UNDER THE CURRENTS

5 Ways to Become an Approachable Parent: Positive Parenting for Teen Sexual Health

Date: January 4th, 2012
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Guest Blog Post by Sheila Overton, M.D., FACOG One of the top questions I’ve encountered from parents as an Ob/Gyn and health educator is: “How can I get my teen to come to me with questions and concerns about sex?” While some parents and teens may have that near-perfect, open relationship that allows them to…

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Not Under My Roof (Yet?)

Date: December 22nd, 2011
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Kelly Connelly

“American girls are more than four times likely to become pregnant and more than two times as likely to have abortions as their Dutch counterparts, even though they have sex at comparable ages,” Amy Schalet writes in her book, Not Under My Roof: Parents, Teens, and the Culture of Sex. Schalet, a Sociology professor at…

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Failure to Increase Access to Emergency Contraception a Failure for All

Date: December 18th, 2011
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Gina Desiderio

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius failed to accept the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommendation to make Plan B One-Step emergency contraception available without a prescription for people under 17. Emergency contraception will continue to be available for women under 17 with a prescription, and behind the counter, once…

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President Obama Should Save the Adolescent Family Life Program

Date: December 14th, 2011
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Guest Blog Post by Paul Florsheim Barack Obama, who was born to a teenage mother, may do more damage to the health of future teen mothers and their children than any other president. If Mr. Obama goes through with his current plans to eliminate the Adolescent Family Life Program (AFL), the only federal agency that…

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HP 2020: What the New Indicators Mean for Our Work

Date: December 1st, 2011
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October 31st at the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting, Dr. Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health at Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), announced the leading health indicators for the next decade. Healthy People 2020 indicators provide national focus on a set of health issues affecting the United States, which will receive…

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News for Which to Be Thankful!

Date: November 24th, 2011
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Kelly Connelly

Late last week, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released Births: Preliminary Data for 2010. Among other key findings in the report,  data showed the birth rate for teenagers fell 9% to 34.3 births per 1,000 females aged 15-19 in 2010, the lowest level ever reported for the United States. This 9% decrease from…

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The State of the Union in Teen Pregnancy Prevention

Date: January 25th, 2011
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Pat Paluzzi

Yesterday, President Obama delivered his State of the Union address. The purpose of the address is to inform Congress and the American people about the current state of our nation. The field of teen pregnancy prevention has seen many changes in the last few years. From creations of new departments and new programs to the…

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