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#healthyteen14 on Twitter: Best of the Hashtag


Last week in Austin was really something special as we explored the idea of Synergy during our 35th Annual National Conference. More than any other year, participants took to social media, sharing their thoughts and experiences, tagging with #healthteen14, the official conference hashtag. Check out some of the best tweets from the event:

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#healthyteen2016


More than 400 dedicated adolescent health professionals gathered in Las Vegas a couple weeks ago for Healthy Teen Network’s 37th Annual National Conference, Roles, Relationships, & Relevance in the Changing Landscape of Adolescent Health. We shared a wonderful few days of learning, sharing, connecting, encouraging, and inspiring one another. If you missed it–or even if you were…

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Dan O'Connor

10 Minutes with Dan O’Connor


Dan O’Connor, PhD, is a member of the Core Faculty of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. He was for many years the Head of Research at RMM, a digital and social media strategy consultancy in London, UK. His research focuses on the ethical issues that arise from the use of social media to…

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A Few Words on Awards


“Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.” –Abraham Lincoln In a field full of people working passionately to empower youth to make positive decisions and a world where young parents are often maligned rather than praised for their tireless efforts to be wonderful parents, it’s sometimes easy to…

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A Look Back at Recent Outstanding Emerging Innovation Programs


A few weeks ago, we re-introduced you to recent recipients of Healthy Teen Network’s Outstanding Teen Parent Awards. Among the other awards bestowed at conference is the Emerging Innovation Award, which recognizes programs in existence for less than three years and are comprehensive in scope, innovative, linked with other appropriate public or private agencies, and could be replicated in other…

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A Tale of Twin Cities: Fifteen Fun Facts about Minneapolis


In researching all there is to do and see in Minneapolis, I discovered that it isn’t just a city known for its harsh winter season and abundance of lakes, but Minneapolis is also one of the nation’s biggest little cities, filled with lots to do and plenty of charm. The Minneapolis-St. Paul region is home…

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Abraham Wandersman Recognized as Healthy Teen Network’s 2017 Douglas B. Kirby Researcher of the Year


Healthy Teen Network is pleased to recognize Abraham Wandersman, PhD, as the 2017 Douglas B. Kirby Researcher of the Year.   Abraham Wandersman, PhD, is a Professor of Psychology at the University of South Carolina-Columbia. Dr. Wandersman performs research and program evaluation on citizen participation in community organizations and coalitions and on interagency collaboration. He is a co-editor of three books on…

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Austin on Foot… Bats, BBQ, and Boots


With its eclectic mix of people, one-of-a-kind restaurants, and year-round gorgeous weather, Austin is the perfect back drop for Healthy Teen Network’s 35th Annual Conference. Having been to Austin previously, I have several tips and recommendations on eating and sightseeing your way through downtown—all within walking distance of the conference site! Let’s start with the…

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Calling All Storytellers


Social Norms & Culture is just around the corner, and we are excited to announce two storytelling opportunities during conference!   Stoop Storytelling: Call for Storytellers Healthy Teen Network, in collaboration with The Stoop Storytelling Series, invites you to submit your personal story for this interactive session about unconscious bias on Tuesday, October 3, 2017. The Stoop…

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Conference


Join us for our 2017 Conference Social Norms & Culture: Honoring Experiences & Perspectives October 2-4, 2017 Hilton Baltimore | Baltimore, MD Social norms and culture are powerful influencers on our individual experiences and perspectives. They affect every facet of our personal and professional life—our attitudes and outlook, who and what we value, dismiss, embrace, and fear. Now…

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Get Intimate at Roles, Relationships, & Relevance


As we draw closer to Roles, Relationships, & Relevance in the Changing Landscape of Adolescent Health, our 37th Annual National Conference, it’s a great time to highlight an incredible feature of the event, our Pre-Conference Institutes. These institutes (or “pre-cons,” as we call them for short) are full- or half-day intensive and interactive sessions designed…

