To combat teen pregnancy, ADHS uses multiple approaches that best fit with needs of local communities. Our Bureau of Women’s & Children’s Health has implemented teen pregnancy prevention programs since 1997 and currently administers the Abstinence Education Program and Comprehensive Education using lottery dollars and new federal funding authorized through the Affordable Care Act. The federal [...]
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Preventing teen pregnancies could save Arizona more than $180M/year. Teen mothers face higher rates of preterm birth, and their kids have higher rates of low birth weight and infant death. Compared to women who delay childbearing until the age of 20 to 21 years, teenage moms are more likely to drop out of high school and to [...]
For regular readers, you know this is the last topic of the CDCs 5 "winnable battles". CDC's new leader, Dr. Thomas Frieden, is focusing the agency's energies on these topics because he believes we can beat them in three years. 5. Teen Pregnancy Preventing teen childbearing could save the United States about $9 Billion per [...]
I’ve often blogged about why teen pregnancy is an important Arizona winnable battle and why it’s a key public health indicator. Having a baby as a teenager impacts the mom, the dad, the baby and the whole community. Teen parents often don’t finish high school which, in turn, reduces their ability to financially take care [...]
Did you know the average life expectancy can vary by as much as 14 years depending on where you live in Arizona? Did you know that Arizona has seen an 85% drop in teen pregnancy in the past decade? And did you know Arizona has lower rates of cancer and heart disease than the nationwide [...]
Adolescence is a critical period of development where young people are exposed to new experiences, such as dating. Unfortunately, some teens find themselves involved in dating relationships that involve physical, sexual, emotional, or verbal abuse. Teens are often unable to recognize the signs of teen dating violence, or may be reluctant to tell their parents [...]
Everyone who has been watching the news and has probably heard about efforts to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly referred to as Obamacare. When the ACA was established, the funding for several pre-existing, long-established, and important, life-saving public health programs including immunizations and infectious disease prevention and control, [...]
We’ve had a great run together since I accepted the Interim ADHS Director position 6 years ago. I’m grateful to all of you for trusting me in this important position and for working together for the benefit of the folks of Arizona. We’ve made tremendous progress toward our Vision of Health and Wellness for all [...]
Last Thursday, the CDC published the CDC National Health Report which provides a snapshot of recent trends in key areas of the nation’s health. The report finds Americans are living longer, healthier lives, but indicates that progress has been slow or stagnating in some areas, including several leading causes of death and their risk factors. The new report [...]
Today we published Arizona’s first ever comprehensive State Health Assessment. The objective of the State Health Assessment is to give Arizona’s public health and health care systems a clear tool to help drive future decision-making and resource allocation as we collectively design and implement evidence-based interventions to improve health and wellness outcomes across Arizona. The [...]