New Mexico Teen Pregnancy Coalition

NMTPC is dedicated to providing programs and supporting activities directed at reducing teen pregnancy, addressing the negative consequences of teen pregnancy and improving outcomes for teen parent's on New Mexico

NMTPC is dedicated to providing programs and supporting activities directed at reducing teen pregnancy, addressing the negative condequesces of teen pregnancy and improving outcomes for teen parent's in New Mexico

The National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Quiz

Hello Friends!! Information from the National Campaign to pass along to you. Please forward this on and encourage youth to take the quiz.

On the Eve of the National Day...

Fully 39% of teens say they have never thought about what their life would be like if they were to get pregnant or cause a pregnancy, according to a new national survey released in anticipation of the annual National Day and sponsored by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. In addition, 79% of adults believe that more efforts to prevent teen pregnancy are needed in their community.

Hundreds of thousands of teens nationwide are expected to participate in the 13th annual National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy taking place on May 7, 2014. The purpose of the National Day is to focus the attention of teens on the importance of avoiding too-early pregnancy and parenthood through an interactive online quiz.

On the National Day, teens nationwide are asked to go to and take the National Day Quiz, which challenges them to think carefully about what they might do "in the moment" though a series of interactive scenarios. Teens are able to insert themselves and their friends directly into the quiz by creating personalized avatars (a graphical representation of the user).

“Thanks to teens themselves, the nation’s rates of teen pregnancy and childbearing are at historic lows,” said Sarah Brown, CEO of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, organizer of the National Day. "Even so, nearly three in 10 girls get pregnant by age 20 and rates of teen pregnancy in the U.S. far outpace those of other nations.”

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[05/08/14]   Good Morning Friends!


Teen Pregnancy Rates Declined in Every State and
Among All Racial and Ethnic Groups

Rates of teen pregnancy, birth and abortion have declined dramatically in the United States since their peak in the early 1990s. In 2010, some 614,000 pregnancies occurred among teenage women aged 15–19, for a rate of 57.4 pregnancies per 1,000 women that age. This marks a 51% decline from the 1990 peak, and a 15% decline in just two years, from 67.8 in 2008, according to “U.S. Teenage Pregnancies, Births and Abortions, 2010: National and State Trends by Age, Race and Ethnicity,” a new study by the Guttmacher Institute. Similarly, the teen birthrate declined 44% from the peak in 1991 (from 61.8 births per 1,000 to 34.4 per 1,000); and the teen abortion rate declined 66% between its 1988 peak and 2010 (from 43.5 abortions per 1,000 to 14.7 per 1,000).

While there was a substantial drop in the pregnancy rate for 15–17-year-olds and 18–19-year-olds between 2008 and 2010, pregnancies among 18–19-year-olds constituted the majority (69%) of teen pregnancies. During this same time period, increasing proportions of 18–19-year-olds reported having ever had sex, yet fewer of them became pregnant. The likely reason is improved contraceptive use and use of more effective methods.

“The decline in the teen pregnancy rate is great news,” says lead author Kathryn Kost. “Other reports had already demonstrated sustained declines in births among teens in the past few years; but now we know that this is due to the fact that fewer teens are becoming pregnant in the first place. It appears that efforts to ensure teens can access the information and contraceptive services they need to prevent unwanted pregnancies are paying off.”

The study also found dramatic declines in teen pregnancy rates among all racial and ethnic groups. The teen pregnancy rate declined 56% among both non-Hispanic white teens (from 86.6 per 1,000 to 37.8) and among black teens (from 223.8 per 1,000 to 99.5) between 1990 and 2010, and by 51% among Hispanic teens (from 169.7 per 1,000 to 83.5) between 1992 (the peak for this group) and 2010. However, wide disparities persist, and rates among both black and Hispanic teens remain twice as high as the rate for non-Hispanic white teens.

Teen pregnancy rates declined in all 50 states between 2008 and 2010. Yet even with ongoing declines, substantial disparities remain between states. In 2010, New Mexico had the highest teenage pregnancy rate (80 per 1,000), followed by Mississippi (76), Texas (73), Arkansas (73), Louisiana (69) and Oklahoma (69). The lowest rates were in New Hampshire (28 per 1,000), Vermont (32), Minnesota (36), Massachusetts (37) and Maine (37). The authors suggest that the demographic characteristics of states’ populations, the availability of comprehensive sex education, knowledge about and availability of contraceptive services and cultural attitudes toward sexual behavior and early childbearing likely play a role in these variations.

