The teen pregnancy rate in Mississippi is one of the highest in the nation. Recognizing the seriousness of this problem, Phil Bryant, Governor of the State of Mississippi, issued a directive to the Mississippi Department of Human Services and the Mississippi State Department of Health to develop a plan for preventing and reducing teen pregnancy in Mississippi. The state agencies formed a task force of governmental and community leaders, and faith-based and non-profit organizations to form the Healthy Teens for a Better Mississippi initiative to reduce and prevent births to teen mothers.
Healthy Teens for a Better Mississippi promotes the use of abstinence-only and abstinence-plus sex education, youth development programs, coalition building and media outreach to help Mississippi meet its goal of lower teen birth rates and healthier teens and newborns.
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