May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month (NTPPM) is observed each May to celebrate the historic declines of teen pregnancy and births in the US and highlight the importance of helping adolescents.

In 2019, nearly 172,000 babies were born to young adults between the ages of 15 and 19 in the United States. This number is down 5% from 2018, and has overall declined by 60% since 2007.[1]

While the US has experienced historic declines in teen pregnancy, the nation still falls behind other similarly industrialized western countries like the UK and Canada, whose teen birth rates are around 14 and 8 births per 1,000 teens, respectively, compared to 19 in the US.[2] The US also continues to see disparities by race and ethnicity, as well as for vulnerable populations like youth who are homeless, living in foster care, or involved in the juvenile justice system, when compared to the general population.[3]

NTPPM also highlights the importance of connecting youth to services and opportunities that can help prevent teen pregnancy and promote adolescent health. Caring Communities is thrilled to announce our newest expansion of services, which is aimed at those in need of reproductive healthcare.

Caring Communities clinics can now provide several forms of birth control, including oral (“the pill”), injectables, patches, and rings. We also offer routine gynecological care like pap smears, breast exams, and HPV testing. Caring Communities clinics are able to serve adults and adolescents who are 14 years of age and older.

To schedule a clinic appointment, please use our online scheduler, or call 570-829-2700.

[1] https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/vsrr/vsrr-8-508.pdf

[2] https://data.unicef.org/topic/child-health/adolescent-health/

[3] https://opa.hhs.gov/NTPPM