Youth 360⁰

Youth 360⁰  Health Promotion

Healthy Teen Network believes that adolescent sexual and reproductive health is a social justice issue with public health impacts. These impacts are confounded by how and where youth live, learn, and play and require a holistic Youth 360⁰ approach to achieve equity.

#NoTeenShame: A Universal Goal


Guest Blog Post by Natasha Vianna #NoTeenShame is a movement and a campaign serving as the public voice on the issue of teen pregnancy and the unnecessary stigmatization of teen parents. Created by a group of seven young mothers across the country—some of whom have never met in person–#NoTeenShame believes no young person should be shamed for…

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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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5 Resources on Being Sex-Positive


At Healthy Teen Network, we are committed to a sex-positive, comprehensive approach to adolescent sexual health. The term “sex-positive” often has a different connotation for people. Although there are a number of ways you could define the term, one good definition is “involving having positive attitudes about sex and feeling comfortable with one’s own sexual…

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A Resolution to Put Theory to Practice


Healthy Teen Network wishes you the very best for this new year! Given our commitment to our Youth 360° holistic health promotion frame, we’ve resolved to put theory to practice. Our resolution for the year is to provide our members with concrete examples on HOW to implement Youth 360° holistic health promotion. Our Youth 360°…

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Adolescent and Young Adult Men Focus Group Facilitator Guide


Adolescent and Young Adult Men Focus Group Facilitator Guide is a resource for organizations that wish to learn more about the health and wellness concerns of the adolescent and young adult men (AYAM) utilizing their programs and services. To further facilitate the use of this guide, we have provided customizable Word documents of supporting documents…

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And the Results Say….


Harnessing the power of technology and social media, Crush—developed by Healthy Teen Network and MetaMedia—puts the power of comprehensive sexual education in the hands of teens and meets them where they are. With its use of varied interactive content such as whiteboard animations for describing sensitive topics like anatomy and physiology; negotiation dialogues for condom…

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Applauding AAP’s Policy Statement on Condom Use by Adolescents


Healthy Teen Network applauds the American Academy of Pediatric’ s recently released policy statement on Condom Use Among Adolescents. The policy statement offers a thorough background and description of condom use in the United States and provides relevant recommendations for the field. Healthy Teen Network is particularly pleased to see the ecological approach to promoting condom…

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Baltimore City and Healthy Teen Network: Partners in Youth 360° Health Promotion


Since 2007, through various funded projects, Healthy Teen Network has partnered with Baltimore City in support of adolescent sexual and reproductive health. Current projects are part of Baltimore’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative (TPPI), which is situated within Baltimore’s larger strategic initiative, B’more for Healthy Babies (BHB). B’more for Healthy Babies is a public/private partnership driven…

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Boys Will Be Boys


Research tells us that boys are exposed to child maltreatment and family violence at rates similar to girls, suffer different types of violence than girls, and experience their own gender-specific responses.

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Breaking Up Is Hard To Do


Well, it’s just about that time of year again: Valentine’s Day.  Everywhere I turn, I am bombarded by sappy love songs, ruby hearts, and images of smitten couples. Even one of the nation’s most respected news networks entices me to click a link so I can ponder if the movie “The Notebook” causes breakups. And…

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Building Support for Sex Education in Schools: Communications and Messaging Strategies


This mini-course will help you learn what motivates (and doesn’t motivate) people to listen to your messages about the value of sex education.  You’ll practice building effective messages by working through real-world scenarios using evidence-based communication techniques. Members Only: Access this interactive elearning module, Building Support for Sex Ed in Schools, through Compass. Need a…

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Celebrating 35 Years of Health Promotion


For more than 35 years, Healthy Teen Network has built the capacity of a national community where young people are supported and empowered to thrive. As we end this milestone year, please consider making a donation to help us continue our work. Healthy Teen Network realizes the importance of considering the wide range of elements…

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Celebrating Young Parents (Webinar Recording)


  Celebrating Young Parents: How New Mexico and California Established a Day of Recognition (Webinar Recording) Over the past several years, two states—New Mexico and California—have been working to affirm the value of young families and celebrate the ways they contribute to our communities because all adolescents and young adults, including pregnant and parenting teens,…

