UNDER THE CURRENTS

How Do I Know If Our Services Are Youth-Friendly?

Date: January 25th, 2017
By:

Gina Desiderio

Offering youth-friendly services means that clinical services are provided in a way that makes it easy and comfortable for youth to seek out and receive the services they need. Key components of youth-friendly services include confidentiality and access to a full range of services. Another key aspect of youth-friendly services is that all youth are…

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Talk the Talk: What Was Healthy Teen Network’s Talk Like?

Date: January 20th, 2017
By:

Healthy Teen Network

One day, somehow we all learned about the birds and the bees. The quality of “the talk” we got left lots of room for variation—too much information, too little, scary, funny, silly, uncomfortable, eye-opening… One thing is for sure: young people will always need to hear from caring, trusted adults about sex, sexuality, and relationships.…

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Our Policy Work: What to Expect & What You Can Do

Date: January 13th, 2017
By:

Pat Paluzzi

Healthy Teen Network has always had a rather progressive agenda—let’s face it supporting pregnant and parenting teens in the 1970’s was pretty progressive, one might even say subversive. We advocate across a range of sexual health issues including access to Title X services and comprehensive sexuality education, as well as other social/ecological areas including housing,…

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Filling the Plum Assignments

Date: January 11th, 2017
By:

Bob Reeg

The 115th Congress has been called to order. Its first orders of business (other than the threatened instant repeal of the Affordable Care Act, aka “Obamacare”) are the confirmations of President-elect Trump’s Cabinet appointments. Congress is working at break-neck speed to onboard the Trump Team on or shortly after his inauguration on January 20. The…

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Race v. Racism

Date: December 13th, 2016
By:

Pat Paluzzi

I was asked recently if I could recommend an expert on the impact of race on teen pregnancy. The question reminded me of when I taught at a local HBCU and was educated by the researchers there about the difference between the use of the terms “race” and “racism.” It is a lesson I think I…

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Federal Funding Status and Forecast

Date: December 8th, 2016
By:

Bob Reeg

Status and Forecast of Federally Funded Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health Programs Healthy Teen Network appreciates that our members and others who rely upon us for guidance are at varying levels of uncertainty regarding the status of funding of federal programs generally and adolescent reproductive and sexual health programs particularly. You are not alone: Healthy…

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#healthyteen2016

Date: December 6th, 2016
By:

Healthy Teen Network

More than 400 dedicated adolescent health professionals gathered in Las Vegas a couple weeks ago for Healthy Teen Network’s 37th Annual National Conference, Roles, Relationships, & Relevance in the Changing Landscape of Adolescent Health. We shared a wonderful few days of learning, sharing, connecting, encouraging, and inspiring one another. If you missed it–or even if you were…

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Giving Thanks & Keeping Hope Alive

Date: November 22nd, 2016
By:

Pat Paluzzi

During this season of family gathering and too much food, let us not forget those who lack such riches. Many of us work with young people who—by the nature of where they live, learn, and play—face tremendous challenges daily. Our recent election choice, while surprising on many levels, is particularly concerning for those of us…

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Words Matter: Using Language to Disrupt Rape Culture

Date: November 1st, 2016
By:

Gina Desiderio

Words matter. Language matters. Pictures matter. Imagery matters. These are tools used to create and sustain rape culture, where actions matter, where actions hurt people. We’re hearing a lot about sexual assault right now, but unfortunately, it seems like we always are. The issue, and our outrage, rises and falls with the news story of…

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Young Women United: Empowering Women to Make Thoughtful Decisions about Their Own Bodies and Lives

Date: October 28th, 2016
By:

Gina Desiderio

Healthy Teen Network is pleased to award Young Women United our very first Youth 360° Innovation Award. Young Women United (YWU) has been selected because of their fearlessness in calling out the social injustices young families face and reframing the conversation around young parenthood and sexual and reproductive health. As part of YWU’s work to…

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