FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CHICAGO - Today, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) released 'Births in Chicago, 1999-2009,' a new report providing comprehensive data related to births in the city during an 11-year period. Data presented in the report include number of births, fertility rates, age and health of mothers and infant birth weight. The data are presented by age, race-ethnicity, and Chicago community area. Among the findings:
"Ensuring the health and well-being of our mothers and infants is critical to making Chicago the healthiest city in the nation," said Dr. Bechara Choucair, CDPH Commissioner. "Through our Healthy Chicago initiative, we have prioritized bringing down the number of infants born at a low birth weight and teen births. Though we still have more work to do, Chicago is moving in the right direction."
“This report provides local organizations and health care professionals with information that we hope will help spur new research, policy development and advocacy to improve perinatal health in Chicago,” according to CDPH Epidemiologist Kirsti Bocskay, Ph.D, MPH.
To further decrease teen pregnancy rates, CDPH is working with the Chicago Public Schools to pilot a new condom availability program, implement comprehensive sex education at all grade levels, establish a data repository to track adolescent health and launch a city-wide public awareness campaign. This initiative and others will help meet Healthy Chicago’s goals to significantly reduce the birth rate among Chicago teens by 2020.