November 5, 2012
The local community health issue that I will discuss is teen pregnancy, which is on the rise not only just within the community but nationwide as well. In the past few decades, teen pregnancy has increased. In the 1950’s it was acceptable to be a teenager, marry young, and rear children. Since then, unwed teens have become unacceptable, which many see as a ‘problem’ that needs to be fixed. In more recent findings, this has declined, even though it is still a battle to keep the numbers of unwed teens having children down. “In the past decade, according to the alliance, Polk has ranked among the leading counties in the state for the number of live births to minor girls, those younger than 18 years old” (Paula Stuart, 2001). Teen pregnancy in Florida began to rise in the 1990’s, and stayed at a steady climb with a three percent rise in 2005.
“According to an analysis of the most recent data collected b the federal government and the nation’s leading reproductive-health think tank, the pregnancy proportion between 15 to 19 year olds has increased three percent from 2005 to 2006 which was the first jump in 1990” (Washington Post, 2010). There are numerous people who are curious how this teen pregnancy issue effects communities, and how those communities have responded to it. There is a program in Florida that supports and educates young ladies to prevent them from becoming a teen mom called Polk Teen Pregnancy Prevention Alliance (TPPA).
“The Teen Pregnancy Prevention Alliance is an organized group of social service providers, educators, faith leaders, community leaders, teens, and parents committed to creating an environment that supports parents and empowers the youth to maximize their potential without the limitations imposed by pregnancy, childrearing, and parenting” (Healthy Start). This community in Florida is constantly fighting teen pregnancy issues, and will continue to do...