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

Date: January 13th, 2017

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, education, and access to health care. Additionally, we maintain a presence in many national coalitions, so we may keep our members informed, which we do through our weekly egram and policy alerts.

The changes about to take place in DC will enhance our efforts, and we hope yours as well. We will not be quiet in the face of discrimination or ineffective policies that fail to empower young people to thrive. We reaffirm our commitment to stay current on all issues related to sexual and reproductive health and rights, keep you informed in a timely manner so that you can take action as you see fit, and stretch the limits of direct action afforded us as a nonprofit (for more information on what those limits are, read this helpful article by Sarah Fisher of Harmon, Curran, Spielberg, + Eisenberg, LLP).

What might you expect?

  • More policy alerts
  • More urgency in our language
  • More information on a broader set of issues
  • More calls to action

What can you do?

  • Read the alerts.
  • Share the information across your networks.
  • Take action…
    • …on the cabinet confirmation hearings happening now (more on that here).
    • …in support of the Affordable Care Act by visiting the Protect Our Care Coalition for action alert links and informational resources. (For more information about the latest in ACA activity, check out this article.)

Our best hope for maintaining resources, supports, and rights for all young people is to stay informed and stay engaged. We promise to do our part; we hope you can do the same. In the words of President Obama, and remembering all he has done in support of young people, “Yes, we can…yes, we did” and together, yes, we will do it again.

In Peace,

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About the Author

Patricia Paluzzi, CNM, DrPH, President and CEO of Healthy Teen Network, has been active in the fields of reproductive, and maternal and child health for over 40 years, as a clinician, researcher, administrator, and advocate. Her clinical and content expertise spans the full scope of midwifery care, substance abuse, intimate partner violence, high-risk maternal child health (including pregnant teens), incorporating men into clinical services, and trauma-informed approaches.

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