Yours, Mine and Ours
Named one of the top 10 most stressful events, pregnancy is a life change. Most teen pregnancies are unplanned with close relations to several social issues---poverty, income, health issues, education, child welfare and risk behaviors, just to mention a few. When asked why this issue is important to our community, one has to consider the public cost associated with youth and single parent pregnancies. The relationships between social issues that could lead to teen pregnancy are also the very results that could maintain these youths in critical situations throughout adulthood and into the next generations.
With a declining value and availability in public assistance it is important to create realistic and fundamental opportunities towards self-sufficiency, education and self-esteem for our youth. Teenage pregnancy is a community initiative. “It takes a village to raise a child’” and these are our children.
Teen pregnancy is a winnable battle. The Texas Department of State Health Services is empowering adults, influencers and organizations who already touch teens’ lives to help address the issue of teen pregnancy in Texas through. This website is an informational hub for best practices and information that will help local organizations and even individuals connect with other organizations and develop an approach to reducing teen pregnancy that fits their community’s needs.
Where to Start? Click here to direct you to our toolkit page for coalition building. This is also found on the right banner of our website
The Toolkit provides you with tools to mobilize your community, take strategic action, assess your community’s needs, adopt and implement evidence-based interventions to address the issues, and raise community awareness.
If you need one-on-one help, email Heather Bullis at Heather.Bullis@dshs.state.tx.us or call her at 776-2521.