Advocacy

Healthy Teen Network promotes and advances adolescent sexual and reproductive health as critical to the well-being of our nation. We understand the need to maintain a spotlight on adolescent sexual and reproductive health and promote understanding of the interplay of the environment on sexual and reproductive health outcomes. Listed below are all relevant Healthy Teen Network public policy and advocacy resources.

We have also compiled a list of some public policy and advocacy resources from other organizations and agencies.

#CDC7Words


In yet another strike to reason, science, and equality, there may now be seven words that federal agencies should avoid: Diversity Evidence-Based Entitlement Fetus Science-Based Transgender Vulnerable Much of the media attention is now circling around whether this was an act of censorship from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in their oversight…

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Action Alerts


We alert our members and supporters to opportunities to communicate with their Members of Congress, the President, and executive branch officials on legislative proposals or proposed changes to administrative rules. Healthy Teen Network disseminates action alerts (posted here on this page, as well) prepared by other groups when our purposes and positions align. Also, Healthy…

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Affordable Care Act Upheld


Healthy Teen Network is thrilled with today’s long-awaited Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act. We applaud the leadership of the Justices, and the willingness to explore every angle of the law that was required to come to today’s decision. With the upholding of the Act and the expansion of Medicaid, The New…

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An American Frame: Teen Pregnancy and Parenting


Interested in gaining more support for pregnant and parenting teens? Tired of seeing them maligned in the media? Healthy Teen Network is working to reframe pregnant and parenting teens in the US to change public opinion and gain political support. The FrameWorks Institute in collaboration with Healthy Teen Network assessed current frames in the media…

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Building Support for Sex Education in Schools: Communications and Messaging Strategies


This mini-course will help you learn what motivates (and doesn’t motivate) people to listen to your messages about the value of sex education.  You’ll practice building effective messages by working through real-world scenarios using evidence-based communication techniques. Members Only: Access this interactive elearning module, Building Support for Sex Ed in Schools, through Compass. Need a…

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Check out our CEO’s commentary on the Trump admin’s decision to prematurely end programs


Healthy Teen Network President and CEO, Pat Paluzzi, recently responded to the Trump administration’s decision to prematurely shorten project periods for Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP) grantees. Check out her response in Reveal’s article, Trump Administration Suddenly Pulls Plug on Teen Pregnancy Programs. You can also read more in these related articles: Trump Cuts Over $200 Million…

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Comparison of 2018 & 2017 PAF FOA (Table)


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health (OASH) announced on January 12, 2018 the Anticipated Availability of Funds for Support for Expectant and Parenting Teens, Women, Fathers, and Their Families (AH-SP1-18-001). These grant funds are being made available through the Pregnancy Assistance Fund (PAF) program. Previous…

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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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Congress Retains Funding for Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program


Healthy Teen Network is pleased to report that, as a result of advocacy from our members, supporters, and national and state adolescent sexual and reproductive health colleague organizations, Congress has appropriated funds to allow the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP) to continue in federal fiscal year 2018. Congress included the TPPP appropriation of $107.8 million…

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DACA Through the Life of One Young Man


After almost two decades of positive steps at the federal level to promote an inclusive and just society, we see a dramatic turn in policy that shuts doors to specific sectors of the population. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, is an example of a policy that has helped hundreds of thousands of…

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Federal Funding Status and Forecast


Status and Forecast of Federally Funded Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health Programs Healthy Teen Network appreciates that our members and others who rely upon us for guidance are at varying levels of uncertainty regarding the status of funding of federal programs generally and adolescent reproductive and sexual health programs particularly. You are not alone: Healthy…

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Federal FY 2017 Appropriations Reaching the Finish Line


Even though the federal government has entered month SEVEN of its current fiscal year (FY 2017), the U.S. Congress is finally on the verge of passing and sending to the President FY 2017 appropriations legislation. The significant delay in Congressional action on spending for FY 2017 is an indication of continued systemic dysfunction of the…

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Filling the Plum Assignments


The 115th Congress has been called to order. Its first orders of business (other than the threatened instant repeal of the Affordable Care Act, aka “Obamacare”) are the confirmations of President-elect Trump’s Cabinet appointments. Congress is working at break-neck speed to onboard the Trump Team on or shortly after his inauguration on January 20. The…

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Finding Common Ground: An Overview on Key Conservative Principles to Support Shared Goals for Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health


A shifted landscape of new or strengthened power players (particularly those who lean conservative) at all levels of government, combined with threats to public health investments that our nation’s youth are facing, necessitates a reinvigorated call to public policy action by individuals and organizations that support youth and their families. This issue brief is a…

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Free Will for All?


Under the Affordable Care Act, employers are required to pay for preventative care services—including birth control. The administration announced late January that churches and houses of worship would be exempt from providing free birth control coverage to their employees. The First Amendment of the United States Constitution protects citizens from a government establishment of religion,…

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Healthy Teen Network Takes a Stand: Position Statements on Relevant Issues


Guest Blog Post By Judith W. Herrman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN Healthy Teen Network is pleased to announce another resource for our members: position statements on relevant issues for young people. Have you ever been writing a grant, program proposal, or organizational policy and wondered, “What are the important considerations for this issue?” or “Where…

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Helping Pregnant and Parenting Teens Find Adequate Housing


Understanding the resources available and law applicable to young parents to assist them in finding adequate housing is one way to help address the problem of homelessness among adolescent parents in the United States today. The American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law and Healthy Teen Network collaborated to develop an overview of…

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Helping Teens Stay Healthy and Safe: The Importance of Confidential Contraceptive Services for Teens


Confidential contraceptive services are an important component of both comprehensive health care for adolescents and teen pregnancy prevention efforts. This has been documented in the findings of research  studies, confirmed by the experience of  health care professionals, and reflected in the policies of health care professional organizations. Numerous laws at the state and federal levels…

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HHS Announces 2018 Pregnancy Assistance Fund (PAF) Funding Opportunity


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health (OASH) announced on January 12, 2018 the Anticipated Availability of Funds for Support for Expectant and Parenting Teens, Women, Fathers, and Their Families (AH-SP1-18-001). These grant funds are being made available through the Pregnancy Assistance Fund (PAF) program. Previous…

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High Stakes. Big Mistake?


Please note that as of 05/03/2012, an update to this post, regarding the evaluation of the Heritage Keepers program, has been posted here. To be clear: this time of evaluating and expanding the public health field to support young people in making healthy decisions about their sexual health is a time to celebrate. This is…

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Honoring Senator Delores G. Kelley & Delegate Ariana Kelly for their Service


Healthy Teen Network is honored to recognize the work of Senator Delores G. Kelley and Delegate Ariana Kelly with the 2017 Spirit of Service Award. Working with Planned Parenthood of Maryland, Senator Delores G. Kelley and Delegate Ariana Kelly co-sponsored The Maryland Contraceptive Equity Act. Signed into law by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan in May…

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HP 2020: What the New Indicators Mean for Our Work


October 31st at the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting, Dr. Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health at Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), announced the leading health indicators for the next decade. Healthy People 2020 indicators provide national focus on a set of health issues affecting the United States, which will receive…

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Huber Appointment to HHS Threatens the Health and Well-Being of Our Nation’s Young People


A more just and equitable world supports and empowers all young people to lead healthy and fulfilling lives. All young people deserve respect, appreciation, and acceptance for their unique strengths, talents, and potential. Evidence-based strategies and approaches are effective and efficient ways to achieve positive outcomes. These statements—excerpts from Healthy Teen Network’s Guiding Principles—shouldn’t be…

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In Response to the President’s Forthcoming Budget Proposal


Healthy Teen Network is a member of the NDD (Non-Defense Discretionary) United alliance. We associate ourselves with the following statement by NDD United leadership on President Trump’s forthcoming budget proposal. Washington, D.C. – Today’s release of the first details of President Donald Trump’s budget plan is an unacceptable destruction of the parity principle that has been…

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Keeping Pregnant and Parenting Students from Dropping Out: A Guide for Policymakers and Schools


Providing better support for pregnant and parenting students is a critical step for schools to take in their efforts to reduce dropout rates. Graduating from high school improves pregnant and parenting teens’ chances of going on to further education and the workforce and avoiding poverty and/or the need to rely on public assistance. It also…

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Know their Rights: Advocating for Pregnant and Parenting Teens in Foster Care


The lines can be blurry for advocating for pregnant and parenting teens (PPT) in foster care. Do they have the same rights as their peers also in foster care? As adults? Understanding the legal rights of the youth you work with is essential in addressing the challenges of the system and your advocacy efforts. A…

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Know Your Audience


Strategies for Opening Channels of Communication When communicating with elected officials or stakeholders, it is important to understand their background and perspective: this will inevitably lead to a more productive conversation. Even if your organization cannot lobby, you can always communicate and educate, build an advocate for your cause, and have your organization seen as an…

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Navigating the Politics of Public Health: Finding Common Ground in Support of Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health


Participants will learn how to advocate in support of adolescent sexual and reproductive health with conservative-leaning policymakers and key stakeholders, including… strategies for knowing your audience to understand their background and perspective; opportunities for finding common ground to work toward a shared goal; leveraging the media to increase your public awareness; and tactics for identifying…

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New Opportunities to Guide Opportunity Youth to Career Opportunities!


You might have missed this news, since it was barely covered in the mainstream press, but the U.S. Congress actually DID do something of importance to young people before taking its summer recess. In late July, it passed and President Obama signed into law the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the first revitalization of…

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Now What? A Public Policy Update…


Health Appropriations Congress is working through its annual appropriations process to set future spending levels for federal programs. Last week, the House Appropriations Committee passed on a party-line vote (28 Republicans for, 22 Democrats against) the appropriations measure setting spending levels for fiscal year (FY) 2018 (which begins October 1, 2017) for the U.S. Departments…

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One Hobby Lobby Story


Last Tuesday, the Supreme Court listened to oral arguments in the case of Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, which will determine if a for-profit company can deny its employees health coverage of contraception based on the religious objections of the company owner. The case represents the latest controversy in the health reform/reproductive justice/religious liberty debate—just…

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Our Policy Work: What to Expect & What You Can Do


Healthy Teen Network has always had a rather progressive agenda—let’s face it supporting pregnant and parenting teens in the 1970’s was pretty progressive, one might even say subversive. We advocate across a range of sexual health issues including access to Title X services and comprehensive sexuality education, as well as other social/ecological areas including housing,…

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Pintos and Cadillacs


The Pinto of the ‘70s era is viewed widely as a poorly designed automobile. It is notorious, after all, for combusting into flame in rear-end collisions. (According to reports, a part added to the Pinto that cost just $11 would have prevented the fires—and many resulting injuries and even deaths.) It had a short shelf-life…

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Policy Platform to Promote Health and Success among Young Families


A Policy Platform to Promote Health and Success among Young Families is the result of a yearlong process undertaken by Healthy Teen Network to identify the most pressing challenges facing young families today and the federal programs that are currently, or could be, responsive to those needs. Young families need access to the same types…

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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 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: 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: 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


Healthy Teen Network shares position statements on relevant issues for young people as a resource to support your advocacy efforts. See more position statements here. 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…

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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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Position Statements


Healthy Teen Network shares position statements on relevant issues for young people as a resource to support your advocacy efforts. The Healthy Teen Network Board of Directors has approved the following position statements: Read more

Poverty Is Not Destiny and Pregnancy Is Not a Disease: Changing Our View of Adolescent Health (Webinar Recording)


The frame with which we view issues affecting teen health and well-being defines our language and informs our responses.  When teen pregnancy is considered a disease that must be prevented, we think of interventions that affect individual behavior, and we think of teen pregnancy as an individual failure. This kind of thinking promotes a culture…

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President Obama Should Save the Adolescent Family Life Program


Guest Blog Post by Paul Florsheim Barack Obama, who was born to a teenage mother, may do more damage to the health of future teen mothers and their children than any other president. If Mr. Obama goes through with his current plans to eliminate the Adolescent Family Life Program (AFL), the only federal agency that…

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President’s FY 2014 Budget Request Unveiled


President Obama has submitted to Congress his budget request for fiscal year 2014. The annual President’s Budget represents the Administration’s stance on the overall size, scope, and long-term trajectory of the federal government budget as well as the executive branch’s desired spending levels for all federal programs for the upcoming federal fiscal year (which commences…

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PRESS RELEASE: City of Baltimore, Healthy Teen Network Scheduled to Appear in Federal Court to Fight the Trump Administration’s Unlawful Cuts to Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs


Trump Officials Slashed Grants to Evidence-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs in Baltimore City That Helped Reduce Teen Pregnancy Rates To All-Time Lows In Attempting To Dismiss Case, Government Lawyers Do Not Dispute Harm Suffered by Program Grantees For Immediate Release Wednesday, April 18, 2018   BALTIMORE, MD — On Thursday, April 19, 2018, the City…

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PRESS RELEASE: Lawsuits Filed to Stop Trump’s Rollback of Science-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program


Suits Come in Response to Trump Administration’s Arbitrary Termination of Program that Has Contributed to Dramatic Fall in Rates of Pregnancy among Teens For Immediate Release February 15, 2018 Washington DC— Today, nine local government, health care, and oversight organizations filed four lawsuits in federal courts in Washington, Maryland, and the District of Columbia challenging…

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PRESS RELEASE: Victory In Teen Pregnancy Prevention Case For City of Baltimore, Healthy Teen Network and Democracy Forward


Judge Overturns HHS’s Decision To Cut Grants For Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program Three Times In One Week Federal Courts Have Ruled HHS’s Cuts To Teen Pregnancy Prevention Unlawful For Immediate Release Thursday, April 26, 2018   Washington, D.C. —  Late yesterday afternoon, the Federal District Court in Baltimore ruled that the U.S. Health and Human…

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Preventing Teen Pregnancy Among Marginalized Youth


Developing a Policy, Program, and Research Agenda for the Future Healthy Teen Network, with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, has long explored how to better meet the needs of marginalized youth and subsequently reduce their risk for early pregnancy and parenting. In 2008, a year-long effort included a review of the literature on…

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Priorities, Differences, and Common Ground


Guest Blog Post By Judith W. Herrman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN As we launch into a 2017 that is very different from years past and, perhaps, from what we expected, several things have become very clear to me! The wide spectrum of opinions about almost every issue Our tendency to gravitate to others with “like-minded”…

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Public Policy Coalitions


Healthy Teen Network belongs to numerous public policy issue advocacy coalitions. By participating in these coalitions and task forces, we bring our perspective and add our voice to groups of organizations with public policy positions akin to ours. In so doing we amplify our individual work and aggregate our influence. Public Policy Coalitions in which…

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Public Policy Communications


Healthy Teen Network communicates our positions on public policy issues to Congress, the President, and executive branch officials through correspondence, testimonies, and statements for the record. Sometimes we communicate positions individually. Other times we communicate our positions with other organizations in the form of sign-on letters. We post copies, here on this page, of recent…

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Public Policy Platform for Teen Parents: Executive Summary


A Policy Platform to Promote Health and Success among Young Families is the result of a yearlong process undertaken by Healthy Teen Network to identify the most pressing challenges facing young families today and the federal programs that are currently, or could be, responsive to those needs. Young families need access to the same types…

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Public Policy Platform for Teen Parents: Suggested Action Steps


A Policy Platform to Promote Health and Success among Young Families is the result of a yearlong process undertaken by Healthy Teen Network to identify the most pressing challenges facing young families today and the federal programs that are currently, or could be, responsive to those needs. Young families need access to the same types…

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Public Policy Recommendation: Ensure Pregnant and Parenting Student Access to Education


See also: Our summary of Healthy Teen Network Public Policy Recommendations. (Download the print version below.)     Topic: Pregnant and Parenting Teen Support Subject: Secondary Education Recommendation: Require State and Local Educational Agencies to Consider Needs of Pregnant and Parenting Students in their Educational Planning Congressional Action Request S. Senators: Urge conferees on the…

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Public Policy Recommendation: Establish Comprehensive Sexuality Education Grant Programs


See also: Our summary of Healthy Teen Network Public Policy Recommendations. (Download the print version below.)       Topic:                  Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Subject:                  Comprehensive Sexuality Education Recommendation: Enact the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act Congressional Action Request S. Representatives: Co-sponsor the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act (H.R. 3602). S. Senators:…

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2017 Public Policy Recommendation: Fully Fund Teen Pregnancy Prevention

Public Policy Recommendation: Fully Fund Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs


See also: Our summary of Healthy Teen Network Public Policy Recommendations. (Download print version below.)     Topic:                  Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Subject:                  Teen Pregnancy Prevention Recommendation: Fully Fund Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs Congressional Action Request S. Senators: Persuade colleagues to include at least $137 million for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program and $50…

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Public Policy Recommendation: Summary


Healthy Teen Network takes positions on public policies and public policy proposals of importance to adolescents, young adults, their families, and their communities. We organize our public policy recommendations in the topic areas of health promotion, adolescent sexual and reproductive health, and support for young people who are pregnant or parenting. Summary of 2017 Public…

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Public Policy Tools


These advocacy tools may support you in your policy and advocacy efforts: GPO Access A Brief History of Federal Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Funding Center for Adolescent Health and the Law (CAHL) Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) Community Action Kit Congress.gov Every Child Matters How to Write a Letter to the Editor and an Opinion Editorial…

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So Now That “That’s” Over, What Comes Next?


The “That” in question is the most recent in a series of breakdowns in Congressional functioning, this time manifest by the institution’s inability to adopt annual appropriations for the federal government to continue to operate, compounded by a lapse in authority for the government to pay its creditors. And, despite the laps being run around…

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Teen [Fill in the Blank] Month 2.0


As most readers of Under the Currents know, the month of May is recognized in the United States as Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. As May approaches each year, Healthy Teen Network faces its annual ambivalence on how best to observe the month. On the one hand, we want to elevate public awareness of the great…

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The Affordable Care Act: What Can Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Teen Parenting Organizations Do Now?


The Affordable Care Act is a very complicated piece of legislation. Although the Act was passed in one bill, it does not take effect all at once, and with the controversy surrounding the constitutionality of the Act itself, it can be hard to determine what organizations should be doing to prepare for full-implementation and what…

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The Frame Makes the Picture: Creating a Positive Picture of Pregnant and Parenting Teens (Webinar Recording)


What we think and how we feel about something has a lot to do with how it is presented—or framed. For example, think about particularly lively children and how our reactions might differ if we call them “curious,” as opposed to “hyperactive.” Teen parents have been labeled many things since the mid-1970s, and most of…

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The Healthcare Profession Is One of Service


The new Division of Conscience and Religious Freedom within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was established by this administration to ensure religious liberty in health care and to punish doctors and hospitals that don’t allow workers to express their religious objections. In other words, it places the rights of healthcare professionals above the rights of those they have agreed to care for.…

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The More Things Change, The More Things Stay the Same


If you are a Republican, who can blame you for gloating over the “landslide” results of the 2014 midterm elections held November 4? If you are a Democrat, who can blame you for entering a period of mourning?There’s no way that those among us who care about public policy and/or politics would not have been…

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The Stakes Remain High


Regardless, Healthy Teen Network remains concerned about any program that promotes abstinence only until marriage. This framework for teaching young people about their sexual health excludes a variety of populations including LGBTQ youth and people who choose not to marry. We believe that youth deserve unbiased information about their sexual health that allows them to…

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The State of the Union in Teen Pregnancy Prevention


Yesterday, President Obama delivered his State of the Union address. The purpose of the address is to inform Congress and the American people about the current state of our nation. The field of teen pregnancy prevention has seen many changes in the last few years. From creations of new departments and new programs to the…

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The Trump Administration Is Playing Politics With Teenagers’ Lives


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…

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Tip Sheet: Know Your Audience


Strategies for Opening Channels of Communication When communicating with elected officials or stakeholders, it is important to understand their background and perspective: this will inevitably lead to a more productive conversation. This tip sheet provides strategies for identifying common ground with elected officials and key stakeholders and tips for opening up channels of communication. Even…

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We’re Standing Strong with Youth and Science


Well, the news has broken, and the lawsuit has been filed. You can read the full press release for the details, but to sum it up, today, Healthy Teen Network joined with eight other organizations in the filing of four lawsuits challenging the Trump-Pence administration for unlawfully ending the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP) grant…

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What Are Our Areas of Expertise?


Healthy Teen Network staff bring a diverse range of subject matter expertise, with years of experience providing capacity-building assistance. We possess the skills-building training, TA, elearning, instructional design, evaluation, and resource development skills to work with both youth and adults. Our highly qualified staff can meet your needs, across a range of services. Areas of…

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What’s in a Ribbon?


Last week, the Susan G. Komen Foundation announced Planned Parenthood would no longer be eligible to receive grants to provide breast cancer screenings to women. After a tremendous backlash against Komen, and an outpouring of support for Planned Parenthood, Komen reversed its decision, announcing that Planned Parenthood would again be eligible for grant applications. In…

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