McDowell County, NC

Local information on the state of adolescent health and helpful resources. 

2016 Teen Pregnancies

Number of pregnancies among 15-19-year-old girls: 34
Teen pregnancy rate per 1,000 15-19-year-old girls: 27.0
Teen pregnancy rates by race/ethnicity
African American: *
Hispanic: *
White: 28.8
Teen pregnancy rates by age
15-17-year-olds: *
18-19-year-olds: 60.6
Number of pregnancies among 15-17-year-old girls: 8
Number of pregnancies among 18-19-year-old girls: 26
Percent of Repeat Pregnancies: 11.8%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 15-19-year-old girls: 22.2
NC County Ranking (out of 100 counties): 46
Change since 2015: -30.4%

*Rates based on small numbers (<20 pregnancies) are unstable and not provided.

Source: North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics

Updated November 2017. See Archived Statistics

Sexual Health

Number of Chlamydia Cases (2016, all ages): 163
Number of Gonorrhea Cases (2016, all ages): 34

Number of HIV reports (2016, all ages): 1


The total numbers of Chlamydia and Gonorrhea cases are useful indicators of adolescent sexual health as they are most common among young people ages 15-24.

HIV reports are notable because youth ages 13-24 account for more than 1 in 5 new HIV diagnoses in the United States. 

Data Source: NC DHHS, HIV/STD Surveillance Unit, Communicable Disease Branch

McDowell County Schools Health Policies

Board Policy Manual - Home

Comprehensive Health Education

School Policy on Bullying/Harassment

Education for Pregnant/Parenting Students

Organizations that Support Adolescent Sexual Health

McDowell Health Coalition

McDowell County Schools

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