Belinda Prichard public health nurse and health educator for the Knox County Health Department stood in front of the Knox County Health Coalition and loudly expressed, “I am so happy! We are NOT number one anymore!
In 2008, Kentucky held the top spot in the United States for teenage pregnancies. Prichard said, “During ’08 and ’09 our county had one of the worst rates in the State if not the absolute worst. That is why we used to say we are number 1 in the nation. Our (Knox county) number was 92.8 which means that for every 1,000 births in the county almost 93 % of them would have been teenage girls ages 15-19.” Prichard laughed, “Now we did not have 1,000 birth, but the mathematics make it come out that way.” Fast forward to 2013, the National rate is 26.6 and Kentucky is now 38.7. Knox county has dropped to 64.5 which is over a 28% decrease.
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