New Mexico Department of Health
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David Morgan
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Teen Pregnancy Awareness Month

May 11, 2015 - Family Planning - Awareness

In recognition of May as Teen Pregnancy Awareness Month, the New Mexico Department of Health is encouraging parents and teens to get involved in preventing teen pregnancy.

“New Mexico has made important progress in reducing teen pregnancy over the last several years,” said Department of Health Cabinet Secretary Retta Ward, MPH. “Through these awareness and prevention efforts, we can continue to help more teens understand the consequences of an unplanned pregnancy.”

From 2000 to 2013, New Mexico’s teen birth rates decreased 48 percent.

 “The factors influencing New Mexico’s high teen birth rate include our state’s poverty rates, rural population, high school dropout rates, and access to services,” said Secretary Ward. “The Department of Health is working to lower those rates on multiple fronts.”

Department of Health prevention programs include:

Additionally, the Department encourages the use of Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) to prevent unwanted pregnancies. LARC is available at low to no cost, particularly to low-income or uninsured women and teens, at the Title X Family Planning clinics in public health offices statewide. It is also available at some community and school-based health centers. To find a clinic, go to the Office of Population Affairs website.

DOH also provides access to confidential family planning services at low or no-cost in 94 sites at Public Health Offices, Primary Care Clinics & School-Based Health Centers across the state. More information on DOH’s teen pregnancy prevention resources are available from the Teen Family Planning section of our website.


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