Date: July 30th, 2012
By: Pat Paluzzi
The 2012 Annual Report highlights three projects Healthy Teen Network accomplished, partnering with communities, schools, and youth:
- Digital Harbor Project: Prompted by youth demand, Healthy Teen Network partnered with a youth group to deliver sexual health education.
- Native Youth Project: Healthy Teen Network, with The National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), collaborated to partner with tribal communities to provide capacity-building assistance to implement evidence-based prevention programs among American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth.
- Project TRIBE: Training, Technical Assistance, & Resources on Interventions Based on Evidence: Healthy Teen Network was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Adolescent and School Health (CDC DASH) to build the capacity of schools to implement evidence-based interventions to improve the health and well-being of young people.
These collaborations are examples of our new frame to map the future of adolescent sexual and reproductive health—the social-ecological health promotion frame. This frame guides us to recognize the social determinants that impact the way young people live, in order to be successful promoting healthy behaviors. Continuing and building upon our work in projects like these will be our focus—our more intense focus—as we actualize the Healthy Teen Network Strategic Plan, 2013-2016.
Partnerships like the ones demonstrated the 2012 Annual Report, grounded in the social-ecological health promotion frame, will help us progress toward our Vision of a national community where all adolescents and young adults, including teen parents, are supported and empowered to lead healthy sexual, reproductive, and family lives.
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.