A review of public health data for the 50 states shows that Arkansas has the third highest teen birth rate. These outcomes impact Arkansas teens in general, and Arkansas women in particular in terms of increasing negative health outcomes, as well as negatively impacting potenitial educational attainment, thus increasing the economic burden on women. This report synthesises findings from recent health data collected by the CDC, the US Dept of HHS and peer reviewed scientific research to demonstrate the health disparity facing Arkansas teens with reagrd to the short terms and long term health, educational and economic consequences of teen pregnancy. Based on the synthesised data, recommendations and action steps to improve outcomes for Arkansas teens and women are provided.
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