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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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Engaging Youth…On Their Turf: Creative Approaches to Connecting Youth through Community


Healthy Teen Network believes it is the youth most disengaged from our usual systems of care and ultimately those most in need of positive messages and support. We believe it is our duty to find these young people and use any means possible to support their healthy development and transition to adulthood. We recognize the…

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Expanding Your Partnerships


Last week, I had the opportunity to be part of a virtual conference for providers working in the Indian Health Service. It was a nostalgic moment for me. I say that because my career started some 40 years ago when I took a job, fresh out of nursing school, with the Indian Health Service. It…

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February is National School-Based Health Care Awareness Month


Guest Post by Anna Burns, Outreach and Engagement Associate, School-Based Health Alliance Every February, the school-based health care community comes together to celebrate its successes and recharge its focus on redefining health for kids and teens. This year, the School-Based Health Alliance—a national nonprofit organization that works to advance and advocate for school-based health care—is…

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Foster Youth Need Sex Ed, Too!: Addressing the Sexual Risk Behaviors of System-Involved Youth (Webinar Recording)


All young people experience important developmental milestones on their path to becoming healthy adults, and while this time of change is full of promise, it can also be a time of increased vulnerability or risk. For system-involved youth (e.g., youth in child welfare or juvenile services), navigating this time of change can be fraught with…

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Full Circle, Youth 360°: An Inclusive Approach to Achieve Better Outcomes for Youth


A few years ago, Healthy Teen Network interviewed several teen parents. Hearing their experiences highlights the complexity of factors and situations that affect their health and well-being. Uniqwa speaks on education, sharing how support services that helped her find child care and transportation allowed her to successfully complete school. Lisette recognizes the importance of supporting teen…

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Gaining Support for Teen Families: Mapping the Perceptual Hurdles


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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Generate My Healthy Future Plan


Welcome to Your Healthy Future! Hello! Sometime soon, you will become an adult, and along with that will come a lot of responsibilities but also opportunities to make your own choices and pursue your dreams. Adolescence—the time you are 13 to 24 years—may be a period of some stress. But it’s also a time for…

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Generate My Healthy Future Plan Helps Youth Take Charge of Their Health


Healthy Teen Network is pleased to release the positive study results for Generate My Healthy Future Plan. (Read the full report on the study results, or the short summary.) Generate My Healthy Future Plan guides adolescents and young adults to think about if they want to learn more about, or make a change in their health,…

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Generate My Healthy Future Plan Postcard for Parents and Caring Adults


Generate My Healthy Future Plan product promotional materials (poster and postcard for parents and adult caregivers) are designed support the Generate My Healthy Future Plan activity for adolescent and young adult men, parents, caring adults, and health educators. Download the postcard (below) to print your own copies for dissemination. Postcards are designed to print 2…

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Generate My Healthy Future Plan: Facilitator Companion


Generate My Healthy Future Plan is an activity with tools for adolescents and young adults ages 13 through 24 to uncover the health and well-being matters of greatest interest to them and then point them to resources for more information or to suggestions for action taking. The activity guides youth to consider their readiness to…

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Generate My Healthy Future Plan: Guide


How Do I Use the Guide? To use the Guide, go back to the Questionnaire. For each question, look at your answer. Now go to the section of the Guide with information related to your answer. The Guide has more information about each of the 20 healthy future subjects: The “101”: Brief introduction to the…

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Generate My Healthy Future Plan: Health Educator Resource and Opportunities (HERO) Guide


The Health Educator Resource and Opportunities (HERO) Guide is an online publication for health educators and youth-supporting organizations to educate them about the health and wellness interests of adolescent and young adult and improve their support to young men on those interests. We developed the Generate My Healthy Future Plan Group Activity Planning Guide (along with complementary templates )…

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Getting Better All the Time: The Importance of Investing in Research to Support Evidence, Innovation, and Young People


The long awaited results of the first set of evaluation findings from the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program grantees are available, and the results are an affirmation of the importance of investing in the future of our nation’s young people. The results are encouraging—eight new programs were identified as evidence…

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Growing Up LGBTQ+ Online: An Infographic


Over the past few months, Under the Currents tackled the topics of adolescent sexuality, technology, and social media. When approaching these topics, it is sometimes tempting for adults, even sexuality educators, to focus solely on the Internet Age’s harmful and problematic byproducts for adolescent development and sexuality. In fact, hardly a newsstand exists without glossy-paged…

