Evidence

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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2016 Awards


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.…

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2017 Adolescent Health Initiative Conference on Adolescent Health


The Adolescent Health Initiative is hosting their fourth annual Conference on Adolescent Health April 24-25, 2017. This annual event draws a national audience of multidisciplinary health professionals for two days of skills-building workshops, breakouts sessions, poster presentations, and networking events. This conference is directed toward physicians, nurses, social workers, registered dietitians, health educators, public health…

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About Evidence-Based Approaches


Healthy Teen Network is an ardent champion of evidence-based approaches, also known as research-based approaches, science-based approaches, or best practices. The success of your programming depends heavily on how well you plan ahead. There are lots of ways to set up your work, but there are some best practices that can help make sure any project,…

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Assess


Assess What problem do you want to focus on? Before getting started, get to know the population you’d like to serve. If you already know them, document it with facts, figures, and data you collect. You can’t find a true solution if you aren’t addressing the real needs of the population and the circumstances that…

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BDI Logic Model for Working with Young Families Resource Kit


In response to a need voiced by professionals working with young families, Healthy Teen Network designed a Behavior-Determinant-Intervention (BDI) Logic Model for Working with Young Families in collaboration with various professionals in the field.

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Call for Award Nominations


2017 Healthy Teen Network Awards The deadline to submit award nominations has passed. 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. We are now accepting award nominations for the following categories: Outstanding Teen Parent Award This award is presented…

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Capacities


Capacities What capacities are needed to implement the program or best practices? With your short list of possible interventions, compare what these programs require in terms of resources, staff time, funds, etc., and what you organization has to offer. Anywhere you identify gaps, decide it makes sense to build those capacities to do that intervention.…

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Center for Evidence & Innovation


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Characteristics of Youth-Friendly Health Care Services


Many of the barriers that youth face in accessing health services are unique to young people due to their stage in life and associated special needs, perceptions, and abilities. Youth-friendly services are services that all adolescents are able to obtain, and these services should meet adolescents’ expectations and needs and improve their health. Youth-friendly services…

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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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Doing It Is Essential & Here’s Why…


Pssst! I gotta ask you something….come closer….a little closer. Okay, good. Do you do it? C’mon, be honest. Do you do it as much as you should? Do you do it every single time? I bet you are no different than everyone else. You say you’re going to do, you even block time in your…

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Elearning and Webinars


Healthy Teen Network regularly hosts capacity-building webinars, and we are constantly building our elearning library of resources. Can’t make it live on the dates offered? We have you covered—recordings and slides will be available after the webinars, as well. As always, membership has its benefits: members receive significant discounts on live and recorded webinars and…

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Engaging Community


Collaborating to Leverage Funding & Resources: A Strategic Plan to Reduce Teen Births in Baltimore City Healthy Teen Network partnered with the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) and the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute and Center for Adolescent Health to develop a city-wide strategic plan to reduce teen births in Baltimore city. This collaboration generated…

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Evaluate


Evaluate Was the program successful in achieving the desired results? This is your chance to see if the program you implemented, met the desired goals you set forth. Now ask yourself, how well is the program working?  And what can I do to continuously improve it? Look for changes in knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors…

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Evaluation Readiness Assessment Guide


Is Your Program Ready to Evaluate Its Effectiveness? A Guide to Program Assessment This guidebook was developed as an attempt to share the challenges we have encountered while evaluating programs participating in the National Urban Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program (NUAPPP). Much of the material has been based on direct feedback from the NUAPPP participants.

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Evidence


Evidence What existing evidence-based approaches and best practices worth adopting? Evidence-based strategies and approaches go beyond simply proven effective programs (also known as evidence-based programs or interventions). “Evidence” includes a variety of possible strategies and approaches: Using a needs and resource assessment Using a logic model to identify goals, behaviors, and risk and protective factors…

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Evidence-Based Program Update! Power Through Choices


Power Through Choices is an evidence-based, innovative sexuality education and skill-building curriculum designed with and for youth living in foster care and other out of-home care settings to help reduce risks related to teen pregnancy, HIV, and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). “Our findings establish the Power Through Choices program as one of the first and…

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Evidence-Based Resource Center


The Healthy Teen Network Evidence-Based Resource Center provides you with a step-by-step guide to use evidence-based approaches to support your program and/or organizational outcomes. From planning to sustainability, you’ll find all the information to support your work. Enter the Evidence-Based Resource Center.

