MOAPPP April 2007 E-Monthly

Register today for the MOAPPP Conference! Early registration ends Friday April 13th

The MOAPPP conference offers two days of dynamic speakers, challenging workshops and multiple opportunities to network with Minnesota professionals committed to teen pregnancy prevention and support for pregnant and parenting teens. Continuing education contact hours will be available from the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc, MN Board of Psychology, MN Board of Social Work and MN Board of Nursing.

Download the conference brochure from the MOAPPP website. Marilyn Colby Rivkin at [email protected] or 651-644-1447 x15.

MOAPPP Welcomes New Outreach Coordinator

Please join us in welcoming Nikki McComb to the position of Outreach Coordinator. Nikki has several years experience providing resources and referrals to youth and families through her work at the Minneapolis Urban League, Turning Point, Harriet Tubman Center for Women and Right Step Academy. She also brings a proven track record in marketing and public relations. We are excited to have her as part of the staff. You can contact Nikki at 651-644-1447 x13 or [email protected].

Advocacy Update: Minnesota Legislation
Responsible Family Life and Sexuality Education

A bill (HF 615) to require comprehensive sexuality education in Minnesota public schools has been included for the first time in the House Education Omnibus bill, and continues to move forward in committee. The language supporting – but not requiring – school districts to offer developmentally appropriate sexuality education in grades K-6 was removed from the bill. Removing the K-6 language does not detract from the intent of the bill and does not in any way preclude school districts from offering K-6 curriculum. SF 588 has not been included in the Senate Education Omnibus bill.

Stay connected this session. To receive action alerts and legislative updates, become a member of the Sexuality Education for Life Coalition. For questions or more detailed information about what’s happening at the Capitol, please contact Coalition co-conveners Lorie Alveshere at [email protected] or Amy Brugh at [email protected].

Advocacy Update: Federal Legislation
REAL Act – Introduced March 22, 2007

Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA), Christopher Shays (R-CT) and Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) introduced the Responsible Education About Life (REAL) Act on March 22, 2007. The bill would create federal funding, administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, for comprehensive sexuality education. Comprehensive sexuality education is defined in this bill as that which is age-appropriate, medically accurate and stresses abstinence while also educating young people about contraception. Programs funded by the REAL Act would also stress family communication, responsible decision-making and negotiation skills.

For more information about the REAL Act, please visit To find out if your US Representative and Senators are signed on as co-sponsors visit the Library of Congress listing. If they are, let them know you appreciate their support for comprehensive sexuality education. If they are not, visit Advocates for Youth Take Action Center and ask them to support S.972/HR1653. Bill details are also available here.

May is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

MOAPPP April 2007 E-MonthlyHow is your organization planning on promoting National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month (NTPPM) next month? MOAPPP takes the lead in Minnesota to promote participation in the campaign statewide. The campaign offers a way to increase awareness of the effects of teen pregnancy and to involve communities in promoting and supporting effective prevention initiatives. Here are a few ways to participate:

  • Download a campaign graphic for your agency’s website
  • Contact your county, city or town and initiate an official proclamation
  • Submit a press release to your local paper
  • Use the campaign to support the important work you do in your community
  • More ideas are also available on MOAPPP’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month page

To order a free poster from MOAPPP, contact Jocelyn at 651-644-1447 x19 or [email protected].


Other Announcements

National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy PSAs

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy is pleased to offer a series of audio public service announcements (PSAs) recorded by teens, for teens and parents of teens to promote the 2007 National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. For more information, visit

New Latino Initiative launched by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy has a new initiative focused specifically on helping the Latino community in its efforts to reduce continued high rates of adolescent pregnancy and childbearing. Visit the National Campaign’s website for more information about the initiative and to download Voices Heard: Latino Adults and Teens Speak Up About Teen Pregnancy (PDF).