Click here for the full report: “U.S. Teenage Pregnancies, Births and Abortions, 2010: National and State Trends by Age, Race and Ethnicity,” by Kathryn Kost and Stanley Henshaw.

For more information:

Facts on American Teens’ Sexual and Reproductive Health

Guttmacher State Data Center: create your own customized tables, graphs and maps.


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Happy Valentines Day Friends!! Please don't forget February is Teen Dating Violence Awarness Month!! Great Information from

Take Action
Everyone deserves to be in a safe and healthy relationship. You can help make that happen by raising awareness about the issue, saying something about abuse when you see it and organizing your friends to make a difference. Here are some easy ways to get started:

Take the Pledge
Teens and young adults across the country are pledging to keep their relationships free from abuse. They are sending a message that abuse is not acceptable in our schools, communities or hearts. Promote safe and healthy relationships by being a role model. Take the dating pledge and then talk to your friends about it.

Get the Word Out
There are so many ways to raise awareness about dating abuse and healthy relationships. You can:

•Make a poster and get permission to put it up in a public place.
•Create a PSA (check out our YouTube channel to get started).
•Write a story or blog.
Just use your creativity to make a difference! Send us a copy of whatever you create and we’ll try to feature it on our blog. Thanks!

On Facebook or Twitter? Bring attention to teen dating abuse by encouraging your friends and family to visit Your words can make a difference! Here are some sample posts to get you started:

•One in three teens experience some form of relationship abuse and two thirds of them never tell anyone. Help change this -- Visit today.
•Everyone has the right to a safe and healthy relationship. Find out more at
•Love is not abuse. Break the cycle. Visit today.
You can also post the videos and blogs throughout this site on your Facebook or Twitter. Together, we’ll let everyone know that love IS respect.

Get Political
Every day local, state and federal officials make decisions that impact your life. Even if you can’t vote yet, you can be heard! Speak out and let the people who represent you know your opinion. Tell them that dating abuse is an important issue that should be addressed. Download our template letter to send to elected officials in your area. Most federal legislators have email systems built into their web pages -- you can find your representative by visiting or

Speak out in your community. Call your local school board or city council and request to speak about dating abuse at their next meeting. Use our template and information on to talk about dating abuse and explain how they can help you prevent it. Change starts with one voice -- so your community is counting on YOU! Home page of the United States House of Representatives

National Respect Announcement

Happy Valentines Day Friends!! Please spread the word about Teen Dating Abuse Month. I just supported National Respect Announcement on @ThunderclapIt // @loveisrespect

Great evening at the La Mesa Elementary Health Fair!

Hello Friends! Here is some information on how to access the KIDS Count Data Book.

You can access the new New Mexico KIDS COUNT Data Book at this link. I’ve also included the link to the NM KIDS are COUNTing on Us policy agenda, and a link to become a citizen co-sponsor of the campaign—if you are interested.

Christine Hollis
NM Voices for Children
[email protected]
505-244-9505 x.105

[02/03/14]   Information from New Mexico Voices for Children!

Our Young Children Need You on Monday!

February 1, 2014
Time Frame: Monday
Issue: The constitutional amendment to use a small percentage of income from the Land Grant Permanent Fund to expand high-quality early childhood care and learning programs (SJR-12) will be heard in committee on Monday.
Background: Too many of New Mexico’s youngest children are not getting the programs that help prepare them for success in school because these programs are terribly underfunded by the state. SJR-12 takes a small percentage of the $13 billion Permanent Fund to expand these critical programs. After SJR-12 passes the Legislature, it goes to the voters to make the final decision.
SJR-12 will be heard in the Senate Rules Committee on Monday morning. The SRC convenes at 8:30am in room 321 of the state Capitol.
Action Needed: Please attend the Senate Rules Committee meeting on Monday and stand in support of SJR-12 when you are asked to do so. You may also call the state Capitol and ask to be connected to the senators in this committee. Once you are connected to your legislator’s office say that you are calling to urge their support of SJR-12.
What You Might Say: “Senator, I urge you to vote in favor of SJR-12. This bill will positively impact New Mexico’s children—and with our state ranked dead last in child well-being, they need our help. Our kids are counting on us. Thank you
To Attend: The state Capitol is located at the corner of Old Santa Fe Trail and Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe. Parking is available at 420 Galisteo St. Click here for a map.
To Call: Reach the state Capitol switchboard at 505-986-4300. Click here for members of the Senate Rules Committee (SRC).

