MOAPPP May 2005 E-Monthly

May 5-6, 2005
MOAPPP’s 14th Annual Conference

Earle Brown Heritage Center
Brooklyn Center, MN

MOAPPP May 2005 E-Monthly


May is Teen Pregnancy Awareness Month

Across the state of Minnesota and throughout the nation, May is Teen Pregnancy Awareness Month. We need to stay focused on what works to support adolescent health and May is an opportunity to promote these efforts. MOAPPP helps support your May Teen Pregnancy Awareness Month outreach with information, resources and ideas on our website. National resources are also available to support your efforts. Whatever you do, remember: be creative, promote what works, involve youth, and have fun!

MOAPPP’s Teen Pregnancy Awareness Month page

National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy: National Day Quiz May 4, 2005

Advocates for Youth: National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month Planning Guidebook (PDF)

Adolescent Parent Provider Survey

MOAPPP, in collaboration with the Department of Education, will be conducting a survey of all adolescent parent services and programs around the state. Our goal is to develop a web-based, comprehensive list of adolescent parent providers to serve as a resource to anyone working with or concerned about teen parents and their children. Service providers will be able to access this on-line resource from the MOAPPP and Department of Education websites. The survey will be administered in May. If you do not receive a survey and would like to have your program/services included in this valuable resource, please email Marilyn Colby Rivkin at [email protected].

2005 Legislative Update

  • Comprehensive Family Life and Sexuality Education Bill (SF 878, HF 1301)
    On April 11, the Senate Education committee voted to include the language of SF 878 into the Education Omnibus bill (SF 1148). Now, support in the House is needed to keep this legislation moving. Contact your State Representative today and ask them to include comprehensive sex education in the House Education Omnibus bill. Don’t know who your State Representative is? Find out now. For more information about comprehensive sex education go to
  • Family Planning Funding in Jeopardy
    The House Health Omnibus bill (HF 1422) passed out of the Health Policy and Finance committee on April 26. Included in this bill is the elimination of Family Planning Special Projects funding, which provides grants to clinics statewide. Also included in HF 1422 is language that would prohibit the MN AIDS Project from receiving further state funding for HIV prevention. And the Positive Alternative Act (HF 952) language, which provides funding only for “life-affirming” agencies, is also part of this omnibus bill. Your State Representative needs to know that you DO NOT support HF 1442. Contact them today! Don’t know who your State Representative is? Find out now.


In the News

NYC Mayor Announces $3M Program To Increase Access to Emergency Contraception, Improve Reproductive Health

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) on Thursday at a NARAL Pro-Choice New York meeting announced a $3 million initiative to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies in the city through expanded access to emergency contraception and family planning services and improve maternal and infant outcomes. Read the full article.


Minnesota KIDS COUNT, disseminated by Children’s Defense Fund, provides county-by-county data on the well-being of Minnesota’s children and families. Minnesota KIDS COUNT releases this annual data book to provide a statistical profile of Minnesota’s children and suggestions for action on their behalf. See the Kids Count page for more information.

New Publication: How Declines in Teen Births Have Improved Poverty and Child Well-Being in Minnesota.

What If: How Declines in Teen Births Have Improved Poverty and Child Well-Being in Minnesota. This National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy analysis shows that child poverty would have been worse in 2002 if state teen birth rates had not declined between 1991 and 2002; compelling evidence that preventing teen pregnancy is a direct and effective way for states to reduce poverty and improve overall child well-being. Details are available at

Updated Research to Practice Briefs on Parent-child Communication

Advocates For Youth Research to Practice Briefs are easy-to-read translations of research into practical, science-based practices to prevent teen pregnancy, HIV, and other sexually transmitted infections. Two updated briefs are now available in this series.

  • Resources for Families on Parent-Child Communication
  • Are You an Askable Parent?

New Publication on Latino Adolescent Reproductive Health

The Center for Reproductive Health Research and Policy University of California San Francisco created a A Future With Promise: Chartbook on Latino Adolescent Reproductive Health. This monograph addresses the reproductive health profile of Latino youth living in U.S. including: population, immigrant generation, families, health care access, education, sexual behavior, income, and STIs and HIV/AIDS. Copies of the Monograph can be downloaded online. Request hard copies at 415-502-4045, or email: .

Updated Publication on Youth Development

Preventing Problems, Promoting Development, Encouraging Engagement: Competing Priorities or Inseparable Goals? This Forum for Youth Investment paper summarizes several major shifts that have occurred in the past 15 to 20 years in what researchers, policy makers and practitioners think about what young people need, what they get and where they get it. This updated version incorporates critical ideas about young people as participants and change makers. Download available online (PDF).

STI Cases Increase 4 Percent in 2004

New data released by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) shows that reported sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in Minnesota rose another 4 percent in 2004, following a 6 percent rise in 2003 and a 19 percent rise in 2002. Chlamydia cases and rate also increase for 15-19 year-olds. Read the full statistics.

Minnesota County 2001-2003 Teen Pregnancy and Birth Data

Minnesota Mini Profiles released by MN Department of Health are two-page compilations of selected natality, mortality, and population data for each county in Minnesota as well as the state of Minnesota. View the profiles online.

New Report: The 2005 Index of Child Well-Being

The Brookings Institution, in cooperation with the Foundation for Child Development and Duke University, released a new index on the well-being of American children. The index is based on nearly thirty years of data collected from national surveys that focus on seven “domains” of child well-being including indicators of trends in adolescent childbearing and highlights a number of social changes and public policies that may account for the improvements. View the full report (PDF).



