Public Policy and Advocacy
What’s Next in the Endless Attack on Our Rights and Freedoms? 

What’s Next in the Endless Attack on Our Rights and Freedoms? 

Our freedom, our rights, are being restricted by a radical minority that does not represent the majority of Americans. By Gina Desiderio June 27, 2022Like many of you, here at Healthy Teen Network, we’re feeling the weight of the Supreme Court decision last week to...

The Right to Bodily Autonomy Shouldn’t Vary by ZIP Code

The Right to Bodily Autonomy Shouldn’t Vary by ZIP Code

Abortion is still legal. And we must fight to keep it that way. By Gina Desiderio May 3, 2022Bodily autonomy—the right to make decisions about your own body, including decisions about if, when, and how to parent—is a right. None of us are free to live our authentic...

May Is National Sex Ed for All Month

May Is National Sex Ed for All Month

 Community Leaders, Parents, and Guardians Lend Their Voice to Promote #SexEdForAllMay 2, 2022For Immediate ReleaseB altimore, MD — May is Sex Ed For All Month, a time parents, guardians, teachers,  community leaders, and advocates call on local school boards,...

Sex Education Is Essential

Sex Education Is Essential

Together, by advocating in our communities, we can ensure Sex Ed for All.April 27, 2022As April winds down, and as we look ahead to the start of May next week, we wanted to take a moment to share with you the history behind May as Sex Ed for All Month. We also wanted...

Demand IX

Demand IX

50 years later, we have much to celebrate with Title IX…but we still have a lot of work to support ongoing efforts for strong Title IX protections and enforcement.April 21, 2022"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation...

May Is Sex Ed for All Month!

May Is Sex Ed for All Month!

#SexEdForAll is an opportunity to adjust the lens through which we have historically viewed adolescent sexual and reproductive health and address more holistically the sex ed young people deserveMarch 25, 2022The seasons are changing, and May will be here before you...

I’m Just a Bill: The Untold Story

I’m Just a Bill: The Untold Story

I’m Just a Bill covers how a legislative bill makes its way to law. As a public policy advocacy practitioner for over 30 years, let me just say that how a bill becomes a law is more complicated than the short film conveys.  By Bob Reeg, MPA, CVA June 3, 2021The I’m...

Fear and Loathing in Scranton, Pennsylvania

Fear and Loathing in Scranton, Pennsylvania

Strange memories on this nervous night near Scranton, in coal-scarred, Appalachian foothills filled with autumn color and political angstBy Nicholas Sufrinko November 2, 2020Strange memories on this nervous night near Scranton. Five years since Obergefell. Four since...

Too Much and Not Enough

Too Much and Not Enough

Ginsburg’s death showcases how so many members of Congress and our government branches are failing us.  She was more than enough. They are nowhere near enough.  By Gina Desiderio September 22, 2020It feels like too much.  Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died...

Legislation to Reauthorize Pregnancy Assistance Fund (PAF) Introduced

Legislation to Reauthorize Pregnancy Assistance Fund (PAF) Introduced

PAF provides vital support services to empower young parents and their children to thrive. June 26, 2019For Immediate ReleaseW ashington, DC — Yesterday, July 25, Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Robert Casey (D-PA) introduced legislation (S.2296) to reauthorize the...

Pregnancy Assistance Fund (PAF) Reauthorization Sign-On Letter

Pregnancy Assistance Fund (PAF) Reauthorization Sign-On Letter

PAF provides vital support services to empower young parents and their children to thrive. Updated December 02, 2020For Immediate ReleaseDear Member of Congress: The undersigned organizations express our support for the Pregnancy Assistance Fund (PAF) and urge...

Sex Ed for All Month: Call to Action

Sex Ed for All Month: Call to Action

This preamble and call to action were developed by partners at Advocates for Youth, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Power to Decide, SIECUS: Sex Ed for Social Change, and URGE as part of the larger Sex Ed For All Month coalition. May 4, 2020 This May, sexual...

Coronavirus and the Lack of Access to Abortion

Coronavirus and the Lack of Access to Abortion

 During the pandemic, many places are deeming abortion a "non essential" service. We know that abortion is essential healthcare.By Minyan Watson-FaulknerApril 16, 2020D uring the COVID-19 crisis, I have heard so many different things around what is essential or...

Happy New Legislative Year!

Happy New Legislative Year!

We wanted to update our members and supporters on our priorities when it comes to public policy this year.By Bob Reeg, MPA, CVA January 23, 2020The new year provides an occasion for Healthy Teen Network to update our members and supporters on the status of (y)our...

Education Legislation Will Empower Young People

Education Legislation Will Empower Young People

Introduced during Sex Ed for All Month, education legislation will empower young people with information and accessMay 16, 2019For Immediate ReleaseW ashington, DC — Earlier this week, the U.S. House of Representatives introduced the Real Education for Healthy Youth...

Today, I choose to be hopeful.

Today, I choose to be hopeful.

There were some small wins in this midterm election. They might help us get a little bit close to dismantling the patriarchy and adjusting an imbalance of power.By Gina Desiderio September 28, 2018Today, I choose to be hopeful. Maybe it’s naïve. Maybe it’s a...

Some Thoughts on the P-Word

Some Thoughts on the P-Word

Let us show you how we are centering pleasure in adolescent sex ed with the #HealthyTeen18 Design Challenge. By Nicholas Sufrinko July 31, 2018 I have a thought. What if, despite the continued attacks from an administration hostile to providing adolescents with...

Turning 40 and Still Dreaming Big!

Turning 40 and Still Dreaming Big!

As we celebrate 40 years of Title IX, we can’t help but dream about future possibilities for continuing and expanding protections for pregnant and parenting teens!By Patricia Paluzzi, CNM, DrPH June 19, 2012As we celebrate 40 years of Title IX, we can’t help but...

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