United States of America | Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Information from GRADS monthly:

Upcoming Events:
Feb 8th: 24/7 Dads Training, Belen, NM
Feb 25-26: SHEI, Albuquerque, NM
March 5: Breast Feeding pre-conference Albuquerque,
March 6-7: Breast Feeding Conference, Albuquerque,

Helpful Resources for NM GRADS
“When I was growing up in the hills of
East Tennessee, I knew my dreams
would come true. I know there are children
in your community with their own
dreams. They dream of becoming a
doctor or an inventor or a minister.
Who knows, maybe there is a little girl
whose dream is to be a writer and singer.”
- Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is
available in many communities across
New Mexico. To learn more information
to benefit your students and
their children please visit:
A Free Breast Feeding workshop and
pre workshop will be held March 5-7
in Albuquerque, NM. For more information
please contact:
Esperanza Dodge
[email protected] Dolly Parton's Imagination Library USA promotes early childhood literacy for children by providing free age appropriate books from birth to age 5 around the country.

[02/03/14]   Good Morning Friends!! Great Information from the Healthy Teen Network.

February is Teen Dating Violence Prevention Month

This year marks the 4th annual Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month (TDVAM), observed every year in February. is the online hub for all national activities and promotion of TDVAM, as well as the home of Break the Cycle and loveisrespect's annual public awareness campaign for TDVAM. The website, hosted by Break the Cycle, offers resources for youth, adults, and communities planning activities that aim to raise awareness of teen dating violence.

The effects of teen dating violence reach far beyond the young people victimized. Throughout February, organizations and individuals nationwide are coming together to highlight the need to educate young people about dating violence, teach healthy relationship skills, and prevent the cycle of abuse.

The National Youth Advisory Board of loveisrespect created Respect Week as part of TDVAM. This week, which kicks off February 11, provides young people with the opportunity to raise awareness through activities like "Wear Orange Day" on that Monday. They have provided this guide with information on this and other suggested activities.

Be sure to check out this Healthy Teen Network resource:

Interpersonal Violence and Adolescent Pregnancy

This report examines the links between interpersonal violence and teen pregnancy, as well as the implications for practice and programs and offers possible next steps for the field.

[01/24/14]   Hello Friends!! February is Teen Dating Violence Prevention month!! Great ideas to share with your families and communities!!

Start by talking about relationships on February 4 -- for nearly a decade, It's Time to Talk Day has brought together parents, survivors, celebrities, non-profit organizations, corporations and journalists to spread awareness of dating violence. Here's what you can do:

•Take the It's Time To Talk Day pledge to talk to teens and young people you know about healthy relationships

•Join thousands of conversations across the country by participating in an It's Time To Talk Day Talk-A-Thon

•Register for your It's Time To Talk Day toolkit to help have conversations about healthy relationships

•Host your own It's Time To Talk Day Talk-A-Thon! Add your conversation or event to our map and see where other conversations are happening

•Become an advocate for ending teen dating violence by joining the Love Is Not Abuse Coalition, which includes thousands of advocates who have made it their mission to bring education and other dating abuse prevention resources to their families and communities

Get involved in teenDVmonth activities:

•Join our Thunderclap of the National Respect Announcement - on February 14, our Thunderclap will reach out across all social media platforms to let everyone know that on Valentine's Day, love has many definitions, but abuse isn't one of them. Sign up to make the announcement in front of your class, youth group, across the school intercom and so on.

•Host your own event and educate family, friends, classmates and more about dating abuse and building healthy relationships

•Write to government officials -- your governor, mayor, senator, congressman, school board member -- or faith leader and ask them them to participate in teenDVmonth by issuing a proclamation.

•Wear orange! On February 11, help spread awareness of dating violence by joining the Facebook event, wearing orange out in public, posting a picture of you sporting the color and blast your social media using the hashtags #teenDVmonth and #RespectWeek2014

•Download our Respect Week 2014 Guide, written by our National Youth Advisory Board at loveisrespect to help you plan activities during the week

•Sign up for our teenDVmonth toolkit and get access to resources that will help you, your school, youth group and more raise awareness during teenDVmonth

•Participate in our Twitter Town Halls on Tuesdays and Webinar Wednesdays

To find out how to prepare or take action with more amazing teenDVmonth activities, sign up for our webinar A Guide to Break the Cycle's TDVAM Events on Wednesday, January 29.

Help us promote healthy relationships for young people all month long!


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