Courtesy: Pueblo City-County Health Department

Earlier this year, the Colorado Children’s Campaign released its annual Kids Count report, which analyzes heath and well-being among the state’s youth in Colorado’s most populated counties. Among the measures is teen birth rates, and in Pueblo County, they’re high, nearly double the state average. And the numbers haven’t changed much for more than 30 years. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin takes a look at why so many young women are having kids so early, and what it means for health professionals in Pueblo County.

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Pueblo City-County Health Department: Adolescent Pregnancy
Pueblo City-County Health Department: Clinic Services
Caring Pregnancy Center
Responsible Sex Education Institute: Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains

This piece appeared in May’s Western Skies, which you can listen to here.

 

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