CDPH Releases New Data, Finds Adolescent Birth Rate Has Fallen to Record Low
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released new data on California’s adolescent birth rate, finding a record low of 13.9 births per 1,000 females between the ages of 15-19. The record low reflects an 11.5 percent decline between 2016 and 2017. CDPH indicated the decline can be attributed to a number of factors including improved access to reproductive health services, increased use of contraception, delayed first sexual intercourse, and public health prevention, education, and support programs.
The full CDPH report, including detailed data and statistics, is available here.