OUR APPROACH

The best way for young children to have a level playing field is through a strong and healthy beginning in life. GKFF strives to positively influence the health of young families through programs that enable them to have planned pregnancies and healthy birth outcomes.

Oklahoma has the second highest teen pregnancy rate in the U.S. among 15 to 19 year olds with a rate of 38.5 per 1,000 teens.

The annual number of teen births in Oklahoma decreased by over 1,600 between 2010 (6,490 births) and 2014 (4,850 births).

PURPOSE

The strongest predictor of a newborn baby’s health is the mother’s health before she is pregnant. The Foundation invests in maternal child health projects to make sure Tulsa’s families have the best chance for a healthy lifestyle.

PROJECTS

The Foundation understands the importance of a healthy start in life and that the greatest opportunities to ensure healthy habits are formed early. GKFF has embarked on a series of initiatives focused on maternal and child health.

Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program

The Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program is a national, evidence-based model aimed at preventing teen pregnancy by developing the adolescent’s capacity and desire to avoid pregnancy. The Carrera Program offers students a job club, academic enrichment, health and dental services, self-esteem building and sex education. The program currently serves sixth through tenth graders at Union Public Schools with year-round programming.

Tulsa Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

The Tulsa Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy is a collaborative organization working to make systems-level change to reduce teen pregnancy in Tulsa utilizing a four-pronged approach that involves: education, health center capacity building, public awareness and data. The Campaign works with government and nonprofit agencies to improve capacity in education and health services to youth and make changes at the district, organizational and policy level.

Take Control Initiative

The Take Control Initiative (TCI) aims to reduce the high rate of unplanned and teen pregnancies in Tulsa County through education, outreach and free clinical services for long active reversible contraception. With 15 health clinics throughout the greater Tulsa area, TCI empowers women and families in deciding when to bear children.

MATERNAL CHILD HEALTH FEATURES