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Healthy People 2020 and Adolescent Health: A Primer


This new primer serves as a great resource as we prepare for the upcoming Healthy People 2020. The primer reviews the adolescent and young adult health component of the current Healthy People 2010 initiative, provides information on the upcoming HP2020 initiative and shares case studies along with tips and resources on how to maximize the…

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Healthy Teen Network 2014 Annual Report


How and where youth live, learn, and play matters: Youth 360° is the frame Healthy Teen Network has developed to make it easier to talk about and understand the importance of a holistic approach to health promotion and the variety of factors that contribute to health inequities and disparities. Healthy Teen Network promote better outcomes…

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Healthy Teen Network Receives 2016 Sex Ed Impact Award


We are excited and honored to be the recipient of the 2016 Sex Ed Impact Award from The Center for Sex Education. The Sex Ed Impact Award is given to an individual, organization, and/or media (books, television, films, etc.) that has positively impacted the field of sexuality education. Healthy Teen Network envisions a world where all adolescents and…

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Healthy Teen Network Youth 360° Intern


Position Description Healthy Teen Network seeks a Youth 360° Intern to work 15-19 hours per week, with a minimum three-month commitment. The Intern will work out of our Baltimore office and assist in various projects to support our Youth 360° initiative. The primary project assignment will be to conduct a literature review of research related…

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Jennifer Salerno

Helping Parents Give “The Talk”


The sex talk doesn’t have to be dreaded by parents or teens. Having the tools to navigate conversations and the common goal of safer behaviors puts parents on the right course to supporting their teens.

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Helping Teens Stay Healthy and Safe: The Importance of Confidential Contraceptive Services for Teens


Confidential contraceptive services are an important component of both comprehensive health care for adolescents and teen pregnancy prevention efforts. This has been documented in the findings of research  studies, confirmed by the experience of  health care professionals, and reflected in the policies of health care professional organizations. Numerous laws at the state and federal levels…

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How & Where Healthy Teens Live, Learn, & Play: A 360° Approach


When researching the effective characteristics of sexuality education programs, Dr. Douglas Kirby noted that while programs addressing individual knowledge, attitudes, and skills are important, they are not sufficient in reaching positive health outcomes: “Communities should not rely solely on these programs to address problems of HIV, other STIs, and pregnancy but should view them as…

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How Do I Know If Our Services Are Youth-Friendly?


Offering youth-friendly services means that clinical services are provided in a way that makes it easy and comfortable for youth to seek out and receive the services they need. Key components of youth-friendly services include confidentiality and access to a full range of services. Another key aspect of youth-friendly services is that all youth are…

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How do you DO Youth 360⁰?


Share your story to be featured in the Spotlight! What are you doing to integrate 360⁰ in your work? Share your story for a chance to be featured in the Healthy Teen Network Spotlight. Youth 360⁰ the frame Healthy Teen Network developed to make it easier to talk about & understand the importance of the…

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How the Affordable Care Act Improves Pregnant and Parenting Youth Access Health Care


Webinar Slides, Audio, & Transcript: What Have You Done for Me Lately? How the Affordable Care Act Improves Expectant and Parenting Youth’s Access to Health Care The Affordable Care Act established a wide variety of provisions to increase Americans’ access to affordable, accessible, and high-quality health care. Designed as a webinar for OAH PAF grantees, this webinar…

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HP 2020: What the New Indicators Mean for Our Work


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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In Case You Missed It: A Look Back at Healthy Teen Network’s Publications in 2015


Healthy Teen Network worked hard to provide a wide variety of new resources in 2015. In case you missed any of them, here is a quick look at our publications and other resources from last year. Generate My Healthy Future This comprehensive set of materials is designed to generate energy around adolescent and young adult…

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Inclusion Starts with Language


As someone who has been questioning their gender for quite a while, it can be confusing, anxiety-inducing, and just plain irritating to be subjected to the gendered language we all encounter on a daily basis. Deciding to check the box for “female”–the gender I was assigned at birth–on surveys and forms takes more energy than…

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Interpersonal Violence and Adolescent Pregnancy


This reprinted report from the Center for Assessment and Policy Development (CAPD) and Healthy Teen Network by Sally Leiderman with Cari Almo examines the links between interpersonal violence and teen pregnancy.  It also explores the implications for practice and programs and offers possible next steps for the field.

