Apr 7, 2021, 10:00 AM
Oklahoma County’s teen birth rate has increased 2%, from 29.8 in 2018 (732 births) to 30.4 in 2019 (761 births). This increase aligns with the rest of the state as the majority of Oklahoma counties with data to report also saw increases from 2018 to 2019, including Tulsa County.
Oct 30, 2020, 3:23 PM
Sasha Hughes, a seasoned professional who holds more than a decade of combined experience in hospitality and health care, has joined the staff of Thrive as a Project Coordinator. In this role, Sasha will convene, support, and connect a partner network of content and context experts, which will greatly impact teen pregnancy prevention in Oklahoma County.
Oct 1, 2020, 11:29 AM
Over the summer, Thrive was selected by the Office of Population Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as one of only 13 organizations in the country to receive a Tier 2 Innovation and Impact Network Grant. With this funding, Thrive will work alongside Oklahoma County community organizations to create new, innovative programs and resources for parents and caregivers of adolescents that will increase protective factors* and ultimately lead to a decline in STI rates and teen pregnancy. Thrive is currently soliciting proposals from community organizations that would like to participate. Selected organizations will be guided through a process of creating innovative, equitable, and sustainable strategies and projects that empower and equip caregivers. Organizations will work with Thrive and its partners to develop these strategies through a human-centered design process.
Jul 27, 2020, 12:06 PM
Thrive has been selected by the Office of Population Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as one of only 13 organizations in the country to receive a “Tier 2 Innovation and Impact Network Grant: Achieving Optimal Health and Preventing Teen Pregnancy in Key Priorities.” With grant funds of $1.38 million for the first year of a three-year project, Thrive will use the funding to spark innovation among Oklahoma County community organizations to create new programs and resources for parents and caregivers of adolescents. The project’s goals are to establish, coordinate, fund, and support a highly collaborative network of partners (Network) to develop, refine, and test innovative interventions for parents and caregivers. Partner organizations in this collaborative endeavor include: Oklahoma City-County Health Department, Variety Care, Sunbeam Family Services, Lilyfield, and the Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma County.
Oct 8, 2019, 4:32 PM
Oct 4, 2019, 9:50 AM
An Oklahoma County mission announced a major reduction in teen pregnancy rates Wednesday. Thrive is a sexual health collective for youth, founded as a mission in 2015 with the mission of teaching teens about their bodies and pregnancy prevention. “Oklahoma has the third highest teen birth rate in the country, which means that we have one of the highest teen birth rates in the developed world,” CEO of Thrive Laura Lang said.
Feb 27, 2019, 1:00 PM
Oklahoma does not have required sex education in schools, and across the state what is offered in most schools is far from expert considered comprehensive. But a trio of bills making their way through the state legislature may help bring Oklahoma's sex ed in some cases into the 21st century.
Feb 12, 2019, 1:00 PM
Oklahoma is one of the states with the highest teen birth rate in the U.S. A partnership of organizations has been fighting for years to bring those numbers down. There's that phrase--Knowledge is power, and Thrive, a public private collaboration, says that giving teens information is a major factor in a decline in Oklahoma’s teen birth rate.
Feb 1, 2019, 8:15 AM
February is recognized as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month! Many organizations use this month to raise awareness about teen dating violence and to also highlight prevention efforts.
Nov 1, 2018, 2:36 PM
Thrive is a 2018 recipient of a two-year “Tier 2” grant for teen pregnancy prevention through the US Health and Human Services Department / Office of Adolescent Health. This grant will enable Thrive and three of its partners, OCCHD, Teen emPower!, and Variety Care, to implement a multi-tiered approach (youth, parents/caregivers, and systems level) to reducing teen pregnancy in Oklahoma County.


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