SPARK INNOVATION OKC
SPARK Innovation OKC, a project funded by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Population Affairs, is creating and supporting a network of trained, connected partner organizations and individuals in Oklahoma County. The goal is to develop innovative, equitable, and sustainable strategies that empower caregivers to increase protective factors, ultimately promoting adolescent optimal health and leading to a reduction in STIs and teen pregnancy.
Through SPARK Innovation OKC, we are creating a culture where it is the norm for caregivers to have open and honest conversations about sexual health with the youth in their lives.
SPARK Innovation OKC is made possible by Grant Number 1 TP2AH000067-01-00 from the HHS Office of Population Affairs.
This project is being led by three key groups in the SPARK Network, a partnership of individuals and organizations with diverse backgrounds, experience, and expertise.
The Network Core
Provides overall management and consists of Thrive, two multidisciplinary organizations that serve caregivers in our community, and Innovation Coaches. Lilyfield and Sunbeam Family Services provide critical feedback to ensure projects are medically accurate, trauma-informed, age-appropriate, and user-centered. Innovation Coaches provide technical assistance and support for Cohorts on aspects of innovation and ensuring user-centered interventions.
Context Expert Advisory Committee (CEAC)
Ensures equity is engrained through all aspects of the SPARK Network by providing expertise and context to the innovative projects created. The CEAC meets the last Thursday of every month from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. and is open to community members. Contact us to get involved.
The Innovation Cohorts
The Innovation Cohorts consist of six organizations that are selected through a competitive application process and are responsible for creating innovative interventions for caregivers in Oklahoma County. As part of the SPARK Network, the Innovation Cohorts participate in an intensive human-centered design (HCD) sprint to create their projects.
Our annual Innovation Showcase is a time where our Innovation Cohorts pitch their innovative projects and highlight their amazing work in our community.
Thrive wants to thank all the amazing organizations, donors, volunteers and community members who helped make our first showcase a success. We look forward to continuing to celebrate the progress of our Innovation Cohorts as they serve caregivers in our community.
Check back for information on next year’s showcase!
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