Teen Health: Preventing Pregnancy & Promoting Healthy Youth

Time & Location

10:00 - 11:30 AM ET

Nearly 300,000 babies were born to teen mothers in 2013, with substantial immediate and long-term health, social and economic costs associated with each pregnancy. This webinar explored strategies to reduce teen pregnancy and improve adolescent health, including:

  • Colorado’s efforts to expand access to long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) among low-income women
  • Research demonstrating that this LARC initiative led to a 5% reduction in births and abortions among teens
  • Targeted outreach to 18 to 19 year olds, who represent the largest segment of the teens facing unintended pregnancy
  • Ways to improve access to reproductive health services for adolescents, such as alternative care settings
  • Why a concentrated focus on adolescent health and youth empowerment are a critical part of winning this battle


Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow (TAG)

Evelyn Kappeler

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

New Strategies to Promote Adolescent Sexual Health & Increase Access to Sexual Health Services

Mara Decker

University of California, San Francisco

Preventing Teen Pregnancy in South Carolina

Harvey Galloway

Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina Foundation

Preventing Teen Pregnancy in South Carolina

Erika Kirby

Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina Foundation

The Colorado Family Planning Initiative

Larry Wolk

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

How Much Can Expanding Access to Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives Reduce Teen Birth Rates?

Jason Lindo

Texas A&M University

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Research discussed in the Texas A&M presentation is available at http://econweb.tamu.edu/jlindo/LARC-Colorado.pdf


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