Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month
Governor Dayton signs Proclamation for the month of May as Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month.
Teen pregnancy is a critical public health issue that affects the health, educational, social, and economic status of teen parents, their children, families and communities.
In 2012, there were 4,469 teen pregnancies in Minnesota. Minnesota's youth of color have significantly higher birth and pregnancy rates than their white counterparts.
The cost of teen pregnancy and childbearing impacts society as a whole. It is estimated that the public cost to Minnesota taxpayers is approximately $146 million per year.
Comprehensive, evidenced-based sexuality education and effective and culturally responsive teen pregnancy prevention programs help prevent teen pregnancy. By supporting healthy youth development and encouraging open communication between caring adults and teens, we can support and affirm their choices to avoid pregnancy, finish high school, and enjoy happy and fulfilling lives.
The Minnesota Department of Health joins with the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, Advocates for Youth, the Office of Adolescent Health, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Family and Youth Services Bureau and many dedicated local public health agencies, youth serving organizations, volunteers, health care professionals, schools and school districts, faith based organizations and communities in bringing awareness to Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month and this important goal of reducing teen pregnancy.