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Honoring Senator Delores G. Kelley & Delegate Ariana Kelly for their Service


Healthy Teen Network is honored to recognize the work of Senator Delores G. Kelley and Delegate Ariana Kelly with the 2017 Spirit of Service Award. Working with Planned Parenthood of Maryland, Senator Delores G. Kelley and Delegate Ariana Kelly co-sponsored The Maryland Contraceptive Equity Act. Signed into law by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan in May…

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Joseph Yusuf: 2017 Outstanding Former Teen Parent Awardee


We are pleased to announce that Joseph Yusuf has been selected to receive the Healthy Teen Network 2017 Outstanding Former Teen Parent Award. According to one of his mentors, Joseph Yusuf lives his life by one motto: “Peace, Love, and Positivity,” and this is evident in the time he has invested in mentoring others who…

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Kristin Fairholm: Strength, Vision, Commitment


Each year, when we put out the call for award nominations, we invite people to provide letters of support for the nominees. It’s always a pleasure to learn more about our awardees—and all nominees—through the different perspectives of the people with whom they have worked or encountered through the years. This year’s Outstanding Former Teen…

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Lisa Carter: Victory and Triumph


“Her journey, though wrought with obstacles nearly every step of the way, speaks victory and triumph.” This short excerpt from a nomination letter for Lisa Carter, the 2013 Outstanding Teen Parent Awardee, paints just one small part of the picture, but tells so much. When she was nominated for the award that she ultimately ended…

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Meshelle: Funny on PURPOSE


 “A good laugh is sunshine in the house.” -William Thackeray We are excited to announce we will kick off Social Norms & Culture: Honoring Experiences & Perspectives, our 2017 conference, with lots of laughs, courtesy of Meshelle, “The Indie-Mom of Comedy.” An accomplished comedienne, Meshelle has been featured on BET, Nickelodeon, and NBC, and on stages…

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Outstanding Former Teen Parents


Each year during the Healthy Teen Network national conference, it’s our honor to recognize programs, groups, and individuals for their outstanding contributions to the health and well-being of youth. Until April 29, we are accepting award nominations for our 2016 awards, including the Outstanding Teen Parent award. The acceptance speech from this awardee is, without exception, one…

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Planning a National Conference: Behind the Scenes


Have you ever wondered what goes into planning the Healthy Teen Network Annual National Conference—or any national event for that matter? While the bulk of the planning a national conference takes place just six to eight months preceding the event, there are many “i’s” to dot and “t’s” to cross before registration opens: it is…

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Sharing Information Online in the Age of Apomediation


Whether you know it or not, you’re living in the age of apomediation. According to Dr. Dan O’Connor, apomediation means: “mediated by people to the side of you or all around you, from the Latin ‘apo’ meaning to stand by… It describes the morass—the extraordinary number of voices, sites, blogs, tweet feeds, etc.—that are available…

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Spark a Conversation about Youth 360⁰ with “The Game”


How & where youth live, learn, & play matters: we know social determinants of health are mostly responsible for health inequities & disparities. These factors, the social determinants of health—such as access to quality education & health services, socioeconomic status, or having life goals & aspirations—shape our long-term physical, mental, emotional, & social health &…

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Nancy Schwartzman

Spotlight on Nancy Schwartzman, 2016 Conference Keynote


When thinking about someone who could provide insight and challenge our thinking around our 2016 conference theme, Roles, Relationships, and Relevance in the Changing Landscape of Adolescent Health, Nancy Schwartzman’s name quickly rose to the top of the list. Nancy is an app developer, filmmaker, and catalyst for social change. She is a passionate advocate, and…

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Ralph DiClemente

Talking Social Determinants of Health with Ralph DiClemente


Healthy Teen Network is committed to using the social-ecological health promotion frame (more information in our 2013-2016 Strategic Plan), incorporating the social determinants of health to build collaboration beyond our field and achieve results across diverse populations, including pregnant and parenting teens. But what are the social determinants of health and how do they affect…

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