Baby? Not yet.
Teens from Bexar County and throughout Texas will benefit from two grants totaling $13.75 million, awarded to the university’s UT Teen Health initiative that promotes healthy choices for adolescents.
Since 2010, the program has worked to decrease teen birth rates on San Antonio’s South Side. In three years, the program contributed to the decrease in teen births by 19 percent.
The grants will allow the program to expand its services, which have already impacted more than 12,000 teens, said Kristen Plastino, M.D., associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology and leader of the program.
“What makes UT Teen Health different is that we work with each of our stakeholders to understand their needs and to customize a plan to fit their goals,” she said. “With the new grants, we will continue to work with current partners and reach out to new stakeholders throughout the state that serve vulnerable youth.”
Those groups will include health care facilities, school districts, churches and organizations that work with the juvenile justice system and foster care youth, she said.