Teen Pregnancies

Why This Is Important

Pregnancy during adolescence increases the likelihood that a mother will not complete high school and that her children will be raised in poverty. The children of a teenage mother are at higher risk for being underweight at birth and much more likely to exhibit behavioral problems than children of older mothers.

What's Being Done

The City operates school-based clinics in six Minneapolis high schools, including Broadway High School for pregnant teens and teen parents. Health care providers and mental health counselors offer routine medical and mental health services to high school students along with pregnancy prevention and reproductive health services.

The City's Blueprint for Action: Preventing Youth Violence in Minneapolis (pdf) includes includes a recommendation to increase teenage pregnancy prevention programs. The City's Department of Health and Family Support is working with local health care professionals and community members to assure that comprehensive sex education based on scientifically proven practices is offered by churches, community organizations and schools.

Other key initiatives to reduce teenage pregnancy include:

  • Funding community-based agencies to provide teen pregnancy prevention, youth development activities and summer programming.
  • Working to reduce the number of subsequent pregnancies and to encourage teens to complete their education by funding the Minneapolis Public School's Teenage Pregnant and Parenting Program and the Minnesota Visiting Nursing Association. These programs assure that every pregnant and parenting teen is offered public health home visiting services, and is connected to vocational, educational and other supportive services.
  • Working with local community-based clinics to provide outreach, reproductive health education and testing for sexually transmitted diseases primarily to young black men through the Seen on da Streets initiative.
  • Tracking services that help teen parents and producing a Teen Parent Report Card (pdf).

About This Measure

Teen pregnancy rates come from the Minnesota Department of Health. The teen pregnancy measure is based on the number of live births, fetal deaths, and abortions among girls 15 to 17 years of age. The per-1,000 rate for this age group is calculated by dividing the number of pregnancies that ended in a given year by the number of girls residing in the city and multiplying by 1,000. Because the rate is based on an estimate of the population from the 2000 U.S. Census, it will be inaccurate to the extent that population numbers have changed since 2000.

Last updated Feb. 23, 2012

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