In the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin made a startling discovery. It was brought to their attention that they had the second highest rate of teen pregnancies in the nation. Nationally, this was giving the city a bad reputation. United way chose to approach this issue in a very radical way, posting very controversial campaigns that depicted the downfalls of teen pregnancy. The year marked the highest amount of concern for Milwaukee when they realized that 52 out of every teen girls will become pregnant.
Baker watched the boys stop and point at the larger-than-life image splashed on the side of the bus. It was a picture of a boy about their age with a pregnant belly drooping over his jeans. The advertisements were part of an attention-getting campaign launched in to control what was widely called an epidemic of teen pregnancies in the Wisconsin city. The campaign began shortly after a damning, page report from the United Way of Greater Milwaukee showed that only one U. And found that 71 percent of babies born to teen girls in Wisconsin are fathered by males over 20 years old.
WISH Query: Teen Births Module (Percent of Births to Teens)
Teen pregnancy profoundly, and in most cases negatively, affects the lives of those involved while costing the community millions of dollars through direct care, ancillary services, and the overall drain on the workforce. Most alarming is the connection between Milwaukee's teen pregnancy epidemic and vicious, cyclical poverty. Since , the Greater Milwaukee community has invested significant resources to aggressively combat what was then one of the worst teen birth rates in the nation.
Jump to navigation Skip to main content. This module creates statistics on the percent of births to teens in Wisconsin. It provides data on the number and geographic location of births and selected characteristics of the mother, the infant, and their health care. Another module shows Teen Birth Rates. To define your query, you may focus on certain counties, regions or local health departments for the current year or a range of years since