2007 Reproductive Health Conference

Abstract submissions are now being accepted for Reproductive Health 2007, the annual meeting of the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP), Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), Society for the Advancement of Reproductive Care (SARC) and Society of Family Planning (SFP). This year’s conference will be held on September 26-29 in Minneapolis. Deadline for abstracts is March 21, 2007, 5:00pm EST. For more information, visit

In the News

Highest Number of Sexually Transmitted Diseases Reported in a Single Year: Officials Call for More Screening and Treatment of Partners

New data released by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) for National STD Awareness Month show that 16,428 cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), a record number, were reported in Minnesota in 2006. Reportable STDs in Minnesota include chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis. Read the entire news release here. For more information, contact Doug Schultz, MDH Communications at 651-201-4993.

Washington Post Examines Reaction to Book on Fertility Charting for Teens

A recently published book about fertility charting for teens has “sparked controversy” among some abstinence-only education supporters and some comprehensive sexuality education supporters. For the full article, please visit

Assistant Secretary for Population Affairs Resigns

Dr. Eric Keroack, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Health and Human Service Office of Population Affairs recently announced that he will resign from the post due to an action taken against his private medical practice in Massachusetts by state Medicaid officials. Advocates for family planning have been seeking Keroack’s removal since he was appointed to oversee Title X, the nation’s family planning program in November 2006. They argued that Keroack’s history as the medical director for A Woman’s Concern, a crisis pregnancy center known to oppose contraception for any woman and to advocate for sexual abstinence until marriage, made him unqualified to advise on such issues as reproductive health and adolescent pregnancy. On Friday, Evelyn Kappeler, a senior legislative analyst, was appointed to serve as an interim replacement for Keroak. For more information, please visit

HHS Assistant Secretary for Children, Families Horn To Step Down

Wade Horn, assistant secretary for HHS’ Administration for Children and Families, who oversees abstinence education programs for the Bush administration, announced Monday that he will resign from his position. As assistant secretary, Horn oversaw a $46 billion budget for 65 programs, including abstinence education programs. For more information, please visit

Wisconsin Governor Rejects Federal Abstinence Education Funds

Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle (D) has directed the state Department of Health and Family Services to notify federal officials that Wisconsin is refusing $600,000 in Title V federal abstinence education funds for fiscal year 2007. To receive Title V funds, states must adhere to new requirements, including barring teachers from discussing contraception and requiring them to say that sex within marriage is “the expected standard of sexual activity.” For more information, please visit

Ohio Governor’s Proposed Budget Would Eliminate Abstinence-Only Education Programs

Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland’s proposed $53 billion budget would eliminate the state’s federally funded abstinence-only sex education programs. California, Maine, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin have also rejected Title V funds. Fore more information, please visit

Recent Legislation in New York and Washington Advances Sexuality Education; Missouri Legislation Moves to Tighten Sexuality Education

So far in the 2007 state legislative session, several attempts have been made to both advance and restrict sexuality education. New York and Washington have brought forth bills to strengthen access to sexuality education, while Missouri has tried to deny young people access to full, accurate information. Fore more information, please visit

New Report Draws Connections Between Poverty and Teen Pregnancy

“The time has come for a reinvigorated fight against inequality and despair,” say Brookings scholars Isabel Sawhill and Ron Haskins. “The next President should launch a new generation of effective policies based on a comprehensive work-family-education assault on poverty and inequality, including funding teen pregnancy prevention, premarital education and family planning efforts.” The paper, Attacking Poverty and Inequality, was prepared for the Brookings Institution’s Opportunity 2008, a project designed to provide policy ideas for presidential candidates.