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Fit


Fit What modifications, or adaptations, should be made to fit the program or best practices with your needs? Reviewing for fit takes the few programs you selected when you looked into best practices (usually 2-4 interventions) and checks if they match the needs and values of participating youth and the surrounding community. Distinguishing a good…

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Frequently Asked Questions about Science-Based Approaches


In 2002, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Reproductive Health (CDC DRH) began funding a national project, Promoting Science-Based Approaches (PSBA) to promote science-based approaches in teen pregnancy, HIV, and STI prevention. The seven science-based approaches are examined in detail in this FAQ resource.

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Getting Better All the Time: The Importance of Investing in Research to Support Evidence, Innovation, and Young People


The long awaited results of the first set of evaluation findings from the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program grantees are available, and the results are an affirmation of the importance of investing in the future of our nation’s young people. The results are encouraging—eight new programs were identified as evidence…

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Goals


Goals What are the goals, target population, and desired outcomes? Think of your logic model as your road map, identifying and linking the pathways between your goals and program activities. The BDI (Behavior-Determinant-Intervention) logic model is commonly used in the adolescent sexual and reproductive health field to link activities with goals. (See also: Framework: Overview…

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GTO Toolbox


What’s In Your Toolbox?A Collaborative Learning Series on Getting to Outcomes® (GTO) Originally designed for CDC Department of Reproductive Health Teen Pregnancy Prevention project partners, this 5-part webinar series provides an introduction to the Getting to Outcomes (GTO) process and the tools provide by the CDC to ensure that this framework is user-friendly and promotes…

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GTO Toolbox Webinar #1: GTO Step 1 and Step 2


This recorded webinar is one of a five-part series: GTO Toolbox. These webinars were designed as an introduction to Getting to Outcomes® (GTO). Steps 1 and 2 cover assessment, goal setting, objectives, and logic models. View the Webinar Recording, and download the slides (below).

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GTO Toolbox: Webinar #2: GTO Step 3 and Step 4


This recorded webinar is one of a five-part series: GTO Toolbox. These webinars were designed as an introduction to Getting to Outcomes® (GTO). Steps 3 and 4 cover reviewing best practices and evidence-based programs, as well as selecting for fit for the priority population. View the Webinar Recording, and download the slides (below).

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GTO Toolbox: Webinar #3: GTO Step 5 and Step 6


This recorded webinar is one of a five-part series: GTO Toolbox. These webinars were designed as an introduction to Getting to Outcomes® (GTO). Steps 5 and 6 cover assessing organizational capacities and planning for implementation. View the Webinar Recording, and download the slides (below).

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GTO Toolbox: Webinar #4: GTO Step 7 and Step 8


This recorded webinar is one of a five-part series: GTO Toolbox. These webinars were designed as an introduction to Getting to Outcomes® (GTO). Steps 7 and 8 address process and outcome evaluation, including fidelity monitoring. View the Webinar Recording, and download the slides (below).

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GTO Toolbox: Webinar #5: GTO Step 9


This recorded webinar is one of a five-part series: GTO Toolbox. These webinars were designed as an introduction to Getting to Outcomes® (GTO). Step 9 addresses continuous quality improvement (CQI). Download the slides (below), and view the Webinar Recording and Prezi slides.  

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Guide for Technical Assistance Providers Working with Promoting Science-Based Approaches in Teen Pregnancy Prevention Using Getting to Outcomes


We developed a comprehensive guide that will bolster your knowledge and sharpen your skills providing technical assistance and collaborating with program staff on Promoting Science-Based Approaches in Teen Pregnancy Prevention using Getting To Outcomes® (PSBA-GTO®). The guide includes common issues TAPs experience, suggested solutions, resources, and tools so that you can effectively guide implementation partners…

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Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT)


Healthy Teen Network provides trainings, workshops, technical assistance, and other customized capacity-building assistance to support the use of the HECAT, or Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT). Learn more about our capacity-building assistance, or complete a Service Request Form for more information. HECAT Resources All about the HECAT! Mini-Webinar Series These six recorded “mini-webinars” were…

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HECAT Module 2: Building Blocks of the HECAT: The Characteristics of Effective Curricula


Access the second of 6 recorded mini-webinars here. These mini-webinars were designed as an introduction to (or refresher) to the HECAT, or Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT). Get the other 5 mini-webinars and handouts here.

