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Teenwise Minnesota December 2011 E-Monthly

Teenwise Minnesota Announcements

Meet Teenwise Minnesota's New Staff Member...David Kurtzon

We are pleased to announce that David Kurtzon has joined the Teenwise staff as a Program Manager. David comes to us from West Suburban Teen Clinic where he has been a health educator for the past four years. David brings his passion for young people, strong training and education skills and a great sense of humor to the job. David has a Master's in Public Health and is eager to bring his vision and leadership to the organization. You can reach David at david@teenwisemn.org or 651-644-1447 x19. Please join us in welcoming him to Teenwise!

Commemorate Teenwise Minnesota's 20th Anniversary Today!

This year, Teenwise Minnesota celebrated its 20th anniversary. That's right, over 20 years of making real change right here in Minnesota! And while our anniversary celebration is coming to a close with the calendar year, we invite you to take this last opportunity to honor this milestone by supporting Teenwise with a year-end gift.

By making a fully tax-deductible donation to Teenwise Minnesota today, you'll not only receive the tax deduction for this calendar year but you'll ensure that Teenwise will be able to continue to change teens' lives for many years to come. For more information about the scope of our work, review our 2010 Annual Report (PDF).

Click here to make a difference for Minnesota's youth today!

Let's Party! Join Us in Planning Our 2012 Benefit Event!

Benefit 2011We need your help! We are looking for committed individuals to help plan our 2012 Teenwise Minnesota Benefit Event. Committee members help plan event logistics, secure in-kind donations, recruit volunteers and ensure that the event runs smoothly. This is a great way to support our work, network and meet new people...and have fun in the process!

The first committee meeting will be held in the beginning of January. For more information about this opportunity, please view our posting on our Volunteer Match page or contact Katie Welch at katie@teenwisemn.org.

Amazon.com and Holiday Gift Giving

Amazon.comIt's that time of year again! Why not give holiday gifts that also give back? Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list this season at Amazon.com Gift Central. Link to amazon.com by way of Teenwise Minnesota's website and Teenwise Minnesota will receive a generous percentage of the sale. A link to amazon.com appears on the left-side navigation bar on every page of Teenwise Minnesota's website for your convenience. Remember to make all of your amazon.com purchases through Teenwise Minnesota!

Congratulations, Brigid Riley!

Teenwise StaffOn Friday, December 2, 2011, former Teenwise Minnesota Executive Director, Brigid Riley, was awarded the Betty Hubbard Maternal and Child Health Leadership Award, by the Department of Health and the Maternal and Child Health Advisory Task Force. Brigid was honored for her statewide leadership and advocacy on behalf of mothers, children and adolescents in Minnesota. Teenwise couldn't be more proud of Brigid as she receives this well-deserved honor!

Pictured from left to right: Lorie Alveshere, former Teenwise Policy Director, Katherine Meerse, Board President, Katie Welch, Development Director, Brigid Riley, former Executive Director, Charissa Osborn, Operations Manager, Marilyn Colby Rivkin, Interim Executive Director.

Call for Exhibitors for Teenwise Minnesota's 2012 Conference, May 3-4, 2012

Teenwise MN Annual ConferencePlease join us as an exhibitor for Teenwise Minnesota's Annual Conference, May 3-4, 2012 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center. The Teenwise Minnesota Conference convenes approximately 350 social service and health care providers, educators, advocates, program directors and youth who work to promote adolescent sexual health, prevent adolescent pregnancy, HIV and STIs, and support pregnant and parenting teens in Minnesota. Visit the Conference page of the Teenwise Minnesota website for more information and an application.

For Youth

LGBTQ Pregnancy Project

Are you LGBTQ? Have you ever been or are you currently pregnant? Are you between the ages of 18 and 25? Rainbow Health Initiative is conducting interviews with female-born LGBTQ youth and young adults to learn more about their pregnancy experiences. Eligible participants will take part in a one hour, face-to-face interview and be paid $25. For more information, contact Rachel Fletcher, Research Project Coordinator at 612-590-1490 or rachel.fletcher@rainbowhealth.org.

In the News

U.S. Teen Birth Rate Drops a Dramatic Nine Percent in 2010

The U.S. teen birth rate declined nine percent in 2010 and is now at the lowest level ever reported, according to data released November 17, 2011 by the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). The nine percent drop is the steepest one-year decline since 1946-1947. Other findings from the new NCHS data include:

  • Birth rates declined for teens of all ages. The rate for teens 15-17 declined 12 percent in 2010 and has fallen 55 percent from its peak in 1991. The birth rate for teens 18-19 declined nine percent in 2010; 38 percent lower than in 1991.
  • Birth rates also declined for all racial/ethnic groups. Among teens 15-19, the birth rate declined nine percent in 2010 for white and African American teens, 12 percent for Hispanic and American Indian teens and 13 percent for Asian/Pacific Islander teens.
  • The national teen birth rate fell to 34.3 births per 1,000 girls aged 15-19 in 2010, down from 37.9 in 2009 and 61.8 in 1991 when the teen birth rate was at its peak.

Visit www.cdc.gov to read the full 2010 birth report.

Real Education for Healthy Youth Act

On November 2, 2011, Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) introduced the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act (HR 3324, S. 1782), a new bill that lays out a comprehensive, age-appropriate and holistic vision for sex education policy in the United States. The bill currently has 32 cosponsors in the House and six cosponsors, including Senator Al Franken (D-MN) in the Senate. It has been referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Education and the Workforce. For more information, visit www.siecus.org.

