UNDER THE CURRENTS

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 and Part III). 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…

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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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Go or No Go? A List of Considerations for Deciding to Apply to Funding Opportunities

Date: December 7th, 2017
By:

Gina Desiderio

How do you decide to apply for a funding opportunity? Whether you have been actively monitoring notices of funding availability or a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) just happens to cross your desk, your organization will need to decide whether to apply or not to apply. It’s not as easy a decision as it sounds. Considerations…

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Fertility Awareness to Prevent Teen Pregnancy: Has Anyone in This Administration Even Met a Young Person?

Date: November 30th, 2017
By:

Pat Paluzzi

Long before I came to work at Healthy Teen Network, I practiced as a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM). My first job was in a freestanding birthing center where two CNMs offered a full scope of services to families seeking alternatives to medically focused care, including an out-of-hospital birth experience. I worked there for almost five…

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Leading in Evidence and Innovation, A Healthy Teen Network Timeline (2000-2017)

Date: November 16th, 2017
By:

Gina Desiderio

With the turn of the century, the adolescent sexual and reproductive health field began to focus in earnest on evaluating programs and approaches to determine what works to improve health outcomes for young people. This growing body of evidence has improved programming and paved the way for innovation. Healthy Teen Network is a national leader…

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After It’s Submitted…How to Improve Proposal Quality

Date: November 9th, 2017
By:

Show Me the Money

Proposal development and grant writing can be an intimidating and time-consuming task. We often get caught up in the proposal writing and submission process, but an important part of the fund development cycle is continuing to improve proposal quality. Some grantors provide organizations the review score and/or the reviewers’ (and maybe even grantor’s) comments about the proposal. Regardless…

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