Capacity Building: Training, TA, & More

Healthy Teen Network provides a wide range of capacity-building assistance services with high impact results for professionals and organizations to improve program and organizational outcomes and promote sustainability.

Our areas of expertise spans a wide range of topics across adolescent sexual and reproductive health, evidence-based approaches, curricula, working with diverse youth, training adult
professionals, advocacy and public policy, strategic planning, sustainability, and more.

Services include workshops, trainings, proactive and reactive technical assistance (TA) and coaching, evaluation support, keynote addresses, resource development, and much more.

You name it, we’ve got you covered.

What Works for You?

We can tailor our capacity-building services to meet your needs, across a range of intensity levels:

  1. Give It to Me (self-paced learning)
  2. Talk to Me (personalized coaching, technical assistance)
  3. Train My Team (presentations, on-site training)
  4. Do It For Me (full-service project management, implementation)

Sample Services

  • Workshops and Presentations
  • Trainings, Trainings-of-Trainers, and Trainings-of-Educators/Facilitators
  • Curricula Trainings
  • Technical Assistance (TA) and Coaching
  • Elearning Modules
  • Site Monitoring
  • Strategic Planning
  • Assessment and Environmental Scans
  • Evaluation Support
  • Public Policy, Advocacy, Analysis, and Assessment
  • Resource and Tool Development
  • Project Management
  • Event Planning
  • Meetings, Conferences, and Advisory Groups
  • Keynote Addresses, Expert Panels, and Plenaries

Areas of subject matter expertise include a multitude of topics, but if you are looking for something more specific, don’t hesitate to ask. We will customize our services to meet your unique needs.

Youth 360° (Social Determinants of Health, Social-Ecological Model)

  • Health Promotion (i.e., holistic approach)
  • Social-Ecological Health Model
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Adolescent Sexual & Reproductive Health (ASRH)
  • Exemplary Sexual Health Education (ESHE)
  • Sex Education Basics
  • Pregnancy Prevention
  • STI/HIV Prevention
  • Integration of Pregnancy/HIV/STI Prevention
  • Health Care Services
  • Linkages to Care
  • mHealth
  • Trauma-Informed Approaches
  • Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Interpersonal Violence
  • Substance Use
  • Power Through Choices!, an evidence-based program for youth in out-of-home care
  • Working with Schools
  • Integrating Sex Education into Health & Other Subjects
  • Developing Scope & Sequence/Pacing Guides
  • School-Based Approaches Complementing Sex Education
  • Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT)
  • Supportive/ Wraparound Services, or Coordinated Care
  • Engaging Students in Programming
  • Professional Development for Teachers
  • School Health Advisory Councils
  • Gaining Support of Parents, Teachers, Principals, & District Staff
  • Working with Communities & Key Stakeholders
    • Strategies for Effective Communication
    • Building & Nurturing Champions
    • Selecting & Engaging Community Partners
    • Building & Sustaining Partnerships
    • Collaboration Strategies
  • Adolescent Development
  • Youth-Friendly Services
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Improve Programs & Services: Step-by-Step

  • Step-by-Step Systematic Frameworks (e.g., Getting to Outcomes® (GTO))
  • Action Planning, Strategic Planning
  • Assessment
    • Needs & Resource Assessment
    • Environmental Scans
    • Interview & Focus Group Research Design & Implementation
    • Digital Focus Groups
    • Survey Design & Data Collection
    • Goals & SMART Objectives
    • Logic Models
  • Program Selection & Fit
  • Characteristics of Effective Programs & the TAC Tool
  • Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT))
  • Evidence-Based Programs (EBP)
  • Curriculum Training: Trainings-of-Trainers, Trainings-of-Facilitators
  • Adaptation & Fidelity
  • Capacities & Resources
  • Planning & Implementation
  • Pilot Testing
  • Recruitment & Retention
  • Fidelity Monitoring
  • Evaluation (see also, Digital Studio)
    • Human-Centered Design Research (Needs Gathering, Usability Testing
    • Quantitative & Qualitative Data Analysis
    • Performance Measurement
    • Evaluation Plans
    • Participant Assessment, Observation Protocols
  • Data-Driven CQI & Analysis
  • Sustainability & Translation of Research to Practice (see also, Digital Studio)
    • Data Visualization, Infographics
    • Poster Presentations
    • Project Reports
    • Elearning & Digital Education
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Best Practices for Providing Direct Services

