UNDER THE CURRENTS

We’re Standing Strong with Youth and Science

Date: February 15th, 2018
By:

Pat Paluzzi

Well, the news has broken, and the lawsuit has been filed. You can read the full press release for the details, but to sum it up, today, Healthy Teen Network joined with eight other organizations in the filing of four lawsuits challenging the Trump-Pence administration for unlawfully ending the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP) grant…

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The Innovation-Research Conundrum

Date: February 8th, 2018
By:

Genevieve Martínez-García

How can we get innovative yet effective practices and products into the hands of the end user faster and more efficiently? As the Director of Innovation and Research, I work at the intersection of these two fields. On one hand, I want to create new products and move them to the end user immediately to…

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The Healthcare Profession Is One of Service

Date: February 1st, 2018
By:

Pat Paluzzi

The new Division of Conscience and Religious Freedom within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was established by this administration to ensure religious liberty in health care and to punish doctors and hospitals that don’t allow workers to express their religious objections. In other words, it places the rights of healthcare professionals above the rights of those they have agreed to care for.…

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Chapter Review of Switch: How to Change When Change Is Hard

Date: January 30th, 2018
By:

Alex Eisler

We work on a lot of different projects in lots of different places around the U.S. When I talk to people outside of work about where some of my work is (East Coast/West Coast, rural/urban, north/south), people assume that working on sexual health issues is easier in some places than in others. Really, I don’t…

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HHS Announces 2018 Pregnancy Assistance Fund (PAF) Funding Opportunity

Date: January 23rd, 2018
By:

Healthy Teen Network

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health (OASH) announced on January 12, 2018 the Anticipated Availability of Funds for Support for Expectant and Parenting Teens, Women, Fathers, and Their Families (AH-SP1-18-001). These grant funds are being made available through the Pregnancy Assistance Fund (PAF) program. Previous…

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Always Learning: A Digital Story

Date: January 10th, 2018
By:

Mila Garrido

As providers, we are always learning on the job. At the 2017 Healthy Teen Network Conference, one of our staff members, Mila Garrido, reflected on this ongoing learning process in the digital storytelling workshop facilitated by What Works in Youth HIV and StoryCenter. In the workshop, participants developed and shared successes and challenges working in youth…

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Reproductive Justice Resolutions for 2018

Date: January 4th, 2018
By:

Gina Desiderio

On January 1, SisterSong sponsored, with many supporting organizations including Healthy Teen Network, a tweet storm to talk about our reproductive justice resolutions for 2018 (#RJResolutions). Many of us shared our hopes, dreams, and commitments for 2018. Here’s a sample of priorities posted:         What are your #RJResolutions?

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How Do You Motivate Your Team? (Part II)

Date: December 28th, 2017
By:

Mila Garrido

This is the second part of a blog series on motivating your team (read Part I). The new year can be an important time for many of us as we take the opportunity to press the “invisible universal reset” button. This is especially important if you wish you could have done more for your team…

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#CDC7Words

Date: December 19th, 2017
By:

Gina Desiderio

In yet another strike to reason, science, and equality, there may now be seven words that federal agencies should avoid: Diversity Evidence-Based Entitlement Fetus Science-Based Transgender Vulnerable Much of the media attention is now circling around whether this was an act of censorship from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in their oversight…

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When Opportunity Knocks: Making the Most of Teachable Moments

Date: December 14th, 2017
By:

Gina Desiderio

As sex educators, when we talk to parents, we often get asked, “How can I make sure my teen doesn’t get pregnant or get an STI?” While prevention is important, try flipping the conversation. As a parent or caring adult, it’s important to ask, “How can I best support my teen to grow to be…

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