May 4, 2005
Camp Out for Comprehensive Sex Ed

At the end of April, Minnesota’s legislators will be hunkering down for long, grueling floor sessions to hammer out the details of the big “omnibus” budget bills. It makes for a perfect time to Camp Out for Comprehensive Sex Ed. Teens, parents, educators, and people who value medically accurate, comprehensive sex education can call upon their legislators to support comp sex ed in schools and minors’ rights to confidential health care. Camp Out for Comp Sex Ed is being coordinated in partnership with the MN AIDS Project and the Sexuality Education for Life-Minnesota Coalition. For more information contact the .

May 6, 2005
MOAPPP Strategic Plan Members’ Facilitated Discussion

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Earle Browne Heritage Center, Brooklyn Center

As part of MOAPPP’s Annual Membership Meeting (May 6, 2005, 7:30 a.m., conference site), members are invited to participate in a facilitated discussion about MOAPPP’s strategic plan. Please join us to offer your thoughts and ideas about what MOAPPP does well, and ideas for the future.

May 12, 2005
An Evening of HOT Music at the Dakota!

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant
1010 Nicollet Minneapolis, MN

A buffet dinner and beverages will be served. Vocalist Bruce Henry and his jazz ensemble will provide the entertainment. Don’t miss this very special evening: great food, great music and all for a great cause! Individual tickets $100 ($50 tax deductible). For further information please contact Lisa Weisman (651) 644-1447 x16 or email [email protected]. You can also purchase tickets online.


Other Events

May 4, 2005
The National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

May 4, 2005 marks the fourth annual National Campaign’s Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. On the National Day teens are asked to go online and take a fun, engaging quiz that presents them with several real life scenarios involving sex and asks them to choose a course of action. Want to participate? Log on to for more information about National Day. To purchase National Day materials, such as buttons, pens, and temporary tattoos, order online. Supplies are limited and going fast.

May 5, 2005
Presenting, Pondering and Planning with Minnesota Student Survey Data

This day-long workshop will build your capacity to think about the Minnesota Student Survey, present data to your local community, and incorporate what you’ve learned into your prevention planning and needs assessment work. Workshop cost is $20, which covers lunch and all materials. To register, please visit For registration questions, please call Debra at the Minnesota Prevention Resource Center (763.427.5310 or 800.782.1878 extension 156). For content questions, please call Heather at the MN Dept. of Education (651.582.8452).

May 7, 2005
Mother Daughter Retreat

Planned Parenthood is offering its annual day-long spring retreat for a mother or mentor and 10-12 year old daughter. “Making the Connections: A Day of Discovery for Mothers and Daughters” on Saturday, May 7th. Through indoor and outdoor activities, this day provides an opportunity for mothers and daughters to learn and play together, to communicate and connect, while exploring puberty, healthy sexuality and being female. For registration information, please call the Education Information Line at 612-821-6198 or go to the education page of the Planned Parenthood website.

May 17, 2005
Working with GLBTQ Youth: Self-Reflection and Action. Challenge yourself to think outside the box!

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Café of the Americas, 3019 Minnehaha Ave. So., Minneapolis, MN 55406
Cost: $75
Early Registration (May 6): $65

Youth Work Institute invites you to a highly interactive 2-day session to increase your competence and confidence in working with GLBTQ youth. Facilitators will be Leigh Combs, community activist and Coordinator of the GLBTQ Kids: Abuse Intervention at Family and Children’s Service; Lauri Appelbaum, Coordinator of the Out4Good Office at Minneapolis Public Schools; and William Grier, America’s Promise Fellow at the Center for 4-H Youth Development. Registration available online.

May 19-21, 2005
Parent Education Institute V – Charting Our Future

Continuing Education Center
University of Minnesota – Saint Paul Campus
Pre-Institute Workshops – Thursday, May 19
Institute – Friday, May 20 & Saturday, May 21

This institute is designed for parent education professionals to advance their learning and to define strategies to strengthen the future of parent education. For more information: or 651-407-0950.

May 21, 2005
Community Celebration: Asian American Heritage and Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Month

Plymouth Christian Youth Center
2210 Oliver Ave. N., Minneapolis, MN 55411
11:00 am – 5:00 pm

The whole day event will include information fair, training workshops, children activities, youth talent show and FREE LUNCH. EVERYONE WELCOME!! Hosted by S.E.Asian Youth Empowerment Project (SEAYEP). Sponsored by Asian Media Access, Assn. of Advancement of Hmong Women, Lauj Youth Assn., Plymouth Christian Youth Center, S.E.Asian Community Council. Information: contact SEACC, 612-342-1530.

May 26 – June 10, 2005
Public Health Institute

University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus

The Public Health Institute, offered through the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, provides professionals a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in a chosen field of study for a single course or for the entire three weeks of the Institute. For more information visit the Public Health Institute webpage.

May 26, 2005
Community Based Participatory Research

8 AM to 8 PM
University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus
Course #: PubH 5648
Class #: 89167
Faculty: Wendy Hellerstedt and Kathleen Call

For more information visit the Course Description webpage.

May 31- June 3, 2005
Motivational Interviewing: Strategies to Effect Behavior Change

Tuesday through Thursday, 1 to 5 PM
Friday, 1 to 4 PM
University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus
Course #: PubH 5005
Class #: 89165
Faculty: Joän Patterson

For more information visit the Course Description webpage.