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Teenwise Minnesota June 2013 E-Monthly

Teenwise Minnesota Announcements

Be Wise Benefit EventThank You and Event Pictures

Thank you to everyone who attended Teenwise Minnesota's 2013 Be Wise Benefit Event! We were moved to see the room filled with passionate community members who are dedicated to the well-being of teens.

We are proud to announce that this year's benefit event raised $80,000 in support of Teenwise's work to ensure that all of Minnesota's young people are sexually healthy. Simply put, without supporters like you, our work is not possible.

We'd be remiss if we didn't send a special thank you to our "Mary Lee Dayton, Stand up for Teenwise Minnesota!" Award Winners, Sally and George Pillsbury, as well as our emcee, Kadeeja Rivers and musical performer, Ashley DuBose.

Event pictures are currently available on our Facebook page. Please take a minute to check them out, tag yourself or download them to print and keep. Of course, should you have any pictures or videos to share with Teenwise, you can email them to Katie Welch.

Thank you to everyone who has already made a gift to Teenwise Minnesota. If you haven't yet, please consider making a donation in honor of our 2013 Be Wise Benefit Event.

New Teenwise Minnesota Publication Now Available!
Make Sexual Health Education Happen in Your School: A Guide for Advocates and Administrators

This guide (PDF) is based on the work of a coalition called the Minneapolis Urban Initiative (MUI), which formed with the goal of making sexual health education available to middle and high school students in Minneapolis, MN. Coalition members decided to document the coalition's work so that it could serve as a model for making sexual health education part of the educational agenda in other school districts. To that end, this guide is developed to assist educators, advocates, administrators and parents who hope to make sexual health education available in their schools.

Teenwise Minnesota 2013 Training Calendar

This calendar (PDF) reflects Teenwise Minnesota's training and educational opportunities offered during 2013. Detailed program information and registration materials are available on the Teenwise Minnesota website, www.teenwisemn.org, six weeks prior to each event. We invite you to take advantage of these opportunities to gain valuable information, build your capacity to provide effective services and programs and network with other youth serving professionals from around the state.

Teenwise Minnesota Updated Menu of Services

Teenwise Minnesota provides interactive, skills-building trainings to increase the capacity of youth-serving professionals and organizations. As a complement to trainings, customized technical assistance is also available to support program selection, implementation and evaluation. Check out our updated offerings (PDF).

Other Announcements

Healthy Teen Network Unveils New "Road Map"

Healthy Teen Network (HTN) has released the culmination of more than a year of effort in the shape of their 2013-2016 Strategic Plan: Road Map for the Future of Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health. Created with input from thinkers and leaders throughout the field of adolescent sexual health, this three year plan proposes the enhancement of evidence-based interventions through the addition of new and innovative science-based approaches. The promotion of young people's health is examined through the lens of a social-ecological framework, one that recognizes the importance of numerous factors such as food, employment and housing.

For Youth

Ramsey County Youth Survey

Saint Paul-Ramsey County Public Health is looking for young people between the ages of 16 and 21, residing in Ramsey County, to take a short online survey. The survey's purpose is to assist in the creation of a variety of social media tools aimed at disseminating health information to older teens and young adults. To take the survey, click here.

New Resources

Understanding How to Prevent Repeat Teen Births

Approximately 1 in 5 teen mothers in the U.S. give birth to another child within 24 months of their last pregnancy. Such rapid repeat births can damage maternal health, child health, family economic self-sufficiency and other outcomes. For teen mothers, rapid repeat births are correlated with not finishing high school. The federal Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation is overseeing two projects that address this outcome:

  1. The Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness project is a systematic review of the effectiveness of home visiting program models on maternal and child outcomes. The review identified two home visiting models that affect the spacing between births: Nurse Family Partnership and Oklahoma's Community-Based Family Resource and Support Program.
  2. The Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation (MIHOPE) is a national random assignment study looking at the impact selected Mother, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program (MIECHV) models on a range of outcomes. The study will examine whether participation in home visiting programming has impacts on mothers' reproductive health, including their access to contraceptives and spacing of subsequent births. The results of this study will be published in 2017. You can sign up for updates on the project here.

