Washington Heights is my neighborhood in which my survey will be focused. In the research I conducted via Internet, I found that the heart of the social problems within the community is the lack of health insurance, obesity and teenage pregnancy. In this report I am going to cover the problem of teenage pregnancy which is in the highest percentile rate in Manhattan. It is one of the most well addressed of the three major issues of our community.
Parents can sometimes find it difficult to with their children about sex. This leaves the responsibility to teachers, guidance counselors and school nurses to teach sex education. Vulnerable teens can benefit from connecting with sources that are outside of the school system as well. Teen Choice Inwood House is a nonprofit community-based organization that counsels teen in comprehensive factual information about sexual behavior and the risks of unwanted pregnancy and HIV/STDs. They have a staff of experienced social workers to assist teens in obtaining contraceptives either in or nearby school. They also have offices in the schools for individual counseling for those who wish to speak anonymously.
Carrying out multiple approaches to the problem of teen age pregnancy is an area of which community health nurses could be involved to a greater extent. By having a wealth of health knowledge teens could benefit from the nurse’s experience to educate teens by informing them of difficulties of early aged pregnancy and motherhood, side effects of contraceptives and safe sexual practices. Group meetings could be arranged in hospitals, clinics and schools. Mentoring is an important of an adolescents guidance into adulthood. Good role models set examples for teens to emulate. Our young people are our greatest commodity; this is a very special project and it requires as many community health nurses a possible to be involved.