COAST CITIES — North County Health Services and its Family Planning program have stepped up to address the problem of teen pregnancy, as well as to support youth who need access to family planning services, with a new outreach program and a video contest.
“Our goal is to make clinical services accessible to teens in order to reduce continued high rates of adolescent pregnancy, childbearing and other risk factors,” Family Planning Program Coordinator Esmeralda Amaya said. “We’re educating the young people in our community on responsible behavior, healthy relationships, and pregnancy prevention.”
In recognition of National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, NCHS’ Family Planning program, which provides outreach and education in the community, will participate in collaboration with the Boys & Girls Club on the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Red Carpet event. This event showcases My Choice, My Voice teen pregnancy prevention video contest. The goal of the video is to raise awareness with the issues of teenage pregnancies. There will be cash prizes awarded to the winners in middle school and high school categories, the event starts at 6:30 p.m. May 7. For entry forms and contest guidelines, call (760) 433-8920 or visit bgcoceanside.org.
Other activities during May include presentations at North County high schools on teenage pregnancy prevention; along with a presentation to a girls’ group hosted by the city of Oceanside at the El Corazon Senior Center, and a Teen Pregnancy Prevention workshop at the NCHS resource center in San Marcos. For information on the Family Planning Outreach program, or any of these activities, call (760) 736-8635.
North County Health Services is a private not-for-profit organization that serves more than 60,000 patients annually at 11 health centers in Carlsbad, Encinitas, Oceanside, Ramona and San Marcos, and two mobile clinics. For more, visit www.nchs-health.org or call (760) 736-6767.