UNDER THE CURRENTS

How Can I Support Young Parents’ Choice to Breastfeed?

Date: August 3rd, 2016
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Deborah Chilcoat

What’s not to love about two warm bodies touching, eyes gazing into one another’s, holding hands and playing with each other’s fingers…oh, and having relief from utterly engorged breasts?! (Or savoring a private moment listening to the breast pump hum beside you as it deposits your baby’s future meal into portable storage containers…all while inhaling…

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Making Innovation Happen: My Epiphany Following the TPP Conference 2016

Date: July 29th, 2016
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Genevieve Martínez-García

Last week, about 1,000 people from all corners of the nation congregated in Baltimore at the biennial Federal Teen Pregnancy Prevention Conference to collaborate, learn, and grow. Collaboration was the theme throughout the three-day conference, but for me the term “innovation” resonated strongly in every session I attended and every professional interaction I had. For…

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Inclusion Starts with Language

Date: July 21st, 2016
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As someone who has been questioning their gender for quite a while, it can be confusing, anxiety-inducing, and just plain irritating to be subjected to the gendered language we all encounter on a daily basis. Deciding to check the box for “female”–the gender I was assigned at birth–on surveys and forms takes more energy than…

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Getting Better All the Time: The Importance of Investing in Research to Support Evidence, Innovation, and Young People

Date: July 15th, 2016
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Gina Desiderio

The long awaited results of the first set of evaluation findings from the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program grantees are available, and the results are an affirmation of the importance of investing in the future of our nation’s young people. The results are encouraging—eight new programs were identified as evidence…

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What is TA and How Can I “Do” It to Help Bring Out the Best in My Program Partners?

Date: July 14th, 2016
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Deborah Chilcoat

Many of you have experienced what some companies call “technical assistance.” You have a problem with your computer or smart phone so you contact customer service to get help. In some instances, you get an automated response followed by the opportunity to ask someone your question. During a call or live chat, you’re expected to…

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Las Vegas: More Than Meets the Eye

Date: July 5th, 2016
By:

Mila Garrido

Vegas, baby, Vegas. This year, Healthy Teen Network’s Annual Conference will be held in Las Vegas. The glitzy city is known for many things, from gambling to Cirque du Soleil. So how did we come to pick Las Vegas as the site of our conference this year? Well, just like the city, there is more…

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Healthy Teen Network Takes a Stand: Position Statements on Relevant Issues

Date: July 1st, 2016
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Guest Blog Post By Judith W. Herrman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN Healthy Teen Network is pleased to announce another resource for our members: position statements on relevant issues for young people. Have you ever been writing a grant, program proposal, or organizational policy and wondered, “What are the important considerations for this issue?” or “Where…

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Honoring LGBTQ People as Equal

Date: June 28th, 2016
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The most recent senseless act of terror based in fear and hate affirms this call to action to let love reign over fear. Our thoughts are with the victims, their families, the people of Orlando, and the LGBTQ community around the world. “There are only two emotions: love and fear. All positive emotions come from…

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Teen Pregnancy is Not a Problem

Date: June 17th, 2016
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Young Women United (YWU), an organization dedicated to an intersectional vision of reproductive justice and to supporting young women and people of color in New Mexico, recently released a short report critiquing the language of “teen pregnancy prevention.” Defining the term as “an articulated strategy or campaign designed to keep young people from becoming parents…

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Addressing Young Men’s Reproductive Health Needs

Date: June 10th, 2016
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Guest Blog Post by Sarah Verbiest Men’s Health Month is celebrated in June with the purpose of heightening the awareness of preventable health problems and encouraging early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This month provides a great opportunity to encourage men to seek regular medical advice and focus on the often…

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