Empowering Youth: Barbara Huberman

Date: May 19th, 2014

Healthy Teen Network mourns the loss of a true advocate for youth, Barbara Huberman. Saturday, May 17, 2014, Barbara passed away peacefully, with her family by her side, after battling cancer. A legend in the field of adolescent sexual and reproductive health, Barbara dedicated her career, over a 50-year span, to empowering youth to lead healthy sexual and reproductive lives.

Barbara was a nurse, certified sexuality educator and counselor, and one of the first Lamaze childbirth instructors and trainers in the U.S. She was an accomplished author, publishing books, curricula, and tools on topics such as organizational sustainability, adolescent sexual and reproductive health, parent-child communication about sex, state councils on teen pregnancy prevention, and European approaches to adolescent sexuality. Well-known for founding the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign of North Carolina (APPCNC) in the late 80s, Barbara also served as invaluable resource for Healthy Teen Network (then, the National Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy, Parenting, and Prevention, or NOAPPP) Board of Directors from 1987 to 1990.

Barbara played many other founding roles, as a board member for the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, as well as initiating two public education campaigns, National Month to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, held in May, and Let’s Talk Month—an international campaign held each October to support parents and families in their roles as sexuality educators of their children. Barbara worked tirelessly with many states to found coalitions on teen pregnancy prevention, building their capacity to better support youth. Barbara closed her career as the National Director of Education and Outreach for Advocates for Youth and the coordinator of the Rights. Respect. Responsibility. national campaign, based on the lessons learned from conducting annual study tours to Western Europe. In homage to her vast contributions to improving youth health and well-being, Healthy Teen Network recognized Barbara with the 2013 Carol Mendez Cassell Award for Excellence in Sexuality Education.

It is with sadness but also awe that we remember Barbara. Listing her accomplishments fails to illustrate the tremendous impact she has made on our field. Barbara was a real personality, whether sharing her famous condom bag, or teaching others to knit. Barbara always had a smile and a helping hand to give. It is her warmth, as well as her wisdom, that we will miss.


Parking & Metro: Street parking is available on Wisconsin Avenue, Porter Street, and 38th Street. In addition, parking will be available after 5:30 p.m. at Sidwell Friends School, in the lower level of the parking garage. The entrance to the garage is at the intersection of Rodman and Wisconsin Avenue, NW. There is a traffic light at that intersection. The closest Metro station is Tenleytown on the Red Line, approximately a one-mile walk.
RSVP: Kindly RSVP if possible by 11 p.m. Thursday, May 29, 2014, to info@advocatesforyouth.org. Please call Advocates for Youth at 202-419-3420 if you have questions.
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Healthy Teen Network envisions a world where all adolescents and young adults lead healthy and fulfilling lives. Founded in 1979, we promote better outcomes for adolescents and young adults by advancing social change, cultivating innovation, and strengthening youth-supporting professionals and organizations. We serve as a leading national membership organization (501c3) for adolescent health professionals and organizations, promoting a unique and holistic perspective—we call it Youth 360°—to improve the health and well-being of young people.

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