MOAPPP Announcements

MOAPPP Annual Conference


Join us for our Pre-Conference Institute: Practical Tips for Engaging Teen Dads on Wednesday, May 5 and for our 19th Annual Conference on Thursday and Friday, May 6 and 7. Practical, informative, inspirational, entertaining—this conference has it all! Featuring national experts, more than two dozen workshops, a wide array of exhibits, evidence-based principles and networking opportunities. Visit the conference page now—there's still time to register!

Note: The Surgeon General expressed her regrets that her schedule does not permit her to attend this year’s conference. Her office indicated that she hopes to be asked again next year!


Thanks to these generous sponsors for their support of our 18th Annual Conference!

Leader Level

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    Funding made possible in part by cooperative agreement #5U58DP524993-05
  • Children's Trust Fund, Minnesota Department of Human Services

Advocate Level

  • Maternal and Child Health Section, Minnesota Department of Health

Partner Level

  • Center for Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Health Program, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota
  • Community Action of Minneapolis
  • Greater Twin Cities United Way
  • HealthPartners
  • Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department
  • Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support
  • Minnesota Department of Education
  • Minnesota Prevention Resource Center
  • Planned Parenthood - Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota
  • Sexual Violence Prevention Program, Minnesota Department of Health
  • STD and HIV Section, Minnesota Department of Health

MOAPPP Fundraiser 2010

Please join us for a fun night on behalf of Minnesota teens!

Thursday, June 10
6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Click here for details and buy your tickets now!
Tickets are $50 (both online and at the door).
Individuals can become co-hosts for $250, an investment that earns two event tickets and recognition at the event.


Update on Federal Teen Pregnancy Prevention Funding

The new, federal Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) released two Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) in April as part of its Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative.

After careful review of both announcements, MOAPPP has decided to submit an application for Tier One funds to support Minnesota organizations in replicating one of three evidence-based programs we currently train on:

  • ¡Cuídate!
  • Making Proud Choices
  • Teen Outreach Program (TOP)

On Monday, May 3, MOAPPP released a Request for Proposals (Word Document) to identify organizations from across the state that are interested in faithfully replicating one of these programs. The deadline for submitting an RFP to MOAPPP to be considered for partnership in MOAPPP's application to the OAH is Thursday, May 13.


MOAPPP Receives Award from Humphrey Institute

MOAPPP received the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute's Young Women's Leadership Award at a reception with leaders such as former Vice President Walter Mondale, Skip Humphrey, and the Humphrey School's Dean Brian Atwood at a reception on April 21. The award recognizes organizations that have made a demonstrated commitment to advancing the leadership of young women ages 25-35 in Minnesota.

MOAPPP Policy Director Lorie Alveshere and Board Member Katharine Meerse eloquently accepted the award on MOAPPP's behalf. Former Board Member Heather Kilgore was MOAPPP's kind and generous nominator.

MOAPPP is proud and grateful for this very public recognition of it work. Thank you!


MOAPPP July-December 2010 Training and Education Calendar Now Available

MOAPPP is pleased to release our most recent training and education calendar, which reflects MOAPPP's training and educational opportunities offered July through December 2010. Detailed program information and registration materials will be available on the MOAPPP website six weeks prior to each event. View the calendar here.

Other Announcements

HHS Releases Two Funding Announcements for Evidence Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention

The federal Office of Adolescent Health has released guidelines for two different funding opportunities. Tier One funds are for of replication of evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs. Tier Two funds are for research and demonstration grants to develop, replicate, refine and test additional models and innovative strategies for preventing teen pregnancy. Both announcements are available on the federal Office of Adolescent Health website.


Free Science-based Curriculum - and a Stipend to Teach!

Reducing the Risk (RTR) is a 16-lesson, classroom-based curriculum that has been shown to delay the onset of intercourse and reduce the rate of unprotected sex among teens. Researchers are looking for 8th-12th grade teachers throughout the United States who can teach RTR in their classrooms starting in the fall of 2010. The goal of this two-year project is to develop and evaluate an online training to help high school teachers increase their ability to teach the RTR curriculum.

Each teacher will receive:

- A $450 stipend

- The RTR curriculum and accompanying materials valued at $200, including:

  • an RTR curriculum (teacher's guide)
  • student workbooks for your RTRworks! study class
  • a supplemental activity kit, which includes all the material you need to successfully teach Reducing the Risk

RTRworks! is also looking for school administrators who can help them find qualified teachers for this project, and, if needed, give approval for teachers to participate. If you are a superintendent or principal, or in any way responsible for the curricula used in your district, please review the material on this website.


May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

It's not to late to plan how your organization will promote May as National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month (NTPPM)? Observed each May by states and communities throughout the country, NTPPM seeks to involve communities in promoting and supporting effective teen pregnancy prevention initiatives. Visit the National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month page on the MOAPPP website for resources and ideas.


