Nearly 3 in 10 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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Federal Funding, Public Policy, State and Local, Teen Pregnancy, Teens
August 18, 2014

Data Joke

If you’re a data-watch nerd like us, you’re probably just as impatient with the lag time in teen birth data as we are. Well, fret no more! A Vital Stats transition that has been more than a decade in the making will soon begin. So, by the time we ring in the New Year, all 50 states and the District of Columbia will have adopted the new birth certificate. Hooray! We anticipate much improved data timeliness across all measures, including some newly added items such as breastfeeding and mom’s BMI. Great news that will help us stay more up-to-date on what is happening across the country with teen childbearing!

For more information, check out this article about the birth certificate transition, what the transition has entailed, and how it will help speed along our data. 

Authored by: Cara Finley

Cara Finley is the Manager of Research and Evaluation. In this capacity, she is responsible for developing research briefs and resources, providing technical assistance related to evaluation, and evaluating Campaign efforts.

Before joining The National Campaign, she conducted research and evaluation in both the non-profit and private sector related to maternal and child health, and provided training and technical assistance to both community-based organizations and military personnel. Cara received a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology and biology from the University of Michigan and a Masters degree in Public Health from George Washington University.

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August 13, 2014
Authored by: Jessica Sheets Pika

Jessica Sheets Pika is the Director of Communications at The National Campaign. In that capacity, Jessica is the community manager and content strategist for The National Campaign’s award winning websites, (the Campaign’s corporate website) and (the Campaign’s teen website). She curates and writes content, manages consultants and content contributors, handles both sites’ social media presences, and develops new activities and content areas for both sites. In addition, Jessica handles press initiatives, spearheads the design and creation of new National Campaign materials, and provides general communications and editorial guidance to all program areas of the Campaign.

Jessica joined The National Campaign in 2006 and has more than 10 years of experience in the non-profit healthcare world. She received a Bachelors degree in Communications and Political Science from Wake Forest University and lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, her adorable son, and their dog, Cora.

For the first time in decades, the non-marital birth rate in the U.S. has been declining, according to a new report out today from the National Center for Health Statistics. The report also includes some findings from the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) showing the intersection between non-...
20-Somethings, Contraception, Unplanned Pregnancy
August 12, 2014
Authored by: Liany Elba Arroyo

Liany Elba Arroyo is the Director of Partnerships at The National Campaign where she identifies strategic partnerships that strengthen initiatives to prevent teen and unplanned pregnancy.  In addition, she manages the Latino Initiative Advisory Group and the Personal Responsibility, Religion, and Values Advisory Group.  

Prior to coming to The National Campaign, Liany spent over 13 years working in the government and non-profit sectors developing programs and promoting public policies that aimed to improve the health status of Latino communities across the nation.  Most recently, Liany was the Associate Director of the Education and Children’s Policy Project at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), where she worked on advancing NCLR’s education priorities and policies affecting Latino children and youth.  Liany has published several pieces on children and Latino health and has been cited by Spanish and English media, including The New York Times, Newsweek, and Univision.

Originally from Bridgeport, Connecticut, Liany currently resides in Landover, Maryland with her husband and daughter.  She holds a BS in psychology from Wellesley College and an MPH from Columbia University.

Today’s youth face challenges that my peers couldn’t imagine.  Anything they say or do can be seen by millions across the world at the push of button on a smart phone.  They are navigating adolescence at a time when the world around them is changing faster than it takes them to upload a new Vine...
Latino Initiative, Parents, Teen Pregnancy, Teens
August 11, 2014
Authored by: Kate Meroski

Kate is the Communications Coordinator at The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to promoting values, behavior and policies that reduce both teen pregnancy and unplanned pregnancy among young adults. She is responsible for managing the Campaign’s youth initiative work, including the National Youth Leadership Team and the DC (District of Columbia) Teen Advisory Board.  Additionally, she creates content and is the Campaign’s internal graphic designer.  Kate also manages content on the Campaign’s teen and corporate web properties ( and and social media accounts.  She also plans Campaign events and coordinates external communications including press releases and the weekly newsletter, the Campaign EGRAM.

Kate holds a Bachelors degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from The George Washington University. 

Check out Coverage Saga Part 1 to learn how I ended up being reimbursed for a year’s worth of preventative care.So where was I? I was on the method finder to figure out which long acting, reversible contraceptive method (or LARC, for short) would fit best my life.For me, the Nexplanon...
20-Somethings, Bedsider, Contraception