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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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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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Tip Sheet: Know Your Audience


Strategies for Opening Channels of Communication When communicating with elected officials or stakeholders, it is important to understand their background and perspective: this will inevitably lead to a more productive conversation. This tip sheet provides strategies for identifying common ground with elected officials and key stakeholders and tips for opening up channels of communication. Even…

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Navigating the Politics of Public Health: Finding Common Ground in Support of Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health

August 22, 2017

This four-part webinar series is a compainion piece to the issue brief, Finding Common Ground: An Overview on Key Conservative Principles to Support Shared Goals for Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health. Participants will learn how to advocate in support of adolescent sexual and reproductive health with conservative-leaning policymakers and key stakeholders, including… strategies for knowing… Read more

Pintos and Cadillacs

July 21, 2017

The Pinto of the ‘70s era is viewed widely as a poorly designed automobile. It is notorious, after all, for combusting into flame in rear-end collisions. (According to reports, a part added to the Pinto that cost just $11 would have prevented the fires—and many resulting injuries and even deaths.) It had a short shelf-life…

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The Trump Administration Is Playing Politics With Teenagers’ Lives

July 19, 2017

Below is an excerpt from the op-ed written by our President and CEO, Pat Paluzzi. Check out the full op-ed, The Trump Administration is Playing Politics with Teenagers’ Lives, on Cosmopolitan. Those of us who work in this field know we still have a long way to go, as the U.S. teen birth rates are…

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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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Huber Appointment to HHS Threatens the Health and Well-Being of Our Nation’s Young People

June 9, 2017

A more just and equitable world supports and empowers all young people to lead healthy and fulfilling lives. All young people deserve respect, appreciation, and acceptance for their unique strengths, talents, and potential. Evidence-based strategies and approaches are effective and efficient ways to achieve positive outcomes. These statements—excerpts from Healthy Teen Network’s Guiding Principles—shouldn’t be…

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Priorities, Differences, and Common Ground

February 17, 2017

Guest Blog Post By Judith W. Herrman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN As we launch into a 2017 that is very different from years past and, perhaps, from what we expected, several things have become very clear to me! The wide spectrum of opinions about almost every issue Our tendency to gravitate to others with “like-minded”…

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Filling the Plum Assignments

January 11, 2017

The 115th Congress has been called to order. Its first orders of business (other than the threatened instant repeal of the Affordable Care Act, aka “Obamacare”) are the confirmations of President-elect Trump’s Cabinet appointments. Congress is working at break-neck speed to onboard the Trump Team on or shortly after his inauguration on January 20. The…

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Position Statements

July 16, 2016

Healthy Teen Network shares position statements on relevant issues for young people as a resource to support your advocacy efforts. The Healthy Teen Network Board of Directors has approved the following position statements: Read more