MOAPPP's November 2003 E-Monthly

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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.
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Adolescent Parent Provider Survey

MOAPPP is very concerned about the loss of funding for programs that support adolescent parents and their families. We want to work with adolescent parent providers to develop an effective advocacy plan to address the crisis. We are planning a series of phone conferences to 1) Identify the resources you need to maintain and/or improve your capacity to deliver service (e.g., training, funding, networking) and 2) Develop an action plan for collective advocacy to strengthen the policies and funding sources to meet the needs of teen parents and their families. The calls are scheduled for Monday November 17th from 3-4 PM and Wednesday November 19th from 2-3 PM. We really need your input. Please sign up for the time that works best for you. If you are interested in participating in these focused discussions, please e-mail nancy@moappp.org or call 651-644-1447 ext. 11 so that we can send you more detailed information.

Men's Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs Gain Attention

Men, like women, have sexual and reproductive health care needs--but how well are these needs being met? The September/October 2003 issue of Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health offers research and opinion on how to bring men into the U.S. sexual and reproductive health care system. All current and archived articles from Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health can be downloaded from The Alan Guttmacher Institute's Web site, www.guttmacher.org.

Minnesota Sexuality Education Resource Review Panel recommends two new resources.

MSERRP recently added two new resources to its list of recommended sexuality education and HIV prevention resources.

MSERRP recommends the following curriculum, "Reducing the Risk: Building Skills to Prevent Pregnancy STD and HIV, 4th Edition, 2003", available from ETR Associates, P.O. Box 1830 Santa Cruz, CA 95061, phone 800.321.4407, fax 800.435.8433, www.etr.org. The Target Audience for this curriculum is High School. $42.95 for curriculum and one student workbook. $18.95 for 5 student workbooks (available in English and Spanish).

MSERRP recommends the following video, "It's Your Choice: Birth Control for Teens". The video is available from the Center for Health Training, 614 Grand Avenue, Suite 400, Oakland, CA 94610, Phone 510-835-3700, The target Audience for this video is teens. The cost is $30.00.

For a complete list of MSERRP reviewed materials go to MOAPPP's website.

Research shows impact of HIV/AIDS on women is disproportionately high

Research shows that the impact of HIV/AIDS on women, particularly women of color, is disproportionately high. Members of Advocates for Youth's Young Women of Color Leadership Council are tired of apathy, of being seen as victims, of being ignored, and of not being able to access culturally appropriate programs and services. We are seeking young women of color (under 23 years old) who are leaders in their community to join our current members' efforts to fight HIV/AIDS among youth and to empower young women of color to take leadership positions. More information can be found on the Advocates for Youth website. Applications are due by 5pm EST on November 14, 2003. Feel free to email questions to: or call 202.419.3420 ext. 26.

NEW video on Fatherhood engagement available

"To be a Father", a new video to encourage fatherhood involvement is now available from the "I Am Your Child Foundation!" Order by calling 1-888-447-3400. New research has shown that fathers can have an enormous impact on children -- from how well they succeed in school, to how they get along with their friends. This generation of dads is responding to the challenge, by taking a more active role in everything from changing diapers to helping with homework. And it's paying off, as you'll hear from men who talk about the rewards of being close to their kids. Hosted by Ray Romano, this video includes information about the important role fathers can play in the lives of their young children. The original Spanish version, hosted by Antonio Banderas, will be available soon!

Upcoming Events

November 3-4, 2003, Investing in the Future: Early Interventions in Children's Mental Health

Monday and Tuesday, St. David's Child Development & Family Services. Featuring "The Secret of Parenting: What Works and What Doesn't with Today's Kids," with Dr. Anthony Wolf. For more information, contact St. David's at 952-939-0396.

November 5, Building Networks-Supporting Children: Promoting Effective Policies and Services for Fathers and Adolescent Parents-Duluth

MOAPPP's Executive Director, Nancy Nelson, and the MN Fathers & Families Network Coordinator, Paul Masiarchin, will conduct regional workshops on current issues for adolescent parent families and father involvement. For more information and to register, contact MOAPPP at 651-644-1447. Click here to view a flyer with dates and times and locations for all trainings.

November 5, Building a Hopeful Future for Children Who Witness Domestic Violence.

Learn about cutting-edge programs helping children to overcome the negative effects of domestic violence. Sponsored by the Initiative for Violence-Free Families/FCS & Riverview United Methodist Church. 10:00 am-Noon, Riverview United Methodist Church, 2100 93rd Way North, Brooklyn Park, MN. Refreshments will be served. Free, but please RSVP to Carla Kock at 612-728-2084 or .

