Who We Are
Who We Are
Thrive serves as the backbone organization for the Central Oklahoma Teen Pregnancy Prevention Collaboration. Oklahoma’s teen birth rate is the fifth highest in the nation, and Oklahoma County has the highest number of teen births in the state. Thrive exists to further the work of the Collaboration by serving as a convener and connector for partners and change agents, engaging and mobilizing the community, evaluating and sharing data, and advocating for youth to have access to resources, services and medically accurate information about sexual health.
Our Collaboration, formed in 2012, created a bold vision to reduce the teen birth rate in Oklahoma County by one third by 2020. That goal was met and surpassed a full year early due to the tireless work of Collaboration partners. In 2019, the Collaboration announced its new goal to further reduce the teen birth rate in Oklahoma County by an additional 25% by 2025.
The Collaboration’s new comprehensive plan, Momentum Matters, outlines three key priority areas and strategies for moving forward. Collaboration partners and change agents will Inform, Connect, and Engage with young people and the caring adults in their lives by providing education, access and resources to support adolescent sexual health in our community. These priority areas are a foundation in creating an inclusive, community-wide movement to support adolescent sexual health.
The Collaboration’s key partners include the Kirkpatrick Family Fund, the OKC-County Health Department, OKC Public Schools, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, Planned Parenthood Great Plains, Teen emPower!, and Variety Care. However, dozens of community organizations and individuals are working together to help achieve the goals of the plan and create a movement for our community.
The Comprehensive Plan outlines three key strategies to reduce teen pregnancy, garnered from research and visits to communities with proven programs that significantly reduced their teen birth rates.
- Education -- provide age-appropriate, evidence-based sexual health education in schools.
- Medical -- ensure access to teen friendly reproductive health services, including a full range of contraceptives, to sexually active youth.
- Community -- engage youth, parents, faith communities and youth-serving organizations in teen pregnancy prevention efforts.
Thrive is the visioning and convening leader of the collaboration, which includes key partners the Kirkpatrick Family Fund, OKC-County Health Department, OKC Public Schools, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, Planned Parenthood Great Plains, Teen emPower!, and Variety Care. However, dozens of community organizations, professionals and volunteers are working together to help achieve the goals of the plan.