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TEEN PREGNANCY PREVENTION
Teen pregnancy is closely linked to a number of critical social issues such as poverty, educational attainment, and increased health care costs. Moreover, teen births affect the entire community (not just the teen parents); therefore, community-wide solutions are needed.
In the U.S.:
A report from the National Center for Health Statistics shows that the 2014 birth rate for Oklahoma teens aged 15-19 years was 38.5 births per 1,000 females aged 15-19, significantly higher than the national average of 24.2. However, Oklahoma’s teen birth rate is improving.6
Teens need to have access to medically accurate information in order to make responsible decisions for their future. Evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention curricula are offered to schools in Oklahoma, Tulsa and 24 other counties with high teen birth rates.
For information about teen pregnancy prevention efforts in Oklahoma, contact the OSDH Child and Adolescent Division at (405) 271-4471.
1The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. (July 2012). Why it matters: Teen childbearing, education, and economic wellbeing. Retrieved from http://thenationalcampaign.org/resource/why-it-matters-teen-childbearing-education-and-economic-wellbeing
2 The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. (2013, December). Counting it up: The public costs of teen childbearing. Retrieved from http://thenationalcampaign.org/sites/default/files/resource-primary-download/counting-it-up-key-data-2013-update.pdf
3Oklahoma State Department of Health, Maternal and Child Health Service. (2015). Oklahoma Youth Risk Behavior Survey: Sexual behaviors 2015 results.
4Oklahoma Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS). (2012-2013). Unpublished data.
5The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. (2014, April). Counting it up: The public costs of teen childbearing in Oklahoma in 2010. Retrieved from http://thenationalcampaign.org/sites/default/files/resource-primary-download/fact-sheet-oklahoma.pdf
6Hamilton BE, Martin JA, Osterman MJK, et al. Births: Final data for 2014. National vital statistics reports; vol 64 no 12. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2015.
7Oklahoma State Department of Health, Center for Health Statistics, Health Care Information, Vital Statistics 2014, on Oklahoma Statistics on Health Available for Everyone (OK2SHARE)
8The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. (2016). Parents. Retrieved from https://thenationalcampaign.org/featured-topics/parents.
Compared to other states in the nation, including the District of Columbia, Oklahoma ranked 2nd highest for teen birth rates for 15-19 year olds in 2014.
Approximately 13 teen girls give birth every day in Oklahoma.
Teens consistently say that parents-not peers, not popular culture, not partners-most influence their decisions about sex.
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