Position Statement

Healthy Teen Network  develops position statements on relevant issues for  youth as a way to make clear to our varied audiences what we stand for and as a resource to support our and your program development and public policy advocacy efforts.

We encourage you to adopt and adapt these position statements to suit your needs!




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Position Statement: Educational Equity for Young People Who Are Pregnant & Parenting

September 20, 2017

position statement educational equity

Healthy Teen Networks supports educational equity and systems of support that aid young people who are pregnant and parenting to complete high school. When pregnant and parenting youth graduate from high school, they have an increased chance of seeking post-secondary education and being workforce prepared, and they have a reduced chance of living in poverty…

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Position Statement: Ensuring Equity by Dismantling Racism

October 19, 2017

Healthy Teen Network believes that racism remains a persistent social toxin within United States society. Further, we believe that the ongoing and disparate impacts that racism has on public health at large warrants additional and sustained attention. While we recognize that race is a social construct with no biological basis, the material impact of racial…

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Position Statement: Ensuring Equity for Youth by Addressing the Intersectionality of Gender, Race, and Sexuality

October 5, 2017

Healthy Teen Network believes that addressing social and ecological conditions unique to members of historically marginalized populations (such as people who are women, First Nation/Indigenous, African-American, Latinx, Asian Pacific Islander, and/or LGBTQ+) is critical for these populations to achieve justice and equitable health and well-being outcomes. Healthy Teen Network shares position statements on relevant issues…

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Position Statement: Ensuring Equity for Youth by Affirming Those Who Are LGBTQ+ or Gender Non-Conforming

October 6, 2017

Healthy Teen Network believes youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, questioning, and queer (LGBTQ+), youth falling outside of the cisgender, heterosexual norm, and gender non-conforming youth should be affirmed as equal members of society and communities, deserving education and care relevant to their lived experiences. Healthy Teen Network shares position statements on relevant issues…

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Position Statement: Ensuring Equity for Youth by Affirming Young People Who Are Pregnant or Parenting

January 22, 2018

A more just and equitable world supports and empowers all adolescents and young adults—including young people who are pregnant or parenting—to lead healthy and fulfilling lives. All young people deserve respect, appreciation, and acceptance for their individual strengths, talents, and potential. And all adolescents and young adults have a right to comprehensive, developmentally and culturally…

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Position Statement: Ensuring Equity for Youth by Applying Gender Transformative Approaches

October 19, 2017

Healthy Teen Network believes that organizations that deliver sexuality education and sexual and reproductive health services should apply gender transformative approaches to their service delivery. When so doing, professionals who provide sexuality education, clinical, and supportive services to youth should be cognizant of the environment and social norms within which the youth reside and remain…

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Position Statement: Evidence and Innovation

November 15, 2018

Healthy Teen Network believes that organizations and individuals that deliver client-focused programs and services should use evidence-based interventions and approaches, when they are available and appropriate to the people being supported. Healthy Teen Network also believes that innovation is critical to addressing the holistic needs of all youth and to keeping interventions and approaches relevant…

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Position Statement: Health Promotion & The Social Determinants of Health

September 20, 2017

Healthy Teen Network believes that health promotion, or a holistic approach we call Youth 360⁰, is the best way to achieve positive health and well-being outcomes for all youth. How and where youth live, learn, and play matters. Health promotion is an approach that enables people to increase control over and improve their health, while…

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Position Statement: Homelessness & Its Intersection with Sexual Behavior among Youth

February 5, 2018

Healthy Teen Network maintains that housing is a universal human right, and by extension, a right all. Americans should enjoy equitably. Furthermore, we recognize the centrality of safe and stable housing to achieving whole health. Accordingly, we support policies, programs, and practices to ensure permanent, safe, and affordable housing for all as a matter of…

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Position Statement: Human Trafficking

October 24, 2016

Healthy Teen Network supports the development and delivery of resources and services for youth who are victims and survivors of human trafficking. Healthy Teen Network calls upon all organizations that interact with youth, including hospitals, health centers, law enforcement agencies, child welfare agencies, juvenile justice authorities, youth-supporting organizations, and schools to screen youth to assess…

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