UNDER THE CURRENTS

5 Resources on Being Sex-Positive

Date: June 15th, 2017
By:

Kelly Connelly

At Healthy Teen Network, we are committed to a sex-positive, comprehensive approach to adolescent sexual health. The term “sex-positive” often has a different connotation for people. Although there are a number of ways you could define the term, one good definition is “involving having positive attitudes about sex and feeling comfortable with one’s own sexual…

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Huber Appointment to HHS Threatens the Health and Well-Being of Our Nation’s Young People

Date: June 9th, 2017
By:

Gina Desiderio

A more just and equitable world supports and empowers all young people to lead healthy and fulfilling lives. All young people deserve respect, appreciation, and acceptance for their unique strengths, talents, and potential. Evidence-based strategies and approaches are effective and efficient ways to achieve positive outcomes. These statements—excerpts from Healthy Teen Network’s Guiding Principles—shouldn’t be…

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Men Are Not Okay (Either)

Date: June 8th, 2017
By:

Bob Reeg

I recently attended a conference of progressives that included a segment on identity. The populations that speakers represented and whose concerns were addressed included Latinx immigrants, people who identify or express as transgender, and American Muslims. I have no complaints with the selection of these identity groups as populations of focus at an identity conference.…

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Navigating the Pornography Discussion

Date: June 2nd, 2017
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Guest Blog by Michal Greenberg-Cohen, MA, Sexual Health Educator  In my work as a sexual health educator, a question that has been on my mind lately is, how can we support positive adolescent development and health promotion when discussing pornography? Last year, while on the subway, in front of me sat a boy, probably 14…

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Screening and Enrolling Study Participants Online

Date: May 24th, 2017
By:

Mila Garrido-Fishbein

Websites for your research study are a great way to tell people about your study and enroll potential participants. Over the last six months, Healthy Teen Network has recruited over 1,700 young women across the United States to participate in two randomized controlled trials to test our two new mobile apps. We primarily used social media…

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When the Teacher Is the Trusted Adult: Should You Give Advice to Students?

Date: May 19th, 2017
By:

Valerie Sedivy

When we provide professional development for teachers on best practices for sexual health education, we always discuss ways to answer questions and talk about the importance of maintaining professional boundaries with students. We coach teachers to tell students to talk with a ‘trusted adult’ when they ask questions of opinion like “Is it OK to…

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Top Tips for Using Social Media to Recruit Study Participants

Date: May 11th, 2017
By:

Genevieve Martínez-García

Ever wondered how recruiting for a research study through social media works? Or maybe you tried but did not see the results you expected? Over the last six months, Healthy Teen Network has recruited over 1,700 young women across the United States to participate in two randomized controlled trials to test our two new mobile apps.…

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Baltimore City and Healthy Teen Network: Partners in Youth 360° Health Promotion

Date: May 5th, 2017
By:

Gina Desiderio

Since 2007, through various funded projects, Healthy Teen Network has partnered with Baltimore City in support of adolescent sexual and reproductive health. Current projects are part of Baltimore’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative (TPPI), which is situated within Baltimore’s larger strategic initiative, B’more for Healthy Babies (BHB). B’more for Healthy Babies is a public/private partnership driven…

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How Did We Come to Work in Sexual Health?

Date: April 28th, 2017
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Healthy Teen Network

Working in sexual health can be a quirky field for some people and it’s not uncommon for us at Healthy Teen Network to be chatting with someone and they’ll ask, “That’s interesting! How did you end up working in sexual health?” And they’re right: It would be pretty unusual for a small child to tell…

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LGTBTQ+ – Who? …Go Find Out! Using Gaming to Learn about Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Youth

Date: April 20th, 2017
By:

Alex Eisler

Last summer, we were lucky to spend a month with high school senior, Hannah Murray. Hannah lives in Iowa City, IA, and she is particularly interested in issues related to gender and identity. As she and her friends have learned more about gender identity, Hannah wanted to find a way to help people talk about…

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