UNDER THE CURRENTS

Top 5 Healthy Teen Network Resources of 2013

Date: January 10th, 2014
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Gina Desiderio

In 2013, Healthy Teen Network continued our work providing capacity-building products and publications for adolescent sexual and reproductive health professionals. Did you miss any of these new resources we released in 2013–or just want to take another look as we enter the new year? Here you go: Youth 360: How & Where Healthy Teens Live,…

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Sharing Information Online in the Age of Apomediation

Date: December 13th, 2013
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Gina Desiderio

Whether you know it or not, you’re living in the age of apomediation. According to Dr. Dan O’Connor, apomediation means: “mediated by people to the side of you or all around you, from the Latin ‘apo’ meaning to stand by… It describes the morass—the extraordinary number of voices, sites, blogs, tweet feeds, etc.—that are available…

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All EC ≠ All Female Bodies

Date: November 27th, 2013
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Alex Eisler

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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Who Should Do the Telling?

Date: November 25th, 2013
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“You know, it’s a really sensitive subject. And it’s really hard news for people to get.” So says Anna Halloran, who works for Spokane Regional Health District in eastern Washington. For patients who have tested positive for gonorrhea, the health department now offers a service to provide anonymous notification to their former sexual partners. “People don’t necessarily do…

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

Date: November 14th, 2013
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Gina Desiderio

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

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Applauding AAP’s Policy Statement on Condom Use by Adolescents

Date: November 5th, 2013
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Pat Paluzzi

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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Meet the Trainers

Date: May 23rd, 2013
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Gina Desiderio

After a recent training conducted by Healthy Teen Network, we received an incredibly nice thank you email that, among other welcome words of praise, included the following: “Something much larger than learning correct facilitation techniques happened with the group that I am sure you are aware of—a real training team was created with a group…

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Remembering Doug Kirby

Date: April 25th, 2013
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On Wednesday, March 25, family, friends, and colleagues gathered to remember Douglas Kirby, PhD, after his passing, Saturday, December 22, 2012. The service provided the opportunity for friends to share memories and anecdotes about Doug. Below are some excerpts from the tributes, with links to video clips, as well. Pat Paluzzi, President and CEO, Healthy…

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A Tremendous Loss for Our Field

Date: December 24th, 2012
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It is with a heavy heart that Healthy Teen Network shares the news that our respected colleague, Douglas Kirby, PhD, passed away Saturday, December 22, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Gail, and his daughter, Katherine, and son, Cameron. A memorial service will be held for Doug on Saturday, January 5th, 2013, at 2:00pm…

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One Third Is Too Much

Date: December 19th, 2012
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Gina Desiderio

As most of us in the field know, teen pregnancy rates have hit record lows over the past couple years. The teen birth rate for girls aged 15-19 decreased 9% between 2009 and 2010, from 37.9 births per 1,000 to 34.3 per 1,000. This is the largest decline recorded in a single year since 1946-47, and…

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