UNDER THE CURRENTS

One Third Is Too Much

Date: December 19th, 2012
By:

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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Healthy People 2020 & Adolescent Health

Date: December 12th, 2012
By:

Christine Runion

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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Allowing Teen Parents the Safe Space to Share Parenting Challenges

Date: November 28th, 2012
By:

Gina Desiderio

Several months ago, Glennon Melton’s blog post, “Don’t Carpe Diem,” was making the rounds on social media, with frequent reposts and shares on Facebook and Twitter. Many of my fellow parent friends were sharing the link, recognizing the truth in her argument. Melton notes that parents of young children are often told to cherish the…

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The Power of Youth: 5 Takeaways

Date: November 15th, 2012
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Guest Blog Post by Alia Gehr-Seloover I was one of several scholarship recipients who attended Healthy Teen Network’s annual conference, The Power of Youth: Joining Forces to Achieve Positive Outcomes, last month in Minneapolis. This was an amazing opportunity for me to network with knowledgeable professionals from around the country who are incredibly invested in…

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Keeping an Eye on STI in the Age of LARC

Date: November 5th, 2012
By:

Valerie Sedivy

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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I Love it When You Say the C-word

Date: October 31st, 2012
By:

Vanessa Geffrard

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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Opportunity Knocks: Important Information to Share During a Teachable Moment

Date: September 30th, 2012
By:

Gina Desiderio

This blog post is the third in a of three-part series (see also: Part 1, Part 2) highlighting Healthy Teen Network’s resources on using teachable moments to reach youth, through our Opportunity Knocks resources, including a fact sheet and pre-packaged, fully designed presentation, ready for you to use.  The Opportunity Knocks series is based on…

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Opportunity Knocks: Creating a Safe Space for Talking with Youth about Sex

Date: September 21st, 2012
By:

Gina Desiderio

This blog post is the second in of a three-part series (see also: Part 1, Part 3) highlighting Healthy Teen Network’s resources on using teachable moments to reach youth, through our Opportunity Knocks resources, including a fact sheet and pre-packaged, fully designed presentation, ready for you to use.  The Opportunity Knocks series is based on…

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Magical Thinking and Pregnancy Prevention

Date: August 28th, 2012
By:

Pat Paluzzi

“Magical thinking” is a type of causal reasoning or causal fallacy that looks for meaningful relationships of grouped phenomena between acts and events. Those of us who work in the field of teen and unplanned pregnancy prevention are quite familiar with the concept of magical thinking as it relates to our work.  Sexually active teens and…

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Vaccinating Against HPV, Preventing Cancer

Date: August 13th, 2012
By:

Deborah Chilcoat

Cancer. I don’t want my kids, your kids, or anyone’s kids to get cancer. Cancer destroys the body, the mind, and the spirit. Cancer strains families. Cancer costs society billions of dollars. Cancer caused by the human papillomavirus is preventable. Let me repeat that: Cancer caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) is preventable. The Centers…

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