Who We Are
About the Alabama Campaign
The Alabama Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (doing business as 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. Over the years we have expanded our mission to overall adolescent sexual health.
The Alabama 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. For the most recent teen pregnancy and birth data, click here.
Addressing adolescent sexual health requires the thoughtful and deliberate attention of parents/caregivers, 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 adolescent sexual health in Alabama by signing up for our monthly newsletter.
Shey Thorn – Chair
Michelle Jenkins, MBA, CPA – Treasurer
Michelle Anthony, MSN, RN - Secretary
Nic Carlisle, JD
University of Alabama - Birmingham, School of Medicine
The Gift of Life Foundation
Virginia College of Medicine (VCOM)
Eric Goodcase, PhD
University of Alabama
Samantha Hill, MD, MPH
University of Alabama - Birmingham; Children's Hospital of Alabama
Emerge Community Solutions; Auburn University Montgomery
Nancy Buckner, Commissioner – ex-officio
Alabama Department of Human Resources
Scott Harris, MD, State Health Officer – ex-officio
Alabama Department of Public Health
Christina Clark Okarmus, MPP
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 ability of all people to have the knowledge, skills, and access to services to take care of their health.