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4-2 Final Project Milestone One: Draft of Public Health Issue CHE-110 Intro to Community Health Christina Shutter
My chosen community health issue is teen pregnancy and the community that I am focusing on is South Florida, specifically metro Miami-Dade. Although teen pregnancy rates have been steadily dropping over the last 30 years, teen pregnancy prevention continues to be a public health priority. The issue continues to be one that affects Hispanic and African American teens at double the rate of other races. Those specific population densities are high in the Miami area. Three contributing behaviors to teen pregnancy are teens that are growing up in single family homes (lack of parental supervision), use of drugs and or alcohol, and low self-esteem. These behaviors contribute to four conditions that include, low graduation rates, higher poverty levels, repeated unplanned pregnancies and term health problems that contribute to 50% higher rates of premature deaths. Teen pregnancy and parenthood is often associated with social, health and financial costs to parents, families, and the economy. A teen pregnancy can interrupt educational and career goals, affecting earning potential and future financial stability. According to the National

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