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It’s Men’s Time of the Year


Hey gents (and ladies who care about gents), it’s that time of the month… er… uhh … oops, I mean YEAR. Huh? If it’s June, it’s Men’s Health Month. The purpose of the month, according to its organizers, is to “heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease…

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Keep It Simple: A Lesson in Linking Teens to Sexual Health Care Facilitator’s Guide


The Keep It Simple: Linking Teens to Sexual Health Care lesson plan and accompanying video, or motion graphic, is designed to help link young men and women, ages 15-19, to trusted, “teen friendly” contraceptive and reproductive healthcare providers (also available in Spanish). Read more on this resource here.

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Keep It Simple!


Growing up isn’t easy. Helping teens navigate their sexual health isn’t easy either. Right now, across the country, folks are working tirelessly to make sure teens learn about sex, love, self-respect, and taking care of themselves—and we love you for it! But there are some things we can make simpler, like making sure the young…

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Learning Walks: First Nations Community Health Source


To uncover and share the invisible work behind the concrete and measurable deliverables, Healthy Teen Network conducted Learning Walks with three agencies. Learning Walk is a popular strategy used in the education field by which an external observer visits a community to document lessons learned, provide input to guide decision-making for future project funding, and gain understanding of the impact that…

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Learning Walks: Indigenous Peoples Task Force


To uncover and share the invisible work behind the concrete and measurable deliverables, Healthy Teen Network conducted Learning Walks with three agencies. Learning Walk is a popular strategy used in the education field by which an external observer visits a community to document lessons learned, provide input to guide decision-making for future project funding, and…

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Learning Walks: Wind River


To uncover and share the invisible work behind the concrete and measurable deliverables, Healthy Teen Network conducted Learning Walks with three agencies. Learning Walk is a popular strategy used in the education field by which an external observer visits a community to document lessons learned, provide input to guide decision-making for future project funding, and…

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Lessons from Global Public Health


Recently I attended a meeting of a few Baltimore City health professionals to talk about ways to enhance the youth-friendliness of Baltimore City clinics that provide sexual and reproductive health services to adolescents and young adults. During the course of our brainstorming session, we came up with a number of innovative strategies and approaches, many…

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Lessons Learned in Providing Health Care Services for Native Youth


The Native Youth Project (NYP) was a national learning collaborative facilitated by the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI), Healthy Teen Network, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that engaged seven community-based organizations serving American Indian youth to support the communities to select, adapt, and implement evidence-based programs. However, what the…

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Make Sure All the Mamas in Your Life Are Seen and Celebrated


Guest Blog Post from MamasDay.org People have been creating and sending cards for generations because it’s a simple, but powerful, way to maintain connection and sustain our families. But too often, the Mamas Day cards we see in stores don’t reflect the mamas in our lives, or the struggles they face. It’s a distraction from…

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Making Innovation Happen: My Epiphany Following the TPP Conference 2016


Last week, about 1,000 people from all corners of the nation congregated in Baltimore at the biennial Federal Teen Pregnancy Prevention Conference to collaborate, learn, and grow. Collaboration was the theme throughout the three-day conference, but for me the term “innovation” resonated strongly in every session I attended and every professional interaction I had. For…

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Mattie Tomeo-Parker

Native VOICES: American Indian & Alaska Native Youth Making Healthy Choices


Guest Blog by Mattie Tomeo-Palmanteer Adolescent health and positive youth development are important issues for many tribal communities. Good adolescent health provides a strong foundation for adult health. However, some adolescents’ choices can have serious life-threatening consequences. Without options and direction, many youth take milestone steps that impact their adulthood without even being aware that…

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New Opportunities to Guide Opportunity Youth to Career Opportunities!


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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New Year, New You?


Guest Blog Post by Claire Swinburn Are you still on track to achieving your New Year’s resolutions?   One of the biggest stumbling blocks we face when trying to achieve goals that we set is our thinking! Our thinking is better described as our mental chatter. Well, our mental chatter often works against us when…

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No te compliques


The ¡No te compliques! Facilitator’s Guide and accompanying video, or motion graphic, are designed to help link young men and women, ages 15-19, to trusted, “teen friendly” contraceptive and reproductive healthcare providers. Facilitator’s Guide and motion graphic are also available in English.

