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You Ask, Patch Answers- Teen Pregnancy Rates in Santee

Out of all the queries we've received thus far to You Ask, this one seemed to be the biggest pickle. Yet after turning over every last rock, we found our answer.

There has been a lot of attention in the media lately surrounding teen pregnancies, and how those rates have been impacted in communities throughout the country.  The local question, though, was how has Santee been affected?

Q: How many teen pregnancies have occurred in Santee within the past year?

A:  After a myriad of calls to county agencies, Santee Patch was able to connect with County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency Group Communications Officer Lisa Contreras. Although medical confidentiality prevents us from knowing the exact number of pregnancies occurring in teenage girls, what the County does track is the number of births to teen moms. Unfortunately, the 2010 data is not yet available.

That having been said, the first chart (see below) shows teen birth rates in girls living in Santee, age 15-19, between 2007 and 2009. The second chart shows  teen birth rates in girls living in Santee, age 15-17, between 2007 and 2009. We hope this helps shine some light onto your inquiry!

Births to Teens Aged 15-19 in the 92071 zip code

Births to Girls
Aged 15-19

Population of Girls
Aged 15-19

Teen Birth Rate per 1,000

139

6,434

21.6

Births to Teens Aged 15-17 in the 92071 zip code

Births to Girls
Aged 15-17

Population of Girls
Aged 15-17

Teen Birth Rate per 1,000

32

3,765

8.5

Bobbie Burness June 22, 2011 at 03:28 PM
Wow.... that is a pretty big increase in just one year!! I can only hope it isn't a trend and that the 2010 stats will be lower.
thedefchef June 22, 2011 at 04:45 PM
Looks like they are for the same year...just a different age range. One is from 15-19 and one is 15-17.
Motivated Santee Citizen June 22, 2011 at 07:28 PM
"Although medical confidentiality prevents us from knowing the exact number of pregnancies occurring in teenage girls, what the County does track is the number of births to teen moms. Unfortunately, the 2010 data is not yet available." So, there are actually more pregnancies than listed here, some most likely aborted being the medical reason stated for cofidentiality. Second, we are halfway through 2011 and the county still does not have the final updated numbers for 2010 yet. That gives me alot of faith in the county. How do the Santee numbers compare to other areas of SanDiego County?
Steven Bartholow (Editor) June 22, 2011 at 07:41 PM
Good points. I was planning on doing a comparison to the county, but it will take more digging. Look for that in the next few weeks.
Jean June 22, 2011 at 08:57 PM
How about an article on the homeless encampment situation in Santee? I had heard that a COP group made some raids in the river bed but then what? I have been trying to get the guy rousted from the camp on Mission Gorge Rd. You have no idea how fast these things multiply if you don't nip it in the bud. Colorado Springs was a prime example. And San Diego is an embarrassment.

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