- Associated Press - Monday, May 9, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Department of Health is trying to raise awareness about the impact of teen pregnancy in communities across the state as National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month is observed during May.

Deputy Commissioner for Population Health Michael Warren says birth rates in Tennessee for 15- to 19-year-olds is consistent with national trends of decline, falling from 53.8 in 2008 to 33 in 2014, and teen pregnancy rates fell from 64.7 to 37.9 per 1,000 teens.

The agency says adolescent pregnancy is still a significant problem in Tennessee. The state’s teen birth rate has declined consistently but is still higher than the national rate of 24.2.

Information about the state Health Department’s Adolescent Pregnancy Program is online at http://tn.gov/health/topic/MCH-TAPPP .

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