Build Support

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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Gaining Support for Teen Families: Mapping the Perceptual Hurdles

October 8, 2014

Healthy Teen Network, along with a National Advisory Group, and the FrameWorks Institute have completed Phase One of a two year effort dedicated to identifying and implementing new ways of talking about pregnant and parenting teens to gain support for this population.

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So Now That “That’s” Over, What Comes Next?

October 7, 2014

The “That” in question is the most recent in a series of breakdowns in Congressional functioning, this time manifest by the institution’s inability to adopt annual appropriations for the federal government to continue to operate, compounded by a lapse in authority for the government to pay its creditors. And, despite the laps being run around…

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Know their Rights: Advocating for Pregnant and Parenting Teens in Foster Care


The lines can be blurry for advocating for pregnant and parenting teens (PPT) in foster care. Do they have the same rights as their peers also in foster care? As adults? Understanding the legal rights of the youth you work with is essential in addressing the challenges of the system and your advocacy efforts. A…

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Affordable Care Act Upheld


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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New Opportunities to Guide Opportunity Youth to Career Opportunities!

August 8, 2014

You might have missed this news, since it was barely covered in the mainstream press, but the U.S. Congress actually DID do something of importance to young people before taking its summer recess. In late July, it passed and President Obama signed into law the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the first revitalization of…

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One Hobby Lobby Story

April 2, 2014

Last Tuesday, the Supreme Court listened to oral arguments in the case of Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, which will determine if a for-profit company can deny its employees health coverage of contraception based on the religious objections of the company owner. The case represents the latest controversy in the health reform/reproductive justice/religious liberty debate—just…

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The Stakes Remain High

May 3, 2012

Regardless, Healthy Teen Network remains concerned about any program that promotes abstinence only until marriage. This framework for teaching young people about their sexual health excludes a variety of populations including LGBTQ youth and people who choose not to marry. We believe that youth deserve unbiased information about their sexual health that allows them to…

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Free Will for All?

February 13, 2012

Under the Affordable Care Act, employers are required to pay for preventative care services—including birth control. The administration announced late January that churches and houses of worship would be exempt from providing free birth control coverage to their employees. The First Amendment of the United States Constitution protects citizens from a government establishment of religion,…

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What’s in a Ribbon?

February 8, 2012

Last week, the Susan G. Komen Foundation announced Planned Parenthood would no longer be eligible to receive grants to provide breast cancer screenings to women. After a tremendous backlash against Komen, and an outpouring of support for Planned Parenthood, Komen reversed its decision, announcing that Planned Parenthood would again be eligible for grant applications. In…

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HP 2020: What the New Indicators Mean for Our Work

December 1, 2011

October 31st at the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting, Dr. Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health at Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), announced the leading health indicators for the next decade. Healthy People 2020 indicators provide national focus on a set of health issues affecting the United States, which will receive…

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