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Teen Pregnancy Prevention

Baltimore City continues to have one of the highest rates of teen births in the United States. In 2009, the teen birth rate in Baltimore City was 64 per 1,000 girls aged 15-19 compared with a national rate of 39.

BHB’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative (TPPI) works to reduce teen births by improving young people’s access to age-appropriate and evidence-based health education, medically appropriate clinical services, and opportunities to engage their communities and grow as civic leaders.

TPPI aims to reduce unintended teen births by 20% by 2015, with reductions in both the total number of teen births but also with specific focus on preventing subsequent births to teen moms. We exceeded this goal, with teen pregnancies dropping by 30% between 2009 and 2013.  TPPI activities include:

  • Know What You Want campaign: This citywide campaign empowers teens and young adults to consider how a family planning option might help them to reach their goals. It is a partnership between BCHD and The Maryland Institute College of Art /Center for Design Practice. 
  • Youth Advisory Council (YAC): Twelve Baltimore City teens and young adults meet monthly to provide input into the City’s health programming, while gaining leadership skills and contributing to their communities.
  • Long Acting Reversible Contraceptive (LARC) Project: This citywide, multi-agency effort aims to increase access to LARC contraceptive methods for women of reproductive age. Resources include a family planning toolkit, a video for teens, and method-specific training for health care providers.


Baltimore City Health Department * Family League of Baltimore City * Planned Parenthood of Maryland * The Abell Foundation * The Aaron and Lillie Straus Foundation * The Annie E. Casey Foundation * The David and Barbara B. Hirschhorn Foundation * The Rosenberg Foundation *Johns Hopkins Center for Adolescent Health * Maryland Institute College of Art

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Sponsored by the Office of Mayor Catherine E. Pugh,
Baltimore City Health Department,
The Family League of Baltimore, and
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield