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2012 Annual Report


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2013 Annual Report


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2014 Annual Report


Youth 360°: How & Where Youth Live, Learn, & Play Matters The close of 2014 marked the mid-point of our current strategic plan, and we are encouraged to see the field embracing our Youth 360° frame as a way to talk about adolescent health and understand the need to address the social determinants of health. We…

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2014 Annual Report


Youth 360°: How & Where Youth Live, Learn, & Play Matters The close of 2014 marked the mid-point of our current strategic plan, and we are encouraged to see the field embracing our Youth 360° frame as a way to talk about adolescent health and understand the need to address the social determinants of health. We…

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2015 Annual Report


Check out the Healthy Teen Network 2015 Annual Report, Our Innovation. Healthy Teen Network believes that innovation is a critical component of a comprehensive strategy to respond to the dynamic lives of adolescents and young adults. We strive to find new, creative ways to support both youth and youth-supporting professionals. (If annual report does not…

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2016 Annual Report


Reflecting Back & Looking Forward: A Commitment to Evidence & Innovation We’ve made great strides in the past decade, and teen births in the U.S. are at an all-time low. A number of factors have contributed to this downward trend, most significantly declines in the number of teens who have ever had sex, and among…

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About Healthy Teen Network


This brochure is a quick printable product to learn more about Healthy Teen Network.

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About Us


Read more about us: Vision Mission Guiding Principles History Strategic Plan Annual Report Position Statements Or, download a printable brochure. Our Vision Healthy Teen Network envisions a world where all adolescents and young adults lead healthy and fulfilling lives. Our Mission Healthy Teen Network promotes better outcomes for adolescents and young adults by advancing social…

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About Us – Healthy Teen Network


Healthy Teen Network envisions a world where all adolescents and young adults lead healthy and fulfilling lives. We promote better outcomes for adolescents and young adults by advancing social change, cultivating innovation, and strengthening youth-supporting professionals and organizations. Founded in 1979, we promote better outcomes for adolescents and young adults by advancing social change, cultivating innovation,…

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Annual Reports


We are dedicated to continuously improving our capacity-building services and making a difference in the lives of teens and young families. Each year in our annual report, we share selected accomplishments, highlight stories from our members, and recognize the generous support of our funders. 2016 Annual Report: Reflecting Back & Looking Forward: A Commitment to…

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Board of Directors


The work of Healthy Teen Network is made possible by a dedicated core of 12 Board of Directors members and a mighty force of 17 professional staff members, who possess a wide range of professional and academic experiences. Chair Brigid Riley, MPH Consultant, Willow Consulting Brigid Riley is a principal consultant with Minneapolis-based Willow Consulting, supporting clients…

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Capacity Building: Training, TA, & More


Healthy Teen Network provides a wide range of capacity-building assistance services with high impact results for professionals and organizations to improve program and organizational outcomes and promote sustainability. Our staff possess a broad and deep level of expertise across an expansive breadth of adolescent health and well-being topics, such as maternal and child health, leadership development, substance…

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Celebrating 35 Years of Health Promotion


For more than 35 years, Healthy Teen Network has built the capacity of a national community where young people are supported and empowered to thrive. As we end this milestone year, please consider making a donation to help us continue our work. Healthy Teen Network realizes the importance of considering the wide range of elements…

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Conference


Join us for our 2017 Conference Social Norms & Culture: Honoring Experiences & Perspectives October 2-4, 2017 Hilton Baltimore | Baltimore, MD Social norms and culture are powerful influencers on our individual experiences and perspectives. They affect every facet of our personal and professional life—our attitudes and outlook, who and what we value, dismiss, embrace, and fear. Now…

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Financials


Our annual reports provide more detailed information on each year’s highlighted projects, income, and expenditures. Healthy Teen Network audited 990 forms for the past 3 years are available to the public: Charity Navigator works to guide intelligent giving in an aim to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace. Guidestar gathers and disseminates information about every…

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Giving Thanks


The time is always right to stop and express gratitude for things, but Thanksgiving time provides us with an annual reminder to make sure we stop to think about—and show appreciation for—all the wonderful things in our lives. Here’s what staff of Healthy Teen Network had to share: I am very thankful for working with…

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Government Contract Vehicles


Healthy Teen Network has met the necessary requirements and is eligible to receive contracts through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Program Support Center Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quality Contract (PSC IDIQ), Contract No. HHSP233201500148I. The Program Support Center (PSC) provides services to HHS and other agencies through the use of IDIQ contracts.…

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Healthy Teen Leadership Alliance


The Healthy Teen Leadership Alliance, or the Alliance, is a network of state leaders focused on adolescent sexual/reproductive health, including youth who are pregnant/parenting, that meets at least twice yearly with Healthy Teen Network to share strategies, insights, and concerns with the goal of influencing the field. The Alliance provides a supportive voice in the adolescent…

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Healthy Teen Network 2014 Annual Report


How and where youth live, learn, and play matters: Youth 360° is the frame Healthy Teen Network has developed to make it easier to talk about and understand the importance of a holistic approach to health promotion and the variety of factors that contribute to health inequities and disparities. Healthy Teen Network promote better outcomes…

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Healthy Teen Network Welcomes Our New Staff


Healthy Teen Network is pleased to welcome three new staff members: Carol Partonen, Durryle Brooks, and Nicholas Sufrinko! Carol Partonen Carol Partonen is a new addition to the Healthy Teen Network team, having joined in December 2016. With experience in accounting and administrative support, she assists the Director of Finance and Operations, as well as…

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Looking Forward: 2017 – 2020 Strategic Plan


A Commitment to Evidence & Innovation We’ve made great strides in the past decade, and teen births in the U.S. are at an all-time low. A number of factors have contributed to this downward trend, most significantly declines in the number of teens who have ever had sex, and among sexually active teens, increased use…

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Making a Difference


Donate Today Consider making a donation to be a part of our efforts to foster a world where all adolescents and young adults lead healthy and fulfilling lives. We need you! We’re asking you to join us in standing strong to keep youth at the center. Over the past year, we have been facing a constant…

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Media Center


Contact Gina Desiderio, Director of Communications, for media requests, including: Media requests and public service announcements Fundraising ideas, donations, sponsorships Partnerships and collaborations Reprint, logo, and other content requests Other related requests Where to Find Information about Healthy Teen Network: More information Healthy Teen Network can be found in the following pages: Mission, Strategic Plan, Financials, Annual…

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Meet the Trainers


After a recent training conducted by Healthy Teen Network, we received an incredibly nice thank you email that, among other welcome words of praise, included the following: “Something much larger than learning correct facilitation techniques happened with the group that I am sure you are aware of—a real training team was created with a group…

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Meet the Trainers (Part 2)


A couple weeks ago, we introduced you to some of Healthy Teen Network’s incredible professionals who provide training and technical assistance (Meet the Trainers). As promised, we are back with answers to another question we posed to Deb, Mila, Alex, and Mousumi. Play the videos below to see what each had to say when asked…

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Member Benefits


Free Resources & Tools: Members receive exclusive access to new elearning resources and tools, as part of our Center for Evidence & Innovation. Annual National Conference: Members receive a discount on registration for our apex national capacity-building event, the annual conference, where you will increase your capacity to support youth as well as network with national colleagues…

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Members-Only Resources


Members receive exclusive access to some of the resources in the Center for Evidence and Innovation.

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Membership


Become a Member Membership has its benefits! Healthy Teen Network serves as a leading national membership organization dedicated to making a difference in the lives of young people using our Youth 360° frame for holistic health promotion. We promote better outcomes for adolescents and young adults by advancing social change, cultivating innovation, and strengthening youth-supporting…

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Position Statement: Educational Equity for Young People Who Are Pregnant & Parenting


Healthy Teen Networks supports educational equity and systems of support that aid young people who are pregnant and parenting to complete high school. When pregnant and parenting youth graduate from high school, they have an increased chance of seeking post-secondary education and being workforce prepared, and they have a reduced chance of living in poverty…

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Position Statement: Ensuring Equity by Dismantling Racism


Healthy Teen Network believes that racism remains a persistent social toxin within United States society. Further, we believe that the ongoing and disparate impacts that racism has on public health at large warrants additional and sustained attention. While we recognize that race is a social construct with no biological basis, the material impact of racial…

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Position Statement: Ensuring Equity for Youth by Addressing the Intersectionality of Gender, Race, and Sexuality


Healthy Teen Network believes that addressing social and ecological conditions unique to members of historically marginalized populations (such as people who are women, First Nation/Indigenous, African-American, Latinx, Asian Pacific Islander, and/or LGBTQ+) is critical for these populations to achieve justice and equitable health and well-being outcomes. Healthy Teen Network shares position statements on relevant issues…

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Position Statement: Ensuring Equity for Youth by Affirming Those Who Are LGBTQ+ or Gender Non-Conforming


Healthy Teen Network believes youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, questioning, and queer (LGBTQ+), youth falling outside of the cisgender, heterosexual norm, and gender non-conforming youth should be affirmed as equal members of society and communities, deserving education and care relevant to their lived experiences. Healthy Teen Network shares position statements on relevant issues…

