Date: November 16th, 2017
By: Gina Desiderio
With the turn of the century, the adolescent sexual and reproductive health field began to focus in earnest on evaluating programs and approaches to determine what works to improve health outcomes for young people. This growing body of evidence has improved programming and paved the way for innovation. Healthy Teen Network is a national leader in commitment to evidence and innovation, setting the standard for high-quality capacity-building assistance that ensures effective programming and promotes positive outcomes. This timeline highlights Healthy Teen Network’s leadership in evidence and innovation, from 2000 to the present. (The print version is available as part of our 2016 Annual Report.)
This select history from 2000 to present represents how we have honed our approach, using lessons learned and evaluation results, to continuously improve and deliver the most efficient and effective capacity-building assistance to support high quality evidence-based and innovative programs and services for youth, always with an eye to improving outcomes. We will continue to lead the field to use what we know works best to meet the dynamic needs of young people.
Our 2017-2020 Strategic Plan outlines our plan for standing strong and moving forward. Healthy Teen Network believes that adolescent sexual and reproductive health is a social justice issue with public health impacts. These impacts are confounded by how and where youth live, learn, and play and require a holistic Youth 360⁰approach to achieve equity.
About the Author
Gina Desiderio, Healthy Teen Network Director of Communications, has over 10 years of capacity-building and project management experience, supporting professionals to provide programs and services to empower youth to thrive.