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Network of Trust honored

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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

December 3, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Phoebe's Network of Trust is recognized for the work it is doing to reduce teen pregnancy. Almost every day in Dougherty County, a teenager finds out she is pregnant.

With close to 90 pregnancies per thousand people, the rate is much higher than the state average. But there is good news. In the past decade, the pregnancy rate in Dougherty County has declined 23%.

The Network of Trust wants to reduce it another 15% by 2015. The Georgia Campaign for Adolescent pregnancy prevention honored the group with a Vision in Action award.

"It represents the work our community does as we work together with community partnerships and our educators and nurses in the walls and halls of our school system," said Director Angie Barber.

Hope Harrelson said, "It's very exciting to see those results. It makes it worth while."

Dougherty has a lower rate of repeat pregnancies for teens than the state average. Young mothers who stay in school are less likely to have a repeat pregnancy.

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