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Whether you are building support for a new program or service or working to sustain an existing program or service, it’s important to build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, as well as use effective messages and delivery strategies to mobilize diverse audiences to promote adolescent health.

Listed below are all relevant Healthy Teen Network public policy and advocacy resources.

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December 19, 2017

In yet another strike to reason, science, and equality, there may now be seven words that federal agencies should avoid: Diversity Evidence-Based Entitlement Fetus Science-Based Transgender Vulnerable Much of the media attention is now circling around whether this was an act of censorship from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in their oversight…

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May 24, 2018

Healthy Teen Network stands in solidarity with the eight women’s health care associations who issued a joint statement opposing the recent threats to Title X services.  The Trump Administration’s proposal to extend the international ‘gag’ rule banning clinicians working in federally funded clinics from offering full options counseling to domestic Title X clinic patients is…

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#SRAisAbstinenceOnly: New Name, Same Shame

June 13, 2019

We’ve joined with Advocates for Youth, Answer, SIECUS,  Planned Parenthood, and many others to spread the word that abstinence-only has been repackaged under a new name, “Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA).” But don’t be fooled by their deceitful appropriation of new rights language, it’s the same old shaming, inaccurate lectures. These lessons do nothing but harm…

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#StandingStrong for Reproductive Rights

August 9, 2018

I couldn’t help but be moved to comment on the wave of heavily Catholic countries now legalizing, or considering legalizing, abortion, as our country moves ever closing to banning it. When I read about Ireland’s recent success in legalizing abortion, or Argentina and Brazil’s upcoming rulings, I am reminded of why the United States legalized it…

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Affordable Care Act Upheld

October 7, 2014

Healthy Teen Network is thrilled with today’s long-awaited Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act. We applaud the leadership of the Justices, and the willingness to explore every angle of the law that was required to come to today’s decision. With the upholding of the Act and the expansion of Medicaid, The New…

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Case Studies: What Does It Take to Implement Quality Sexual Health Education?

May 24, 2018

In 2013, the Division of Adolescent School Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC DASH) awarded 17 Local Education Agencies (LEA) funding to strengthen sexual health education in their schools, as part of their efforts to reduce HIV and other STI. Funded partners were charged with providing guidance, materials and professional development…

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Check out our CEO’s commentary on the Trump admin’s decision to prematurely end programs

July 18, 2017

Healthy Teen Network President and CEO, Pat Paluzzi, recently responded to the Trump administration’s decision to prematurely shorten project periods for Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP) grantees. Check out her response in Reveal’s article, Trump Administration Suddenly Pulls Plug on Teen Pregnancy Programs. You can also read more in these related articles: Trump Cuts Over $200 Million…

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July 3, 2016

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DACA Through the Life of One Young Man

September 11, 2017

After almost two decades of positive steps at the federal level to promote an inclusive and just society, we see a dramatic turn in policy that shuts doors to specific sectors of the population. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, is an example of a policy that has helped hundreds of thousands of…

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Equipping Youth to Succeed: Power Through Choices (Infographic)

December 6, 2017

Power Through Choices is the only sexual health program designed with and for youth in foster care and other out-of-home care. And it’s proven effective. Healthy Teen Network shared the curriculum’s evaluation results at our 2018 national conference in a poster session. View the infographic poster. And for more background, check out the related blog… Read more