UNDER THE CURRENTS

The Stakes Remain High

Date: May 3rd, 2012
By:

Pat Paluzzi

Regardless, Healthy Teen Network remains concerned about any program that promotes abstinence only until marriage. This framework for teaching young people about their sexual health excludes a variety of populations including LGBTQ youth and people who choose not to marry. We believe that youth deserve unbiased information about their sexual health that allows them to…

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High Stakes. Big Mistake?

Date: May 1st, 2012
By:

Alex Eisler

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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S-ex E-ducator X-travaganza!

Date: April 6th, 2012
By:

Vanessa Geffrard

The world needs you! The world revolves around you! The world depends on your extensive, strong, long, and ever-thirsty knowledge of SEX! That’s right, I’m talking to you, sex education teachers, peer educators, facilitators, and all sexual/reproductive health professionals! Today, April 6, 2012, I declare Sex- Educator Day! This is a thank you for all…

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A Tale of Twin Cities: Fifteen Fun Facts about Minneapolis

Date: March 28th, 2012
By:

Rita Lassiter

In researching all there is to do and see in Minneapolis, I discovered that it isn’t just a city known for its harsh winter season and abundance of lakes, but Minneapolis is also one of the nation’s biggest little cities, filled with lots to do and plenty of charm. The Minneapolis-St. Paul region is home…

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Pat Paluzzi’s “Audacious Idea” about Teen Dads

Date: March 19th, 2012
By:

Pat Paluzzi

I recently contributed to Open Society-Baltimore‘s Audacious Ideas blog with some thoughts on teen fathers. Here’s an excerpt: Teen parents are a much maligned group. We often blame them for their “choice” of becoming a teen parent and then for all of the untoward outcomes that can follow. Our blame, however, is short sighted and wrongly…

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Violence Hurts Us All: The Public Health Impact of Violence on Both Young Women and Young Men

Date: February 23rd, 2012
By:

Gina Desiderio

February is Teen Dating Violence Prevention Month, and with the marketing for this awareness campaign, we often hear about girls and women as the victims of violence.  However, it’s also important to remember that the number of young women AND men exposed to childhood maltreatment, interpersonal violence, and family violence in the United States is…

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Cultural Norms When It Comes to “The Talk”

Date: February 16th, 2012
By:

Healthy Teen Network

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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Free Will for All?

Date: February 13th, 2012
By:

Bob Reeg

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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What’s in a Ribbon?

Date: February 8th, 2012
By:

Gina Desiderio

Last week, the Susan G. Komen Foundation announced Planned Parenthood would no longer be eligible to receive grants to provide breast cancer screenings to women. After a tremendous backlash against Komen, and an outpouring of support for Planned Parenthood, Komen reversed its decision, announcing that Planned Parenthood would again be eligible for grant applications. In…

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What’s In a Ribbon?

Date:
By:

Gina Desiderio

  Last week, the Susan G. Komen Foundation announced Planned Parenthood would no longer be eligible to receive grants to provide breast cancer screenings to women. After a tremendous backlash against Komen, and an outpouring of support for Planned Parenthood, Komen reversed its decision, announcing that Planned Parenthood would again be eligible for grant applications.…

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