June 2003 E-Monthly

The E-Monthly will be on SUMMER VACATION during the months of July and August. If you have an update about what is happening in your community beginning September 2003, please send the information to moappp@moappp.org with "E-Monthly Submission" in the subject line.

MOAPPP E-Monthly Index

Abstinence-until-marriage Mandate Dropped

The Minnesota legislature adopted an omnibus E-12 education bill on day three of the special session. The bill, HF 51 does not include any language changes to the state's K-12 HIV/STI curriculum requirement. Current law requiring a comprehensive, technically accurate and current curriculum remains unchanged. The abstinence-until-marriage proposal would require every school district to offer two curricula to address HIV/STI prevention; one based in comprehensive sexual health education and the other using abstinence-until-marriage curricula. Education conference committee members were overwhelmed by the challenge of cutting school financing to fit within the Governor's "no new tax" budget guideline. The committee focused on the budget, and chose to drop virtually all policy provisions that were different in the House and Senate bills.

Kaiser Family Foundation Study 'Paints Portrait' of Teen Sexual Behaviors, Attitudes

Most teenagers say that although abstinence is "a nice idea, nobody really does it," according to a Kaiser Family Foundation study that "paints a portrait" of teenagers' sexual activity and attitudes. The "National Survey of Adolescents and Young Adults: Sexual Health Knowledge and Experiences" is a nationally representative survey of more than 1,800 young people ages 13 to 24. According to the 136-page report, about one in 10 respondents said that sex without a condom occasionally is "not a big deal," reports USA Today. In addition, one in five respondents said that they thought that birth control pills protect against HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, and one in 10 said that condom use is not necessary unless "you have a lot of sexual partners". Julia Davis of the Kaiser Family Foundation said the study shows that young people have "a lack of knowledge about core sexual issues and how sexual health issues impact their generation." She added that the report shows many young people subscribe to a lot of "myths and misinformation." (For more information, go to www.kff.org)

One in Five Teenagers Have Sex by Age 15

One in five teenagers has had sex by the age of 15, according to "14 and Younger: The Sexual Behavior of Young Adolescents", a report released by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (NCPTP). NCPTP researchers analyzed findings from seven previous studies conducted in the late 1990s to provide a "comprehensive look" at sexual activity among teens between the ages of 12 and 14. Researchers found that 4% of 12-year-olds, 10% of 13-year-olds and 19% of 14-year-olds have had sexual intercourse. In addition, six out of 10 sexually experienced young teenagers said that they had engaged in sexual activity within the last 18 months, although there was evidence that several young teens had sex "infrequently and/or had one sexual partner."

Sarah Brown, director of NCPTP, said, "This is a wake-up call that the efforts that we make toward young people have to start early, that teachers looking at a class of 13-year-olds can't assume they're in a state of latent innocence". According to NCPTP, "Parents, program leaders, school officials, community leaders and others need to recognize that sex and dating are important issues for middle school age youth that cannot be ignored". (For more information, go to www.teenpregnancy.org)

Public Radio Highlights Teen Pregnancy and Sexuality

In a three part series, airing May 20 through May 22, 2003, National Public Radio highlighted pregnancy and sexuality issues facing American teens. The stories outlined the study by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. On May 27, MOAPPP's Executive Director, Nancy Nelson was the featured guest on MPR's Mid-Morning to discuss the National Campaign's study and affirmed that the most recent Minnesota Student Survey indicates that one in five Minnesota ninth graders have experienced sexual intercourse. For a copy of the study, go to www.teenpregnancy.org.

New Education/Training Requirement for TANF Teen Parents Outlined

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) has developed a six-page fact sheet that describes the education/training requirement for unmarried, custodial minor parents in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, summarizes relevant research, and offers recommendations for reauthorization. To download "Reauthorization Issues: The Education/Training Requirement for TANF Teen Parents," go to www.clasp.org/DMS/Documents/1052940241.38/teen_ed_req.pdf

MFIP Longitudinal Study and Special Projects

The most recent publication from the MFIP Longitudinal Study is the eighth report in the series titled "Special Report on Teen Mothers". Key findings for the report indicate that 30 months after participants originally applied for MFIP, 60 percent of the teen mothers were working and 55 percent were off MFIP. Other findings reflect the life problems that some of these teen mothers face, including lack of support from the babies' fathers, low income, subsequent pregnancies, health problems, chemical dependency issues, mental health issues, low education, violence, and other barriers to employment, such as transportation, child care and housing problems.

The executive summary discusses areas of concern about teen parents' life situations raised by the findings and summarizes data about their history and circumstances. The executive summary and the full report can be found on the DHS Web site at edocs.dhs.state.mn.us/live/DM-0095-ENG.pdf.

