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Lecture focuses on teen pregnancy, Feb. 28

A lecture exploring health, education and policy issues related to teen pregnancy will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, in 16 Robertson Hall.

The talk, titled "Teen Relationships, Pregnancy and Marriage," will be given by Sarah Brown, director of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, and Rebecca Maynard, the University Trustee Professor of Education and Social Policy at the University of Pennsylvania.

Brown's organization works to support actions nationwide to reduce adolescent pregnancy. She previously was a senior study director at the Institute of Medicine, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that aims to improve the nation's health. With the institute, she co-edited a major study titled "The Best Intentions: Unintended Pregnancy and the Wellbeing of Children and Families" and directed research projects on numerous topics related to maternal and child health.

Maynard's current research projects include studying the costs of teen childbearing and evaluating a major HIV-prevention program in Uganda, Zambia and South Africa. Prior to joining the Penn faculty in 1993, she served as senior vice president at Mathematica Policy Research, where she directed studies related to welfare policy, employment and training policy, services for teenage parents, teenage pregnancy prevention and child care policy.

The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Center for Research on Child Wellbeing as part of the "Researcher Meets Policy-Maker" lecture series.

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