CDC has announced the release of a supplemental issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health, providing findings and lessons learned from CDC’s and HHS Office of Adolescent Health’s (OAH) communitywide teen pregnancy initiatives project (CWI). The project that began in 2010, initiated to demonstrate the effectiveness of reducing rates of teen pregnancy and births through innovative, multicomponent, and communitywide initiatives.
Teen childbearing can carry health, economic, and social costs for mothers and their children. Although births to teens ages 15 to 19 have declined, there were about 273,000 births to teens in 2013 – nearly 750 births each day. The good news is that more teens are waiting to have sex, and for those who are sexually active, nearly 90 percent used birth control the last time they had sex.
Earlier this month, CDC Director Tom Frieden gave his third annual "State of Public Health 2015" address for the APHA's Public Health Newswire. He discusses the past and current year, including Ebola, funding, antibiotic resistance, and teen pregnancy.
Preliminary data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Thursday, May 29, shows that the U.S. teen pregnancy rate hit historic lows in 2013. Women ages 15 to 19 experienced a 10 percent decrease in pregnancy rates. While this trend is in the positive direction, the U.S. teen pregnancy rates continue to be higher than other developed countries. There’s a great need for continued Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention education.