Taking the Plunge

April 10, 2012



There are times when you want words and phrases like "plunge"  and "steep drop" and "historic lows" associated with the things you wake up caring about every day. This would be one of those times.

Seems the U.S. teen birth rate is now at a historic low level, this according to the good public servants at the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). The truth is we knew that already--what we didn't know was that rates for all racial/ethnic groups are also at historic lows. What we also didn't know is that the absolute number of teen births--not the rate, friends, but the actual number--is the lowest it has been since the Truman Administration. How is that even possible?

The report from NCHS also contains new data on state teen birth rates. In particular, it is more than passing interesting to note that 16 states had declines in teen births of 20% or better between 2007 and 2010. The list of states defies regional categorization (states range from Washington to Florida), size categorization (states range from California to Delaware), population demographic categorization (states include North Carolina and Wyoming), poverty categorization (states range from Mississippi with high poverty levels to Massachusetts with one of the 10 lowest poverty levels).

Interesting right?

Read the report or some of the media coverage and let us know what you think.

Authored by: Bill Albert

Bill Albert is the Chief Program Officer of The National Campaign. As Chief Program Officer, Bill is responsible for overall program planning and development, and for tracking program progress. In addition, Bill provides oversight to the Campaign’s media outreach and communication strategies, as well as the writing, editing, design, and production of Campaign’s numerous publications and materials. In addition, he oversees the Campaign’s popular, award-winning websites, the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, the organization’s work with new media, and the Campaign’s marketing efforts.

Before his work with The National Campaign, Bill spent 12 years working in television news, most recently as the Managing Editor at Fox Television News in Washington, DC. His responsibilities included managing the editorial content of two daily news broadcasts, assigning, editing, and writing stories for air, conducting interviews, and overseeing the work of reporters and electronic news gathering crews.

Bill received his degree in Communications at American University and resides in Kensington, Maryland with his wife, Carol. His perfect 21-year-old son, Harrison The Boy Wonder, is a senior at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD to its friends).

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