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According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (2017), Central Appalachia had a teen birth rate 63% higher than the national rate. In the Big Sandy Region of Kentucky, the teen pregnancy rates per 1,000 females ages 15-19 were Floyd at 55.9, Johnson at 30.3, Magoffin at 57.3, Martin at 50.7, and Pike at 38.2. These were more than double the national rate (16.9) (Centers for Disease Control, 2021). Sexually transmitted infection (STI) rates within the area were also high. Chlamydia increased 200%, and syphilis increased 300% between 2011 and 2017; many of these cases were in young adults (Meehan, 2018). The Big Sandy Optimal Health Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPP) is a targeted program implemented by Mountain Comprehensive Care Center, Inc. to reduce teen pregnancy STIs within the Big Sandy Region. TPP is aimed towards youth ages 10-19 with a focus on high-risk youth. The data presentation will focus on data available as of April 2022. IRB Protocol Number: 22-02-62.

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Risky Behaviors in Central Appalachia/Eastern Kentucky: Teen Pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Infections



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