Thur., Nov. 6, 2014, Noon to 1 p.m.
Teen Pregnancy Prevention in Oklahoma: Focusing on What Works!
Oklahoma History Center, Chesapeake Room
800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr., Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Sharon Rodine, Youth Initiatives Director
Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy
Alice Blue, Community Services Council
Amy Terry, Adolescent Health Coordinator
Oklahoma State Department of Health
Ayesha Lampkins, Adolescent Health Consultant
Oklahoma State Department of Health, Maternal and Child Health Services
Investing in teen pregnancy prevention pays big dividends for our state’s workforce and economic prosperity. It is a key strategy for increasing graduation rates, reducing public health costs, maintaining a skilled workforce and ensuring economically stable, self-supporting families. While our state’s teen birth numbers and rates have continued to decline, following the national trend, Oklahoma’s teen birth rates for all ages are among the highest in the nation. Teen pregnancy is preventable, if we invest in what works!
Sharon Rodine, Youth Initiatives Director, Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy
Sharon Rodine has served as the Youth Initiatives Director at the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy for nearly 20 years, where she has developed initiatives, research projects and national partnerships to promote youth development and teen pregnancy prevention. These projects have included:
• The HEART of OKC, a CDC-funded model linking teen pregnancy prevention with asset-building;
• the Youth Asset Study, a CDC-funded research study designed with the OU Health Sciences Center that explored the relationship between a series of risk behaviors and protective factors;
• the Oklahoma Afterschool Network, a statewide network focused on improving the quality and availability of out-of-school-time opportunities; and
• Healthy Teens OK, a statewide effort promoting best-practice, evidence-based approaches to teen pregnancy prevention.
Sharon served on the initial State & Local Action Task Force for the National Campaign to Prevent Teen & Unplanned Pregnancy and co-chaired of the Scientific Advisory Committee for a teen pregnancy prevention initiative funded by the Division of Adolescent & Reproductive Health in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She has worked with CDC on numerous projects and was one of the invited presenters for CDC’s Expert Panel on Youth Development.
Before moving to Oklahoma, Sharon directed the National Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy, Parenting and Prevention in Washington, DC, now called the Healthy Teen Network. In 2009, she received their “Pioneer Award” recognizing her contributions to the field. Previous to that position, she directed a national women’s political education organization in Washington, DC, a statewide network of teen parent programs in Texas, the Downtown YWCA in Houston and the Extension 4-H & Youth Program in two counties in Iowa.
Alice Blue - Senior Planner, Director, Prevention Resource Center, Community Service Council (CSC)
Alice Blue, MSW, has organized and led many key community-based youth and neighborhood initiatives engaging schools, families, nonprofit organizations and community groups. She has been with CSC since 1989. She has conducted overall administration of prevention initiatives addressing youth violence and delinquency, positive youth development, neighborhood coalition building, specialized servic3es to immigrant populations, prisoner re-entry, and health promotion. She supervises a team of prevention planners and coordinators, and oversees the implementation of multiple grants. Alice serves as co-chair of the East Tulsa Prevention Coalition, a community anti-drug coalition to help promote the health and well-being of youth and families in East Tulsa. She is co-director of the Center for Community Research and Development, a coordinated effort with the University of Tulsa to address complex social issues. She has also served as Chair of the City of Tulsa Human Rights Commission, and is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma’s graduate school of Social Work. Alice has a Master’s of Social Work from the Wurzweiler School at Yeshiva University, and is a Certified Prevention Specialist.
In the late 1980’s, Community Service Council of Tulsa, Oklahoma organized a pregnancy-prevention pilot program for Madison Middle School. The pilot program was based upon the Carrera Program developed by Dr. Michael A. Carrera and the Children’s Aid Society. This intensive program utilizes a holistic approach to prevent adolescent pregnancy by offering a full array of services empowering youth to develop personal goals and a desire for a productive future. The program has now been implemented throughout the Union Public Schools in Oklahoma and now works with over 800 students for the 2014-2015 school years. Analysis of the 2013 student participation shows positive results in key areas of student’s knowledge and actions. Compared to national figures, seventh graders in the program at Union were significantly less likely to have had intercourse, had physical fights, carried weapons, or ever smoked cigarettes. They were more knowledgeable about sexual and reproductive health and money management, and less likely to use hospital emergency rooms as their only source of health care. This program shows that prevention efforts can result in successful prevention of unintended adolescent pregnancies.
Amy Terry, Adolescent Health Coordinator, Oklahoma State Department of Health
Amy Terry received Master of Science in Nursing from Southern Nazarene University in 2012. A Registered Nurse since 1999, Amy has fourteen years’ experience in community health.
She currently serves as the Adolescent Health Coordinator at the Oklahoma State Department of Health within the Maternal and Child Health Service division where she oversees the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) grant and works to make a positive impact on adolescent health in the State of Oklahoma.
Ayesha Lampkins, Adolescent Health Consultant, Oklahoma State Department of Health, Maternal and Child Health Services
Ayesha has over a decade of experience in the field of public health. The majority of this experience has been in teen pregnancy prevention and HIV/STD prevention and education. She currently provides training and technical assistance to stakeholders across the state on adolescent health issues and topics.
Ms. Lampkins earned her Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).