New Resources

New Resources from Together For Youth

To recognize May as Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, Together for Youth has created “Teen Survival Kits” for teens in our community for several years. Throughout the month of May, the “Teen Survival Kits” are distributed in schools, youth-serving agencies, faith-based institutions and health clinics to advocate teen pregnancy prevention. The kit comes with a list of the contents and all the items sealed in a bag. You can download and use any of these materials, add your own items (such as condoms if appropriate), and make them applicable to your own community. For ordering information, please visit

With One Voice 2007

In “With One Voice 2007: America’s Adults and Teens Sound Off About Teen Pregnancy,” the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy’s latest nationally-representative survey of adults and teens, teens say that parents most influence their decisions about sex. You can read it at (PDF)

Adolescent Violence Prevention

The new edition of “Knowledge Path: Adolescent Violence Prevention” is an electronic guide to selected resources from public health, medical, criminal justice, education and social services literature that measure, document and monitor adolescent violence; identify risk and protective factors; and report on promising intervention strategies. To learn more, visit

The 2006 National Healthcare Disparities Report

This fourth annual report to Congress provides a comprehensive national overview of disparities in health care among racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups in the general U.S. population and within priority populations and tracks the progress of activities to reduce disparities. The full report and highlights can be found at

Tool to Assess the Characteristics of Effective Sex and STI/HIV Education Programs (TAC)

Healthy Teen Network and ETR Associates are pleased to present the Tool to Assess the Characteristics of Effective Sex and STI/HIV Education Programs (TAC). Based on the 2006 report, “Sex and HIV Education Programs for Youth: Their Impact and Important Characteristics,” this tool is designed for adolescent reproductive health practitioners and program administrators to use in assessing, selecting, improving and designing a sex or STI/HIV education program.

Advocates for Youth Fact Sheet: The Facts: HIV and Young American Indian/Alaska Native Women

This fact sheet highlights the social, economic and cultural barriers that limit the ability of many American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/AN) young women to receive accurate and adequate information on preventing HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). For more information, visit

Advocates for Youth Fact Sheet: The Facts: Dating Violence and Adolescents

Dating violence and abuse can lead to negative sexual health outcomes: the rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and pregnancy are higher for young people who have a history of abuse. For more information, visit

Spanish-Language Fatherhood Curriculum

The National Fatherhood Initiative has produced “Siempre Papá” – a Spanish-language fatherhood program to address the social issue of father absence in the Latino community,. For more information, visit

For Adolescent Parents: Bonding For Life

This interactive guide from the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy contains information providers can use to help teen parents understand their child and build a trusting relationship that will last a lifetime. For more information, visit to download or order a copy of the guide.

New Issue Brief: Early Head Start and Teen Parent Families: Partnership for Success

CLASP (Center for Law and Social Policy) released an issues brief focusing on the special needs of teenage parents and their children and how the unique set of services offered through Early Head Start programs can support them. Go to the CLASP website (PDF) to download a copy of this 23 page report.

Terms of Engagement: How to Involve Parents in Programs to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy released a new publication that provides strategies for addressing the challenges programs face when involving parents in preventing teen pregnancy. Go to (PDF) to download a copy of this report.



May 3-4, 2007
MOAPPP’s 16th Annual Conference:
Broadening Our Perspective: Refining Our Approach

Earle Brown Heritage Center, Brooklyn Center

The MOAPPP Conference is the annual gathering of Minnesota professionals committed to teen pregnancy prevention and support for pregnant and parenting teens. Join more than 400 colleagues for two days of dynamic speakers, challenging workshops and countless opportunities for networking and conversation. If you have any questions please see the conference brochure (PDF) and visit our conference page for updates.

April 2 – 6, 2007
National Public Health Week Film Festival

In recognition of National Public Health Week, The University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health presents it 3rd Annual Film Festival. Also sponsored by the Minnesota Public Health Association and community partners, including MOAPPP, the film festival addresses a different public health issue each night, including Sexuality Education on Friday, April 6.

All screenings begin at 5:30 p.m. in the newly renovated Mayo Memorial Auditorium on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota’s Minneapolis campus. You can also see a full list of films and directions to the theater as well.


