Community plan unveiled to public, teen pregnancy and births brought to public’s attention

To find out how to reduce teen pregnancy, the Northeast Florida Teen Pregnancy Task Force talked to the experts — the teens themselves.

And as the Task Force’s community action plan was officially released to the public yesterday, Dec. 7, teens who have been through successful programs and beaten the odds were there to validate the recommendations in “Preventing Teen Pregnancy in Northeast Florida: A Plan for Community Action.”

The report was released at the Bridge of Northeast florida, a multi-service teen center that was created after the last teen pregnancy study was conducted nearly 30 years ago by JCCI. While teen birth rates have declined since then, Jacksonville-area teens continue to give birth at a higher rate than teens state- and nation-wide.

Speakers included:

  • Sandy Cook, Task Force Co-Chair
  • Joy Burgess, Task Force Co-Chair
  • Kerry Dunlavey, Baker County Health Department
  • Peter Racine, Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation & Task Force Participant
  • Carlisa Morris, Teen Mother and Task Force Participant
  • Carol Brady, Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition

Current and past “Straight Talk” participants were also in the audience and shared their stories with attendees.

If you are interested in a presentation about the report and its recommendations, contact Erin Petrie at or 904-723-5422 x112.

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