TWU Assistant Professors of Health Studies Mandy Golman and Nila Ricks of Social Work are part of a north Texas alliance working to reduce high birth rates among teens in Dallas through a recent $4.9 million grant.
In an interview with News Radio 1080 KRLD, Dr. Golman explains that the alliance plans to mobilize from within in the community to serve key stakeholders in focus groups to talk about barriers and gaps in services to address the “alarmingly high birth rates” among adolescent girls, ages 15 to 19 in several zip codes in the Dallas area.
“We have several zip codes in the Dallas County and Dallas area that have significantly higher birth rates […] alarmingly higher birth rates than the national birth rates.”, Dr. Golman explains.
Here are the facts that Dr. Golman gives in terms of numbers.
- Nationally the birth rate is 26 per 1,000 girls, ages 15-19, every year.
- In Texas that hovers around 41.
- In Dallas that number is around 50 girls per 1,000 – ages 15 to 19, per year.
“In some of these [Dallas] zip codes, we have anywhere from 84 up to 112.” Dr. Golman concludes.
KRLD 1080 interview with Mandy Golman. Source: Paul Mann (News Director). (Sep. 24 2015) News Radio 1080 KRLD, CBS Dallas/Fort Worth.