Dear Friends and Supporters,
On behalf of the staff and board of directors, we are excited to share the Healthy Futures of Texas 2015 Annual Report.
San Antonio and Texas are making tremendous progress. Teen pregnancy and birth rates have declined dramatically in the last few years. Teen births are down by a historic 21% since 2010. In addition, we are starting to see the rates of unplanned pregnancy among young adults fall, as well, with a decrease of 7.6% in Texas between 2006 and 2010.
Healthy Futures is proud to be part of the reason for such progress. Our abstinence-plus education programs reached 3,850 youth and 647 parents last year. Our advocacy programs have had dramatic results in Austin for restoring low-income women’s access to contraception.
Still, we have a long way to go. More than 2,500 Bexar County teens still give birth every year. Public programs are still able to serve fewer than 1 in 3 women in need of birth control. Unplanned pregnancy is still causing too many young people to drop out of school, still causing too many premature births, and still holding too many families in poverty.
Thank you for being part of the solution. Your continued support of Healthy Futures of Texas makes a remarkable difference in the lives of young people and young families.
Janet P. Realini, MD, MPH