Teen Pregnancy Prevention
Teen birth rates have dropped 50% in Milwaukee since 2006, shattering the goal set by the United Way of Greater Milwaukee-led Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative in 2008. At the time, the goal – reduce teen birth rates by 46% by 2015 – was considered one of the most ambitious goals ever set in the nation. The initiative’s success is attributed to an all-hands-on-deck approach adopted by the community, which has been honored nationally as a model for other cities. The effort included the use of several controversial public awareness campaigns designed to show teens how getting pregnant negatively affects both young men and young women.
Watch the video highlighting these campaigns.
Teen pregnancy profoundly, and in most cases negatively, affects the lives of those involved while costing the community millions of dollars through direct care, ancillary services, and the overall drain on the workforce. Most alarming is the connection between Milwaukee's teen pregnancy epidemic and vicious, cyclical poverty.
Since 2006, the Greater Milwaukee Community has invested significant resources to aggressively combat what was then one of the worst teen birth rates in the nation. United Way of Greater Milwaukee convened a communitywide collaborative to bring the issue to the forefront of public attention and change the historically high rate of teen births.
The United Way-led initiative has become a national model for community collaboration. It has been recognized by United Way Worldwide, Mutual of America and the White House Council for Community Solutions and was included in a report on successful community collaborations to President Barack Obama.
The Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative through Healthy Girls is sponsored by Aurora Health Care through the Healthy Girls Challenge Grant.