Communities

Listed below are Healthy Teen Network resources relevant to working with communities and parents.

We have also compiled a list of some relevant resources from other organizations and agencies.

3 Steps to Establish a Clear Goal to Engage Communities


Healthy Teen Network’s Education & Outreach Department What is Community Engagement? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Committee on Community Engagement defines community engagement as “the process of working collaboratively with and through groups of people affiliated by geographic proximity, special interest, or similar situations to address issues affecting the well-being of those people.”…

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Baltimore City and Healthy Teen Network: Partners in Youth 360° Health Promotion


Since 2007, through various funded projects, Healthy Teen Network has partnered with Baltimore City in support of adolescent sexual and reproductive health. Current projects are part of Baltimore’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative (TPPI), which is situated within Baltimore’s larger strategic initiative, B’more for Healthy Babies (BHB). B’more for Healthy Babies is a public/private partnership driven…

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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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Do Latino Youth Really Want to Get Pregnant?


While teen births rates are rapidly dropping, the disparity between Latino girls and their White and Black peers is still noticeable. This disparity has led researchers and program administrators alike to ask themselves…how much of Latino teen pregnancies are intended? It is not an unusual question since the number of unintended pregnancies is quite high.…

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Engaging Youth…On Their Turf: Creative Approaches to Connecting Youth through Community


Healthy Teen Network believes it is the youth most disengaged from our usual systems of care and ultimately those most in need of positive messages and support. We believe it is our duty to find these young people and use any means possible to support their healthy development and transition to adulthood. We recognize the…

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February is National School-Based Health Care Awareness Month


Guest Post by Anna Burns, Outreach and Engagement Associate, School-Based Health Alliance Every February, the school-based health care community comes together to celebrate its successes and recharge its focus on redefining health for kids and teens. This year, the School-Based Health Alliance—a national nonprofit organization that works to advance and advocate for school-based health care—is…

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Jennifer Salerno

Helping Parents Give “The Talk”


The sex talk doesn’t have to be dreaded by parents or teens. Having the tools to navigate conversations and the common goal of safer behaviors puts parents on the right course to supporting their teens.

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Helping Teens Stay Healthy and Safe: Health Care, Birth Control, and Confidential Services (for Parents)


The Helping Teens Stay Healthy and Safe series of brochures offers guidance to health care providers, teens, and parents of teens (below) about ways they can deliver, receive, and support adolescents’ access to confidential contraceptive services. This brochure helps parents and caring adults understand why supporting teens’ access to confidential services is consistent with good…

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HIV/AIDS Awareness Days in March


National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: March 10 Today, one in four people living with HIV in the United States is a woman 13 or older. About half of women living with HIV are in care, and only four in 10 have the virus under control. Women face unique HIV risks and challenges that…

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How & Where Healthy Teens Live, Learn, & Play: A 360° Approach


When researching the effective characteristics of sexuality education programs, Dr. Douglas Kirby noted that while programs addressing individual knowledge, attitudes, and skills are important, they are not sufficient in reaching positive health outcomes: “Communities should not rely solely on these programs to address problems of HIV, other STIs, and pregnancy but should view them as…

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Keep It Simple


Getting the Right Sexual Health Care Growing up isn’t easy. Navigating your sexual health isn’t easy either. But there are some things we can make simpler, like making sure  you know that you have the right to high quality sexual health care and that we care enough to help you get it. Check out the…

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Learning Walks: First Nations Community Health Source


To uncover and share the invisible work behind the concrete and measurable deliverables, Healthy Teen Network conducted Learning Walks with three agencies. Learning Walk is a popular strategy used in the education field by which an external observer visits a community to document lessons learned, provide input to guide decision-making for future project funding, and gain understanding of the impact that…

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Learning Walks: Indigenous Peoples Task Force


To uncover and share the invisible work behind the concrete and measurable deliverables, Healthy Teen Network conducted Learning Walks with three agencies. Learning Walk is a popular strategy used in the education field by which an external observer visits a community to document lessons learned, provide input to guide decision-making for future project funding, and…

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Learning Walks: Wind River


To uncover and share the invisible work behind the concrete and measurable deliverables, Healthy Teen Network conducted Learning Walks with three agencies. Learning Walk is a popular strategy used in the education field by which an external observer visits a community to document lessons learned, provide input to guide decision-making for future project funding, and…

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Lessons Learned in Providing Health Care Services for Native Youth


The Native Youth Project (NYP) was a national learning collaborative facilitated by the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI), Healthy Teen Network, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that engaged seven community-based organizations serving American Indian youth to support the communities to select, adapt, and implement evidence-based programs. However, what the…

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Make Sure All the Mamas in Your Life Are Seen and Celebrated


Guest Blog Post from MamasDay.org People have been creating and sending cards for generations because it’s a simple, but powerful, way to maintain connection and sustain our families. But too often, the Mamas Day cards we see in stores don’t reflect the mamas in our lives, or the struggles they face. It’s a distraction from…

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Men Are Not Okay (Either)


I recently attended a conference of progressives that included a segment on identity. The populations that speakers represented and whose concerns were addressed included Latinx immigrants, people who identify or express as transgender, and American Muslims. I have no complaints with the selection of these identity groups as populations of focus at an identity conference.…

