Is Teen Pregnancy Really a Problem in Connecticut?

In fact, it is. In some parts of Connecticut, adolescent childbearing is a very significant problem when compared to the state overall. Certain communities consistently differ from the statewide average of all births to Connecticut mothers that occur when the mother is still a teenager. In fact, data analyzed by the Family Planning Program at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UConn Health indicate that in some communities, the proportion of all births to teen mothers is double that of the statewide average.

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About Us

The purpose of this website is to provide the most current information on strategies being used to prevent adolescent pregnancy in Connecticut. This website describes where in Connecticut adolescent childbearing is at its worst, as well as the specific approaches that the Connecticut Department of Social Services supports to address this problem.

 

The Connecticut Teen Pregnancy Prevention website is a product of the Family Planning Program in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UConn Health. Funding is provided through a grant from the Connecticut Department of Social Services. Data has been provided by Connecticut Department of Public Health.

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Connecticut Department of Social Services

Connecticut Department of Public Health

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

 

Contact

Rosemary Richter
Family Planning, MC 2929
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-2929
Phone: 860-679-7970
Fax: 860-679-1767
Email: richter@up.uchc.edu