UNDER THE CURRENTS

3 Steps to Establish a Clear Goal to Engage Communities

Date: April 17th, 2014
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Healthy Teen Network

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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One Hobby Lobby Story

Date: April 2nd, 2014
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Last Tuesday, the Supreme Court listened to oral arguments in the case of Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, which will determine if a for-profit company can deny its employees health coverage of contraception based on the religious objections of the company owner. The case represents the latest controversy in the health reform/reproductive justice/religious liberty debate—just…

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Are you SMART?

Date: March 26th, 2014
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Genevieve Martínez-García

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

Date: March 19th, 2014
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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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Confessions of a Sex Ed Mom

Date: March 7th, 2014
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Deborah Chilcoat

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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9 Tips to Create a Safe Space for Teachable Moments

Date: February 27th, 2014
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Gina Desiderio

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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Supporting Change through Motivational Interviewing

Date: February 19th, 2014
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Deborah Chilcoat

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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Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Date: February 12th, 2014
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Deborah Chilcoat

Well, it’s just about that time of year again: Valentine’s Day.  Everywhere I turn, I am bombarded by sappy love songs, ruby hearts, and images of smitten couples. Even one of the nation’s most respected news networks entices me to click a link so I can ponder if the movie “The Notebook” causes breakups. And…

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Lisa Carter: Victory and Triumph

Date: January 30th, 2014
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“Her journey, though wrought with obstacles nearly every step of the way, speaks victory and triumph.” This short excerpt from a nomination letter for Lisa Carter, the 2013 Outstanding Teen Parent Awardee, paints just one small part of the picture, but tells so much. When she was nominated for the award that she ultimately ended…

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

Date: January 23rd, 2014
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Valerie Sedivy

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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