Sexual and Reproductive Health

Listed below are Healthy Teen Network resources relevant to adolescent sexual and reproductive health.

We have also compiled a list of some relevant 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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#DefundAbOnly Week of Action: March 6-10


Healthy Teen Network stands with SIECUS in a Week of Action March 6–10, 2017 to speak up for sexual and reproductive rights and tell Congress it’s time to #DefundAbOnly and support #RealSexEd. Healthy Teen Network believes that all young people should receive, with unfettered access, comprehensive sexuality education. Not all youth in the United States receive…

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#healthyteen2016


More than 400 dedicated adolescent health professionals gathered in Las Vegas a couple weeks ago for Healthy Teen Network’s 37th Annual National Conference, Roles, Relationships, & Relevance in the Changing Landscape of Adolescent Health. We shared a wonderful few days of learning, sharing, connecting, encouraging, and inspiring one another. If you missed it–or even if you were…

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#NoTeenShame: A Universal Goal


Guest Blog Post by Natasha Vianna #NoTeenShame is a movement and a campaign serving as the public voice on the issue of teen pregnancy and the unnecessary stigmatization of teen parents. Created by a group of seven young mothers across the country—some of whom have never met in person–#NoTeenShame believes no young person should be shamed for…

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10 Things You May Not Know about Teen Dating Violence


Did you know that February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month? While one in three women and one in four men will experience violence from their partners in their lifetimes, one in three teens will experience sexual or physical abuse or threats from a partner in one year. In an effort to help raise awareness,…

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5 Free Sexual Health E-Learning Opportunities You Can Access Today


As part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of  Reproductive Health’s (CDC-DRH) Teen Pregnancy Prevention: Integrating Services, Programs, and Strategies through Community-Wide Initiatives cooperative agreement, Healthy Teen Network provides capacity-building assistance to support grantees to implement evidence-based programs (EBPs) and strategies, with quality and fidelity. Over the course of the project, it…

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5 Resources on Being Sex-Positive


At Healthy Teen Network, we are committed to a sex-positive, comprehensive approach to adolescent sexual health. The term “sex-positive” often has a different connotation for people. Although there are a number of ways you could define the term, one good definition is “involving having positive attitudes about sex and feeling comfortable with one’s own sexual…

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9 Tips to Create a Safe Space for Teachable Moments


A teachable moment is a situation where opportunity knocks—a time at which a person, especially a child, is likely to be particularly disposed to learn something or to be particularly responsive to being taught or made aware of something. Teachable moments can make initiating conversation about sex and contraception easier and more comfortable for everyone…

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Adolescent and Young Adult Men Focus Group Facilitator Guide


Adolescent and Young Adult Men Focus Group Facilitator Guide is a resource for organizations that wish to learn more about the health and wellness concerns of the adolescent and young adult men (AYAM) utilizing their programs and services. To further facilitate the use of this guide, we have provided customizable Word documents of supporting documents…

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All EC ≠ All Female Bodies


The name of the game is to make “the healthy choice, the easy choice.” And we’re excited women can (finally) buy emergency contraception (EC) over the counter! More options, more resources, and removing barriers = awesome, right?! Not so fast. We talk about EC as a workable option for just about anyone who wants it.…

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And the Results Say….


Harnessing the power of technology and social media, Crush—developed by Healthy Teen Network and MetaMedia—puts the power of comprehensive sexual education in the hands of teens and meets them where they are. With its use of varied interactive content such as whiteboard animations for describing sensitive topics like anatomy and physiology; negotiation dialogues for condom…

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Applauding AAP’s Policy Statement on Condom Use by Adolescents


Healthy Teen Network applauds the American Academy of Pediatric’ s recently released policy statement on Condom Use Among Adolescents. The policy statement offers a thorough background and description of condom use in the United States and provides relevant recommendations for the field. Healthy Teen Network is particularly pleased to see the ecological approach to promoting condom…

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Are you SMART?


The first step for designing an evaluation plan is to get a comprehensive understanding of what the program is trying to achieve and with whom. SMART Objectives, as part of the program logic model, can tell us just this information. The program logic model not only lays out a plan or a map to developing…

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B-HEALTHY: 8 Ways to Be a Better Sex Ed Instructor


It’s no secret that some people find it difficult and/or uncomfortable to teach sex ed. And professionals who support sexual health educators often ask us for tips to make it easier. Through our work with CDC-DASH (the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Adolescent and School Health), we compiled eight key strategies you…

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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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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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Building Buy-in for Sexual Health Education in Schools: When Using Data Isn’t Enough


Many of us who work in or with schools have found ourselves in a situation where we shared the latest teen pregnancy and STI rates in the hopes of persuading school staff that they should implement or improve their sexual health education. All too often, we have been disappointed when they don’t ultimately choose to…

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But Are LARCS the Only Way to Go?