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Mattie Tomeo-Parker

Native VOICES: American Indian & Alaska Native Youth Making Healthy Choices


Guest Blog by Mattie Tomeo-Palmanteer Adolescent health and positive youth development are important issues for many tribal communities. Good adolescent health provides a strong foundation for adult health. However, some adolescents’ choices can have serious life-threatening consequences. Without options and direction, many youth take milestone steps that impact their adulthood without even being aware that…

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On Supporting Youth-Led Advocacy


Like the rest of the Nation, Healthy Teen Network is deeply saddened by the continued assaults on our youth in schools. We are in full support of the various youth-led school walkouts and marches that are attempting to force our representatives to do what is right and have a common sense, non-partisan discussion on gun…

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Opportunity Knocks


Use Teachable Moments to Convey Safer Sex Messages to Young People With accurate information and adequate support, young people can make healthy and responsible decisions about having sex and using contraception. Adults can be most effective by providing the information and support needed to promote responsible decision-making in youth and help ensure transition to adulthood…

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Opportunity Knocks: Creating a Safe Space for Talking with Youth about Sex


This blog post is the second in of a three-part series (see also: Part 1, Part 3) highlighting Healthy Teen Network’s resources on using teachable moments to reach youth, through our Opportunity Knocks resources, including a fact sheet and pre-packaged, fully designed presentation, ready for you to use.  The Opportunity Knocks series is based on…

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Opportunity Knocks: Important Information to Share During a Teachable Moment


This blog post is the third in a of three-part series (see also: Part 1, Part 2) highlighting Healthy Teen Network’s resources on using teachable moments to reach youth, through our Opportunity Knocks resources, including a fact sheet and pre-packaged, fully designed presentation, ready for you to use.  The Opportunity Knocks series is based on…

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Opportunity Knocks: Presentation


A teachable moment is a situation where opportunity knocks and is a time at which a person, especially a child, is likely to be particularly disposed to learn something or particularly responsive to being taught or made aware of something.  With accurate information and adequate support, young people can make healthy and responsible decisions about…

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Opportunity Knocks: Teachable Moments


This blog post is the first in a of three-part series (see also: Part 2, Part 3) highlighting Healthy Teen Network’s resources on using teachable moments to reach youth, through our Opportunity Knocks resources, including a fact sheet and pre-packaged, fully designed presentation, ready for you to use.  The Opportunity Knocks series is based on…

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Other Resources: Working with Communities and Parents


View Healthy Teen Network Working with Communities and Parents Resources here. Other Resources: Making Community Partnerships Work: A Toolkit Parents as Advocates for Comprehensive Sex Ed in Schools Talking with Teens (OAH) Community-level successes and challenges to implementing adolescent sex education programs Summer Meals Toolkit Clinician and Parent Perspectives on Educational Needs for Increasing Adolescent HPV…

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Peace 360°


September 21 marks the annual observance of the International Day of Peace. It’s been designated as such by the United Nations General Assembly as far back as 1981. I bet you didn’t know that; I didn’t either until recently. Perhaps we can chalk up our ignorance to the circumstance that Peace Day holds greater weight…

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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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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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Providing Youth-Friendly Clinical Services the “Rights” Way: 5 Tips


Those interested in the topic of youth-friendly clinical services are perhaps well-versed on what constitutes such services. Healthy Teen Network has certainly covered this topic extensively through our blog, webinar, on-site training, and technical assistance. Youth-friendly services include convenient location and hours, affordable fees, friendly staff competent clinicians, comprehensive services, and community support, among others.…

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Race v. Racism


I was asked recently if I could recommend an expert on the impact of race on teen pregnancy. The question reminded me of when I taught at a local HBCU and was educated by the researchers there about the difference between the use of the terms “race” and “racism.” It is a lesson I think I…

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Resources for Parents & Caring Adults


 We have organized resources for parents and caring adults to help you find what you need: Healthy Teen Network Resources Other Resources

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Resources for Parents and Caregivers


Check out Healthy Teen Network Resources for parents and caring adults here. Other Resources Amaze Advocates for Youth, Parents’ Sex Ed Center Advocates for Youth, Resources for Families on Parent-Child Communication Answer, Resources for Parents CDC, Parent and Guardian Resources Children Now, Talking with Kids about Tough Issues Colorado Youth Matter, Raices y Alas Dating Abuse:…

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Stop Perpetuating the Conservative Community Myth


I love the work I do.  Really, I do!  I get to work with professionals and organizations across the country to implement best practices in adolescent sexual and reproductive health and wellness.  I have visited all sorts of communities—cities and towns that are racially and ethnically diverse, and some that are pretty homogenous.  Some places…

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The Importance of Teen Voices: “Nothing about Us without Us”


Guest Blog Post by Judith W. Herrman, PhD, RN, ANEF For some of us, remembering how teens think means only to conjure up our thoughts from a few years ago. For others, it feels like ancient history and requires some time and effort to truly represent the thoughts of a young person. But it is…

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Tip Sheet: Opportunity Knocks


With accurate information and adequate support, young people can make healthy and responsible decisions about having sex and using contraception. Adults can be most effective by providing the information and support needed to promote responsible decision-making in youth and help ensure transition to adulthood is safe and healthy. In addition to this tip sheet, a complete presentation design is available, for…

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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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Words Matter: Using Language to Disrupt Rape Culture


Words matter. Language matters. Pictures matter. Imagery matters. These are tools used to create and sustain rape culture, where actions matter, where actions hurt people. We’re hearing a lot about sexual assault right now, but unfortunately, it seems like we always are. The issue, and our outrage, rises and falls with the news story of…

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