Teen Pregnancy Prevention
Oklahoma is ranked 3rd in the nation for the highest teen birth rates for 15-19 year olds. According to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, births in Oklahoma cost taxpayers at least $190 million each year. In addition, over half of all high school students in Oklahoma reported that they have had sex.
The Tulsa Health Department’s Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) specializes in empowering young adults to make proud and responsible decisions, as well as educating them about the dangers and risks associated with sexual activity. The goal of the program is to prevent teen births and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. PREP works with schools in Tulsa County, especially those that have the highest teen birth rates, in an effort to influence change and increase education.
PREP Parent Toolkit
Adolescents experience greater structural and interpersonal barriers to health care compared to adults. In an effort to decrease barriers to care and to provide adolescents with excellent service, the Tulsa Health Department has partnered with the Tulsa Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy to make our clinics more teen friendly. Our goal is to attract and retain more teens in an effort to prevent teen pregnancy in Tulsa County.
Central Regional and James O. Goodwin locations are accepting appointments for family planning services for all clients including teens. Teens can call 918-582-9355 and schedule an appointment at one of the above locations to receive family planning/STD services. Parental consent not required to make appointment.
Stay tuned for exciting announcements for changes to this program! PREP hosts a monthly Teen Zone event at the North Regional Health and Wellness Center, 5635 N. MLK Jr. Blvd., from 4-6 p.m. Anyone age 13-19 is welcome to attend this fun and free event that includes food, games, prizes and more. There are no future events scheduled in 2019. Please watch for udpates on our Facebook page.