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OSU Center for Family Resilience brings teen pregnancy prevention expert to Tulsa

TULSA – The Center for Family Resilience at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa is bringing in an expert to discuss preventing teen pregnancy this month.   

Antonia Villarruel, Associate Dean for Research and Global Affairs and the Nola J. Pender Collegiate Chair at the University of the Michigan School of Nursing, will be on the OSU-Tulsa campus on June 23 from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the North Hall B.S. Roberts Room to present a workshop titled “Preventing Teen Pregnancy Among Minority Youth:  From Research to Practice.”  

The workshop will focus on the latest research developments highlighting individual and contextual factors linked to increased risk for teen pregnancy and what these developments mean for practitioners. Villarruel will also describe ¡Cuídate! (or Protect Yourself!) a research-based, empirically supported prevention program she developed that is part of the Centers for Disease Control Diffusion of Evidence Based Interventions program.  

Villarruel has an extensive background in health promotion and health disparities research and practice. Her research focuses on the development and testing of interventions to reduce HIV sexual risk among Mexican and Latino youth.  

The CFR has partnered with the Tulsa Hispanic Resource Association and the Tulsa Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition to bring Villarruel to Tulsa. Prior registration and a $10 fee are required to attend the session. To register, visit www.osu-tulsa.okstate.edu/cfr.


Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa offers programs in osteopathic medicine, biomedical sciences and forensic sciences. Since its beginnings more than 30 years ago, OSU-CHS has grown to offer eight graduate degrees. On-campus programs, distance learning and OSU partnerships train osteopathic physicians, research scientists and health care professionals with an emphasis on serving rural and under-served Oklahoma. OSU operates eight clinics, six in Tulsa, one in Enid and one in Muskogee. More information about OSU Center for Health Sciences is available at www.healthsciences.okstate.edu.