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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that from 2018 to 2019 the teen pregnancy rate among Natives was higher (29.2) than all other races/ethnicities. During the same time, period teen birth rates declined for several racial groups (Hispanic females, non-Hispanic white females, and non-Hispanic black females). The teen pregnancy rate among Natives was more than two times higher than non-Hispanic white teens.
The CDC found that "social determinants of health, such as low education and low-income levels of a teen's family, may contribute to high birth rates". Certain settings or environments can put teens at higher risk of teen pregnancy than other groups. For example, foster care can cause a young woman to be two times more likely to become pregnant than young women who do not live in foster care.
There are evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs that can be implemented in different settings. Beyond implementing a teen pregnancy prevention program teens should have access to the following:
Source: CDC | Teen Pregnancy
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The Great Plains Tribal Epidemiology Center provides support to tribal nations across the Great Plains to help diagnose health disparities and the presence of diseases and disorders in our communities.
The Oyate Health Center is a tribally-owned and operated walk-in primary care clinic located in Rapid City, South Dakota. The facility is under the management of the Great Plains Tribal Leaders’ Health Board.