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Each year, thousands of young people in Oklahoma are having babies before they have completed school, are prepared for parenting, can support a family...or have even finished growing up themselves.

Healthy Teens OK!, an initiative of the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy, provides data and promotes proven approaches to teen pregnancy prevention that are based on solid data and research, increase the effectiveness of Oklahoma's prevention efforts and produce positive results.

Even though Oklahoma's teen birth numbers and rates have continued to decline, following the national trend, the state's teen birth rates remain among the highest (worst) in the U.S. 

A key strategy for Oklahoma to increase child well-being, high school graduation rates, college attendance, a skilled workforce, prepared parents, stable families, self-supporting citizens and help strengthen Oklahoma’s economic future is to reduce our state’s high unplanned pregnancy and teen birth rates. Reducing teen pregnancy ensures that more Oklahoma young people have the opportunity to succeed in their education, careers and life.

For the latest Oklahoma KIDS COUNT data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and advocacy tools you can use, check www.oica.org.

There is a role for everyone -- please join us! Oklahoma’s young people are counting on YOU!