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Preventing Teen Pregnancy (1997)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1997-01-10

Duration: 00:15:26

Subjects: Health Care | Teenage mothers | Teenage pregnancy | Sex Education


  • Collins, Robert Host
  • Chapa, Arcie Reporter
  • Livers, Karen Interviewee
  • Chisom, Jerolie Interviewee
  • Thomas, Kes'shon Interviewee
  • Winfrey, Angela Interviewee
  • Morris, Patricia Interviewee
  • Parker, Joseph Interviewee
  • Howard, Sharon Interviewee


This segment from the January 10, 1997, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Arcie Chapa’s report on the state’s efforts to prevent teen pregnancy. Chapa reports that Secretary Bobby Jindal of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) has called teenage pregnancy an epidemic. Chapa highlights a successful program, the Kuji Center located in the St. Thomas Housing Projects in New Orleans. She interviews: Karen Livers, drama teacher; Jerolie Chisom, director of the Kuji Center; Kes’shon Thomas, student; Angela Winfrey, program coordinator; Patricia Morris, student; and Joseph Parker, student. Host Robert Collins then conducts an in-studio interview with Sharon Howard, the family planning administrator with the Louisiana Office of Public Health in New Orleans. She discusses: the success of the Kuji Center; sex education; Secretary Jindal’s call for drastic action; and the Louisiana Adolescent Health Initiative. This segment is a part of the “A Cure for Louisiana” series.