A new study from the University of St. Louis seems to put the final nail to close the LARCS (i.e., long-acting, reversible contraceptives) and teen pregnancy debate. Researchers found that LARCS are not only effective, they are super effective in reducing pregnancy rates, birth rates, and abortion rates among teens. Dr. Secura and her colleagues…

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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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CDC and OPA Release New Recommendations for Quality Family Planning Services–Attend the National Launch Webinar to Learn More


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Office of Population Affairs (OPA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have released new recommendations outlining how to provide quality family planning (QFP) services , addressing services including contraceptive services, pregnancy testing and counseling, basic infertility services, preconception health services, and…

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Celebrating Young Parents (Webinar Recording)


  Celebrating Young Parents: How New Mexico and California Established a Day of Recognition (Webinar Recording) Over the past several years, two states—New Mexico and California—have been working to affirm the value of young families and celebrate the ways they contribute to our communities because all adolescents and young adults, including pregnant and parenting teens,…

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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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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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Communication in Conflict: Research Findings from a Latin American Public Health Project


A Guest Blog Post by Erica Nelson, PhD, Independent Consultant Estimados colegas, this post is directed at those of you working to improve the sexual and reproductive health of Latino teens, to share the research findings from a Latin American public health project. Proyecto CERCA, or “Community Embedded Reproductive Health Care for Adolescents,” targeted young people living in…

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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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Confessions of a Sex Ed Mom


If you are expecting a blog post chock-full of shockingly juicy confessions, this one is NOT for you. Those will have to wait until my memoir is published posthumously (which, I hope, is no time soon). However, I do want to share few tidbits that—dare I say—help me be the best “Sex Ed Mom” to…

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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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Connecting with Youth


This time of year—when teachers are prepping their rooms and their lessons for the new year and students are shopping for new clothes and supplies—I always feel nostalgic for the time I spent in the classroom, teaching high school English. For me, one of the most rewarding things about teaching was connecting with students, and…

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Cultural Norms When It Comes to “The Talk”


Research shows that parent-adolescent communication about sex can protect against risky sexual behaviors in teens. So what happens to those who, by cultural nature, do not receive such warnings? Know a teen of Latino or Asian immigrant parents? Did you know that you might be the ONLY person who talks to them about sexual development?…

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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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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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Early Experiences Matter


Guest Blog Post by Stephanie Guinosso, PhD “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” –Fredrick Douglass Many people are now familiar with the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, which involved over 17,000 adult Kaiser patients who were asked about adversities they experienced in childhood (i.e., sexual, physical and emotional abuse,…

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Embracing Your Voice


On this last day of April, also recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, it’s a good time to reflect on the facts about sexual violence and how each of us can make a difference. This year, Sexual Assault Awareness Month is celebrating its 17th anniversary with the theme “Embrace Your Voice” to inform individuals on how…

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Empowering Youth: Barbara Huberman


Healthy Teen Network mourns the loss of a true advocate for youth, Barbara Huberman. Saturday, May 17, 2014, Barbara passed away peacefully, with her family by her side, after battling cancer. A legend in the field of adolescent sexual and reproductive health, Barbara dedicated her career, over a 50-year span, to empowering youth to lead…

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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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Evidence & Innovation


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 Interventions


Evidence-Based Interventions (EBIs) describe a specific kind of programming that has been evaluated to show behavior change. EBIs can be a great way to expand or strengthen the programming you deliver in your community. In this interactive elearning module, explore what EBIs are, what makes them different from other kinds of programs, and learn some…

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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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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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Fertility Awareness to Prevent Teen Pregnancy: Has Anyone in This Administration Even Met a Young Person?


Long before I came to work at Healthy Teen Network, I practiced as a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM). My first job was in a freestanding birthing center where two CNMs offered a full scope of services to families seeking alternatives to medically focused care, including an out-of-hospital birth experience. I worked there for almost five…

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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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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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Foster Youth Need Sex Ed, Too!: Addressing the Sexual Risk Behaviors of System-Involved Youth (Webinar Recording)


All young people experience important developmental milestones on their path to becoming healthy adults, and while this time of change is full of promise, it can also be a time of increased vulnerability or risk. For system-involved youth (e.g., youth in child welfare or juvenile services), navigating this time of change can be fraught with…

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Free Condoms on Prom Night?


It was reported recently that a small public high school in Brooklyn, NY, would be making free condoms available at its upcoming prom. Condoms are already available for students of this school through its sex education program, according to the New York Times. Darryl Rascoe, the school’s principal, told MSNBC, “As they leave the prom,…

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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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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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Gaining Support for Teen Families: Mapping the Perceptual Hurdles


Healthy Teen Network, along with a National Advisory Group, and the FrameWorks Institute have completed Phase One of a two year effort dedicated to identifying and implementing new ways of talking about pregnant and parenting teens to gain support for this population.

