TULSA, Okla. — Teen pregnancy prevention advocates are celebrating the recent decline of the teen birth rate in Tulsa County.
The Tulsa Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy set a goal in 2014 for the teen birth rate to drop 30 percent by 2020.
They have already surpassed that goal as the rate dropped 35 percent.
The Tulsa Health Department credits their success to their Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) in local schools.
PREP begins with 7th-grade students and teaches them about healthy relationships, consent, HIV/STD education, birth control, and condom use.
The program's educators visit schools 10-12 times.
PREP does not hand out contraception options, but they say they point teens in the right direction.
Although the Tulsa County's birth rate is declining, Oklahoma still ranks third in the country for teen birth between the ages of 15 and 19.
Health officials told FOX23 they hope to keep this momentum and get more school districts to participate in the program.
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