Resources are available to help build effective teen pregnancy prevention programs and community initiatives. Some basic resources provided here include: state and county data sources; 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 PROGRAM 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. Numerous programs with strong research outcomes have been waiting to be added to the EBP list, which has not been updated since February 2015.
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.
PTC: EVIDENCE OF EFFECTIVENESS WITH SYSTEM-INVOLVED YOUTH
Power Through Choices (PTC) is an innovative sexual health and life skills education curriculum designed with and for teens living in foster care and juvenile justice settings to reduce risks related to pregnancy, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections among the vulnerable, high-risk population of system-involved youth. A rigorous, 3-state research study of the revised 2nd edition, funded by the HHS Administration on Children and Families and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, clearly documented evidence of effectiveness. Numerous research articles have been published describing PTC outcome findings, including the one below:
Sexual knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of youth living in group homes, Health Behavior and Policy Review.
The special Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Supplement of the American Journal of Public Health (March 2018) featured two articles from the PTC research project. For information about PTC evaluation and research findings, click here.
At the end of the research project, PTC was transferred to the Healthy Teen Network to be part of its Center for Evidence & Innovation. For the PTC story, click here.
For information about upcoming PTC trainings, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Take Control Initiative empowers young women with the choice of when to have children through education, outreach and clinical services for long acting reversible contraception (LARC).
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.