May is the National Month to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and hundreds of thousands of teens across the country and in San Antonio are expected to participate in nationwide awareness and prevention activities kicking off on May 1 as the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.
The purpose of the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy is to focus the attention of teens on the importance of avoiding too-early pregnancy and parenthood. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has listed teen pregnancy as a “winnable battle” if communities implement evidenced-based prevention programs. These are programs that have been researched, evaluated and proven to work.
Teen pregnancy is an important health concern for San Antonio. In 2010, San Antonio residents listed teen pregnancy as a key indicator in the SA2020 Family Well-Being vision area. In 2011, Bexar County recorded nearly 3,000 births to females ages 19 and younger, according to Metro Health data. In 2012, the City of San Antonio conducted a Community Survey among San Antonio residents in all ten City Council Districts and teen pregnancy was ranked the highest concern among 15 community issues. Respondents also felt that teen pregnancy was the most important for the City to address over the next two years.
On May 1, Metro Health’s Project WORTH division hosted The National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy – Mapping Our Future to 2020 event at the Central Library Auditorium. Local teens exhibited their collection of posters with best practices to reach the City’s SA2020 goal to reduce the City’s teen birth rate by 20 percent.