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The Teen Pregnancy Rate In Guatemala Is High…Why?

In a 2012 interview with Inter Press Service, Dr. Mirna Montenegro of the Observatorio de Salud Reproductiva (Sexual and Reproductive Health Observatory; OSAR), an organization that monitors Guatemala’s public policy on reproductive health, stated, “We are one of the few countries where there are so many pregnancies among 10 to 14-year-old girls.”

In Guatemala, half of all women are married by the age of 20, and 44 percent become mothers by the same age. Among indigenous and uneducated women, the latter statistic rises to 54 and 68 percent, respectively. By the age of 30, many of these women have seven or eight children, and even though a federal mandate provides reproductive health education and healthcare, only 5 percent of women in Guatemala consistently use an effective method of birth control, mainly due to cultural norms and the influence of the Catholic Church’s ban on contraceptive use.

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“Take the Time,” Hartford Hospital’s Mobile Mammography Program, has been a vital community resource for over nine years.

More than 11,000 women have benefited from this life-saving screening in the comfort of their local community center, faith organization, or place of employment.  These women were encouraged to take the time to be screened, and many have been referred on for more health services as a result.

Based on our success, Hartford Hospital has now upgraded its mobile mammography program to provide digital screening mammograms.  Digital mammography is state-of-the-art for screening mammography, more sensitive than film mammography and better able to detect abnormalities.

Our digital unit is housed in a coach that patients can board for the service. 

In addition, the coach contains a registration area, a patient waiting area and two changing rooms.  Patient privacy is maintained at all times.  The new digital mammography coach …

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Mental Health Teams Serve As Gap To Stabilize At-Risk Youth



The growing number of children and teens exposed to traumatic events in everyday life has forced the state’s crisis intervention teams to respond to a broader range of behavioral and mental health issues, and those teams often serve as a bridge until at-risk youth find appropriate outpatient or inpatient services.

Sixty-four percent of Connecticut’s youth who use Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services (EMPS), the state’s mobile crisis intervention team, have experienced one or more traumatic incidents, such as domestic violence, cyber-bullying, physical assaults, or gang warfare, experts report.

Research shows childhood exposure to violence, physical or sexual abuse, and other traumatic events can cause chronic health and behavioral health problems, and such exposure is associated with increased involvement with the child welfare and criminal justice systems.

“The number of children who have been exposed to trauma is a significant concern. It’s a common occurrence among young people,” said Jeffrey Vanderploeg,

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