March 2009



Announcements

Hi, everyone! We are very interested in hearing how useful MOAPPP's website is to APN members. We'd especially like to hear suggestions for how to improve the site so we can be more useful to you in your work with adolescent parents.

What do you like?
What is lacking that you need?
Please e-mail sue@moappp.org with ideas!


Pregnancy Prevention Partnership Opportunity

MOAPPP is seeking three to five youth-serving agencies to participate in a training and technical assistance (TA) partnership through September 2010. During this period, MOAPPP will provide support for partner agencies to prevent adolescent pregnancy and STI/HIV through implementation of science-based approaches. Sites working to prevent subsequent pregnancies (i.e. those working with teen parents) are eligible to apply.

Using a process called Getting to Outcomes, MOAPPP will support selected sites to conduct a community needs assessment, create goals and objectives to steer program implementation, receive curriculum training, develop an evaluation plan and surveys, assist in program start-up, and create a strategy for program sustainability.

Applications are due Monday, March 23, 2009 by 5:00 p.m.!

If you are interested, please download the application form or contact Shari Plowman at .


Research

2009 Policy Statement from American Academy of Pediatrics, Council on Community Pediatrics:

The Role of Preschool Home-Visiting Programs in Improving Children's Developmental and Health Outcomes

This statement reviews the history of home visiting in the United States and reaffirms the support of the American Academy of Pediatrics for home-based parenting education and support.


An Adult Survivor of Child Sexual Abuse and Her Breastfeeding Experience: A Case Study

This article describes the case study of a woman who as a child was a victim of sexual abuse and the difficulty she had with labor and delivery and breastfeeding. The author concludes that when women seem to be struggling with breastfeeding and sinking deeper into what could be depression or posttraumatic stress disorder due to childbirth, nurses might to give them permission to stop breastfeeding to preserve their mental health.


Resources

Fare For All:

Emergency Food Shelf Network



Do You Sometimes Feel Alone in Your Work? Do You Need Others to Process with to Help you Better Understand and Figure Out Creative Ways to Work with Adolescent Parents? Could You Use Help Finding Resources and Problem-solving 'Systems' Issues?

Perhaps you feel the need for a networking group. We'd like to hear from you! E-mail sue@moappp.org. Also, if you are attending the MOAPPP conference in May, please be sure to register for the APN breakfast, where we will discuss the need for this type of help and the means to implement a solution!


MOAPPP Trainings

Thursday, April 30, 2009
What About the Baby? Nurturing Healthy Attachment in Young Families
(Co-sponsored by MOAPPP and MDH Family Home Visiting Program)

9:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud
$50 MOAPPP member/$85 non-member/$15 MDH contracted Family Home Visiting Program staff

Early learning happens in the context of relationships. This workshop focuses on the importance of relationships—between adolescent parents and their children and between young families and the professionals who work with them. It offers insight into the strengths and challenges faced by young parents, the competing developmental agendas of adolescent parents and their children, and strategies for promoting relationships that lead to the healthy development of both parent and child. For information or to register, contact Sue at 651-644-1447 x15 or sue@moappp.org.


Thursday & Friday, May 7-8, 2009
MOAPPP Annual Conference

Earle Brown Center, Brooklyn Center

New this year, the conference will include a networking breakfast on March 8 specifically for those who work with adolescent parents! For more information and to download the conference brochure, visit MOAPPP.org.


Friday, June 19, 2009
What About the Baby? Nurturing Healthy Attachment in Young Families
(Co-sponsored by MOAPPP and MDH Family Home Visiting Program)

9:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
University Center Rochester, Rochester
$50 MOAPPP member/$85 non-member/$15 MDH contracted Family Home Visiting Program staff

Early learning happens in the context of relationships. This workshop focuses on the importance of relationships—between adolescent parents and their children and between young families and the professionals who work with them. It offers insight into the strengths and challenges faced by young parents, the competing developmental agendas of adolescent parents and their children, and strategies for promoting relationships that lead to the healthy development of both parent and child. For information or to register, contact Sue at 651-644-1447 x15 or sue@moappp.org.


Upcoming Trainings

Friday, April 3, 2009
Minnesota Council on Family Relations Spring Conference: Families, Health and Mental Health

8:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Wilder Center
451 Lexington Parkway North, St. Paul
$115

To download the conference brochure, visit www.mcfr.net.


Monday, April 20, 2009
Building Cultural Competency with African-Born Youth, Young Adults and Families

9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Federal Hiway Credit Union Administration Building
840 Westminster Street, St. Paul

Most of us recognize the benefits of a diverse and equitable society. We also have a growing desire to be more culturally competent in dealing with the conflicts and challenges we face in achieving that goal. This training will integrate the skills of mediators, educators and direct service providers with the context of youth, young adults and families with African heritage living in Minnesota. It is offered with insight from a Muslim faith leader, a youth panel and conversations with others serving refugee/immigrant families. For more information, visit www.mnyipa.org.


Tuesday, April 21, 2009
From Dr. Seuss to Porn: Countering Normalization of Sexual Harm

12:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
Schwan's Center at National Sports Center
1700 NE 105th Avenue, Blaine
$25

Living in a sexually toxic society means we're all affected and desensitized, to varying degrees, in both our personal and professional lives. To be effective, prevention requires recognition of these problems, as both a public health and public safety concern, as well as engaging others who care about children's and society's health. This session, presented by Cordelia Anderson, includes activities for discussion and action planning. Certificates of attendance are available. For more information, contact Donna McDonald, Violence Prevention Coordinator, Anoka County Community Health Department, 763-422-7047, . Workshop sponsored by the Anoka County Child Abuse Prevention Council and Connexus Energy.



For more resources and information about adolescent parents, visit the Adolescent Parent Program page on the MOAPPP website.