Southeastern Idaho Public Health

To decrease teen pregnancies in Idaho, Southeastern Idaho Public Health utilizes the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (APP) program to teach Reducing the Risk (RTR) curriculum in local high schools. APP aims to provide youth and their parents access to comprehensive sexual health education, which studies find helps teens delay sexual activity and use condoms and birth control correctly to avoid sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and pregnancy.

Teen Pregnancy Facts
  • • Approximately 15 out of 100 Idaho teens gave birth in 2019.
  • • The US has the highest rate of teen pregnancy among developed nations.
  • • Taxpayers spend over $9.4 billion a year to cover the social costs of adolescent pregnancy.
  • • 3 in 10 girls become pregnant at least once before the age of 20.
  • • 32% of high school teens have ever had sexual intercourse.
  • • 50% of all sexually transmitted infections occur in people age 24 and younger.
  • • One quarter of all new HIV infections in the US are in the 13-20 age group.
  • • Less than 40% of teen mothers receive a high school diploma.
  • • Sons of teen mothers are more likely to end up behind bars as are other young men.
  • • Daughters of teen moms are 3 times more likely to become teen mothers themselves (compared to mothers who had a child are age 20-21).

To obtain information on teen pregnancy prevention, contact SIPH’s Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program Coordinator, Tessa Donaldson , at 208-239-5252 or visit these informational links.

Links & Downloads

  Idaho Teen Pregnancy
  The Naked Truth
  Teen Source
  Don’t Tell My Parents
  2013 Idaho Youth Risk Behavior Survey
  AACAP: When children have children
  Idaho Health and Welfare
  CDC Teen Pregnancy