Status: Baseline only

  
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Baseline only

Most Recent Data:
43.4 pregnancies per 1,000 females (2013)

Target:
31.4 per 1,000

Desired Direction:
Decrease desired

Baseline:
43.4 pregnancies per 1,000 females aged 15 to 19 years occurred in 2013

Reduce pregnancies among adolescent females

Target-Setting Method
Projection

Summary

Babies born to teen mothers are more likely to be premature, have a low birth weight, and even to die. Having a baby can also negatively impact teen mothers’ health and their educational and job opportunities. Although teen pregnancy and birth rates have gone down in recent years, disparities by race/ethnicity remain. Evidence shows that a variety of outreach and educational programs can help reduce teen pregnancies.