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Making New Pregnancy Data Work For Your Community

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On Monday, we very proudly released North Carolina’s latest teen pregnancy rates, showing a 10% decline in 2012. Along with the new data release, we have constructed new county data sheets that provide more information than ever before – all so you can find new, effective ways to address adolescent health.

Teen Pregnancy Rates

The number of teen pregnancies per 1,000 15-19 year old girls – the teen pregnancy rate – is available so you can perform an apples-to-apples comparison no matter where you live. Rates are provided for all girls, as well as by age and race/ethnicity.

For communications purposes, you can easily translate your rate to a percentage by moving a decimal point. For example, a rate of 40.0 per 1,000 15-19 year old girls means that 4% of girls got pregnant.

New! Age Data

For the first time ever, we are providing teen pregnancy information for three different age categories: 15-19 (your overall teen pregnancy rate), 15-17, and 18-19.

When we talk about “teen pregnancy”, we are talking about all girls ages 15-19. So why include the age breakdown? To give you more tools to address teen pregnancy!

Most counties have nearly eliminated pregnancies to younger teens – those targeted by more traditional interventions like school-based sex education and youth development programs. However, 71% of North Carolina teen pregnancies last year happen to an 18 or 19 year old, and research shows that the best way to help older teens avert unplanned pregnancies is by increasing birth control use.  

The new age data provided gives you a powerful tool to help new partners – especially your community’s public and private medical providers – join your cause.

County Rankings

All counties with enough pregnancies to calculate a teen pregnancy rate are ranked. These rankings give a powerful snapshot of how your county is performing – in general. Keep in mind that your county’s rank may be largely impacted by what other counties did. For deeper analysis, look at rates and your change percentage.

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