Resources are available to help build effective teen pregnancy prevention programs and community initiatives. Some “basics” provided here include: data; how-to guides for planning, implementing and evaluating programs; research showing the relationship between risk behaviors and protective factors; links to evidence-based programs and community prevention campaigns in Oklahoma; and links to helpful national resources.
PROGRAM PLANNING RESOURCES
Evidence-Based Programs (EBPs), curricula, and program planning tools are provided by the HHS Office of Adolescent Health and HHS/ Administration for Children and Families. Programs funded by their agencies must be on the EBP list. Additional programs are added as new research findings are available.
There are numerous Promising Programs and Strategies beyond the federal EBP list. Many show signs of effectiveness, but haven’t had the opportunity or resources for rigorous evaluation. For characteristics of Promising Programs, click here.
Power Through Choices (PTC) is an innovative sexual health and life skills education curriculum. It is designed for youth living in foster care and juvenile justice congregate care settings to reduce risks related to pregnancy, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. Findings from a rigorous, federally-funded research project documented its eligibility for inclusion on the federal EBP list. Program and research reports are included in the PTC website.
COMMUNITIES IN ACTION
Central Oklahoma Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, now rebranded as Thrive: Sexual Health Collective for Youth, grew out of an active Teen Pregnancy Prevention Collaboration in Oklahoma County. The Collaboration developed a community-wide Teen Pregnancy Prevention Plan entitled As A Matter of Fact: Central Oklahoma’s Plan to Reduce Teen Pregnancy 2015-2020. For a copy of the plan, click here. To learn about Thrive, go to: Thriveokc.org.
Teen emPower is a nonprofit organization that provides teen pregnancy prevention programs in school and community settings. It emphasizes peer education and the important role teens play as prevention messengers.
Variety Care’s Teen Clinic is a source for teen-friendly health information and services. Variety Care’s health educator teams provide evidence-based prevention programs in school and community settings.
Tulsa Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy provides leadership and support to reduce teen pregnancy and increase youth opportunities for success through community partnership development, evidence-based educational programs, teen-friendly health services, training, youth engagement, communication, advocacy, professional development for program providers and other efforts. Tulsa Campaign has developed an array of prevention materials for use in various settings, and has built a strong prevention initiative across community sectors.
The Tulsa Health Department’s PREP (Personal Responsibility Education Program) helps young people make responsible decisions, educating them about the dangers and risks associated with sexual activity and ways to protect their health.
PregNOT and other health programs at Youth Services of Tulsa help youth avoid high-risk behaviors, prevent pregnancy, avoid STIs, and achieve positive life goals. PregNOT is provided in housing authority sites, to Youth Services participants and as part of the Juvenile Bureau District Court programs.
Tulsa EBP Replication Project – Youth Services of Tulsa, Tulsa Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and the Community Service Council of Tulsa/Carrera Program provide evidence-based programs in Tulsa’s school, community and clinical settings through a federal EBP Replication grant.
Union Public Schools: Carrera Program is a nationally recognized, evidence-based, primary prevention program model in Union Public Schools. It combines family life education, job skills, and health services to address prevention in a holistic way.