MONROE, La (KNOE 8 News)- One organization is taking great strides to help reduce the number of teen pregnancies and help support teen parents.
UnitedHealthcare presented a $50,000 check to the Children's Coalition for Northeast Louisiana.
Northeast Louisiana has one of the highest teen birth rates of 55.6 births per one thousand teens.
The grant will help improve teen pregnancy outcomes and give those who are pregnant a resource to be better educated.
"Well one of the missions of United Healthcare is to help people live healthier lives and as we did our research we are not just a medicaid provider we actually look for areas of need in the state where we can actually improve health outcomes," says Dr. Ann Kay Logarbo, chief medical officer of UnitedHealthcare.
"This check will help us continue our efforts with parent education and strategies for young mothers and we have an evidence based program that we use on all of our services, nurturing families and triple P is one of the curriculums with use with girls," says Gatha Green, parent education director for Children's Coalition of Northeast Louisiana.
The Children's Coalition is a non-profit organization that helps youth ages zero to 18.