Methodist Healthcare Ministries Sponsors 5th Annual Symposium of the Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Texas consistently has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the country, and the highest rate of repeat teen birth in the nation. For that reason, Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. is proud to sponsor the 5th Annual Symposium of The Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, a non-partisan, non-profit education and advocacy organization committed to reducing the rate of teen pregnancy across Texas. The symposium is a three-day program, held April 11-13 in Austin, Texas, that will bring together more than 400 professionals from across the state to participate in panel discussions, presentations, and professional development workshops focused on providing the information, resources and tools necessary to create change and improve teen pregnancy rates in Texas. The theme – The Texas Roadmap: Building Champions for Change – will focus on the importance of finding new advocates and working with existing professionals in communities throughout Texas to map out a plan for improvement.

Texas Campaign's 5th Annual Symposium: Building Champions for Change
April 11-13, 2016
DoubleTree by Hilton (6505 North IH-35, Austin, Texas 78752)
Austin, Texas

"Methodist Healthcare Ministries has contributed $1,500 to be a Panel Session Sponsor at the Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy's 2016 Symposium," said Christine Yanas, director of governmental affairs for Methodist Healthcare Ministries. "Methodist Healthcare Ministries continually fights for change, through our public policy and advocacy efforts, and this symposium will be very beneficial in tackling this important issue."

The symposium will feature:

  • An opening keynote by Sarah Brown, retired CEO, the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
  • A moderated discussion with Texas Legislatures from both sides of the aisle on statewide prevention efforts
  • A plenary session featuring adolescent perspectives and offering first-person experiences from Texas teens
  • Expert presentations on contraception, program implementation, advocacy and other current issues
  • Three post-event training classes, scheduled for April 13, including a professional development workshop and two workshops focusing on today's hot topics
  • Networking opportunities that foster collaboration
  • Opportunities to earn CEUs for SW, LPC, CHES and CPE

Anyone with an interest in teen pregnancy prevention is invited to attend. Attendees will include clinicians, researchers, project leaders, practitioners, educators, graduate students, social workers, youth services professionals and other key program staff – representing many disciplines and geographic areas across Texas and the U.S. There will be opportunities throughout the symposium to make connections, share insights, and help make progress on this issue.

The Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy provides statewide leadership around this issue by focusing on what works and connecting communities to the research they need to make an impact. Their guiding mission is to improve the quality of life for children, families, and communities across Texas by preventing unintended teen pregnancies.

Learn more about the Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy by visiting Register for the 5th Annual Symposium at