MOAPPP Announcements

MOAPPP’s 2008 Annual Awards

Please join us in congratulating this year’s annual awards recipients. These individuals and organizations were honored during the Annual Awards Ceremony at the MOAPPP Conference.

Advocate of the Year
Donna Amidon, Manager of School-based Clinics,
Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support

Community Partner
The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder

Gary Greenfield, Family Planning Special Projects Coordinator,
Minnesota Department of Health

Program of the Year
The Center Clinic of Dodge County

Teen of the Year
Abbie McMillian

Policy Update-Responsible Sex Ed

Legislation introduced to establish standards for responsible sex education for Minnesota students in grades 7-12 has experienced great success and support this year. After passing floor votes in both the House and the Senate, the provision was included in the respective Education Policy Omnibus bills. To our great disappointment, late in the Conference Committee process, sex education was dropped from the final bill that will go to the Governor.

To view the extensive local media coverage of the issue, visit this part of the Coalition's website. MOAPPP is a member of the Coalition for Responsible Sex Ed. To learn more about the Coalition and to sign on as an individual or organizational member, visit

Minnesota Adolescent Sexual Health Report

This report is a summary of the sexual health of Minnesota’s adolescents and uses the most current data available. The report provides information on key sexual health indicators, such as pregnancy and birth statistics, STI/HIV, health disparities, low birth weight and prenatal care, sexual activity and other risk and protective factors in a brief and easy-to-read format. A copy of this report (pdf) is available on our website.

Training and Education Calendar

MOAPPP's Training and Education Calendar includes the upcoming opportunities offered by MOAPPP, solely or in partnership with other organizations, from June through December 2008. Some programs are offered in multiple locations. Detailed program information and registration materials will be available on the MOAPPP website six weeks prior to each event. You can view the training calendar here.

May is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month - Engage, Encourage, Equip

It’s not too late to engage young people in conversation as a trusted adult. Encourage them to participate in the National Day Quiz, and to invite a friend to take the quiz as well. The Quiz is available at, and will be available all month long. Equip young people by reserving a computer for them to take the quiz. At minimum, print and distribute postcards as a reminder for young people to stop and take the quiz. Questions? Call Jocelyn at 651-644-1447 x19 or

National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

The seventh annual National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy takes place today, May 7, 2008. The purpose of the National Day is to focus the attention of teens on the importance of avoiding teen pregnancy and other serious consequences of sex. On the National Day, teens nationwide are asked to take a short online quiz that asks them to reflect on the best course of action in a number of tough sexual situations. The quiz will be available online through May.

SOLD OUT! Celebrate 17 Years of MOAPPP!

MOAPPP's 17th Anniversary Benefit Logo

The Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant plays with fire—and soul—when Cuban piano virtuoso Nachito Herrera meets members the Steele family of gospel singers for a tribute to Earth, Wind and Fire. "Unlikely, yet unstopped," writes the Star Tribune. Don't miss this celebration of MOAPPP's 17th year as Minnesota's #1 resource for healthy youth sexual development.

Thursday, May 15, 2008
6:00-9:30 p.m.
The Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant in Minneapolis

Opening Remarks by Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and Minneapolis Mayor R. T. Rybak

Dinner by Chef Jack Riebel

Musical tribute to Earth, Wind and Fire by Nachito Herrera and Fred Steele

Other Announcements

HIV Vaccine Awareness Day

May 18th is HIV Vaccine Awareness Day. This annual observance is a day to recognize and thank the thousands of volunteers, community members, health professionals and scientists who are working together to find a safe and effective HIV vaccine. It is also a day to educate our communities about the importance of preventive HIV vaccine research. To learn more about the HIV vaccine, visit Advocates for Youth.

