UNDER THE CURRENTS

Teens Delivering Important Messages, Peer to Peer

Date: January 19th, 2012
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Teens P.A.C.T. Peer Leaders Guest Blog Post by Michele Perlman Research supports peer education: messages have a higher likelihood of getting through—and changing attitudes and behaviors—when recipients believe that the messengers are similar to themselves. This phenomenon is especially prevalent among teens. Despite the fact that this is common knowledge among youth providers, it’s not…

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Seeking Validation: A Former Teen Parent’s Journey

Date: January 10th, 2012
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Guest Blog Post by Todaé Charles Growing up as a teen parent, I was fearful. I had my four children when I was 13, 15, 17, and 19 years old. Because I was so young, I thought people would try to take my children away from me. As I grew up and raised my family,…

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5 Ways to Become an Approachable Parent: Positive Parenting for Teen Sexual Health

Date: January 4th, 2012
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Guest Blog Post by Sheila Overton, M.D., FACOG One of the top questions I’ve encountered from parents as an Ob/Gyn and health educator is: “How can I get my teen to come to me with questions and concerns about sex?” While some parents and teens may have that near-perfect, open relationship that allows them to…

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Not Under My Roof (Yet?)

Date: December 22nd, 2011
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Kelly Connelly

“American girls are more than four times likely to become pregnant and more than two times as likely to have abortions as their Dutch counterparts, even though they have sex at comparable ages,” Amy Schalet writes in her book, Not Under My Roof: Parents, Teens, and the Culture of Sex. Schalet, a Sociology professor at…

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Failure to Increase Access to Emergency Contraception a Failure for All

Date: December 18th, 2011
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Gina Desiderio

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius failed to accept the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommendation to make Plan B One-Step emergency contraception available without a prescription for people under 17. Emergency contraception will continue to be available for women under 17 with a prescription, and behind the counter, once…

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President Obama Should Save the Adolescent Family Life Program

Date: December 14th, 2011
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Guest Blog Post by Paul Florsheim Barack Obama, who was born to a teenage mother, may do more damage to the health of future teen mothers and their children than any other president. If Mr. Obama goes through with his current plans to eliminate the Adolescent Family Life Program (AFL), the only federal agency that…

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HP 2020: What the New Indicators Mean for Our Work

Date: December 1st, 2011
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October 31st at the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting, Dr. Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health at Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), announced the leading health indicators for the next decade. Healthy People 2020 indicators provide national focus on a set of health issues affecting the United States, which will receive…

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