UNDER THE CURRENTS

Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy to Receive the Healthy Teen Network Youth 360° Innovation Award

Date: September 15th, 2017
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Healthy Teen Network

We are pleased to announce that the Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy (ACAP) has been selected to receive the 2017 Healthy Teen Network Youth 360° Innovation Award. How and where youth live, learn, and play matters. We cannot significantly impact health outcomes—and disparities—for all young people without considering the full range of factors that make…

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DACA Through the Life of One Young Man

Date: September 11th, 2017
By:

Genevieve Martínez-García

After almost two decades of positive steps at the federal level to promote an inclusive and just society, we see a dramatic turn in policy that shuts doors to specific sectors of the population. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, is an example of a policy that has helped hundreds of thousands of…

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“Make no little plans”… And a Few Other Things Health Communicators Can Learn from Designers

Date: August 24th, 2017
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Nicholas Sufrinko

With just an internet connection and a bucket of ice, Pete Frates cut through the incessant hum of social media and the 24-hour news cycle to inspire 2014’s Ice Bucket Challenge, raising awareness and funds for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). His clever foray into health communications underscores that today more than ever, just about anyone…

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What’s Your Social Media Age?

Date: August 18th, 2017
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Allison Tomai Felsen

If you are like me, you might think you know what is going on in the world of tech and social media. You have a smartphone and you know how to use it. I am of the generation that remembers what it was like before the internet was readily accessible and before cell phones. Today’s…

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What to Do When GTO turns into “G.T. Whoa!”?

Date: August 10th, 2017
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Deborah Chilcoat

Healthy Teen Network has been promoting and building the capacity of the adolescent sexual health field to use the evidence-based framework Getting to Outcomes (GTO) for a while now, and we were tickled when the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) recommended it as the framework for their Teen…

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Building Buy-in for Sexual Health Education in Schools: When Using Data Isn’t Enough

Date: August 3rd, 2017
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Valerie Sedivy

Many of us who work in or with schools have found ourselves in a situation where we shared the latest teen pregnancy and STI rates in the hopes of persuading school staff that they should implement or improve their sexual health education. All too often, we have been disappointed when they don’t ultimately choose to…

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Now What? A Public Policy Update…

Date: July 26th, 2017
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Bob Reeg

Health Appropriations Congress is working through its annual appropriations process to set future spending levels for federal programs. Last week, the House Appropriations Committee passed on a party-line vote (28 Republicans for, 22 Democrats against) the appropriations measure setting spending levels for fiscal year (FY) 2018 (which begins October 1, 2017) for the U.S. Departments…

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Pintos and Cadillacs

Date: July 21st, 2017
By:

Bob Reeg

The Pinto of the ‘70s era is viewed widely as a poorly designed automobile. It is notorious, after all, for combusting into flame in rear-end collisions. (According to reports, a part added to the Pinto that cost just $11 would have prevented the fires—and many resulting injuries and even deaths.) It had a short shelf-life…

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The Trump Administration Is Playing Politics With Teenagers’ Lives

Date: July 19th, 2017
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Pat Paluzzi

Below is an excerpt from the op-ed written by our President and CEO, Pat Paluzzi. Check out the full op-ed, The Trump Administration is Playing Politics with Teenagers’ Lives, on Cosmopolitan. Those of us who work in this field know we still have a long way to go, as the U.S. teen birth rates are…

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Check out our CEO’s commentary on the Trump admin’s decision to prematurely end programs

Date: July 18th, 2017
By:

Pat Paluzzi

Healthy Teen Network President and CEO, Pat Paluzzi, recently responded to the Trump administration’s decision to prematurely shorten project periods for Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP) grantees. Check out her response in Reveal’s article, Trump Administration Suddenly Pulls Plug on Teen Pregnancy Programs. You can also read more in these related articles: Trump Cuts Over $200 Million…

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