UNDER THE CURRENTS

What’s Your Social Media Age?

Date: August 18th, 2017
By:

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
By:

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
By:

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
By:

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
By:

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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And the Results Say….

Date: July 17th, 2017
By:

Yewande Olugbade

Harnessing the power of technology and social media, Crush—developed by Healthy Teen Network and MetaMedia—puts the power of comprehensive sexual education in the hands of teens and meets them where they are. With its use of varied interactive content such as whiteboard animations for describing sensitive topics like anatomy and physiology; negotiation dialogues for condom…

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Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy Receives Youth 360° Award

Date: June 27th, 2017
By:

Healthy Teen Network

With the Youth 360°Innovation Award, Healthy Teen Network recognizes emerging innovations and achievements in adolescent sexual and reproductive health promotion that integrate the social determinants of health. Innovation is a critical component of a comprehensive strategy to respond to the dynamic lives of adolescents and young adults. We are delighted and excited to present this year’s award to Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy…

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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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