The Trump Administration Is Playing Politics With Teenagers’ Lives

Date: July 19th, 2017

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 still the highest of all industrialized nations and great disparities persist among racial/ethnic groups in this country. Thus, Healthy Teen Network, where I serve as president and CEO, believes that our sparse resources should expand on what is working to increase access to comprehensive sexuality education and sexual health services to more youths, such as investing in proven effective programs while promoting innovative ways to reach more youths.

So to say we are dismayed by recent actions of the Trump administration, under the leadership at the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is an understatement; we are appalled. Read more…

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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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