There is large amount of information from national, state, and local government health agencies that reflect on teen pregnancy. That is because it has been an issue in the United States for a long time. Within the essay it will show how these different levels overlap with information. This will also show structure within the levels and what functions between the levels. This essay will also show how the different levels of government work together. Then my definition of public and community health. Information Overlap
The Iowa Department of Public Health has information regarding teen pregnancies. Iowa Department of Public Health's focus is teen and young adults of the age of 10-24. Reproductive health is one thing the IDPH tries to help prevent and monitor. This includes reducing pregnancy, reduce new HIV diagnosis, reduce STD's, and promote safe sex practices, such as condoms, or birth control (IDPH - Adolescent Health, no date). The National Campaign is to help prevent teen pregnancy. They also have information that provides education and prevention methods to teens and young adults. They also promote safe sex practices and educate the teens and parents on contraceptive use. They also educating the teens on the responsibility of becoming a parent and the stresses a baby would add to his or her daily lives. This is included in reducing the number of teen pregnancies (What We Do | About Us | The National Campaign, no date). The information overlap between the two are remotely the same they strive to reduce the number of teen pregnancies at state and national levels. The structures between the levels of government share information with each other they can develop a solution or steps to help reduce the national problem. Teen pregnancy is not a local problem but a national problem. However, it may not have been known to be a national problem if local and state health departments did not share the information about teen pregnancies. In Iowa ages 15-19 51% per...
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