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No te compliques! Conectando a adolescentes con servicios de salud sexual


The ¡No te compliques! Facilitator’s Guide and accompanying video, or motion graphic, are designed to help link young men and women, ages 15-19, to trusted, “teen friendly” contraceptive and reproductive healthcare providers. Facilitator’s Guide and motion graphic are also available in English.

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On Supporting Youth-Led Advocacy


Like the rest of the Nation, Healthy Teen Network is deeply saddened by the continued assaults on our youth in schools. We are in full support of the various youth-led school walkouts and marches that are attempting to force our representatives to do what is right and have a common sense, non-partisan discussion on gun…

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Peace 360°


September 21 marks the annual observance of the International Day of Peace. It’s been designated as such by the United Nations General Assembly as far back as 1981. I bet you didn’t know that; I didn’t either until recently. Perhaps we can chalk up our ignorance to the circumstance that Peace Day holds greater weight…

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Picture Perfect: A Snapshot of What Helps Teen Families Grow & Thrive


Pregnant and parenting teens are extremely motivated to offer their children a good life, and with the right supports, they can be successful adults and parents. Healthy Teen Network’s new infographic, “Picture Perfect: A Snapshot of What Helps Teen Families Grow & Thrive,” illustrates the diverse and unique needs teen parents have with growing up and…

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Picture Perfect: A Snapshot of What Helps Teen Families Grow & Thrive (Infographic)


Pregnant and parenting teens are extremely motivated to offer their children a good life, and with the right supports, they can be successful adults and parents. Healthy Teen Network’s new infographic, “Picture Perfect: A Snapshot of What Helps Teen Families Grow & Thrive,” illustrates the diverse and unique needs teen parents have with growing up…

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Policy Platform to Promote Health and Success among Young Families


A Policy Platform to Promote Health and Success among Young Families is the result of a yearlong process undertaken by Healthy Teen Network to identify the most pressing challenges facing young families today and the federal programs that are currently, or could be, responsive to those needs. Young families need access to the same types…

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


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 Young People Who Are Pregnant or Parenting


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: Health Promotion & The Social Determinants of Health


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


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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Immigrant youth

Position Statement: Sexual & Reproductive Health Services for Immigrant Youth


Healthy Teen Network believes that immigrant youth (people aged 24 and younger without U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent resident status) deserve comprehensive sexuality education and optimal sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services in order to achieve whole health. Sexual and reproductive health services should be designed and delivered with consideration for immigrant youth. Healthy Teen…

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Position Statement: Violence Prevention and Response Services for Youth Who Are Pregnant or Parenting


Healthy Teen Network shares position statements on relevant issues for young people as a resource to support your advocacy efforts. See more position statements here. We promote egalitarian norms that support healthy relationships, voluntary birth-planning, and non-violent means to deal with stress and conflict as integral approaches to reducing the prevalence of intimate partner violence…

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Position Statement: Violence Prevention and Response Services for Youth Who Are Pregnant or Parenting


We promote egalitarian norms that support healthy relationships, voluntary birth-planning, and non-violent means to deal with stress and conflict as integral approaches to reducing the prevalence of intimate partner violence (IPV) among youth who are pregnant, expectant, and/or parenting. We support the development and delivery of resources and services specific to aiding young people who are…

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Position Statement: Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health Services Access


We support access to the full range of sexual and reproductive health services for all youth. The service array should include comprehensive sexuality education; healthy relationship education; testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis and human papillomavirus; the full range of contraceptive options; and full options counseling for pregnant girls and women.…

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Position Statement: Youth-Friendly Services


Healthy Teen Network maintains that for youth to enjoy their universal right to health care, health care services must be delivered to them in a manner that makes it easy and comfortable for them to seek out and receive the services they need. We consider health care services to be youth-friendly when they are confidential,…

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Position Statements


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

Poverty Is Not Destiny and Pregnancy Is Not a Disease: Changing Our View of Adolescent Health (Webinar Recording)


