To recognize National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, the Tulsa Health Department will host a free workshop: Dress for the Occasion.
It’s for both teens and parents, and the goal is to facilitate discussions about sexual health and preventing teen pregnancy.
The Health Department’s Coordinator of Teen Pregnancy Prevention, Annette Leon, says that’s important, because Oklahoma is fifth in the nation in teen births.
“These births are costing us millions of dollars, over $192 million in 2008, to take care of teen pregnancy and the spinoffs thereof,” Leon said.
Those include healthcare costs, as well as the public assistance that many teen mothers end up needing.
Dress for the Occasion will teach teens and parents how to communicate about sex and sexuality.
“We’re going to engage the teens in open discussion,” Leon said, “with some kind of guidance as to how to bring up the uncomfortable topics with their parents.”
Specific guidance will be given on how to have “the talk.”
Teens and parents will engage in discussion both separately and together.
“What we’re really wanting to do is to dispel myths about sex and sexuality,” Leon said.
The free session is 6–8 p.m. Thursday at Rudisill Library, 1520 North Hartford Avenue.