Between 2008 and 2014, Rochester teen pregnancy rates and teen birth rates declined by 50%. These positive health trends are due to several factors: increased youth access to reproductive health care, more sexuality education in our schools and youth programs, peer leadership programs and informative media campaigns.
However the problem is not solved. The teen birth rate in Rochester is still 1.6 times the national rate, and 2.5 times the rate in NYS. The rate of teen birth is 6.5 times the rate in Monroe County towns and suburbs.
In 2014, 326 teen girls (ages 15-19) gave birth in the City of Rochester, a rate of 39 births per 1,000 girls. In 2019, these 326 babies, if grouped together, would fill 15 kindergarten classrooms. 10% of all the babies born in Rochester in 2014 were born to teens.
And young people in Rochester face a host of other issues including extreme rates of poverty, segregated schools, unsafe neighborhoods, and mental health issues.
Youth, parents, health professionals, teachers, faith leaders, concerned citizens and elected officials all have a role to play. To find out what more can be done, contact us.