Who We Are

  • We envision sexually healthy people and communities throughout Alabama and advance our mission of championing healthy adolescent development through evidence-informed sexual health education and services.

About The Campaign

The Alabama Campaign for Adolescent Sexual Health is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded on the belief that reducing the rate of teen pregnancy is one of the most direct means available to improve overall child well-being and reduce persistent poverty. You can learn more about what we do here.

The Campaign was founded in 1999, and incorporated in 2002, in response to a deep concern among community leaders that Alabama had one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the United States. Alabama has made progress in reducing teen pregnancy since 1999, but even with that progress we remain ranked among the states with the highest rates of teen pregnancy. High rates of teen pregnancy burden not only teenagers but also their children, families and communities, while imposing large costs on taxpayers as well. For the most recent teen pregnancy and birth data, click here.

Teen pregnancy prevention requires the thoughtful and deliberate attention of parents, youth, community leaders, educators, policy makers, faith leaders, and others who have an interest in the healthy development of Alabama’s children and youth.  You can receive information and learn about teen pregnancy prevention in Alabama by signing up for the monthly newsletter.

Board of Directors

Tina Simpson, MD, MPH – Chair
University of Alabama – Birmingham; Children’s Hospital of Alabama

Melody Jones – Treasurer
Community member

Margaret Bonham – Secretary
Retired Department of Human Resources

Brittney Brooks, MA, CHES
The FOCUS Program; University of Alabama – Birmingham

Charles Jackson
Emerge Community Solutions; Auburn University Montgomery

Sue Jones
The FOCUS Program

Robin Lanzi, PhD, MPH
University of Alabama – Birmingham

Najeebah Swanson
Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Lee County

Nancy Buckner, Commissioner – ex-officio
Alabama Department of Human Resources

Scott Harris, MD, State Health Officer – ex-officio
Alabama Department of Public Health

Dr. Eric Mackey, State Superintendent of Education – ex-officio
Alabama State Department of Education

Staff

Aiesha Gentry

Program Coordinator

Aiesha Gentry is the Program Coordinator at the Alabama Campaign for Adolescent Sexual Health. Aiesha comes to the Alabama Campaign with a wealth of experience in the social services sector. With a successful career in Compliance and Regulation, Training and Professional Development, Risk Management, Marketing and Communications, Aiesha has a passion for policy and education […]

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Christina Clark Okarmus, MPP

Executive Director

With over ten years of advocacy experience, Christina Clark Okarmus is leading the Alabama Campaign for Adolescent Sexual Health as Executive Director. Christina is committed to the right of young people in Alabama to receive sexual health education that is medically accurate, age-appropriate, inclusive, and free of bias and shame. She cares deeply about the […]

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