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TEEN PREGNANCY PREVENTION

Tennessee Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Programs (TAPPP)

The Tennessee Pregnancy Prevention Program has three goals:

  • To promote community awareness and involvement in adolescent pregnancy and parenting issues
  • To facilitate collaboration among diverse programs in the community to enhance and increase prevention efforts
  • To coordinate, improve and expand services available to parents and pregnant/parenting teens

What can be done to prevent teen pregnancy?

For Parents

  • Start early
  • Talk openly about relationships and expectations
  • Ask important questions
  • Be an “askable parent” not a friend
  • Supervise and monitor your children and adolescents
  • Know you children’s friends and their families
  • Discourage early, frequent, and steady dating
  • Help your teenagers to have options for the future that more attractive than early pregnancy and parenthood
  • Let your kids know that you value education highly
  • Know what your kids are watching, reading, and listening to

For Youth

  • Be clear about your values when dating
  • Ask adults important questions
  • Set Boundaries
  • Decide if you are ready to start dating
  • Talk openly with your parents
  • Think about the future and how life decisions can affect your plans

Remember talking about teen pregnancy prevention is hard, but experiencing teen pregnancy is harder.

Youth Friendly Clinic Services

Services available for youth ages 13 & up!

  • Reproductive health screenings and counseling
  • STD screenings
  • Pregnancy Testing
  • Breast exams
  • Multiple birth control options
  • Emergency contraception

Resource Links

http:/www.countyhealthrankings.org/app/tennessee/2016/measure/factors/14/data

http:/www.ncsl.org/research/health/teen-pregnancy-prevention.aspx

http:/www.teensforlife.com/relationship-reality/

http:/ncfy.acf.hhs.gov/topics/teen-pregnancy-prevention

http:/stayteen.org/

http:/www.advocatesforyouth.org/publications/publications-a-z/1347–best-practices-for-youth-friendly-clinical-services

The TAPPP Coordinator at the Sullivan County Regional Health Department can prepare displays and presentations on issues dealing with teen pregnancy, teen parenting, and communicating with teens, and other related topics.   For more information, please contact:

Audrey Holley, TAPPP Coordinator

aholley@sullivanhealth.org

423-279-2871

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