National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV Awareness Day

May 19th is National Asian and Pacific Islander (API) HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, a time to raise awareness about the devastating impact of HIV and AIDS among Asians and Pacific Islanders in the U.S. Visit the Banyan Tree Project to learn how you can help increase education and reduce HIV-related stigma in API communities: For additional information on National HIV/API Awareness Day, visit

National Women’s Health Week - May 13-19, 2008

The 9th annual National Women's Health Week will kick off on Mother's Day, May 11, 2008 and will be celebrated until May 17, 2008. National Women's Check-Up Day will be Monday, May 12, 2008. National Women's Health Week empowers women across the country to get healthy by taking action. During the week, families, communities, businesses, government, health organizations and other groups work together to educate women about steps they can take to improve their physical and mental health and prevent disease. For more information about the week, visit

For Youth

Fellowship Opportunity for Young People Ages 18-29

Young people working to bring about positive social change can apply for the YouthActionNet Global Fellows Program. This yearlong fellowship provides opportunities in skill building, networking and advocacy, including a seven-day, all-expenses paid, capacity-building retreat in Washington, DC. Applicants should be founders or leaders of a project/organization in their community. Visit the YouthActionNet website for complete program information and application procedures. Deadline: May 22, 2008.

In the News

Lawmakers Ask That Abstinence-Only Funding Go to More Effective Programs

Lawmakers recently signed a letter to Rep. David Obey (D-Wis.), chair of the House Appropriations Committee, urging him to shift funding for HHS’ Community-Based Abstinence programs to "more effective programs," such as comprehensive sex education. Read more here.

Congressional Hearing Held Focused on Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Funding

On April 23rd, Congress held the first ever oversight hearing focused on the public health and ethical concerns with federally funded abstinence-only-until-marriage programs. Minnesota’s Coalition for Responsible Sex Ed was one of many organizations sending letters to the committee asking that funds be directed to comprehensive sex education programs. You can view the video here and read the testimony of those who testified as well as read Chairman Waxman's opening statement here.

New Resources

Science and Success, Second Edition: Sex Education and Other Programs that Work to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections

Until recently, teen pregnancy and birth rates had declined in the United States. Despite these declines, US teen birth and sexually transmitted infection (STI) rates remain among the highest in the industrialized world. Given the need to focus limited prevention resources on effective programs, Advocates for Youth undertook exhaustive reviews of existing research to compile a list of those programs proven effective by rigorous evaluation. Nineteen programs appeared in Science and Success when it was first published in 2003; seven additional programs are included in Science and Success, Second Edition. Visit for more information.

African Outreach Health Center – Free Clinical Services

Planned Parenthood and Minnesota African Women’s Association (MAWA) recently opened a clinic with no-cost services for family planning education, pregnancy testing, birth control options, emergency contraception, STI screening and treatment, including HIV testing and referrals as needed. The clinic is open every Wednesday from 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. at MAWA Satellite Office at 7710 Brooklyn Blvd., Suite 101, Brooklyn Park. Interpreting services are available if needed. No appointment necessary! For more information, call 651-216-4389..

Hmong Outreach Clinics – Free Clinical Services

Planned Parenthood has recently opened a clinical site to serve the Hmong community at Southeast Asian Community Council (SEACC) in North Minneapolis. It is a walk-in clinic with confidential and free services which include free birth control, STI/HIV testing, emergency contraceptives, family planning education and referrals as needed. Interpreters are available and if necessary, the clinic can provide transportation with prior arrangements. A second clinical site will open at Lao Family Community, St. Paul in early May, 2008. These clinics are specifically for the Hmong community but all are welcome. For more information, contact Laura Vang at 612-919-1915 or 612-821-6182.

Using Teachable Moments to Convey Safer Sex Messages to Young People

With accurate information and adequate support, young people can make healthy and responsible decisions about having sex and using contraception. Adults can be most effective by providing the information and support needed to promote responsible decision-making in youth and help ensure transition to adulthood is safe and healthy. Read more at Opportunity Knocks (pdf).

Keeping Pregnant and Parenting Students from Dropping Out: A Guide for Policymakers and Schools

Created by Healthy Teen Network and National Women's Law Center, this policy brief explains how pregnant and parenting students are protected from discrimination under Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972. The brief also includes recommendations for policymakers and school administrators to ensure this population of students is able to graduate like their non-parenting peers. Keeping Pregnant and Parenting Students from Dropping Out (pdf).