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Position Statement: Ensuring Equity for Youth by Affirming Young People Who Are Pregnant or Parenting


A more just and equitable world supports and empowers all adolescents and young adults—including young people who are pregnant or parenting—to lead healthy and fulfilling lives. All young people deserve respect, appreciation, and acceptance for their individual strengths, talents, and potential. And all adolescents and young adults have a right to comprehensive, developmentally and culturally…

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Position Statement: Ensuring Equity for Youth by Applying Gender Transformative Approaches


Healthy Teen Network believes that organizations that deliver sexuality education and sexual and reproductive health services should apply gender transformative approaches to their service delivery. When so doing, professionals who provide sexuality education, clinical, and supportive services to youth should be cognizant of the environment and social norms within which the youth reside and remain…

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Position Statement: Health Promotion & The Social Determinants of Health


Healthy Teen Network believes that health promotion, or a holistic approach we call Youth 360⁰, is the best way to achieve positive health and well-being outcomes for all youth. How and where youth live, learn, and play matters. Health promotion is an approach that enables people to increase control over and improve their health, while…

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Position Statement: Homelessness & Its Intersection with Sexual Behavior among Youth


Healthy Teen Network maintains that housing is a universal human right, and by extension, a right all. Americans should enjoy equitably. Furthermore, we recognize the centrality of safe and stable housing to achieving whole health. Accordingly, we support policies, programs, and practices to ensure permanent, safe, and affordable housing for all as a matter of…

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Position Statement: Human Trafficking


Healthy Teen Network supports the development and delivery of resources and services for youth who are victims and survivors of human trafficking. Healthy Teen Network calls upon all organizations that interact with youth, including hospitals, health centers, law enforcement agencies, child welfare agencies, juvenile justice authorities, youth-supporting organizations, and schools to screen youth to assess…

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Position Statement: Sexual & Reproductive Health Services for Adolescent & Young Adult Men


Healthy Teen Network believes that adolescent and young adult men (AYAM, or young men) deserve comprehensive sexuality education and optimal sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services in order to achieve whole health. SRH services should be designed and delivered with consideration for young men. While young men may enjoy many privileges and opportunities by virtue…

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Position Statement: Sexual & Reproductive Health Services for Immigrant Youth


Healthy Teen Network believes that immigrant youth (people aged 24 and younger without U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent resident status) deserve comprehensive sexuality education and optimal sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services in order to achieve whole health. Sexual and reproductive health services should be designed and delivered with consideration for immigrant youth. Healthy Teen…

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Position Statement: Sexual & Reproductive Health Services for System-Involved Youth


Healthy Teen Network believes that youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems (system-involved youth) deserve comprehensive sexuality education and optimal sexual and reproductive health services in order to achieve whole health. SRH services should be designed and delivered with consideration for system-involved youth. Healthy Teen Network shares position statements on relevant issues for…

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Position Statement: Sexuality Education


This position statement details our belief that that all young people should receive, with unfettered access, comprehensive sexuality education. Sexuality education curricula delivered to all people should be based in scientific theory and supported by an evidence base of effectiveness. Sexuality education should be integrated into all educational levels and programs and across the academic…

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Position Statement: Title X Family Planning Program


Healthy Teen Network supports continuation of the federal Title X family planning program, which provides federally funded health services to women and families, including preconception and prenatal healthcare, contraceptive care, and other health and screening services. We support sustained and increased funding of the Title X program. Healthy Teen Network opposes the exclusion of qualified…

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Position Statement: Universal Right to Health Care


Healthy Teen Network maintains that health care is a universal human right, and by extension, a right all Americans should enjoy equitably. In the United States, the universal right to health care must be accomplished by ensuring that each American 1) can enter the nation’s healthcare system without any barrier of discrimination or other impediment…

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Position Statement: Violence Prevention and Response Services for Youth Who Are Pregnant or Parenting


We promote egalitarian norms that support healthy relationships, voluntary birth-planning, and non-violent means to deal with stress and conflict as integral approaches to reducing the prevalence of intimate partner violence (IPV) among youth who are pregnant, expectant, and/or parenting. We support the development and delivery of resources and services specific to aiding young people who are…

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Position Statement: Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health Services Access


We support access to the full range of sexual and reproductive health services for all youth. The service array should include comprehensive sexuality education; healthy relationship education; testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis and human papillomavirus; the full range of contraceptive options; and full options counseling for pregnant girls and women.…

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Position Statement: Youth-Friendly Services


Healthy Teen Network maintains that for youth to enjoy their universal right to health care, health care services must be delivered to them in a manner that makes it easy and comfortable for them to seek out and receive the services they need. We consider health care services to be youth-friendly when they are confidential,…

