Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month from 3:30-4:30 PM. Get more information on the Coalition HERE.
In the News:
Oklahoma’s teen birth rate is still nearly highest in country. So why is there reason to celebrate?
Reece Ristau | Tulsa World | March 30, 2018
Even as Oklahoma’s teen birth rate remained second-highest in the nation for the third year in a row in 2016, local stakeholders are keeping positive about the progress being made. The state’s rate of 33.4 births per 1,000 females ages 15-19 was second only to Arkansas, according to the Oklahoma Department of Health and the National Center for Health Statistics. However, from 2012 to 2016, the teen birth rate dropped by 29 percent. Since 1991, it has dropped by more than 52 percent.
Sharla Owens, executive director of the Tulsa Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, says the numbers are cause for celebration. Read Full Article
Oklahoma teen birth rate improving, but funding for effective programs in peril
Now is not the time to let up on the progress
Ginnie Graham | Tulsa World Editorial | Apr 5, 2018
Oklahoma remains second-highest nationally in the teen birth rate behind Arkansas, but the statistics are deceptive. The latest national and state reports, which go through 2016, show the local teen pregnancy prevention programs are working. From 2012 to 2016, the teen birth rate dropped by 29 percent. Since 1991, it has dropped by more than 52 percent. Read Full Article