Mother-Daughter Retreat Manual

Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota is pleased to announce the new reduced price ($44) of its manual: Making the Connections: A Facilitator’s Guide for a Mother-Daughter Retreat About Puberty. This easy-to-use manual gives you tools to offer a one-day retreat about puberty for mothers (or mentors) and their 10-12 year-old daughters. Order through their website, or contact the Education and Outreach Department at 651-696-5667.

New Research

Healthy People 2010 Examines Progress in Critical Areas of Adolescent Health

This review offers a snapshot of trends in key areas of adolescent health. In the area of sexual health, the authors found that the adolescent pregnancy rate has decreased considerably and has nearly reached the 2010 target; two of the three related behavioral objectives (have never had sex and, among the sexually active, used a condom at last intercourse) are on track to reach the 2010 targets. Read the article here.

Unplanned Pregnancy & Family Turmoil

Parents who have a birth resulting from an unplanned pregnancy are less likely to be in a committed relationship, less likely to move into a more formal union, and more likely to have high levels of relationship conflict and unhappiness than those parents who have a birth resulting from a planned pregnancy. Click here to download a copy.

Half of Teens Don't Discuss Contraception or STIs with Partners

Only half of teens report discussing contraception or sexually transmitted infections (STIs) with a partner before having sex for the first time, according to new research from Child Trends.  A new fact sheet summarizes the study's findings and includes tips for parents and programs to encourage teens to engage in safer sexual behavior.  Teens who discuss these issues are more likely to use contraception, which can reduce their risk of unintended pregnancy and STIs.  

Local Health Departments’ Experiences in Addressing Adolescent HIV-Prevention Needs

Local Health Departments and Adolescent HIV Prevention: Challenges, Successes, and Implications for Practice and Policy examines barriers that local health departments face in engaging in adolescent-focused HIV prevention in their communities, as well as factors that help facilitate such engagement. The report is available at

Sexual Health Communication Between Parents, Children Lacking

The April issue of the journal Contraception includes a study about the barriers to communicating about sexual health issues between parents and their children ages 13 to 15. The results suggest the barriers stem from the childrens’, not parents', reluctance. Read more here.

Fact Sheet Examines States’ Efforts to Safeguard Adolescents’ Confidentiality

State Policies Affecting the Assurance of Confidential Care for Adolescents provides an overview of states' minor consent laws and new information on the use of explanation-of-benefit (EOB) statements by state Medicaid agencies and their contracting managed care organizations. The fact sheet is available at

Children and Mothers Benefit from Father’s Prenatal Involvement

A new report from the London based Fatherhood Institute presents compelling evidence that fathers can have a positive impact on children’s prenatal development and mothers’ early parenting abilities, but that most fathers receive little encouragement or support to define their fathering role. Go to the Fatherhood Institutes website for a complete report. For a summary and a press release about the report, go to the MN Fathers and Families Network.


June 17-18, 2008
Developing Programs that Fit Your Youth: A Two-day Training on Program Assessment and Design

8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Temple of Aaron, St. Paul, MN
$100 MOAPPP member/$135 Non-member (Registration fee is reduced if two or more participants register from the same organization)

A program that works in one community may or may not match the needs, knowledge and/or values of another. How do you ensure that the program you design fits the youth you serve? The overall goal of this two-day training is to strengthen your capacity to assess the youth populations you serve so you can implement, improve and/or develop appropriate pregnancy and HIV prevention programs. Led by national experts from Healthy Teen Network & ETR Associates, this training provides tools to conduct a needs assessment, develop a data collection plan and build a logic model to use in youth programming. For maximum benefit, organizations are encouraged to send a team of two or more to the training. For more information, see the flyer and registration form. Questions? Contact Jill Farris at 651-644-1447 x18 or