November 6, Early Childhood Healthy Generations Videoconference

Thursday, 1:00 - 3:00 P. M. Presenters will provide background information on early childhood issues, discuss the results of research on what children need to develop, share information on the economic impact of early childhood programs, and discuss the Fond du Lac Head Start program. The videoconferences are produced by the Maternal & Child Health Program, Division of Epidemiology, University of Minnesota School of Public Health in collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Health. FREE! C.E.U.'S AVAILABLE. To register for the videoconference please contact Jan Pearson at .

November 6, Understanding & Using Minnesota's Tattered Safety Net: Client Advocacy in the Wake of the 2003 Legislative Session

Get a quick overview of the legislative changes and budget cuts of the 2003 Session and then get into the nuts and bolts of "Now What?" 10:00 am - 3:30 PM. Location: Minnesota Counties in Trust (MCIT), 100 Empire Drive, St. Paul. Sponsored by Affirmative Options Coalition, Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless, Minnesota Community Action Association, and Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women. For directions, call MCIT building at 651.209.6400. Registration is required. The cost is $20 (payable to MN Coalition for the Homeless). Questions? Karen Kingsley, Affirmative Options Coalition, , or 651-642-1904 x229.

November 7, Prevention of Sexual Misconduct: Some Hard Learning from Faith Communities

Quarterly Sexual Violence Prevention Network meeting. A presentation by Roman Paur, Benedictine monk, Catholic Priest, founding executive director of ISTI (Interfaith Sexual Trauma Institute), and the founder of the Faith Community Learning Resource (a consulting and educational initiative based at St. John's Abbey, Collegeville, MN). 11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m., Country Kitchen, 4820 Highway 29, Alexandria, MN. (for directions, go to www.mapquest.com or maps.yahoo.com). Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Linda Karwoski at (651) 281-9851, by November 3, 2003.

November 7, Building Networks-Supporting Children: Promoting Effective Policies and Services for Fathers and Adolescent Parents - Saint Paul

MOAPPP's Executive Director, Nancy Nelson, and the MN Fathers & Families Network Coordinator, Paul Masiarchin, will conduct regional workshops on current issues for adolescent parent families and father involvement. For more information and to register, contact MOAPPP at 651-644-1447. Click here to view a flyer with dates and times and locations for all trainings.

November 9, 2003, AFFIRM 2003 - What a Girl Wants: A Firm Foundation

Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sabes Jewish Community Center, Minneapolis. AFFIRM is a special event for 5th through 9th grade girls and their mothers, mentors, teachers and friends. This year's program focuses on healthy relationships. For more information, contact the National Council of Jewish Women 763-545-1120.

November 10-13, 2003, National Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy, Parenting and Prevention Annual Conference

Washington, DC. Go to www.noappp.org for registration information.

November 11, Stemming the HIV Epidemic among our Youth: Confessions of a Former Federal Bureaucrat

5 to 6:30 p.m.Dr. Lloyd J. Kolbe, Professor of Applied Health Science at Indiana University will discuss "Stemming the HIV Epidemic among our Youth: Confessions of a Former Federal Bureaucrat". This lecture is made possible through the University of MinnesotaCenter for Adolescent Health and Development's Morris Blum Memorial Visiting Lectureship Series. The lecture will be held at the McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota campus (200 Oak Street, SE -- across from Williams Arena) in the A.I. Johnson Room located on the first floor. This lecture is free to the public. If you have any questions, please contact Linda Boche at 612-626-1980 or

November 24, Sexual Health Education Workshop for Hennepin County School Staff

Monday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Ridgedale Area Library, 12601 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka. Hennepin County school staff are invited to a full day workshop featuring effective sexual health curricula, classroom resources and updates on adolescent health behavior. Event is cosponsored by MOAPPP, Hennepin County Community Health Department, Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support, Bloomington Public Health Division. Workshop is free and limited sub-pay is available. Box lunches will be provided. Certificates of attendance will be distributed at the end of the workshop. First priority will be given to staff from Hennepin County schools. Others will be put on a waiting list and notified if there is room. Advance Registration Required by Nov. 14, 2003. Contact lisat@moappp.org or 651-644-1447 x18 to register.

December 4, 2003, Adult Capitol Lab

Thursday, 3:00-5:00 PM, State Capitol. Sponsored by the Sexuality Education for Life Coalition. The Capitol Lab will include an overview of the legislative process and tours of the State Capitol and State Office Building. Contact Joy R. Miciano at MOAPPP for more information 651.644.1447x14, joy@moappp.org.

January 29, 2004, Youth Capitol Lab

Thursday, 3:00-5:00 PM, State Capitol. Sponsored by the Sexuality Education for Life Coalition. Youth are invited to come learn about the legislative process and tour the State Capitol and State Office Building. Youth groups and peer education groups are encouraged to attend. Contact Joy R. Miciano at MOAPPP for more information 651.644.1447x14, joy@moappp.org.

May 6 - 7, 2004, MOAPPP Annual Conference

Watch for more information on the MOAPPP website, MOAPPP.org.

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