Other Events

February 5, March 29, April 25, 2007
Lessons from the Field: Attachment Series

Coffman Union, University of MN, Minneapolis and 25 host sites in Greater MN

As part of its Lessons from the Field Series, the Center of Excellence in Children’s Mental Health at the University of Minnesota is sponsoring a series of workshops focused on attachment theory and interventions.

Specific workshop topics include:

  • Disturbances of attachment in early childhood
  • Inter-relationship between attachment and other mental health concerns
  • The intervention/treatment models

Fee: $15.00 per session. Visit for more information and for a current listing of video host sites around the state.

April 10, 2007
Youth Intervention Programs Association (YIPA) Spring 2007 Conference

8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Earle Brown Heritage Center
6155 Earle Brown Drive, Brooklyn Center

The YIPA conference, It’s NOT Just Joking Around! A Survival Seminar on Bullying, is a great opportunity for people working with youth and their families to explore a comprehensive bully-prevention plan and concrete tools on how to effectively help bullies, victims and bystanders. The conference also features Jodee Blanco, author of the New York Times best-selling memoir, Please Stop Laughing at Me…, and the creator and executive producer of the It’s NOT Just Joking Around!TM & bullying education program. For more details, visit Registration is available online and by mail.

April 10, 2007
Prevention Forum: Helping Parents Become Their Children’s Primary Sexuality Educators

12:00 – 1:15 p.m.
St. Louis Park City Hall
5005 Minnetonka Boulevard, St. Louis Park

This forum explores tips and techniques from the field about working with parents, a review of child and adolescent development, children’s common questions and concerns, and tools parents can use to start and sustain lifelong conversations with their children about sexuality. For more information, contact Julie Wilbert at 612-348-4033 or [email protected].

April 13, 2007
Children, Health and Culture: 6th Annual Conference on Cultural Competence in Pediatrics

St. Paul Heart and Lung Conference Center
255 North Smith Avenue, St. Paul

This conference is an all-day event that offers learning and exchange on pediatric health care for cultural and linguistic minorities. Sponsored by Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota and the Center for Cross Cultural Health. For more information, contact Elsa Batica at 612-813-7724 or [email protected].

April 17-18, 2007
Healthy Girls: A Canvas for Life

U of MN Continuing Education and Conference Center, St. Paul

Now in its seventeenth year, this conference offers a variety of educational and creative learning opportunities for women and men who work with adolescent girls, including a variety of workshops, panels featuring girls speaking for themselves, creative arts performances and a book and resource fair. The conference is designed to enlighten, support and inspire all professionals who are concerned about the future of adolescent girls. For more information about applying, submitting a workshop proposal, conference sponsorship or registration, go to

April 21, 2007
Second Annual Emmet Till Legacy Foundation Youth Rally: Hear My Voice – Are You Listening?

12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
North Senior High School
1500 James Avenue North, Minneapolis

This is a non-partisan event for youth ages 14 and up to encourage civic engagement, political engagement and voter registration. Featuring music, spoken word, hip hop, dance, holy hip hop and more! For more information, call 1-888-509-9614 x80 or email [email protected].

April 24, 2007
Northwest Hennepin Teen Parent Connection Forum

5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Willow Lane Early Childhood Education Center, Brooklyn Center

NW Hennepin Teen Parent Connection is hosting a forum to identify and develop resources for pregnant and parenting teens and their children in NW Hennepin County. For more information, please contact Jonette Zuercher 763-391-7253 or email [email protected].

April 25-26, 2007
Annual Child Abuse Prevention Conference – The Power of Prevention: Building Strong Families for Strong Communities

University of MN St. Paul Campus, Continuing Education and Conference Center

Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota presents the 2007 MN Child Abuse Prevention Month Conference that includes five pre-conference institutes on Wednesday, keynote by author Naomi Haines-Griffith titled “Invisible Scars: Understanding Emotional Maltreatment” and a variety of workshops on different prevention topics. For more information and to register, go to

April 29, 2007
Hispanic Health Network Forum for Latinos

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
305 East 77th Street, Richfield

The purpose of this forum is to link Latinos with existing services, providers and resources in Spanish; to educate and inform Latinos on existing community health resources and topics regarding healthy lifestyles; to engage in dialogue with local Latinos about their own health practices that are working and, in addition, to identify areas for improving health outcomes. Those invited to attend the forum include Latino families, health and social service professionals, educators and other interested residents. For more information, contact Victoria Amaris, Hispanic Health Network at 612-722-0796 or [email protected].

