AWM1: Policy Brief
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
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