McAllen, TX (Valley Central) — The 6th The annual South Texas Youth Health Summit was held Thursday at the McAllen Convention Center.
This two-day event allows parents, health officials and teachers to meet with adolescent health experts.
Healthy Futures of Texas is a nonprofit organization that educates about important health topics such as mental health and reproductive health.
According to one of the summit’s coordinators, the event will focus on health topics for young women aged 17 to 24.
“They will learn about sexual and reproductive health education, health care, access to resources, and how to know people, receive those resources, and participate in communities,” said Paris Rangel. said Mr.
The topic of fertility in the Rio Grande Valley was discussed by experts at the summit.
Jen Vind, senior director of research for healthy futures in Texas, says the Valley’s teenage birth rate is much higher than the rate in Texas as a whole.
“That’s about 50% higher than Texas and more than double the teenage birth rate in the United States. So do babies born to teenage mothers,” Binud said.
Vind says parental involvement is important to adolescents’ health.
“When parents talk to their children about healthy relationships, birth control, and prevention of sexually transmitted infections, they find that they want to talk to their parents about these things. Even if it feels difficult, it’s an important conversation,” Binud said.
Binud says sex education in schools is a good step to keep teens healthy.
By Texas law, the only way for your child to learn sex education in the classroom is through a signed permit.
“If your school does not teach proper sex education, contact a member of your school board or school health advisory board to ensure that you are given priority and that it is what you want. You can definitely make sure that you have a look at your school district,” she said.
She says there may be resources available for parents who have children and want to continue their education.
“Things like in-school care can go a long way in ensuring that there are no barriers to graduation. We also need childcare programs, community colleges, etc. to enable them to participate as adults,” Binud said.