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BIRMINGHAM (April 25, 2011) – As part of Teen Pregnancy Prevention month, the Children’s Hospital of Alabama will be hosting the 8th-Annual Teen Pregnancy and Prevention Conference in its Bradley Lecture Center (1600 6th Ave. South) on May 2-3.
The conference is intended to raise awareness of the issue of teen pregnancy and to empower educators, social workers, care takers and parents to help teens think carefully about sex, relationships, contraception, pregnancy and lifelong challenges of parenthood.
“The extraordinary declines in teen pregnancy and childbearing over the past two decades have proven to cynics that progress can be made on tough issues,” said Jamie Keith, executive director of the Alabama Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (ACTPTP). “In fact, few social problems have improved quite as dramatically over the past 20 years as teen pregnancy. However, we need to continue helping teens postpone their families until they are older, have graduated from school, and are in stable, committed relationships.”
The state of Alabama is currently 8th in the country for highest teen pregnancy rates. The ACTPTP is a non-profit organization that was developed in 1999 to help find ways to reduce teen pregnancy rates in the state through collaboration, education, training, and advocacy.
On National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Day (May 4), teens nationwide will be asked to visit www.stayteen.org to participate in a number of online activities that deliver teen pregnancy prevention messages and challenge them to think carefully about what they might do “in the moment.” The online quiz will be posted in both English and Spanish beginning on May 1, and will be available throughout the month.
Contact: Rachel Olis, 205.332.7571 or Rachel.Olis@chsys.org