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HECAT Module 3: Building Blocks of the HECAT: The National Health Education Standards


Access the third of 6 recorded mini-webinars here. These mini-webinars were designed as an introduction to (or refresher) to the HECAT, or Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT). Get the other 5 mini-webinars and handouts here.

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HECAT Module 4: A Walk through the HECAT


Access the fourth of 6 recorded mini-webinars here. These mini-webinars were designed as an introduction to (or refresher) to the HECAT, or Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT). Get the other 5 mini-webinars and handouts here.

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HECAT Module 5: Using Topic-Based Modules to Review Curricula


Access the fifth of 6 recorded mini-webinars here. These mini-webinars were designed as an introduction to (or refresher) to the HECAT, or Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT). Get the other 5 mini-webinars and handouts here.

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HECAT Module 6: What Now? The HECAT Review Process and Use of Results


Access the last of 6 recorded mini-webinars here. These mini-webinars were designed as an introduction to (or refresher) to the HECAT, or Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT). Get the other 5 mini-webinars and handouts here.

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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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HIV Trends among High School Students and Young Adults


Significant health disparities among racial and ethnic groups persist. Adolescents and young adults who are African American, American Indian, or Latino—especially those living in poverty—experience greater health disparities when compared to their White peers.[1] Most often, the leading causes of illness and death for young people are preventable: adolescent and young adult health outcomes, grounded in…

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I ♥ GTO®


I ♥ GTO® (otherwise known as Getting to Outcomes®). Now, I’m not about to plan my vacation using GTO like Mary Martha Wilson has suggested, nor am I going to sing about my little GTO, like Abe Wandersman…but still, I love GTO . I’m often the first among our staff to suggest GTO as the…

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Implement


Implement Track planning and implementation: how did it go? In this step, you can take all of the hard work you put into making your program perfect and put it into action. At this point, you have selected your program and planned how to implement it, which is a huge accomplishment! However, it is extremely…

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Improve


Improve How will you continuously improve the quality of the program (CQI)? Continuous quality improvement (CQI) strategies include using process and outcome evaluation data to make necessary changes to improve your program moving forward.  Regularly consider feedback from evaluation information in order to improve your program’s future contributions. Encourage your staff and participants to be…

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Improving Outcomes for Pregnant and Parenting Teens


An Environmental Scan of Services and Programs The George Kaiser Family Foundation (GKFF) funded Healthy Teen Network to conduct a community assessment of the services and programs available for pregnant & parenting teens in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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In Case You Missed It: A Look Back at Healthy Teen Network’s Publications in 2015


Healthy Teen Network worked hard to provide a wide variety of new resources in 2015. In case you missed any of them, here is a quick look at our publications and other resources from last year. Generate My Healthy Future This comprehensive set of materials is designed to generate energy around adolescent and young adult…

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Keep It Simple: A Lesson in Linking Teens to Sexual Health Care Facilitator’s Guide


The Keep It Simple: Linking Teens to Sexual Health Care lesson plan and accompanying video, or motion graphic, is designed to help link young men and women, ages 15-19, to trusted, “teen friendly” contraceptive and reproductive healthcare providers (also available in Spanish). Read more on this resource here.

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Keep It Simple!


Growing up isn’t easy. Helping teens navigate their sexual health isn’t easy either. Right now, across the country, folks are working tirelessly to make sure teens learn about sex, love, self-respect, and taking care of themselves—and we love you for it! But there are some things we can make simpler, like making sure the young…

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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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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 Your Logic Model Work for You


This one-page resource examines the ways a logic model supports your programming from start to finish and at various levels of your organization.

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News for Which to Be Thankful!


Late last week, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released Births: Preliminary Data for 2010. Among other key findings in the report,  data showed the birth rate for teenagers fell 9% to 34.3 births per 1,000 females aged 15-19 in 2010, the lowest level ever reported for the United States. This 9% decrease from…

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No te compliques


The ¡No te compliques! Facilitator’s Guide and accompanying video, or motion graphic, are designed to help link young men and women, ages 15-19, to trusted, “teen friendly” contraceptive and reproductive healthcare providers. Facilitator’s Guide and motion graphic are also available in English.

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No te compliques! Conectando a adolescentes con servicios de salud sexual


The ¡No te compliques! Facilitator’s Guide and accompanying video, or motion graphic, are designed to help link young men and women, ages 15-19, to trusted, “teen friendly” contraceptive and reproductive healthcare providers. Facilitator’s Guide and motion graphic are also available in English.