Central Touring Theater's "Let's Talk About It" Performance Available

"Let's Talk About It" explores the voices of youth on social issues related to sexuality, decision making, sexual identity and abuse. Central Touring Theater is a unique youth company composed of high school students who create original theater dealing with issues facing youth today. This youth theater company has been creating and touring original plays for over twenty-three years. "Let's Talk About It" was funded by the St. Paul-Ramsey County Department of Public Health and the St. Paul Public Schools. Central Touring Theater's performance piece. Central Touring Theater charges a negotiable fee between $300 and $500 per performance. If you are interested in Central Touring Theater coming to your school or organization, please contact MOAPPP at 651-644-1447.

The Minnesota Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy, Prevention and Parenting, a nonprofit organization, is composed of individuals and organizations in Minnesota that work to strengthen policies and programs related to adolescent pregnancy prevention, adolescent pregnancy care and adolescent parenting.

Upcoming Activities and Events Index

Upcoming Activities and Events

June 7, 14 and 21, Free Latino Parent/Child Retreats from Planned Parenthood

En Familia will be an unforgettable day of discovery for the parent/child pair that attends. It is designed for boys and girls ages 9-14, accompanied by a caring parent or adult mentor. In this exciting and informative retreats, families will be able to 1) Examine the changes that accompany puberty and adolescence, 2) Improve parent/child communication, 3) Discuss the special challenges of growing up between two cultures, and 4) Celebrate and appreciate the joys of growing up. The Retreats will be conducted in Spanish and English, to allow all family members to fully participate in the day's activities. Families will participate in a variety of indoor and outdoor activities to get to know each other better and strengthen their relationships. Transportation and lunch are provided for all participants. Please call Migdalia Loyola at 612-821-6123 or e-mail to .

June 13, 2003, Improving Access to Emergency Contraception in Minnesota - Empowering Pharmacists and Providers for the Future

This innovative conference will bring together the Minnesota pharmaceutical, health care provider and service communities to develop strategies to make emergency contraception more accessible to Minnesotans. You can be a part of it! Contact Sheri Smith, Emergency Contraception Coordinator, Family Tree Clinic, 651-523-0171, x 132, . The conference will be held at Grand Casino, Hinckley, MN.

June 14, 2003, Asian Youth Event - CD Release Party

Please note that this date is TENTATIVE. This youth event will educate teens about teen pregnancy prevention and sexual violence, highlighting the release of the music CD created by the Asian workgroup. Location To Be Announced. Asian Roundtable Contacts: May Lee, Health Educator, Face to Face 651.772.5592, and Vern Xiong, Kev Xaiv Outreach, Lao Family Community and SPRCTPP Key Advisor 651.221.0069, .

June 17, 2003, Planned Parenthood of Minnesota/South Dakota's 20th Annual Contraceptive Update

This update will provide the latest contraceptive information for health and social service professionals. Specialists in the field will cover many topics ranging from new contraceptive technologies to telephone triage, precocious puberty in girls, emergency contraception, and sexuality education for people with developmental disabilities. 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m, Earle Brown Center, Room 135, 1890 Buford Avenue, University of Minnesota, Saint Paul Campus For more information, please contact Planned Parenthood at 612/821-6146 COST: $105/non-profit employees, $115/for-profit employee, $55/students

June 19-20, 2003, Asset-Based Community Development Training

This training is sponsored by the Office of Minority and Multicultural Health, MN Dept of Health. $30 registration fee covers materials and lunches for both days. The deadline for registration is June 13, 2003. Please bring to the training a one-page written description of how community assets are used in your community to help eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities. Thurs, June 19, 9 am to 4 pm. Fri, June 20, 9 am to 3 pm. The training will be held in the Mississippi Room of the MDH Snelling Office Park Building, located at 1645 Energy Park Drive in Saint Paul. For more information contact Sally Sabathier, 651-297-5813, or LaVonne Carlson, 651-284-3001, lavonne.carlson@health.state.mn.us.

June 26, 2003, Minor Parents Meeting

10:00 a.m. to Noon at DHS, 444 Lafayette, room 1 C, St. Paul

June 26-27, 2003, 7th Annual MCH Summer Institute: Strategies for Addressing Health Disparities

Earle Brown Continuing Education Center, University of MN, St. Paul Campus. The MCH Summer Institute is funded primarily by a training grant from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration. Registration costs are $35 per day or $70 for both days. To register please contact Jan Pearson at 612-624-0315 or pearson@epi.umn.edu. The registration deadline is Friday, June 20, 2003.

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