Coalition for Responsible Sex Ed Events

 Coalition for Responsible Sex Ed 

MOAPPP is a founding member of the Coalition for Responsible Sex Ed. The Coalition advocates for policies on sexuality education and access to confidential health care for minors. Here is a list of Coalition events for 2008. For additional information, visit

There are no Coalition events in May

Other Events

March - May 2008
"Lunch and Learns" Enhancing Cultural Competency

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Children's Hospitals and Clinics, St. Paul and Minneapolis

This free workshop series is dedicated to growing cultural competency. For more information, see the event flier. (PDF)

May 7, 2008
National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

The purpose of the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy is to focus the attention of teens on the importance of avoiding too-early pregnancy and parenthood. The message of the National Day is straightforward: Sex has consequences. The online quiz (available in English and Spanish) delivers this message directly to teens and challenges them to think carefully about what they might do "in the moment."

May 22, 2008
Attachment, Culture, Trauma: Intervention with Ethnically Diverse Families

1:30-3:30 p.m.
Coffman Memorial Union, U of MN East Bank, Minneapolis

As the U. S. becomes increasingly culturally diverse, there is an urgent need for infant mental health professionals to learn effective ways to work with children and families from diverse ethnic, racial and socioeconomic backgrounds. This session examines how attachment, culture and trauma shape development and presents a model for understanding diversity related conflicts. For more information, visit the Center for Early Education and Development (CEED) website.

May 27, 2008
Father Force: How Organizations Can Accomplish More by Mobilizing Dads

Open Book
1011 Washington Ave South, Minneapolis

The Center for Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Public Health is offering this half-day workshop: Father Force: How Organizations Can Accomplish More by Mobilizing Dads. Father Force is an interactive, hands-on training that helps professionals and their organizations recognize ways to use the father resource, making dads into allies in accomplishing your mission. You will learn effective ways for improving fathers’ communication and commitment to health, child and family and ways to assess how “father friendly” you and your organization are. For more information, see the brochure (pdf).

May 30, 2008
America’s Cradle to Prison Pipeline

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Amherst H. Wilder Foundation Center (New)
451 Lexington Parkway North, St. Paul

Join a community discussion on the intersection of race, poverty and the juvenile justice system. For more information, contact Pakou Hang, St. Paul Youth Services, 651-771-1301 or Norma Bourland, Children’s Defense Fund-MN, 651-855-6121.

June 6, 2008
The Promise of Primary Prevention: A Five-Year Plan to Prevent Sexual Violence and Exploitation in Minnesota

9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Thompson Park Center, Dakota Lodge
1200 Stassen Lane, West St. Paul

The Sexual Violence Prevention Program, Minnesota Department of Health will celebrate and launch their new plan for the prevention of sexual violence and exploitation. For more information, visit

June 11-13, 2008
HIV/AIDS/STDs and Human Sexuality Education Conference

Kansas City, Missouri

The sixth annual regional conference focusing on HIV/AIDS/STDs and Human Sexuality features two and a half days of keynote presentations and workshops. For more information and registration, see the conference brochure.

June 12, 2008
10th Annual MCH Summer Institute on Health Disparities: "Promoting Health Equity: Family-centered Program Development and Advocacy"

8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Continuing Education & Conference Center, University of Minnesota, St. Paul

The institute will provide an opportunity to discuss how the universal experience of family-and its diverse definitions-can be integrated into family-centered programs and policies that enhance family resilience and improve individual and population health. For more information, visit or contact Jan Pearson, 612-626-8644, .

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Medica Foundation - Reducing Racial, Ethnic and Socioeconomic Disparities in Health Care

Reducing Racial, Ethnic and Socioeconomic Disparities in Health Care is a funding opportunity designed to identify gaps in health care for diverse and low-income populations and to develop programming related to the identified racial, ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in the areas of health care literacy and preventive services. Individual grants may be awarded for amounts up to $40,000.

For more information, visit
Deadline: Letters of Inquiry accepted from June 1 through June 20, 2008

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