Partners Awarded Grants for Adolescent & Young Adult Male Health Projects

Date: January 27th, 2015

Healthy Teen Network is pleased to announce that we have partnered with the Partnership for Male Youth to secure grants for projects that focus on increasing immunizations among adolescent and young adult men (AYAM). The partnership is part of a larger collaboration with the American Sexual Health Association (ASHA) and the School-Based Health Alliance (SBHA), and each project is an independent educational grant from Merck & Co.

“Healthy Teen Network is very excited about this opportunity, both to enhance our capacity-building resources focused on this population, as well as to support the work of the Partnership,” said Pat Paluzzi, President and CEO of Healthy Teen Network.
“The support of Merck & Co. through these independent educational grants represents a milestone for accomplishing the goals of the Partnership,” said Dennis Barbour, executive director of the Partnership for Male Youth. “We hope these grants will encourage the support of other funders as we pursue our important mission of advancing of AYAM health.”

The projects complement each other and will address different audiences. The Healthy Teen Network project, Volt, will focus on AYAM access to and utilization of primary care, sexual and reproductive, and other health services, including immunizations from preventable diseases. Products will include capacity-building resources for health educators, AYAM, and their adult caregivers, including an interactive online health assessment tool, a health educator resource guide, a facilitator’s guide for AYAM focus groups, and webinar, and a track of AYAM health-focused sessions and half-day Preconference Institute at our annual conference in Baltimore, October 2015. Ultimately, Volt will help AYAM, both independently and with the support of caring adults, seize their own power to take charge of their health.

This year’s conference, Youth 360°: How & Where Youth Live, Learn, & Play Matters, to be held October 13-16, 2015, in Baltimore, MD, will highlight real life examples of how communities, agencies, and individuals have worked across disciplines to better support their populations through holistic health promotion, with a special track to focus on male health. Youth 360° will continue to challenge the field’s thinking about how best to help all young people thrive.

“Having the opportunity to focus on the health and well-being of AYA males will further enhance our Youth 360 theme and provide useful examples for our members to use in their own settings,” said Pat Paluzzi.

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