May 5, 2010
The National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Hundreds of thousands of teens nationwide are expected to participate in the ninth annual National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy on May 5, 2010. For ideas on promoting the National Day, please visit the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy page on the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy website.


ETR Launches Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative Resource Center

The ETR Associates has launched a new Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative Resource Center. This website includes a product comparison grid for choosing ETR's evidence-based sexual health programs, curriculum information pages with evidence summaries, sample lessons and helpful tools for program selection, a useful Q and A on the grant-writing process from ETR's own successful grant guru, as well as BDI logic models, white papers and much more. To visit the TPPI Resource Center, go to www.etr.org.

In the News

Wisconsin DA Threatens Teachers with Arrest for Teaching Comp Sex Ed

In Juneau County, Wisconsin, District Attorney Scott Southworth has declared war on the Wisconsin state law that lays out requirements for sex education. For more information, visit www.siecus.org.

Keep up with this and other sex ed breaking news! Become a fan of the Coalition for Responsible Sex Ed on Facebook! MOAPPP is a founding member of the Coalition for Responsible Sex Ed.

New Resources

Youth in Foster Care: New Publications for Professionals and Youth

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy recently published four publications geared toward professionals working with youth in foster care and for foster care youth themselves.

  • Effective Planning for Child Welfare Leaders to Help Prevent Teen Pregnancy
    This document (PDF) provides guidance to child welfare agency leaders and their teams about making decisions and developing effective programs for youth most likely to get pregnant and have children.
  • It's Your Responsibility to Talk to Youth: Pregnancy Prevention for Youth in Foster Care
    This tool is designed for caregivers and service providers to raise awareness; suggest ways to approach sex, pregnancy, and sexually transmitted infections with youth; and provide resources.
  • A Crucial Connection: Working Together to Address Teen Pregnancy Among Youth in Foster Care
    This nine minute long DVD features teens and young adults speaking candidly about their experiences with the foster care system as well as various professionals discussing why it is important to address teen pregnancy among youth in foster care. Read more here.
  • It's Your Call: Make the Right Decision for You
    This brochure is for youth in foster care and it is designed to help you think carefully about sex, health, and relationships. It provides resources that will give you support and information that will help you when making important decisions about your life.

The Core Components of Supportive Housing for Pregnant and Parenting Teens

Healthy Teen Network and Child Trends have developed two resources on the core components of supportive housing—a resource defining and detailing what the core components include and a report on findings from the field based on a national survey, phone interviews and case studies: The Core Components of Supportive Housing for Pregnant & Parenting Teens: Findings and The Core Components of Supportive Housing for Pregnant & Parenting Teens: Findings from the Field. The identification of the core components provides guidance for supportive housing programs to meet the needs of pregnant and parenting teens by providing the supports and resources needed to help them succeed.


Healthy Relationships and Teen Dating Violence

Read what teens have to say about dating violence at A Healthy Conversation about Teen Relationships. Stayteen.org is a website for teens about relationships, dating violence and sex from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.


Is Your Program in the Healthy Teen Network Young Families Directory?

Healthy Teen Network is currently updating its Young Families Directory: Programs and Services for Pregnant and Parenting Teens. This directory is available online to members, and provides a listing of services and programs for pregnant and parenting teens. Please complete this survey before May 21 to be included in the latest round of directory updates.

New Research

"Girls Take Charge": A Community-Based Participatory Research Program for Adolescent Girls

This study demonstrated how community-based participatory research (CBPR) can be used to produce community change and change in knowledge among adolescent females. The objectives were for adolescent females to learn the CBPR process, implement a community health change project and build capacity by engaging community agencies.


Childhood Sexual Abuse in Males and Subsequent Risky Sexual Behavior

This study found that childhood sexual abuse (CSA) influences risky sexual behavior and that more severe CSA may lead to elevated sexual risk indices. These results highlight the need for adequate assessment and early interventions in order to mitigate the effects CSA may have on subsequent alcohol use and risky sexual behavior.


Recalculating the Unintended Adolescent Pregnancy Rate

According to a new report (PDF) from the Guttmacher Institute, earlier estimates of unintended teen pregnancy rates have been underreported. Unintended pregnancy rates typically include all women in the denominator. This understates adolescent rates, since 73 percent of adolescents are not sexually active. When rates are recalculated including only sexually active people, women 15–19 have the highest rates, arguing for a continued focus on adolescents in efforts to reduce unintended pregnancy.


Male Reproductive Control of Women Who Have Experienced Intimate Partner Violence

Male reproductive control—which takes place when a woman’s partner imposes his reproductive intentions on her through intimidation, threats or actual violence—occurs frequently among women who have experienced intimate partner violence. Study participants encountered a range of controlling behaviors by their partners in an effort to get them pregnant, including refusal to use condoms, indifference toward her risk of unintended pregnancy from unprotected sex, forced or unwanted intercourse, and violent rape. The authors recommend that providers assess their patients in order to identify women who may need to hide their contraceptives from their partner, conduct prenatal care and abortion counseling in private, and ask questions designed to ascertain if anyone is pressuring the woman either to terminate or continue a pregnancy. Read the full report (PDF).

