Roughly one in four teen girls become pregnant at least once by age 20 and fully half of all pregnancies in the United States are reported by women themselves as unplanned. Not too good.

By posting some intemperate thoughts about sex, love, relationships, pregnancy, childbearing, the media, public policy, our dogs, and other topics, we hope to spark a two-way discussion about how best to bring down the high rates of teen and unplanned pregnancy in this country. And who knows…from time to time, we might even offer up a few cogent thoughts that will be helpful.

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Contraception, Teen Pregnancy, Unplanned Pregnancy
September 15, 2016

As The National Campaign celebrates 20 years of preventing teen and unplanned pregnancy in 2016, we were thrilled to see the recent release of the Bridgespan Group’s study that recommends a billion dollar investment to further reduce the impacts of unintended pregnancy. Bridegspan’s research found that when young adults become accidental parents, it derails their own economic prospects while greatly diminishing their children’s opportunities for success as well. Accidental parenthood remains among the leading reasons young people drop out of high school and college, and is a significant obstacle in preventing these parents—and their children— from achieving economic security for their families.

One specific recommendation from the Bridgespan Group suggested an increased scaling of and continued innovation in online, mobile, and in-classroom tools to spread quality information on sexual health. The National Campaign program websites Bedsider.org and StayTeen.org were both cited as promising models that should be scaled and more widely disseminated, particularly given a recent study that showed users of Bedsider were less likely to experience a pregnancy scare, have unprotected sex, or an unintended pregnancy.

In addition to our work on Bedsider and Stay Teen, The National Campaign also recently launched Innovation Next—an incubator for innovative ideas that use technology to prevent teen pregnancy. Over 127 teams applied for funding to build game-changing approaches that prompt behavior change through digital tools.

As The National Campaign looks to build on its success we continue to depend on our supporters to help us move the needle when reducing teen and unplanned pregnancy. While we celebrate 20 years of progress, I hope you will consider supporting The National Campaign as you ponder your year-end giving choices. Although we don’t expect to raise the billion dollars that the Bridgespan Group recommends, we do know that your individual contributions will enable us to continue empower women and girls everywhere to live their best lives.

Authored by: Scott LaGrand

Scott LaGrand is the Chief Development Officer for The National Campaign. In this role, he is responsible for the strategic direction and implementation of fundraising for the organization. Scott joins The National Campaign from the Clinton Foundation where he has spent the past 6 years as the Director of Development for the Clinton Health Matters Initiative and the Vice President of Development for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Prior to his time at the Clinton Foundation, Scott spent nine years in multiple fundraising and leadership roles at the American Heart Association. 

Scott graduated with a BA in English from Boston College where he was an All-American ice-hockey player. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1988 Entry Draft and spent 9 seasons playing professionally. Scott has 2 daughters, Olivia (20) and Chloe (16).

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Authored by: Andrea Kane

Andrea Kane is the Vice President for Policy and Strategic Partnerships at The National Campaign.  She is responsible for The National Campaign’s public policy program, as well as forging strategic partnerships with a range of public and private sector organizations.  During her time at the Campaign, she has helped launch The National Campaign’s work with community colleges, youth in foster care, and with Latino communities.

From 2001 through 2008, she was also affiliated with the Brookings Institution’s Center on Children and Families in various capacities. Before joining The National Campaign in 2001, Andrea served at the White House Domestic Policy Council as a special assistant to President Clinton. She has also worked at the National Governors’ Association, and at the state and local level in California, Texas, and Virginia.

She studied Government at Smith College, received a BA from Cornell University and an MPA from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas.

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Authored by: Ginny Ehrlich

Ginny Ehrlich is the chief executive officer at the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. Prior to taking the helm at the National Campaign, Ginny directed the childhood obesity prevention portfolio at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and led the Foundation’s efforts to establish a strategic direction for its $500 million investment in ensuring that all children achieve a healthy weight by 2025. Previously, Ginny spent eight years at the Clinton Foundation, where she served as the Founding CEO of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative and the long-time CEO of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. During her tenure at the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Ginny positioned the organization as a national leader on preventing childhood obesity and started the nation’s largest school-based obesity prevention program. Ginny started her career in the classroom as a health and sexuality educator, and has held several state and national leadership positions.

Ginny has dedicated her more than 20-year career to improving the health and wellbeing of children, adolescents, and families. Known for her abilities to build organizational strategic vision and foster partnerships of great purpose across the public, private and nonprofit sectors, Ginny was recognized in 2012 by Health Leaders as one of the nation’s top change agents in the health sector. Ginny has a breadth of experience working with businesses, community organizations, policymakers, schools, and government officials on a wide variety of social welfare issues.

Ginny holds a doctorate of education in education leadership and a Master of Science in Special Education, both from the University of Oregon, a Master of Public Health from Boston University and a BA in Community Health Education, from the University of Oregon. She lives in Washington, DC; she is an avid tennis player and runner.

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