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On Slowing Down to Get Ahead


Summer is a time when many of us have traditionally tried to slow down. We know intuitively that we need to recharge and reflect, both personally and professionally. Summer can be a time when you slow down and take a close look at your plans to implement programs with youth, so you can be sure…

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Plan


Plan What is your plan for getting started: who, what, when, where, and how? The planning process will act as a road map or blueprint to follow to reach the destination of success. How well you plan prior to implementing will determine how smooth the program will run. Before implementation, your plan should include everything…

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Promoting Healthy Teens


This brochure focuses on the advantages of integrating HIV, STI, and pregnancy prevention education and services, tips for integrating a program or services, and HIV/pregnancy prevention resources.

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Readiness for Sustaining Getting to Outcomes among Local Providers


Readiness for Sustaining Getting to Outcomes® Among Local Providers: A Discussion Guide for Technical Assistance Providers offers a series of questions designed to determine how ready an organization is to sustain an innovation. This discussion guide focuses on sustaining the Getting to Outcomes evidence-based framework, however, this tool applies best practices for sustaining any innovation…

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Replicating Success One Program at a Time


Lessons from replicating community-based programs that effectively address the complex issues associated with teen parents and teen pregnancy prevention in the United States.

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Staying On Tracking Using Getting to Outcomes® (Elearning Module)


Whether you are just getting on board using Getting to Outcomes® (GTO), an evidence-based approach for planning, implementing, evaluating, and sustaining a program, or have years of experience using GTO, this brief elearning module will take you on a journey to learn more about GTO and give you a chance to navigate some common challenges…

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Step-By-Step Guide to Using Evidence-Based Approaches


It can become overwhelming to think about everything it takes to integrate evidence-based approaches into program and service delivery. Using a framework to integrate these evidence-based approaches, step-by-step, can make this process easier. There are many implementation frameworks out there. Healthy Teen Network most often uses Getting to Outcomes® (GTO) as a framework for integrating evidence-based…

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Strategic Plan to Reduce Births in Baltimore City, Executive Summary


Recommendations in the strategic plan to significantly reduce Baltimore City teen birth rates include: increased access to comprehensive sex education and contraceptive services for youth; educating youth about the availability of services and what it really means to be a teen parent; expanding school based or school linked clinical services; identifying a lead agency to…

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Supporting Change through Motivational Interviewing


Motivational interviewing (a.k.a. MI) is gaining a robust evidence-base and practitioners are enthusiastically integrating it in program implementation. According to Miller and Rollnick (2013) “Motivational interviewing is a collaborative conversation style for strengthening a person’s own motivation and commitment to change.” (Miller W. R. & Rollnick, S. (2013). Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change, 3rd Ed.…

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Supporting Evaluation


Evaluating the Implementation of Sex Education in Schools Healthy Teen Network partnered with Elev8 and East Baltimore Development, Inc. to implement and evaluate sexuality education programs in several Baltimore City elementary and middle schools. Healthy Teen Network evaluators engaged educators, school staff, and Elev8 administrators in the evaluation process to obtain meaningful process & outcome…

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Sustain


Sustain If your program is successful, how will it be sustained? This is where you make certain that your program is set up to continuously be offered. Continue to practice the methods that were most successful. Unfortunately, one of the realities you will face is that even successful programs may not continue because funding gets…

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Taking Action to Become More Youth-Friendly


Youth are often hesitant or unable to access adequate health services, especially when it comes to reproductive and sexual health. Reasons that youth do not receive care include lack of knowledge about services, inability to go to the clinic during operating hours, poor knowledge about health consequences, concern over privacy, and inability to pay. Adolescence…

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Texas Takes a Trauma-Informed Approach to Preventing Pregnancy Among Disconnected Youth


When Cardea Services set out to launch a teen pregnancy prevention program for disconnected youth in Texas, they soon realized participants were at increased risk for sexual assault and other traumatic experiences. The Competitive Personal Responsibility Education Program (C-PREP) grantee decided to adopt a trauma-informed approach in its Connections Project, which delivers evidence-based programming to…

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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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The Innovation-Research Conundrum


How can we get innovative yet effective practices and products into the hands of the end user faster and more efficiently? As the Director of Innovation and Research, I work at the intersection of these two fields. On one hand, I want to create new products and move them to the end user immediately to…

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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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Tip Sheet: Best Practices for Community Engagement


This tip sheet serves as a guide in thinking through building community engagement and helps to identify key elements necessary to engage communities in youth programming.