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Promoting an Inclusive Frame: 2012 Annual Report


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…

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Road Map for the Future of Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health


It has taken over a year much thinking, talking, and revising, but Healthy Teen Network is extremely excited to present our 2013-2016 Strategic Plan, Road Map for the Future of Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health to the field. This three-year plan is a result of conversations with adolescent, reproductive health, and social justice professionals, state…

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Staff


The work of Healthy Teen Network is made possible by a dedicated core of 12 Board of Directors members and a mighty force of 17 professional staff members, who possess a wide range of professional and academic experiences. Read more about each staff member in our biographies. Deborah Chilcoat, MEd, Senior Manager, Capacity Building & Evaluation Gina Desiderio, MA, Director,…

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Staff Biographies


Our staff represent diverse disciplines including public health, education, social work, business management, nursing, public administration, humanities, health services administration, marketing, law, and research. They have worked in diverse settings such as primary health centers, health departments, universities, family planning clinics, schools, community-based organizations, for profit businesses, foundations, and public policy advocacy organizations. Read more…

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Stories Worth Sharing: 2013 Annual Report


Check out the Healthy Teen Network 2013 Annual Report. Available only online, we highlight several stories of projects from the 2012-2013 fiscal year. You’ll learn more about our efforts to crowdfund to print and disseminate a graphic novel, conduct a community assessment, and develop a motion graphic to link teens to sexual health care services.…

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Strategic Plan


Check out our 2013-2016 Strategic Plan, Road Map for the Future of Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health, available as an online interactive presentation and a written report. The plan is a result of conversations with adolescent, reproductive health, and social justice professionals, state leaders, researchers, funders, and high-level officials—in other words, some of the field’s best…

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Strategic Plan, 2017 – 2020


Healthy Teen Network believes that adolescent sexual and reproductive health is a social justice issue with public health impacts. These impacts are confounded by how and where youth live, learn, and play and require a holistic Youth 360⁰ approach to achieve equity. Download the print version of the strategic plan below.   By 2020, Healthy…

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The Care and Feeding of Youth-Supporting Professionals


As Healthy Teen Network celebrates 35 years making a difference in the lives of teens and young families, it’s an opportune time to reflect on the work we are doing to build the capacity of professionals and organizations so that they can assist all adolescents and young adults to be supported and empowered to lead…

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What Are Our Clients Saying About Our Services?


  Have You Heard? Past training participants attest to our high-quality level of capacity-building assistance and experienced staff who deliver a customized experience to meet your unique needs. “I always enjoy Healthy Teen Network trainings because I know I will learn what is needed to facilitate a training or group.” “The trainings are always well organized,…

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What Is Our Approach to Capacity Building?


The Healthy Teen Network approach to capacity-building assistance (CBA) can best be understood through our three core tenets that are infused into and inform our CBA: our approach is 1) holistic, 2) human-centered, and 3) guided by a systematic framework. We use this approach to build capacity because it works, and when it works, i.e., builds…

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What Services Do We Provide


We provide a full range of services across a breadth of subject matter expertise, for diverse audiences such as adolescents, young adults, parents and caregivers, and adult professionals. Types of Services Workshops and Presentations Trainings, Trainings-of-Trainers, and Trainings-of-Educators/Facilitators Curricula Trainings Technical Assistance (TA) and Coaching Elearning Modules Communities of Practice Meetings, Conferences, and Advisory Groups…

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What We Do


We achieve our mission through 5 interrelated strategies: 1. Networking and Dissemination We pride ourselves on supplying the adolescent and young adult health community with relevant and timely resources, research, and support to help professionals effectively reach youth. Our broad dissemination mechanisms advance the conversation and stimulate innovation. 2. Research and Evaluation Through research and program…

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Who Are Our Capacity-Building Assistance Providers?


Our work is made possible by our staff members who possess a wide range of professional and academic experiences. We represent diverse disciplines including public health, education, social work, business management, nursing, public administration, humanities, health services administration, marketing, law, medicine, and research. We have worked in diverse settings such as primary health centers, health…

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Who We Are


Our Members We are uniquely able to have an impact on a large number of young people because of our holistic, collaborative approach rooted in science and enriched by our immediate links to a grassroots network of adolescent health professionals throughout our nation’s communities. We build the capacity of professionals and organizations to provide the…

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Who We Are


Our Members We are uniquely able to have an impact on a large number of young people because of our holistic, collaborative approach rooted in science and enriched by our immediate links to a grassroots network of adolescent health professionals throughout our nation’s communities. We build the capacity of professionals and organizations to provide the…

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