We invite others to learn and be inspired by on-the-ground success stories of OAH’s TPP grantees or those of PAF grantees.
As a result of delaying childbirth, many of today’s teenagers will realize both short- and long-term benefits. At the same time, we remind ourselves that we need to maintain this momentum. The U.S. teen birth rate is still higher than in other developed countries. We have the knowledge and the tools to make continued progress. To help, communities should continue to move forward with effective, proven strategies. Find information and resources at the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Resource Center.