UNDER THE CURRENTS

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

Date: October 7th, 2014
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Christine Runion

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

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On Choice and Life

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Mousumi Banikya-Leaseburg

How did the words “life” and “choice” come to represent such polar opposites? Shouldn’t “life” or a “free life” be synonymous with the ability to make a “choice”? Despite being such a die-hard proponent of women’s rights, these terms have often confused me, so much so that when I am asked which camp I belong…

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Affordable Care Act Upheld

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Bob Reeg

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

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Free Condoms on Prom Night?

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Kelly Connelly

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

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Pat Paluzzi

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

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The Stages of Grief: Processing the Loss of Komen

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Pat Paluzzi

My first reaction to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation announcement to de-fund Planned Parenthood was sadness. How could such a significant women’s organization turn on another significant women’s organization? Yet more politics on the backs of women—Komen, really? I have supported both of these organizations fully throughout my life—I am a survivor and…

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Do Latino Youth Really Want to Get Pregnant?

Date: September 18th, 2014
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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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New Opportunities to Guide Opportunity Youth to Career Opportunities!

Date: August 8th, 2014
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Bob Reeg

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

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

Date: June 19th, 2014
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Gina Desiderio

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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How Would You Score? Assessing for Characteristics of Effective Curricula

Date: June 11th, 2014
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Valerie Sedivy

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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