The frame with which we view issues affecting teen health and well-being defines our language and informs our responses.  When teen pregnancy is considered a disease that must be prevented, we think of interventions that affect individual behavior, and we think of teen pregnancy as an individual failure. This kind of thinking promotes a culture…

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President Obama Should Save the Adolescent Family Life Program


Guest Blog Post by Paul Florsheim Barack Obama, who was born to a teenage mother, may do more damage to the health of future teen mothers and their children than any other president. If Mr. Obama goes through with his current plans to eliminate the Adolescent Family Life Program (AFL), the only federal agency that…

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Preventing Teen Pregnancy Among Marginalized Youth


Developing a Policy, Program, and Research Agenda for the Future Healthy Teen Network, with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, has long explored how to better meet the needs of marginalized youth and subsequently reduce their risk for early pregnancy and parenting. In 2008, a year-long effort included a review of the literature on…

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Privacy and Confidentiality for Adolescents Accessing Sexual and Reproductive Health Care


Boost your knowledge on the basics of maintaining privacy and confidentiality for adolescents accessing sexual and reproductive health care. Learn as you follow the story of Kendall, a 16-year-old who visits her school-based health center. Members Only: Access this interactive elearning module, Privacy and Confidentiality, through Compass. Need a reminder on how to access members-only…

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Promoting Successful Transition from Foster/Group Home Settings to Independent Living among Pregnant and Parenting Teens


Summary Report The summary report, “Promoting Successful Transition from Foster/Group Home Settings to Independent Living Among Pregnant and Parenting Teens,” generously supported by the Freddie Mac Foundation discusses the difficulties facing teenagers in foster care/group settings and the policy that surrounds it.

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Providing Youth-Friendly Clinical Services the “Rights” Way: 5 Tips


Those interested in the topic of youth-friendly clinical services are perhaps well-versed on what constitutes such services. Healthy Teen Network has certainly covered this topic extensively through our blog, webinar, on-site training, and technical assistance. Youth-friendly services include convenient location and hours, affordable fees, friendly staff competent clinicians, comprehensive services, and community support, among others.…

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Providing Youth-Supportive Service through a Trauma-Informed Lens


It’s extremely important that any professional working with youth is prepared to encounter and address disclosures of trauma. Over 60% of U.S. youth under 18 have either directly experienced or witnessed some type of violence in the past year. Nearly 40% experienced two or more direct victimizations.[1] When I started my career as a high…

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Public Policy Platform for Teen Parents: Executive Summary


A Policy Platform to Promote Health and Success among Young Families is the result of a yearlong process undertaken by Healthy Teen Network to identify the most pressing challenges facing young families today and the federal programs that are currently, or could be, responsive to those needs. Young families need access to the same types…

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Public Policy Platform for Teen Parents: Suggested Action Steps


A Policy Platform to Promote Health and Success among Young Families is the result of a yearlong process undertaken by Healthy Teen Network to identify the most pressing challenges facing young families today and the federal programs that are currently, or could be, responsive to those needs. Young families need access to the same types…

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Public Policy Recommendation: Establish Comprehensive Sexuality Education Grant Programs


See also: Our summary of Healthy Teen Network Public Policy Recommendations. (Download the print version below.)       Topic:                  Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Subject:                  Comprehensive Sexuality Education Recommendation: Enact the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act Congressional Action Request S. Representatives: Co-sponsor the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act (H.R. 3602). S. Senators:…

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Race v. Racism


I was asked recently if I could recommend an expert on the impact of race on teen pregnancy. The question reminded me of when I taught at a local HBCU and was educated by the researchers there about the difference between the use of the terms “race” and “racism.” It is a lesson I think I…

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Reflecting Back and Moving Forward: 2015 Annual Report


For over a decade, Healthy Teen Network has helped to promote evidence-based approaches to support healthy sexual and reproductive outcomes among adolescents and young adults. The decade-long decline in teen births across all racial and ethnic groups is testament to the effectiveness of these approaches, and we take pride in our role. But the persistent…

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Road Map for the Future of Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health


It has taken over a year much thinking, talking, and revising, but Healthy Teen Network is extremely excited to present our 2013-2016 Strategic Plan, Road Map for the Future of Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health to the field. This three-year plan is a result of conversations with adolescent, reproductive health, and social justice professionals, state…

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Road Map for the Future of Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health: 2013-2016 Strategic Plan


Healthy Teen Network’s 2013-2016 Strategic plan focuses on addressing three overarching areas: Promote an Inclusive Frame Increase Our Impact Build Sustainability The plan is presented as a written report and an online interactive presentation.

