Jessica ‘J.R.’ Chester, CD(DONA), CHWI

Project Director

J.R. is certified Community Health Worker Instructor (CHWI) with a demonstrated history of program development and community outreach, in the hospital and health care industry. With her professional background as a sexual health educator and her lived experiences as a former repeat teen parent, J.R. embodies both the dedication and passion that are needed in the field of adolescent health. She has made it her life’s mission to help individuals and families achieve optimal pre-conception, pregnancy, birth, and parenting experiences through informed decision making, reproductive life planning, equitable access to care, education, and support. J.R. holds a double degree in Molecular Biology and Business Administration from The University of Texas at Dallas, where she became a proud member of the illustrious organization of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, as well as a Data Science Certification from Southern Methodist University. In her free time, J.R. provides care as a certified birth doula (CD(DONA)), certified lactation counselor (CLC), childbirth educator, and certified child passenger safety technician (CPST) to growing families in her community. J.R. is a former board member of the Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and a seasoned volunteer in her city and local school district. Lastly, but always first in her heart, J.R. is the mother of five amazing young people: Skylar, Ivory, Kameron, Ava, and Jessika “Ana.”

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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