2016 Healthy Teen Network Awardees
Each year, Healthy Teen Network is honored to recognize individuals and organizations for the outstanding work they do to support the lives of young people. Read on to learn a little about our 2016 awardees, then join us at Roles, Relationships, & Relevance in November to hear more from them.
Outstanding Teen Parent Award
Kristin Fairholm has been the Executive Director of EyesOpenIowa (EOI) since 2011. She previously served as Director of EOI’s Community Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program, assisting grantees and school districts across the state to implement teen pregnancy prevention programs. She has led the agency’s work under the Working to Institutionalize Sex Education (WISE), provided visionary direction in developing a cutting edge teen texting program for teen pregnancy prevention (AskTxTina.com), as well as many other teen pregnancy prevention initiatives. She helped develop the Certified Sexual Health Educator program—the first in Iowa—that trains and ensures that educators are given the skills, knowledge, and tools they need to properly and without bias educate young people with sex education and other sensitive topics.
Spirit of Service Award
Purple W.I.N.G.S. (Women Inspiring Noble Girls Successfully) is a Las Vegas-based nonprofit mentoring agency founded in 2010. Purple W.I.N.G.S. is a survivor-led organization that is deeply committed to the modern-day fight against human trafficking, with an emphasis on all forms of commercial sexual exploitation innately linked to sexual trafficking. Girls in the program participate in weekly two-hour supportive conversation circles, goal setting programs, peer and adult one-on-one mentoring, and a variety of community-based activities. These girls develop social, emotional, and intellectual tools to help them create a positive life vision, develop success skills, serve as community role models, and access the resources they need to achieve their goals.
Douglas B. Kirby Researcher of the Year Award
Paula Braveman, MD, MPH is Professor of Family and Community Medicine and Director of the Center on Social Disparities in Health at the University of California, San Francisco. For more than 25 years, Dr. Braveman has studied and published extensively on health equity and the social determinants of health, and has worked to bring attention to these issues in the U.S. and internationally. Her research has focused on measuring, documenting, understanding, and addressing socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities, particularly in maternal and infant health. Throughout her career, she has collaborated with local, state, federal, and international health agencies to see rigorous research translated into practice with the goal of achieving greater equity in health. She was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 2002 and has served on the Advisory Council of the National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities of NIH.
Young Women United
Youth 360° Innovation Award
Young Women United (YWU) leads reproductive justice organizing and policy initiatives by and for self-identified young women of color in New Mexico. They work to build communities where all people have access to the information, education, and resources needed to make real decisions about their own bodies and lives. YWU organizes and builds policy efforts at the intersections of people’s identities and lived experiences, to advance a range of reproductive justice issues.