  • Youth-Friendly Services
  • Privacy and Confidentiality
  • Adolescent Sexual & Reproductive Health (ASRH)
    • Exemplary Sexual Health Education (ESHE)
    • Sex Education Basics
    • Pregnancy Prevention
    • STI/HIV Prevention
    • Integration of Pregnancy/HIV/STI Prevention
  • Health Care Services
  • Linkages to Care
  • Classroom Management
  • Curriculum Training
  • Training the Trainer/TA Provider
    • Core Skills for Providing Capacity-Building Assistance
    • Designing Skills-Building Trainings
    • Trainings-of-Trainers
    • Coaching & Mentoring
    • Training Design
    • Proactive & Reactive Technical Assistance (TA)
    • Translating Content, or Research to Practice
    • Elearning & Digital Education
  • Motivational Interviewing
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Curricula Training

We can help you build-buy in for evidence-based programs, select the program that fits your needs, prepare your health educators to deliver the program…and everything else
along the way to implement programs with quality and fidelity. Services include presentations, trainings-of-facilitators, trainings-of-trainers, curriculum assessment, strategic planning, technical assistance, and more.

  • 17 Days
  • Becoming a Responsible Teen
  • Be Proud, Be Responsible
  • Be Proud, Be Responsible, Be Protective
  • It’s Your Game
  • Making a Difference!
  • Making Proud Choices!
  • Power Through Choices
  • Reducing the Risk
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Working with Diverse Youth Populations

  • Adolescent Development
  • Youth-Friendly Services
  • Working with Youth Populations, e.g.,
    • Marginalized Youth
    • Latinx Youth
    • American Indian/Alaska Native Youth
    • Youth Involved in Systems of Care (e.g., foster care, juvenile justice)
    • Runaway & Homeless Youth
    • Young Men
    • Young People Who Are Pregnant/Parenting
      • Unique Needs of Young Parents
      • Children of Young Parents
      • Co-Parenting
      • Supportive Housing
      • Young Fathers
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Building Support: Advocating for Programs & Services

  • Develop campaigns, strategies, and materials to support public policy changes at the state or local levels on issues relevant to youth.
  • Build support and cultivate relationships with key stakeholders, developing positive community engagement.
  • Write winning grant proposals in support of your fund development efforts.
  • Share your successes and tell your story, using strategies such as data visualization.
  • Topics, such as:
    • Adolescent Sexual & Reproductive Health Public Policy and Advocacy
    • Messaging to Conservative Policymakers
    • Title IX
    • Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program
    • Personal Responsibility Education Program
    • Pregnancy Assistance Fund
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Organizational Capacity Building & Sustainability

  • Strategic Planning
  • Leadership Development
  • Sustainability & Fund Development
  • Preventing Staff Burn Out
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Training the Trainer or Technical Assistance Provider
  • Sustainability & Translation of Research to Practice (see also, Digital Studio)
    • Data Visualization, Infographics
    • Poster Presentations
    • Project Reports
    • Elearning & Digital Education
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The Healthy Teen Network approach to capacity-building assistance (CBA) can best be understood through our three core tenets that are infused into and inform our CBA: our approach is 1) holistic, 2) human-centered, and 3) guided by a systematic framework. We use this approach to build capacity because it works, and when it works, i.e., builds capacity, our recipients are better able to sustain their projects, implement quality programs with youth, and achieve better health outcomes for youth.



