TEEN PREGNANCY RATES ON THE DECLINE

Written by Elizabeth Davis. Posted in News & Weather

Northwest Georgia Public Health has announced that the rate of teen pregnancy for those age 15 to 19 is down statewide and in Floyd County, in spite of a misperception that the opposite is true.  A recent survey by The National Campaign by Social Science Research Solutions reveals that 50 percent of its respondents incorrectly believe that the nation’s teen pregnancy rate has increased.

According to data from national and state public health officials, national and Georgia teen pregnancy rates have decreased over the past two decades, a trend reflected in Floyd County.

From 1994 to 2010, the teen pregnancy rate in Floyd County has decreased by 44 percent, according to information from the Georgia Department of Public Health.

Community-wide efforts to lower the teen pregnancy rate are cited among the reasons for its decline.

Angie Robinson, Northwest Georgia Public Health Youth Development Coordinator, states, “The steady decline in teen pregnancy rates represents one of the nation’s great public health success stories, and locally suggests community-wide efforts in Floyd County may be making a difference.  It’s not any one specific program, but the combination of many programs, services and initiatives designed in one way or another to prevent teen pregnancy.”

This good news comes during Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, which is observed in May.

 

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