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Governor Bryant declares May Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

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Governor Phil Bryant attended a Community Town Hall Meeting Wednesday to promote his Teen Pregnancy Prevention initiative.

When Governor Bryant took office reducing teen pregnancies in the state became one of his top priorities. In 2010 the state by far had one of the highest rates in the nation averaging 55 pregnancies for every 1000 teenage girls age 15 to 19.

As part of the initiative the Governor instructed the Department of Human Services and the State Health Department to develop a plan for preventing and reducing teen pregnancy. A task  made up of governmental, community, and faith based leaders was formed. Out of the task force came the "Healthy Teens for a Better Mississippi" initiative.

"We have a task force of almost 200-people broken down into committees," said Sally Doty, State Senator, District 39. "We have been traveling the state to get more information from local communities and sharing information about resources that are available to help prevent teen pregnancy."

Governor Bryant and Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny Dupree signed a proclamation declaring May Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month.

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