New Resources

Get Yourself Tested 2012 Kit Now Available

The Get Yourself Tested (GYT) campaign is a youthful, empowering social movement to reduce the spread of STDs among young people through information; open communication with partners, health care providers and parents; and testing and treatment as needed. If your health center, clinic or organization is interested in receiving free GYT materials for National STD Awareness Month in April and other special promotions, please join the GYT campaign today. If you've received a GYT kit in the past, please sign up again to ensure that you are included in the 2012 mailing.

Preventative Medicine Supplement on HPV and Adolescents

Preventative Medicine's October 2011 supplement, in collaboration with The Journal of Adolescent Health, addresses HPV and teens, including HPV-associated cancers, the epidemiology of HPV, prevention strategies and vaccination delivery.

A Day in The Life of LGBTQ Teens

This video from Answer was created as part of their newest online workshop for professionals: LGBTQ Issues in Schools. This workshop is intended for professionals who work with young people and need support and information about LGBTQ issues and teens. The video is one of many videos, games, interactive activities and provocative case studies that make up this six-hour workshop. View the video here.

New Research

New Journal Articles on Teen Pregnancy Prevention

The Journal of Applied Research on Children is an open-access and peer-reviewed online journal that is uniquely focused on the needs of children through a holistic lens. Their most recent issue is focused on teen pregnancy prevention and contains informative and thought provoking articles and commentary by leaders in the field.

Adolescent Mothers' Postpartum Contraceptive Use

Effective contraceptive use among first-time adolescent mothers can reduce the risk of a rapid repeat pregnancy and associated negative maternal and child health outcomes. Many adolescent mothers begin using a highly effective method after delivery; however, their rates of contraceptive discontinuation are high. The authors of this study in Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health found that use of contraceptives, particularly injectables, IUDs and implants, increased postpartum. Reasons for this improvement included improved clarity of intention to avoid pregnancy and improved contraceptive knowledge, support and access after delivery. However, this increased access often did not continue long after delivery, and levels of method switching were high. Among the barriers to postpartum contraceptive use was lack of information and parental support, as well as the loss of Medicaid and continuity of care. Ongoing follow-up may help reduce adolescent mothers' risk of contraceptive discontinuation postpartum. Increasing use of long-acting methods also may help reduce their vulnerability to gaps in contraceptive use and discontinuation.

Abstinence-Only Education and Teen Pregnancy Rates: Why We Need Comprehensive Sex Education in the U.S.

The United States ranks first among developed nations in rates of both teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. In an effort to reduce these rates, the U.S. government has funded abstinence-only sex education programs for more than a decade. Using the most recent national data from all U.S. states with information on sex education laws or policies, this study shows that increasing emphasis on abstinence education is positively correlated with higher teenage pregnancy and birth rates. This trend remains significant after accounting for socioeconomic status, teen educational attainment, ethnic composition of the teen population and availability of Medicaid waivers for family planning services in each state.

Two New Articles About Minnesota Teachers and Sexuality Education!

Pro-Choice Resources, in collaboration with The University of Minnesota's Prevention Research Center, recently published two articles related to Minnesota teachers' implementation of sexuality education.

  • "Beyond the Call of Duty: A Qualitative Study of Teachers' Additional Responsibilities Related to Sexuality Education." Read the abstract from American Journal of Sexuality Education here.
  • "Policies, Principals and Parents: Multilevel Challenges and Supports in Teaching Sexuality Education" Read the abstract or download the article from Sex Education here.

Parent-Based Interventions May Expand Options for Effective Sex Education

An intervention that combined two sex education programs of proven effectiveness—one parent-focused and the other adolescent-focused—was found to be no more likely to delay first sex among inner city youth than either program alone, but appeared to offer other benefits. Each mother-adolescent pair was assigned to one of three programs: parent-focused, adolescent-focused or combination. In surveys completed a year after their participation, youth from the three groups reported similar increases in first sex since the start of the study. Youth in the two groups with a parent component, however, were more likely to report that their mother had talked with them about delaying sex and less likely to report that they had participated in activities that lead to risky sexual behaviors. The authors recommend continuing to implement effective sex education programs that directly involve adolescents, and at the same time to conduct further research on how to maximize the effectiveness of parent-based interventions. Read the abstract from Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health here.

Patterns of Chlamydia/Gonorrhea Among New York City High School Students

In 2006, New York City began conducting chlamydia/gonorrhea (CT/CG) education, screening and treatment in public high schools. Authors examined three-year programmatic outcomes and the relationship between sexual activity, screening and CT/GC positivity. Study authors concluded that school screening programs should offer screening to all students regardless of reported sexual activity and that programs should target females and older adolescents. Read the abstract from the Journal of Adolescent Health here.

Teenwise Minnesota Events

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Other Events

December 14, 2011
"Early Learning Counts" Webinar

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. CST

Dr. Michael Jerpbak from Crossroads College and the Minnesota Fathers and Families Network (MFFN) will present "Welcome to Fatherhood! A Webinar for Expecting and New Dads (and those who care about them)." The talk will focus on information on being a new father, and covers child and father development, co-parenting, parenting myths, fears, opportunities and families with special health care needs. To register for this free online event, visit: www.workingfam.org.

January 23-24, 2012
Minnesota Fatherhood and Family Services Summit

Best Western Kelly Inn & St. Cloud Convention Center
St. Cloud, MN

The Minnesota Fathers and Families Network's (MFFN) 9th annual conference will include a pre-conference institute entitled, "Fathers in Families: Diverse Pathways for Reworking Fathering," focusing on research, theory, interventions and discussion about positive fathering. Register here today—early bird registration ends 12/16/11.



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