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Save the Date: Youth 360° In Action: A Google Hangout (5/18 @ 1PM ET)


What: Livestream Discussion on Integrating the Social Determinants of Health When: Thursday, May 18th, 2017 @ 1:00PM ET Where: Our YouTube Channel What determines how long we live…If we thrive…How healthy we are? Is it…What we do…Who we are…Where we live…Our families? How and where we live, learn, and play matters. We cannot expect to…

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Serving Everyone: Providing Sexual and Reproductive Health Services to LGBTQ+ Youth


What can be done to ensure youth who identify as LGBTQ+ are being treated with respect and dignity by health center staff and providers while receiving sexual and reproductive health services? Tons! Review some LGBTQ+ language, meet Aliyah and Jamell, two adolescents who identify as LGBTQ+, and start action planning! Members Only: Access this interactive…

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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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Systematic Literature Review of the Association Between School Climate and Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (Slides)


Our Youth 360° model highlights the importance of addressing social determinants of health that occur in the school level. This systematic review sought to characterize the current state of the literature on school climate and ASRH. Implications for school-based programs and research are summarized. See also: Summary Report  

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Systematic Literature Review of the Association Between School Climate and Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (Summary Report)


 Our Youth 360° model highlights the importance of addressing social determinants of health that occur in the school level. This systematic review sought to characterize the current state of the literature on school climate and ASRH. Implications for school-based programs and research are summarized. See also: Presentation Slides

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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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Teen [Fill in the Blank] Month 2.0


As most readers of Under the Currents know, the month of May is recognized in the United States as Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. As May approaches each year, Healthy Teen Network faces its annual ambivalence on how best to observe the month. On the one hand, we want to elevate public awareness of the great…

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Teen Birth Rates Down: Let’s Continue this Trend by Addressing Social Determinants


Friday, September 6, 2013, the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) released preliminary birth data for 2012. State-specific data tables are also available. Some key highlights from the CDC NCHS report on preliminary birth data for 2012[1]: Teen Birth Rates The birth rate for teens 15-19 years was down 6%…

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Teen Dating Violence: What It Is and How to Raise Awareness


February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM). This month provides an excellent opportunity to not just raise awareness around this pervasive issue—one in three teens in the U.S. is a victim of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse from a dating partner[1]—but to also demonstrate a commitment to ending teen dating violence and support…

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Teen Pregnancy is Not a Problem


Young Women United (YWU), an organization dedicated to an intersectional vision of reproductive justice and to supporting young women and people of color in New Mexico, recently released a short report critiquing the language of “teen pregnancy prevention.” Defining the term as “an articulated strategy or campaign designed to keep young people from becoming parents…

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The Care and Feeding of Youth-Supporting Professionals


As Healthy Teen Network celebrates 35 years making a difference in the lives of teens and young families, it’s an opportune time to reflect on the work we are doing to build the capacity of professionals and organizations so that they can assist all adolescents and young adults to be supported and empowered to lead…

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The Frame Makes the Picture: Creating a Positive Picture of Pregnant and Parenting Teens (Webinar Recording)


What we think and how we feel about something has a lot to do with how it is presented—or framed. For example, think about particularly lively children and how our reactions might differ if we call them “curious,” as opposed to “hyperactive.” Teen parents have been labeled many things since the mid-1970s, and most of…

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The Healthcare Profession Is One of Service


The new Division of Conscience and Religious Freedom within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was established by this administration to ensure religious liberty in health care and to punish doctors and hospitals that don’t allow workers to express their religious objections. In other words, it places the rights of healthcare professionals above the rights of those they have agreed to care for.…

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The Importance of an Inclusive Youth 360° Message for Adolescent Health & Well-Being


Statement from Healthy Teen Network on the Observance of the National Month to Prevent Teen Pregnancy As Healthy Teen Network participates in the 13th annual observance of the National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, we are encouraged by the news that rates of pregnancies and births to United States youth below age 20 have declined over…

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