Mission of Program: To address the most important health challenges among young people, which include too-early parenthood, intentional and unintentional injury, violence, substance abuse, and access to primary health care.
Description of Program:
- Implements teen pregnancy prevention strategies through community-based teen pregnancy prevention projects.
- Provides adolescent health services.
- Develops programs that reduce risk-taking behaviors of adolescents (violence, suicide, unintentional injury, substance abuse).
- Promotes the health of adolescents through education, technical assistance and training for parents, grandparents, teens, schools, communities, and health and youth service providers.
- Provides leadership for a legislatively mandated youth suicide prevention task force, providing technical assistance in assessment, policy development and assurance of services.
- Assists communities and organizations in promoting and building resilience in youth.
Target Population: Adolescents aged 11-21, parents of adolescents, community members and organizations, and health and youth service providers.
- Direct health care services include primary and preventive care through local county and contracted health clinics.
- Enabling services (those services which enable organizations and communities to carry out their programs) include:
- Let's Talk Month, Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month
- Assisting youth service agencies in identifying health needs of adolescents.
- Data dissemination.
- Population based services include:
- Violence and suicide prevention in school and community settings.
- Helping communities become more involved in the daily lives of adolescents.
- Community-based teen pregnancy prevention projects.
- Parent and community education.
- Advocacy for health coverage for adolescents through age 18.
- Infrastructure building services (those services that work to continually improve programs and services that are delivered to adolescents) include:
- Technical assistance, training, and evaluation for teen pregnancy prevention projects.
- Working with schools to help them identify resources for addressing the issues facing their students.
- Intra- and interagency coordination and collaboration on efforts to address adolescent health issues.
- Training health professionals in current adolescent health issues.
- Reduction of births to teens ages 15-17.
- Reduction of suicides among teens ages 15-19.
- Promotion and provision of health care, and access to health care for the adolescent population.
- Promotion and implementation of strategies that will reduce the risk-taking behaviors of adolescents.
- Involvement of communities in adolescent issues.
- Provision of coordinated efforts that will reduce morbidity and mortality during adolescence.
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Teen Pregnancy Prevention
Positive Youth Development
Youth Suicide Prevention
Oklahoma State Youth Suicide Prevention Plan (138k .pdf )
If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)