Carolina Salmeron, MPH

Senior Project Director

Carolina is a fierce reproductive health advocate with a strong interest in health care access for vulnerable populations, particularly youth. She has a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins where she specialized in health in crisis and global health. In her most recent role as a Program Officer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at Johns Hopkins, she directed multiple projects and initiatives including a global youth family planning champions project and co-chaired the Youth Subcommittee of the largest scientific family planning conference in the world. She brings extensive research, leadership and strategy development experience, as well as extensive experience working with youth, immigrant populations and community partners. Carolina leads both of the Texas Campaign’s projects targeting youth in-care, the Houston-based Collaborative for Youth in Care ( CLYC) and the statewide Texas Foster Youth Health Initiative (TFYHI). When Carolina isn’t leading projects and checking off things on her to-do list, she enjoys adventure filled traveling, testing new recipes, critiquing her husband’s new guitar designs, spending time with family across both borders of the US, cuddling with her dogs and splashing paint on a canvas.

Our Impact

We analyze and disseminate data on teen pregnancy and teen birth. including prevention strategies proven effective globally, nationally and here in the Lone Star State.

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A baby was born to a teen mom once every 21 minutes in Texas 2.5% of in 2018.
2.5% of Texas teens had a baby in 2018
In the last decade the Texas teen birth rate has declined by 56%

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