Systematic: We provide evidence-based, high impact CBA by using a comprehensive, systematic frameworkour CBA method—based on Getting to Outcomes (GTO). This systematic method allows us to identify and prioritize CBA needs, and based on project requirements, capacities, and funding levels, we then identify the appropriate CBA to meet those needs. We develop a project-level plan to meet the range of CBA needs for all grantees. We develop individual proactive CBA plans when HiCBA is warranted. With the recipient, we plan and agree upon CBA goals, objectives, and activities, and then we develop a written CBA Plan to deliver the HiCBA. We monitor progress in attaining CBA objectives, and the plan is reviewed regularly (e.g., monthly) by both

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Human-Centered: We employ a human-centered style in providing CBA by ensuring the needs of the CBA recipient— an individual and/or team— drive the CBA goal and plan, while ensuring the performance measures of the funder and needs for the project are being met. Our human-centered style ensures the CBA we provide is more effective. We always dedicate time upfront to building a relationship and establishing trust between the CBAP and recipient. We build this relationship by being professional, approachable (i.e., friendly, conversational, non-punitive, and using appropriate humor), easily accessible (i.e., readily available via phone, email, and events), and responsive (i.e., responding to needs in a reasonable timeframe). (Read more on our human-centered approach.)

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Holistic: For the same reasons Healthy Teen Network promotes the holistic health promotion model of Youth 360⁰ to better support and empower young people, we apply a 360⁰ approach to CBA. Our perspective for providing CBA is holistic, considering the four spheres of influence—individual, relationships, community, and societal. Professionals implement youth programs, and their personal experiences, expertise, values, knowledge, skills, attitudes, style, commitment to ASRH, and so much more, influence how they will implement programs.

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Our work is made possible by our staff members who possess a wide range of professional and academic experiences. We represent diverse disciplines including public health, education, social work, business management, nursing, public administration, humanities, health services administration, marketing, law, medicine, and research. We have worked in diverse settings such as primary health centers, health departments, universities, family planning clinics, schools, community-based organizations, for-profit businesses, foundations, and public policy advocacy organizations.

Our capacity-building assistance providers are ready to partner with you to support your capacity-building needs and organizational sustainability. Find out more about our staff through the biographies.

  • Deborah Chilcoat, MEd
  • Gina Desiderio, MA
  • Alexandra Eisler, MPA
  • Milagros Garrido, MS
  • Genevieve Martínez-García, PhD
  • Janet Max, MPH, CHES
  • Bob Reeg, MPA
  • Pat Paluzzi, DrPH, CNM
  • Valerie Sedivy, PhD
  • Minyan Watson-Faulkner

Hear more from our staff on what they like most about providing capacity-building assistance in our blog post series:

Have You Heard?

Past training participants attest to our high-quality level of capacity-building assistance and experienced staff who deliver a customized experience to meet your unique needs.

  • “I really enjoy the high caliber way Healthy Teen Network trains on curricula.”
  • “This training has been great, and I feel confident in being able to deliver this curriculum and even apply it to the other work I do with teens.”
  • “I always enjoy Healthy Teen Network trainings because I know I will learn what is needed to facilitate a training or group.”
  • “The trainings are always well organized, fun, and the trainers are open for suggestions. As always, the energy is always positive and energetic!”
  • “I think the webinar was excellent. I especially enjoyed the interactive sections, which help alleviate the ‘brain buzzing’ that sometimes occurs with webinars that run over an hour. I look forward to other webinars from you in the future.”
  • “The webinar was thorough and helpful in understanding a difficult subject…the training gave me a good foundation to pull from.”
  • “I consider Healthy Teen Network a ‘pioneer’ ‘expert’ agency in the field, and you demonstrated that! “
  • “I could watch the trainers model how they were making changes on the fly, responding to participants, that sort of thing, and that was a learning experience for me, as a trainer, too.”
  • “I really enjoy the high caliber way Healthy Teen Network trains on curricula.”
  • “The training has been helpful and allowed for everyone to share and be heard. Thank you!”
  • “I really enjoyed the small group teachbacks–great way to promote discussion.”
  • “This training has been great, and I feel confident in being able to deliver this curriculum and even apply it to the other work I do with teens.”
  • “It was very well done, well organized, well executed.”
  • “Excellent facilitator. You used your time well and the information and interaction was great!”
  • “I truly enjoyed and gained useful knowledge.”
  • “This training was GREAT, very fun and informative, and it will be useful in my work”
  • “Excellent team facilitation!”
  • “The trainers were really approachable, asking what we were thinking, sharing ideas.”
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