1601 S. Main St. Suite 200, Tulsa, OK 74119
Tulsa Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy began in November 2013 as a community response to the critical issue of teen pregnancy in Oklahoma. The Tulsa Campaign is a collaborative organization working to make systems-level change to reduce teen pregnancy in Tulsa. We work with government and
nonprofit agencies to improve capacity in education and health services to youth and make changes at the district, organizational and/or policy level. When best practices and policies are instituted at the highest levels, the overall positive effect is broader and more long-lasting. Tulsa Campaign is the first
organization in Oklahoma to approach teen pregnancy in this way. Our goals are achieved through the use of a 4-pronged approach that involves: education, health center capacity building, public awareness and data & research. For more information about the Tulsa Campaign, please visit www.TulsaCampaign.org
- Oklahoma ranks 2nd in the nation for the highest teen birth rate among 15 to 19 year-olds.
- The teen birth rate in Oklahoma is 38.5/1,000 births are to 15 to 19 year-olds (the US rate is 24.2/ 1,000); Source: Births: Final Data for 2014, www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr64nvsr64_01.pdf
- Some Zip codes in Tulsa have birth rates that are more than double the national average.
- Oklahoma ranks 2nd in the nation for the highest teen births among 18 to 19 year-olds.
- In 2014, Oklahoma reported 4,792 births to girls 19 years-old and younger with nearly one-third of the births to girls 17-years-old or younger
- In 2013, one in five teen births (20%) was to a girl who was already a parent.
- In recent years, more 18 to 19 years olds in Oklahoma gave birth, than entered the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University that fall semester as incoming female freshman.Source: Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy’s Oklahoma Alert Teen Birth Rates data sheet, February 2014, http://www.healthyteensok.org/images/OK_Alert_2013_data_8-2014_3.pdf
- Teen pregnancy is associated with a host of other social issues including: poverty, educational attainment, workforce development, family stability and child well-being.
- The cost of teen pregnancy is high: Oklahoma taxpayers spend around $169 million a year on costs associated with teen pregnancy.
- Prevention pays: every $1 dollar spent on teen pregnancy prevention equals $3.78 in tax payer savings. Source: University of Iowa’s Public Policy Center 2010 report
- The progress Oklahoma has made in reducing teen birth rates has saved taxpayers an estimated $55 million in 2008 alone. Sources: Based on 936 births. Prepared by The Campaign, July 2013; Oklahoma State Department of Health, Oklahoma Vital Statistics, 2011 Preliminary Birth Data and the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Cost Calculator.
- Oklahoma is the only state in the nation without mandatory health education in schools, and as the state with that distinction, it also lags behind other states in accurate sex education for its youth.
The Tulsa Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy equips the community with strategies to
reduce teen pregnancy for the purpose of improving the health and economic well-being for all.
By 2020, the teen birth rate in Tulsa County will decrease by 30%
OUR CORE VALUES
Education – All teens should have access to the most effective, age-appropriate, medically accurate health and sexuality education. This education should emphasize abstinence and provide
information about contraception.
Collaboration – Systemic change on this issue can only be achieved through community collaboration.
Empowerment – Young adults should be respected for their unique traits and characteristics, and empowered to take control of their own reproductive health and wellness.
Parental Involvement – Parents should be equipped to be the primary educators of their children about love, sex and relationships.
Prevention – The prevention of teen pregnancy is in the best interest of adolescents, their families and their communities.
Potential – Teens should have the opportunity to reach their full potential, without the additional challenge of early pregnancy.
Responsibility – Males and females share responsibility in preventing teen pregnancy.
Economic Well-Being – Preventing teen pregnancy is an effective and efficient way to reduce poverty and improve overall economic well-being.
Inclusion – We believe everyone has a role to play in supporting adolescent health. We are committed to creating an environment where all beliefs and values are supported