Teen Pregnancy Prevention

In Kentucky, teen childbearing cost taxpayers at least $158 million in 2010, according to an updated analysis from The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. Of these costs, 58% were state and local costs.

The good news is that over the last decade, teen pregnancy has seen a decline across the state as well as Jessamine County.  In 2008, Jessamine County had 86 live births to girls 15-19 years old compared to 72 in 2011.  With the steady decline of live births to this age group, we are making improvements; not only by saving tax payers’ dollars but helping to provide a brighter future for our teens.

However, we still have challenges ahead of us.  Teen pregnancy is associated with many disparities such as increased high school drop-out rates for teen moms and the children of teens are more likely to grow up in poverty and have a poorer performance at school.

According to the Center for Disease Control, teen pregnancy is a “winnable battle”.  With appropriate prevention strategies in place, such as evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs, the rate of teen pregnancy will continue to drop.  Jessamine County is one of several counties in KY to receive grant funding to deliver these programs in our schools.  These programs are of paramount importance to the health and quality of life for our youth.

Click below to learn more about the school-based programs we offer:

PSI (Postponing Sexual Involvement; abstinence only) – 7th grade

CTB (Choosing the Best; abstinence only) – 8th grade

RTR (Reducing the Risk; comprehensive sex education) – High School

Data related to teen pregnancy in Kentucky:

2014 Kentucky Teen Birth and Pregnancy Rates

2011 Teen Births by County (Right click to download Microsoft Excel Document)

2011 Birth Rate Map

Mels KPHA Poster 4-7-2016