MOAPPP Events

MOAPPP Annual Conference

Join us for our Pre-Conference Institute: Practical Tips for Engaging Teen Dads on Wednesday, May 5 and for our 19th Annual Conference on Thursday and Friday, May 6 and 7. Practical, informative, inspirational, entertaining—this conference has it all! Featuring national experts, more than two dozen workshops, a wide array of exhibits, evidence-based principles and networking opportunities. Visit the conference page now—there's still time to register!

Note: The Surgeon General expressed her regrets that her schedule does not permit her to attend this year's conference. Her office indicated that she hopes to be asked again next year!


May 7, 2010
University of Minnesota John Money Lecture with Dr. Jocelyn Elders

4:30 p.m.
Mayo Auditorium
425 Delaware St SE, Minneapolis

Former U.S. Surgeon General, Joycelyn Elders, MD, will deliver a lecture on "Revolutionizing Our Sexually Dysfunctional Society: Are Americans Ready to Talk, Listen, and Learn?" She will discuss the public health issue of sexual health and the fundamental changes required to move our society forward. This lecture is the inaugural event of the John Money Lecture in Pediatric Sexology hosted by the University of Minnesota's Program in Human Sexuality. For more information and directions to Mayo Auditorium, please visit the University's website.


June 22-23, 2010 - Duluth
July 13-14, 2010 - Winona

It's That Easy! Parent Educator Training

Duluth
June 22-23, 2010
8:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Building for Women
32 East 1st Street, Duluth

Winona
July 13-14, 2010
8:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., July 13
10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., July 14
Winona County Community Health Services
60 West Third Street, Winona

If you work with parents/caregivers of children aged birth to 18, you are in a unique position to support them in their critical role as sexuality educators for their children. However, sexuality is not always easy to discuss. Come learn tools and techniques to engage parents/caregivers in developmentally appropriate approaches to raising sexually healthy children. Participants receive the It's That Easy! resource manual, a comprehensive guide designed to help you work with parents in your community.

For more information and to register, see the flyer and registration form (PDF).

Click here to register online for Duluth.

Click here to register for Winona.

Questions? Contact Jocelyn at 651-644-1447 x19, jocelyn@moappp.org.


July 20-22, 2010
Safer Choices: Training of Educators
NOTE: CHANGE OF DATE

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., July 20 & 21
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., July 22
Minnesota Department of Education
1500 Highway 36 West, Roseville

Safer Choices is an evidence-based curriculum taught over two consecutive years, 10 lessons in 9th grade (Level One) and 10 lessons in 10th grade (Level Two). Safer Choices involves teachers, parents, and community members to have a positive influence on adolescents' decisions regarding sex and help them feel supported in making healthy choices. In addition to the highly interactive training, each participant receives a copy of the Safer Choices curriculum, student workbooks and activity kit.

For more information and to register, see the flyer and registration form (PDF). Click here to register online. Registration scholarships are available. Questions? Contact Jill at 651-644-1447 x18, jill@moappp.org.

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 2010. For additional information, visit www.coalitionforsexed.org.

No Coalition events in May.

Other Events

May 14, 2010
Sexual Violence Prevention Network Meeting (and Videoconference):
Comprehensive Sex Ed: Why it Matters to the Work We are Doing

10:50 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Snelling Office Park
1645 Energy Park Drive, St. Paul

Preventing sexual violence is an effort with multiple strategies. Creating sexually healthy environments for our children and youth means ensuring that they have the best and most reliable information about healthy sexuality. For several years in Minnesota, policy has been proposed that would enhance the education that happens in public schools regarding sexuality, sexual health, and pregnancy prevention. This year, for the first time, the proposed policy language referred to sexual violence prevention as a goal of effective comprehensive sexual health education. There is evidence to support that parents want their children to have good sexuality information; that a comprehensive approach is responsible and respectful of youth; and that children are not hearing these messages at home or in other settings. The goal of the presentation is to give participants the language to engage in productive conversation about the role of sex ed in preventing sexual violence.

For more information on videoconference sites and other details about the Sexual Violence Prevention Network Meeting, click here.


Save the Date
July 26-28, 2010

2010 Summer Institute on Adolescent Health: Positive Pathways to Prevent Youth Violence

A public health lens sees that no single strategy prevents youth violence. Rather, prevention requires long-term commitment to a full spectrum of strategies. What should these be? More punishment? Indifference to the problem? The evidence calls us to move beyond these responses; social justice demands a reorientation of priorities. Mark your calendars today. More information will be forthcoming. For more information, please see the flyer (PDF).