June 4 – August 6, 2007
Introduction to Infant Mental Health

Offered by Center for Early Education and Development (CEED), University of Minnesota
On-line Course

This course offers an introduction to the field of infant mental health and intervention with infants, toddlers and their parents. Readings, video and observational tasks are included to familiarize students with the foundations of infant mental health and direct work with infants and parents. For more information, see the course flyer. (PDF)

July 11-13, 2007
The National Black Religious Summit 11 on Sexuality: Breaking the Silence

Washington, D.C.

Sponsored by the National Black Church Initiative of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, this summit will continue the dialogue on critical issues affecting the African American community, including teen pregnancy, sexuality and religion, domestic violence, HIV/AIDS and other issues of reproductive health. For more information, contact [email protected] or 202-628-7700, or visit

November 14-17, 2007
Healthy Teen Network 2007 National Conference
On Their Turf: Creative Ways of Supporting Teens & Young Families

Each year, Healthy Teen Network’s conference attracts more than 600 professionals who work on behalf of adolescents and their children to reduce teen pregnancy, promote beneficial decisions regarding sexuality and reproductive issues, ensure healthy pregnancies and support teen parents to raise healthy children. For more information, please visit the 2007 Conference Home page.


Funding Opportunities

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Please Note: All deadlines are subject to change. Please verify dates with the funder before submitting a proposal.

Pay It Forward Foundation: Pay It Forward Mini-Grants

Funding up to $500 is provided for one-time youth-identified service projects that benefit young people’s schools, neighborhoods or greater communities. Projects must based on the concept of one person doing a favor for others, who in turn do favors for others, with ever-expanding results.

For more information, visit
Deadline: April 15, Oct. 15 and Jan. 15 of each year.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Transitional Living Programs and Maternity Group Homes

The Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau is accepting applications for the Transitional Living Program (TLP) and for Maternity Group Homes (MGH). Each TLP must provide a safe and appropriate shelter for up to 18 months of services with adult supervision, life and interpersonal skill building, career counseling and job skills, counseling and medical care as appropriate. MGHs must provide the same services as TLPs, in addition to providing parenting instructions and childcare. Other services may include, but are not limited to, transportation, family planning, abstinence education and pregnancy prevention services.

For more information, visit
Deadline: May 8, 2007

Open Meadows Foundation: Funding for Projects Benefiting Women and Girls

The Open Meadows Foundation offers grants of up to $2,000 each for projects that are designed and implemented by women and girls; reflect the diversity of the community served by the project in both its leadership and organization; promote building community power; promote racial, social, economic, and environmental justice; and have limited financial access or have encountered obstacles in their search for funding.

For more information, visit
Deadline: August 15, 2007

Women Helping Others (WHO) Foundation

Women Helping Others supports grassroots charities in the United States and Puerto Rico serving the overlooked needs of women and children. Specific projects and programs addressing health, education and social service needs are the foundation’s priority.

For more information, visit
Deadline: September 11, 2007

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CIGNA Foundation Targeted Grants

The purpose of this program is to support innovative programs addressing the health and well-being of children, families and communities.

For more information, visit

Dreyer’s (Grand Ice Cream) Foundation: Event Grants

Dreyer’s funds projects that promote family, school and community environments that build skills and foster talents in young people. Small event grants (up to $3,000) and ice cream products/auction items are provided.

For more information, visit

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There are no new inkind grants available at this time.

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Other Resources

There are no other resources available at this time.

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