1) Oklahoma’s teen birth numbers and rates have shown a major decline in the last five years:

  • The annual number of teen births has decreased by over 1,600 between 2010 (6,490 births) and 2014 (4,850 births).
  • The teen birth rate decreased by 25% (ages 15-19).
2) Oklahoma communities and tribes have secured over $5 million in Federal funding per year since 2010 to provide effective prevention programs for youth at higher risk of STIs, teen pregnancy and victimization. Oklahoma has provided no state funding.
  • Groups with Federal and private funding to provide programs include the Cherokee Nation, Choctaw Nation, Community Service Council/Tulsa, Iowa Tribe, Oklahoma State Department of Health, Oklahoma City-County Health Department, Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy, Tulsa Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, Tulsa Health Department, Youth Services of Tulsa.
3) Rural and urban counties both show DRAMATIC decreases in teen birth numbers and rates from 2010-2014, due to community and tribal teen pregnancy prevention efforts:
  • Cherokee County’s teen birth numbers dropped by 46%, its rate by 44%.
  • Jackson County’s teen birth numbers dropped by 40%, its rate by 24%.
  • Logan County’s teen birth numbers dropped by 31%, its rate by 37%.
  • McCurtain County’s teen birth numbers dropped by 32%, its rate by 27%.
  • Oklahoma County’s teen birth numbers dropped by 29%, its rate by 27%.
  • Tulsa County’s teen birth numbers dropped by 28%, its rate by 25%.

4) It IS working! Oklahoma communities and tribes, with the help of Federal funding, local foundations and a wide range of public and private sector partnerships, are dramatically reducing our teen birth rates and numbers.

Data source: Vital Statistics, Oklahoma State Department of Health For county teen birth data, check the KIDS COUNT Data Center: http://datacenter.kidscount.org/data#OK/2/0/char/0 Contact: Sharon Rodine, Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (srodine@oica.org) March 9, 2016
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  1. Yes, sexuality education does work thanks to all the hard work of all the sexuality educators in Oklahoma. And the remarkable nonprofit Teen Empower that sees positive results of lower teen pregnancy in the schools they work with Every year! Thanks to them all..

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