MOAPPP's August 2004 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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¡Vive Tu Juventud! Live Your Youth!
3rd annual Latino outreach forum

The Minnesota Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy, Prevention and Parenting will host a forum directed to professionals who work with Latino youth. It will offer participants the opportunity to network with other service providers, share resources, understand a youth perspective, and find out how other communities in Minnesota incorporate youth development strategies into adolescent pregnancy prevention efforts.

When: Friday, August 20
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $25.00 for MOAPPP members and $35.00 for non-members
Location: MDH Snelling Office Park, 1645 Energy Park Drive, St. Paul
More info: Judy Ojeda, 651-644-1447 ext. 13, mailto:judy@moappp.org
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MOAPPP is named a finalist for nonprofit award

MOAPPP is named a finalist in the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Nonprofit Mission Award for Nonprofit Advocacy. Please consider casting your vote for MOAPPP! Anyone can view the finalists at www.mncn.org/missionawards.htm. If you are a member of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, you can cast a vote. Please share this exciting news with others!

Star Tribune columns about teen sexuality

Young teens 'hooking up' to avoid relationship maintenance
Jeremy Iggers, Star Tribune, July 10, 2004

Readers respond to teen sex issue
Jeremy Iggers, Star Tribune, July 24, 2004

Do you know an exceptional teen?

Nominate an exceptional teen for the National Campaign's Youth Leadership Team. Each year and a half, outstanding teens are selected to serve on the Youth Leadership Team for an 18-month term. Nominated by a variety of local, state and national organizations, these teens will travel to Washington, DC three times during their tenure to work with the National Campaign. Find recruitment materials at www.teenpregnancy.org

STD resources in Spanish

STD information in Spanish is now available on CDC's website, including translations of fact sheets, the STD hotline in Spanish, and Spanish STD links. The web address is: www.cdc.gov/std/Spanish/default.htm

New research on effectiveness of peer education

Sex education is more effective at preventing teen pregnancy and delaying onset of sexual activity among girls ages 13 and 14 in Britain if the classes are taught by students ages 16 and 17 rather than by teachers, according to a study published in the July 24 issue of the Lancet. See full report on Kaiser Network.

10 tips for successful school-based collaboration

Essential tips for successful collaboration is a synthesis of the key lessons learned throughout a five-year initiative on school-based teen pregnancy prevention. This report was done by The Joint Work Group on School-based Teen Pregnancy Prevention.

New survey finds gap between teen's perceived and actual knowledge on birth control

There is a gap between what teens think they know about contraception and protection and what they actually know, according to a new national survey of more than 500 15- to 17-year-olds by seventeen magazine and the Kaiser Family Foundation. The survey covers a variety of issues related to contraception decision-making among adolescents, including how much they know about different methods and personal use among those who are sexually active. The survey also provides insight into whom teens rely on for information and what they think about emergency contraception. Read the column and find other resources from the SexSmarts campaign. Read the survey summary on the Kaiser website.

ReCAPP forum on health education & behavior theory

The forum discussion covered the basics of health education and behavior theory and also discussed concrete ways of incorporating theory into specific programs and settings. The forum also covered the development of a health education curricula, health education theory on a community level, implementation issues, and theory-based program evaluation.
Summary of the forum and links to presentations

Contraception counts

Downloadable, printable state and district fact sheets from the Alan Guttmacher Institute provide updated, comparative information on:

  • pregnancies and their outcomes
  • the need for contraceptive services and supplies
  • how each state or district is working to meet women’s contraceptive needs
  • the impact of subsidized services
  • the key role of the Title X program

Contraception counts fact sheets

State by state and national information on Medicaid funding for family planning services

Estimates of women in need and availability of publicly funded family planning services by U.S. county

Title X: Three decades of accomplishment

Challenges facing family planning clinics and Title X

Society for Adolescent Medicine publishes position paper on the provision of emergency contraceptives to adolescents

In this paper, "emergency contraception" refers to the use of estrogen and progestin-containing pills or levonorgesterel-only pills that are taken after unprotected or underprotected intercourse to prevent pregnancy. The paper presents background information on ECPs and adolescents and discusses ECP provision, accessibility, and advocacy.
July 2004, Journal of Adolescent Health

Planning your winter vacation?

You can receive one Northwest Airlines frequent flier mile for every dollar donated online for donations of at least $250. Make a donation today at www.charitybox.com/MOAPPP.

Sexuality Education for Life coalition e-alerts

For legislative updates on comprehensive sexuality education and confidential health care for minors or for more information on these two issues, go to www.SexEdforLife.org

Upcoming Events

August 5, 10, 18, 19, 24
The role of fathers in families

August 6, 8, 10, 11, 15
Goddess Menses & the Menstrual Show

Saturday, August 14
Festival for fathers & families

Sept. 15, 22, 29, Oct. 6, 13
Using evaluation strategies to strengthen programs

September 27-29
Practical applications of attachment theory & research in home visiting & group work with parents & infants

October 19
Truth or consequences: Replacing facts with ideology in fighting HIV, STDs and unplanned pregnancies


The role of fathers in families: Parenting, paternity and the adoption registry

Owatonna: Thur. August 5, 9:00am 12:00 noon
Duluth: Tues. August 10, 9:00am 12:00 noon
Bemidji: Wed. August 18, 1:00 4:00pm
Brainerd: Thur. August 19, 9:00 am 12:00 noon
Hutchinson: Tues. August 24, 9:00am 12:00 noon

The Minnesota Fathers & Families Network, in collaboration with the MN Department of Health, Fathers Adoption Registry, will conduct a series of educational workshops for family service practitioners and fatherhood advocates across the state of Minnesota. The workshops are free and open to the public. More information


August 6, 8, 10, 11, 15
Goddess Menses & the Menstrual Show

Youth Performance Company performs at the Fringe Festival in Minneapolis. Using sketch comedy, musical parody and personal stories, the young women of the Youth Performance Company shed light on the taboo subject of menstruation. See flyer for details.
www.youthperformanceco.com


Saturday, August 14
Festival for fathers & families

North Commons Park, Mpls.

The 14th annual festival will continue the tradition of food, families and fun. This celebration, organized by a volunteer corps of fatherhood advocates from across the Twin Cities, offers free games, entertainment and food for families from across Minnesota. Additionally, attendees can browse the exhibit tables of many of Minnesota’s agencies and social services organizations that provide services to fathers and families.


September 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13
Using evaluation strategies to strengthen programs

Evaluation doesn't have to be intimidating! Learn how to make evaluation work for you and your program. Examine how program outcomes and indicators can be developed to reflect family strengths and explore a process intended to help you decide if your program is ready for evaluation.

U of MN College of Education & Human Development
Time: 4:05-6:35 p.m.
Register: 612-624-1221
More info: 612-624-1294


September 27-29
Practical applications of attachment theory and research in home visiting and group work with parents and infants

Irving B. Harris Center for Infant & Toddler Development

This 3-day course, taught by Dr. Marti Erickson and Scott Harmon, MSW, features core strategies from the STEEP Program, including the Seeing is Believing video approach.


October 19
Truth or consequences: Replacing facts with ideology in fighting HIV, STDs and unplanned pregnancies

Featuring James Wagoner, Executive Director Advocates for Youth
Macalester College Student Center, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 7-8:30 p.m.

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