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AWM1: Policy Brief Policy Brief Policy Brief Implementation of Education to Promote Reduction of Teen Pregnancies in the Los Angeles Area Western Governors University D025: Essentials of Advanced Nursing Roles and Interprofessional Practice August 4, 2020 PAGE 2
AWM1: Policy Brief Policy Brief Executive Summary Summary of the Context and Scope of the SDOH in My Community The purpose of this policy brief is to highlight the issue of teenage pregnancy in the Los Angeles area. While the rate in Los Angeles is lower than that of other regions in the United States, teen pregnancy is a concern to the community for various reasons. This policy brief will discuss education as the Social Determinant of Health (SDOH) for pregnancy prevention as a means to decrease the rate of teenage pregnancies in this community. Summary of How the Proposed Policy will Address the SDOH in My Community The SDOH for this policy brief is education, or the deficits of current sexual education, to be more specific. This is an issue worth addressing because it affects half of teens directly in our community (females) and less directly but of equal importance it affects the other half of the teen population as well (males). The proposed policy will address the need for education related to the negative effects of teenage pregnancy. Teen pregnancy has several negative effects, but one of the most distressing is how it impacts the futures of these young people. It has been determined that thirty percent of teenage girls that drop out of high school admit to their pregnancy as the reason why. Further, the rates of dropping out are even higher among Black and Hispanic female students (National Conference of State Legislatures, 2013). This is important to the policy as the target is the public-school sector, which accounts for the majority of this aged population and has much higher rates of Black and Hispanic enrollment than the private school sector (Brown, 2016). According to The National PAGE 3
AWM1: Policy Brief Policy Brief Conference of State Legislatures (2013), rates among Hispanic girls is 36 percent and African American 38 percent of the calculated total of teen pregnancies in the US and California. Proposal of Persuasive Course of Action for Policy Makers The proposed policy would require energy from the legislative figures directly involved in school curriculum setting. Action toward further policy development and implementation from the policy makers in the actual schools would be required to enact the goal of increased education. By increasing and amending the education students receive, policy makers have the chance to change not only the rate of teen pregnancies but increase the chances of these young women having a brighter future.

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