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Generate My Healthy Future Plan


Welcome to Your Healthy Future! Hello! Sometime soon, you will become an adult, and along with that will come a lot of responsibilities but also opportunities to make your own choices and pursue your dreams. Adolescence—the time you are 13 to 24 years—may be a period of some stress. But it’s also a time for…

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Generate My Healthy Future Plan Postcard for Parents and Caring Adults


Generate My Healthy Future Plan product promotional materials (poster and postcard for parents and adult caregivers) are designed support the Generate My Healthy Future Plan activity for adolescent and young adult men, parents, caring adults, and health educators. Download the postcard (below) to print your own copies for dissemination. Postcards are designed to print 2…

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Generate My Healthy Future Plan: Facilitator Companion


Generate My Healthy Future Plan is an activity with tools for adolescents and young adults ages 13 through 24 to uncover the health and well-being matters of greatest interest to them and then point them to resources for more information or to suggestions for action taking. The activity guides youth to consider their readiness to…

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Generate My Healthy Future Plan: Group Activity Planning Guide


Adolescence and young adulthood is a time when individuals begin to think about what they want for their futures. Youth are considering their futures through self-reflection, talking with people they trust, and seeking out reliable information on their own. Generate My Healthy Future Plan is Healthy Teen Network’s discovery and planning activity to help adolescents and…

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Generate My Healthy Future Plan: Guide


How Do I Use the Guide? To use the Guide, go back to the Questionnaire. For each question, look at your answer. Now go to the section of the Guide with information related to your answer. The Guide has more information about each of the 20 healthy future subjects: The “101”: Brief introduction to the…

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Generate My Healthy Future Plan: Health Educator Resource and Opportunities (HERO) Guide


The Health Educator Resource and Opportunities (HERO) Guide is an online publication for health educators and youth-supporting organizations to educate them about the health and wellness interests of adolescent and young adult and improve their support to young men on those interests. We developed the Generate My Healthy Future Plan Group Activity Planning Guide (along with complementary templates )…

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Generate My Healthy Future: A Resource for Parents & Caring Adults to Use with Adolescents


The Healthy Teen Network resource, Generate My Healthy Future Plan, can help you start the conversation! Help the young person in your life power up for a healthy future! Generate My Healthy Future Plan is an activity with tools for adolescents and young adults ages 13 through 24 to uncover the health and well-being matters…

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Sara Nasserzadeh

Get to Know our 2017 Conference Keynote, Dr. Sara Nasserzadeh


Dr. Sara Nasserzadeh, PhD, a Social Psychologist and thought leader in the field of Culture, Sexuality, and Relationships, will deliver a keynote at Social Norms & Cultures: Honoring Experiences & Perspectives, the 38th Annual Healthy Teen Network National Conference. With her unique background and extensive global experience, Dr. Nasserzadeh—who is a published author and international…

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Goals


Goals What are the goals, priority 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) BDI…

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Growing Up LGBTQ+ Online: An Infographic


Over the past few months, Under the Currents tackled the topics of adolescent sexuality, technology, and social media. When approaching these topics, it is sometimes tempting for adults, even sexuality educators, to focus solely on the Internet Age’s harmful and problematic byproducts for adolescent development and sexuality. In fact, hardly a newsstand exists without glossy-paged…

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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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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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Healthiest Nation 2030


Compared with people in other high-income countries, Americans have shorter life expectancies and experience more health problems. A variety of social determinants–some within our control, but many not–shape our health. At Healthy Teen Network, we strongly believe it’s important to integrate these social determinants of health to more effectively influence individual behavior and health outcomes.…

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Healthy People 2020 & Adolescent Health


For the past 30 years, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has been publishing a framework for public health in attempt to improve our nation’s health. As the field progresses, we have all become aware that the key to teen pregnancy and HIV prevention encompasses more than just sexual education: it includes…

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Healthy Teen Network Applauds Decision to Increase Access to Over the Counter Emergency Contraception


Today, Judge Edward R. Korman of Federal District Court ruled that the government must make the most common morning-after pill available over the counter for all ages, instead of requiring a prescription for girls 16 and younger. According to the New York Times, “[Korman] also accused the federal government of ‘bad faith’ in dealing with…

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Healthy Teen Network Launches Companion to Manual for Using Getting to Outcomes (PSBA-GTO)


We are delighted to release a resource for school districts wanting to use the Getting to Outcomes® (GTO) framework for selecting, adapting, and evaluating teen pregnancy prevention programs. It’s called Making Evidence-Based Sexual Health Education Work in Schools: A Companion to the Promoting Science-Based Approaches to Teen Pregnancy Prevention Using the Getting to Outcomes (PSBA-GTO)…

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Helping Teens Stay Healthy and Safe: Confidential Contraceptive Services for Adolescents: What Health Care Providers Need to Know about the Law


The Helping Teens Stay Healthy and Safe series of brochures offers guidance to health care providers, teens, and parents of teens about ways they can deliver, receive, and support adolescents’ access to confidential contraceptive services. This report reviews the essential legal information health care providers need to know regarding confidential contraceptive services for adolescents.

