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Convene. Inform. Action.

We believe in the power of community! As a premiere convener and thought leader for adolescent health, GCAPP partners with communities to address health disparities and improve the overall health and well-being of young people in Georgia.  Community Conversations are design to assemble leaders across all sectors – nonprofit, government, education, business, philanthropic, and faith-based, as well as parents and young people – for an opportunity to identify emerging issues and work toward creative solutions together to improve health outcomes for adolescents in our State.  
To bring a Community Conversation to your county or for more information, contact Rhonda Simpson at 404-475-6027 or Rhonda@gcapp.org.

Our Young People Need Solutions

  • Georgia has the 4th highest repeat teen pregnancy rate and 18th highest teen birth rate in the nation. 
  • 1 and 10 young people will be sexually abused before the age of 18 years old.
  • Teens who are physically or sexually abused are six times more at risk for unintended pregnancy; two times as likely to contract a sexually transmitted infection.
  • Approximately 25% of girls and 15% of boys experience some form of dating violence before the age of 18 years old.
  • More than 78% of parents tell us they do not feel prepared when talking to their children about sensitive subjects and want help—and for good reason. 
  • Over 500,000 children in Georgia live in food deserts residing more than one mile from a reliable source of fresh produce & other healthy whole foods. 
  • Almost one-third of adolescents in Georgia are overweight or obese. 
  • Only 16% of a million Georgia school children are able to pass five basic tests of physical fitness.
  • 1 and 10 youth in Georgia at the age of 12-17 experience at least one major depressive episode in the last year.
  • Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among Georgians aged 10-24 years old.

A Closer Look by County