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Tip Sheet: Best Practices for Conducting a Needs and Resource Assessment


 This tip sheet can serve as an overall guide in thinking through the important program development process of conducting a needs and resource assessment for all types of programs.

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Tip Sheet: Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI)


Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) is a systematic approach that uses information to make improvements to a program with an emphasis on future results. CQI is an ongoing process of gathering and reviewing process and outcome data in order to improve the program, both during and after implementation.

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Tip Sheet: What’s going on in the classroom? Assessing the Implementation of Sexuality Education


If your aim is to improve the quality of sexuality education in schools, one of your top priorities is likely to be to provide a high quality curriculum or set of lesson plans. You’ll also want to know how the lessons are being implemented in the classroom. This resource provides tips for assessing the implementation…

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Tool to Assess the Characteristics of Effective Sex and STD/HIV Education Programs (TAC)


The Tool to Assess the Characteristics of Effective Sex and STD/HIV Education Programs (TAC) gives communities the tools they need to select and implement the most effective pregnancy and STD/STI prevention programs for youth. The TAC is designed to help practitioners assess whether curriculum-based programs have incorporated the common characteristics of effective programs. Knowing which…

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Tool: Program Fit


Fit refers to how well the program matches, or is appropriate for, the community, organization, stakeholders, and potential participants (i.e., youth). This tool supports assessing programs for fit. Read more about fit in the Evidence-Based Resource Center.

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Uncovering the Story of Community Engagement through Learning Walks


  Youth Theater Group at Indigenous Peoples Task Force The Native Youth Project (NYP), funded by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), was implemented in seven Native American communities, namely, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Indigenous Peoples Task Force, Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, The Boys and Girls Club of the Northern Cheyenne…

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Using a Framework to Plan Programs


This is the first in a series of blog posts on using evidence-based approaches to implement programs and services for young people.     When planning, implementing, and improving programs, it can be daunting to include all the necessary steps that lead to better outcomes. This is where using a framework can help. Healthy Teen…

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Using a Logic Model to Support Your Programs


  Have you ever wondered, “Why do I need to develop and use a logic model?” Logic models should be a clear and concise “10,000 foot view” of the work you’re doing  and relevant for various stakeholders involved in your work. The trick is to think about  how you’ll use it, what you have to…

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We Love It When a Plan Comes Together


As reported in The Baltimore Sun last week, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced the encouraging news that the city’s teen pregnancy rate has dropped nearly a third from 2009 to 2013. While this downward trend in Baltimore mimics the national declines we have been seeing, Baltimore has shown a strong commitment to reducing teen pregnancy…

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We’ve Come a Long Way in 25 Years – We Keep Doing the Impossible


Dr. Douglas Kirby’s Keynote Address at Healthy Teen Network’s (then NOAPPP) 25th Annual Conference. In 2004, the National Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy, Parenting and Prevention (NOAPPP) was busy deciding how best to celebrate 25 years as a national leader in the field of teen pregnancy, parenting and prevention. We embraced Sankofa, a Ghanaian concept connoting…

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Weaving Life Skills into PREP Programming


To prevent teen pregnancy and protect young people from relationship violence, Alaska needed an approach that covered a lot of ground. Alaska’s Personal Responsibility Education Program (Alaska PREP) was the solution. Alaska PREP goes into state schools and offers The Fourth R, an evidence-based curriculum that focuses on healthy relationships, positive adolescent development, and life skills.…

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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 Is ESHE…and Do I Really Need Another Acronym in My Life?


The field of sexual health, like so many others, is loaded with acronyms. To describe programs, we have EBI (Evidence Based Interventions), EBP (Evidence-Based Programs), and CSE (Comprehensive Sex Education), just to name a few. And now we have a new one in the mix: ESHE, or Exemplary Sexual Health Education. It’s worth learning this…

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What Is Next for Teen Pregnancy Prevention in the US?


Healthy Teen Network has long proposed a comprehensive approach to teen pregnancy prevention that moves us beyond an individually-based prevention approach to one that promotes healthy sexual and reproductive outcomes for all youth, and includes: Utilizing evidence and innovation to affect outcomes; Using a systematic framework to select and implement programs that best fit a…

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Widening Our Lens


This brochure, Widening Our Lens, presents a comprehensive strategy to address the impact of child maltreatment, interpersonal, and family violence on youth. See also, Boys Will Be Boys: Understanding the Impact of Child Maltreatment and Family Violence on the Sexual, Reproductive, and Parenting Behaviors of Young Men.

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