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


The Helping Teens Stay Healthy and Safe series of brochures offers guidance to health care providers (below), teens, and parents of teens about ways they can deliver, receive, and support adolescents’ access to confidential contraceptive services. This brochure for providers discusses rationales for providing confidential contraceptive services to teens, support that exists in the policies…

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


The Helping Teens Stay Healthy and Safe series of brochures offers guidance to health care providers, teens (below), and parents of teens about ways they can deliver, receive, and support adolescents’ access to confidential contraceptive services. This brochure for teens teaches young people about confidential services and lets teens know how and what they can…

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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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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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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 the Affordable Care Act Improves Pregnant and Parenting Youth Access Health Care


Webinar Slides, Audio, & Transcript: What Have You Done for Me Lately? How the Affordable Care Act Improves Expectant and Parenting Youth’s Access to Health Care The Affordable Care Act established a wide variety of provisions to increase Americans’ access to affordable, accessible, and high-quality health care. Designed as a webinar for OAH PAF grantees, this webinar…

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How Would You Score? Assessing for Characteristics of Effective Curricula


If you work with schools to provide teen pregnancy, HIV, and/or STI programming, you may already know that many schools and districts use the Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT) to select and adapt curricula. For those of you less familiar with yet another acronym for our field: The HECAT stands for Health Education Curriculum…

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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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I Love it When You Say the C-word


In the midst of reviewing  all the wonderful and inspiring coverage from the recent International AIDS Conference, I stumbled upon an article citing that C-word use is high among teens, 16% higher now than it was in 1991, to be exact! WOWZERS! What great news! Oh, not that C- word…. I mean condoms!  I am…

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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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It’s Men’s Time of the Year


Hey gents (and ladies who care about gents), it’s that time of the month… er… uhh … oops, I mean YEAR. Huh? If it’s June, it’s Men’s Health Month. The purpose of the month, according to its organizers, is to “heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease…

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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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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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Keeping an Eye on STI in the Age of LARC


In case you have been under a rock for the past few years, LARCs (otherwise known as Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives) are all the rage in the teen pregnancy prevention community. While implants and injectable contraception have been promoted for many years in this age group, the resurgence of the IUD (intrauterine device) has refocused…

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Know the Facts First


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health launched the “Know the Facts First” campaign, an initiative co-branded by the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) and the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD).  “Know the Facts First” aims to provide teen girls, ages 13-19, with accurate information…

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LARC Trends and What’s Next for Colorado?


Use of long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) increased nearly five-fold in the last decade, according to recent data from the National Survey of Family Growth. These contraceptives, which include intrauterine devices (more commonly known as IUDs) and subdermal hormonal implants, have gained popularity in recent years because of their high efficacy in preventing pregnancies. LARCs are…

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Likes, Tweets, and Hashtags: Harnessing the Power of Social Media for Study Recruitment


Social media and internet advertising continue to prove promising frontiers for the recruitment and engagement of participants for programs, studies, and campaigns. Last month, Healthy Teen Network and Child Trends gave a poster presentation at our annual national conference, sharing key lessons from the digital recruitment efforts of the Pulse study, a randomized control trial…

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Lisa’s Story, Part I


I want to tell you the story of a friend, of a mother, of a dreamer. Lisa* is the mother of a beautiful two- year old girl, Angela. Lisa’s husband selected the name. As if in the name, their lives would be blessed with the happiness, hope, and love they were looking for. Lisa was…

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Lisa’s Story, Part II


If you missed Part I of Lisa’s story, you can read it here. Lisa was sad to see Pablo walk out of her life and little Angela’s. He did exactly what his dad did to him and what he said he would never do. After multiple fights and marital counseling sessions, he left their tiny…

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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 Evidence-Based Sexual Health Education Work in Schools (MESHEWS)


Making Evidence-Based Sexual Health Education Work in Schools (MESHEWS) is a companion to the PSBA-GTO manual, building on the PSBA-GTO process to reflect the unique needs of education agencies. In particular, it adds and tailors guidance related to the following tasks: Using data to select schools with students at disproportionate risk of teen pregnancy and…

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Making Your Data Speak: The Art and Science of Communicating Your Evaluation Results Effectively & Beautifully (Webinar Recording)


This webinar shows you how to employ easy techniques to create impactful graphs to cut through the clutter of evaluation reports. We demonstrate how to convey your message with clarity and meaning using tools you already have accessible to you. We specifically discuss the principles behind data visualization; how to choose fonts, colors, and images…

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