teen pregnancy http://wamc.org en Berkshire County School District Seeks to Strengthen Sex Ed Programs http://wamc.org/post/berkshire-county-school-district-seeks-strengthen-sex-ed-programs <p></p><p>The Pittsfield Public School’s Curriculum Subcommittee has been meeting with district and community partners to address the city’s troubling teen pregnancy rate by expanding and strengthening programs both in and out of school.</p><p></p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 19:40:59 +0000 Lucas Willard 66546 at http://wamc.org Berkshire County School District Seeks to Strengthen Sex Ed Programs Massachusetts Teen Birth Rate Now Lowest in State History http://wamc.org/post/massachusetts-teen-birth-rate-now-lowest-state-history <p></p><p>According to the 2010 Massachusetts Birth Report released by the state Department of Public Health earlier this week, the most recent data shows the rate of teenage women aged 15 to 19 having children dropped from 19.5 per 1,000 in 2009, to 17.1 per 1,000 in 2010.</p><p></p><p>The teen birth rate is now the lowest recorded in the commonwealth, and Massachusetts is now trailing only New Hampshire for the lowest teen birth rate in the country. The Granite State leads with a teen birth rate of 15.7 per 1,000.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 16:40:33 +0000 Lucas Willard 61343 at http://wamc.org Massachusetts Teen Birth Rate Now Lowest in State History Berkshire Non-Profit Launches Teen Pregnancy Awareness Campaign http://wamc.org/post/berkshire-non-profit-launches-teen-pregnancy-awareness-campaign <p></p><p>Berkshire County, Massachusetts has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the state. In Pittsfield, a local organization kicked off a campaign that intends to raise awareness of this issue.</p><p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 22:09:51 +0000 Lucas Willard 59910 at http://wamc.org Berkshire Non-Profit Launches Teen Pregnancy Awareness Campaign Vox Pop : Open Forum - Condoms in Schools : 8/21/12 http://wamc.org/post/vox-pop-open-forum-condoms-schools-82112 <p>Public school officials in Springfield, Massachusetts will be mailing letters and making telephone calls to the parents and guardians of thousands of middle and school students to let them know about the district’s new condom availability policy.</p><p>Starting September 1, condoms will be available to students from school nurses. parents and guardians who do not want their children to have access to condoms can opt-out of the policy, but at least one school committee member has called idea that condoms could be given out in school to 12-year-olds, “unnerving.”</p> Tue, 21 Aug 2012 19:00:00 +0000 46231 at http://wamc.org Community Effort Addresses Teen Pregnancy http://wamc.org/post/community-effort-addresses-teen-pregnancy <p>A community wide collaboration is credited with helping to reduce teenage pregnancy in Holyoke Massachusetts.&nbsp; Officials acknowledge there is much work yet to do, as Holyoke has the highest teen birth rate in the state.&nbsp;&nbsp; WAMC&rdquo;s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports<br /> Wed, 09 May 2012 22:30:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 38549 at http://wamc.org Community Effort Addresses Teen Pregnancy Morning headlines with Judy Patrick of the Daily Gazette http://wamc.org/post/morning-headlines-judy-patrick-daily-gazette-51 <p>WAMC&#39;s David Guistina gets the morning headlines from Judy Patrick, managing editor of the Daily Gazette.</p> Wed, 02 May 2012 11:05:13 +0000 David Guistina 38079 at http://wamc.org Morning headlines with Judy Patrick of the Daily Gazette Schools To Give Condoms To Students As Young As 12 http://wamc.org/post/schools-give-condoms-students-young-12 <p><font size="2">The second largest public school system in Massachusetts is going to make condoms available to students as young as 12 beginning this fall. The school committee in Springfield, Thursday night, approved a condom availability policy that proponents say will become&nbsp; part of a comprehensive effort to combat one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the state. WAMC&#39;s&nbsp; Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Fri, 06 Apr 2012 15:48:20 +0000 Paul Tuthill 36290 at http://wamc.org Schools To Give Condoms To Students As Young As 12