A National Strategy to Prevent Teen Pregnancy: Annual Report 1998-99. Family Planning

06/30/1999

The Department, through the Title X National Family Planning Program, is a primary provider of subsidized family planning services, serving nearly 4.5 million persons annually. The Title X program has always played an important role in adolescent pregnancy prevention; approximately 30 percent of those receiving services are under 20 years of age. In addition to clinical services, outreach and education — including counseling to encourage continued postponement of sexual activity for adolescent clients who are not yet sexually active — are also important components of Title X services for adolescents. The program has also been expanding adolescent pregnancy prevention through special initiatives sponsored regionally.

For example:

  • Region IV (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee) has been funding community-based organizations to implement adolescent pregnancy prevention initiatives. Interventions include sexuality education, parent involvement, mentoring, peer counseling, tutoring, job skills training, career planning and recreational activities in various combinations.
  • Region VI (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas) has funded a number of programs to coordinate the linkage of family planning providers with community-based organizations that serve hard to reach populations, including adolescents, in providing appropriate services and activities related to family planning and reproductive health.
  • All ten regions have been supporting projects in Title X clinics designed to increase male responsibility with respect to reproductive health and family planning and to enhance young men's futures through training and employment. Selected clinics employ adolescent males, as well as provide them with on the job training in various aspects of clinic operation, family planning, and reproductive health education.