Step-by-Step

Whether you are designing a new, innovative program or service from scratch or implementing an existing program or service, it’s important to use effective methods—or evidence-based approaches (or, science-based, research-based)—to ensure you reach your desired outcomes. A step-by-step systematic framework can help you no matter what stage you are in, be it design, planning, development, research, implementation, evaluation, or sustaining. For Healthy Teen Network, an important component of this step-by-step framework is also to apply a human-centered approach.




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Internet Advertising to Recruit Youth

August 6, 2019

What’s all the hype about internet advertising? Is it right for your project? Not sure where to start, but you want to start now? Tried it before but with mixed results? Need some tips to boost your efforts? Follow along as our Director of Innovation and Research, Genevieve Martínez-García, shares lessons learned for how to… Read more

Evidence-Based Interventions

December 9, 2018

What is an evidence-based intervention (EBI) anyway? You may know the definition—a specific kind of programming that has been evaluated to show behavior change—but what’s that really mean? EBIs can be a great way to expand or strengthen the programming you deliver in your community. Explore what EBIs are, what makes them different from other… Read more

Building Support for Sex Education in Schools

September 11, 2018

What does (and doesn't) motivate people to listen to your messages about the value of sex education? In this mini-course, practice building effective messages by working through real-world scenarios using evidence-based communication techniques. Complete this course at your own pace. Estimated time: 35-45 minutes Lesson Feedback Form More Elearning Read more

Keys to Implementing High-Quality Sexual Health Education in Schools

May 24, 2018

Lessons from Three School Districts I recently had the opportunity to spend time with three diverse school districts to find out how they were managing to help their schools implement high-quality sexual health education, despite the many obstacles that often make it hard to teach this topic. These districts received funding from Centers for Disease…

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


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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The Innovation-Research Conundrum

February 8, 2018

How can we get innovative yet effective practices and products into the hands of the end user faster and more efficiently? As the Director of Innovation and Research, I work at the intersection of these two fields. On one hand, I want to create new products and move them to the end user immediately to…

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Looking Forward: 2017 – 2020 Strategic Plan

October 26, 2017

A Commitment to Evidence & Innovation We’ve made great strides in the past decade, and teen births in the U.S. are at an all-time low. A number of factors have contributed to this downward trend, most significantly declines in the number of teens who have ever had sex, and among sexually active teens, increased use…

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Making Evidence-Based Sexual Health Education Work in Schools (MESHEWS)

March 16, 2017

Making Evidence-Based Sexual Health Education Work in Schools (MESHEWS) is a companion to the PSBA-GTO manual, building on the PSBA-GTO process to reflect the unique needs of education agencies. In particular, it adds and tailors guidance related to the following tasks: Using data to select schools with students at disproportionate risk of teen pregnancy and…

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Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT)

October 12, 2016

Healthy Teen Network provides trainings, workshops, technical assistance, and other customized capacity-building assistance to support the use of the HECAT, or Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT). Learn more about our capacity-building assistance, or let us know how we can support you. HECAT Resources All about the HECAT! Mini-Webinar Series These six recorded “mini-webinars” were…

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GTO Toolbox


What’s In Your Toolbox?A Collaborative Learning Series on Getting to Outcomes® (GTO) Originally designed for CDC Department of Reproductive Health Teen Pregnancy Prevention project partners, this 5-part webinar series provides an introduction to the Getting to Outcomes (GTO) process and the tools provide by the CDC to ensure that this framework is user-friendly and promotes…

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