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Adolescent birth rate in California declining

The adolescent birth rate in California continues to decline, according to the Department of Public Health. New California report indicates record low 15.7 births per 1,000 females between ages 15 -19 SACRAMENTO (MNS) – The adolescent birth rate in

The adolescent birth rate in California continues to decline, according to the Department of Public Health.

New California report indicates record low 15.7 births per 1,000 females between ages 15 -19

SACRAMENTO (MNS) – The adolescent birth rate in California continues to decline, according to the Department of Public Health (CDPH). A new state report indicates a record low of 15.7 births per 1,000 females between the ages of 15 and 19. Those numbers reflect an 11 percent decline between 2015 and 2016.

Declining rates can be attributed to a number of factors, including improved access to reproductive health services and increased use of contraception; delayed first sexual intercourse; and public health prevention, education, and support programs.

“While we have more work to do, the decline in adolescent births is a sign that our efforts in California are working,” said Dr. Karen Smith, CDPH Director, and State Public Health Officer.

The adolescent birth rate decreased among all racial and ethnic groups between 2015 and 2016. Despite these declining birth rates, racial disparities persist in adolescent childbearing in California. African American and Latino adolescents are three to four times as likely to give birth as White youth. Latinas account for 75 percent of adolescent births and have the highest ABR at 23.7. Rates also vary dramatically across counties: the county with the highest ABR has a rate 5.2 times greater than the county with the lowest ABR.

BACKGROUND
California law requires state-funded sexual health education to be comprehensive, medically accurate, objective, and age and culturally appropriate. CDPH’s Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Division (MCAH), in collaboration with local partners, implement programs aimed at preventing adolescent pregnancy and improving pregnancy outcomes among young women.

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