Commissioners looking to reduce Travis County teen pregnancies

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TRAVIS COUNTY (KXAN) — Data shows there is a rising number of teen pregnancies in the Travis County Latina community.

The Travis County Commissioners Court is seeking new strategies to prevent teen pregnancies through studies and non profits. Results from the non-profit, Pay for Success, shows that in the past their strategies have reduced teen births by 30 percent.

“When you look at the overall numbers, it looks like teen births are going down. However, when you start to focus in our community, it continues to be a challenge specifically in the Latino community,” explains Dr. Rosamaria Murillo the assistant director of the Health and Human Services Department (HHSD).

GOING IN-DEPTH: 2012 data

  • Travis County teen pregnancies under the age of 19
  • 882 births to Hispanic teens
  • 120 to Black teens
  • 116 to White teens

In the Austin-Travis County area, Hispanic females have a higher rate of teen pregnancy, according to HHSD. 77 percent of Travis County teen births were to Hispanic females in 2012.

Looking at all of the counties in Texas, Travis County holds the number one spot for the largest number of teen pregnancies in Hispanic females from the age of 17 and under.

While a $25,000 investment has already been made, additional funding may be required depending on what step the Court decides to take next.

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