Faith Communities and Teen Pregnancy

Drawing on input from faith leaders across the country, the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy has updated and recreated its resource for faith communities: Tips to Help Faith Leaders and Their Communities Address Teen Pregnancy (PDF). With research indicating that spiritual beliefs and a connection to a community of faith can be protective factors with regards to teen pregnancy, it is of great importance to involve faith leaders in addressing the sexual health challenges faced by adolescents. This resource provides a framework in which to work and a foundation for taking the first steps.

Help Me Succeed

Developed by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential, Help Me Succeed (PDF) is a publication aimed at supporting professionals working with adolescents in foster care. Advice and guidance are provided through a combination of input directly from youth in foster care in Georgia and national research. The result is a resource offering insight into the challenges faced by youth in foster care and knowledge regarding best practices to help promote their sexual health.

Demystifying Data: A Guide to Using Evidence to Improve Young People's Sexual Health and Rights

This new resource (PDF) from the Guttmacher Institute provides a guide to understanding the sometimes complex data surrounding various areas of adolescent sexual health. Going a step further, the publication provides information on practical approaches to applying data in the areas of service delivery and programming, advocacy and sexuality education. It ends with a discussion of thought provoking questions generated by recent data, but not yet answered.

New Research

Disparities in Teen Birth Rates May be Related to Variations in the Context of Teens' Lives

Black and Hispanic teens are substantially more likely than white teens to give birth, and these disparities may be related to differences in teens' family environment, social characteristics and sexual experiences, according to new research published in Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. Results indicate that having a parent who had less than a high school education, living in a family that did not include two biological or adoptive parents, and having a mother who had given birth as a teen were linked to increased odds of teen childbearing. The disproportionate disadvantage of blacks and U.S.-born Hispanics among youth with these characteristics helps account for their relatively high teen birth rates. The authors estimate that if black and U.S.-born Hispanic youth had the same characteristics as whites, their probability of giving birth as teens would fall by more than one-third. The authors point to the need to take cultural differences within teen populations into consideration for future pregnancy prevention research and programming.

Instability During Teen Years May Influence Risky Sexual Behavior

A new analysis examines the relationship between instability in the lives of a sample of sexually active teens and the young people's likelihood of engaging in risky sexual behaviors. According to a new study published in Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, teens' level of individual risk (reflecting substance use, violence perpetration, violence victimization and having witnessed violence) was positively related to the number of sex partners they reported at a six-month follow-up, while extent of family disengagement (encompassing family disconnection, poor family communication and perceived lack of safety at home) was negatively associated with consistent condom use six months later. The authors suggest that directly addressing the individual and social contexts related to risky sexual behavior may help contribute to decreases in teen pregnancy and STDs. They recommend that teen health services include an assessment of teens' individual- and family-level instability, and that health systems address the unique service needs of vulnerable youth.

Characteristics of Sexually Active Teenage Girls Who Would Be Pleased with Becoming Pregnant

The authors of this study, published in the Maternal and Child Health Journal, aimed to investigate factors associated with favorable pregnancy attitudes among teenage girls. Sixteen percent of sexually active teenage girls would be pleased (11% a little pleased, 5% very pleased) if they became pregnant. Participants who had not yet discussed sexual health topics (i.e., how to say no to sexual intercourse or birth control) or had only discussed birth control with a parent were more likely to be very pleased with a teenage pregnancy than participants who had discussed both topics with a parent. Prior pregnancy, racial/ethnic group status, older age and having parents with a high school education or less also increased the odds of being pleased with a teenage pregnancy. Pregnancy prevention efforts can be improved by acknowledging the structural and cultural factors that shape teenage pregnancy attitudes.

Teenwise Minnesota Events

June 27, 2013
What's New in 2013? The State of Adolescent Sexual Health in Minnesota

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota
671 Vandalia Street, St. Paul

"Two-thirds of adolescents...46% of teens...one in six youth..." Understanding current adolescent sexual health data and statistics is a core part of our work as professionals. In this workshop, participants will review the most current statistics on the sexual health of Minnesota youth, including pregnancy, birth and STI statistics, trends in adolescent pregnancy and sexual behaviors, and how Minnesota measures up regionally and nationally. Each participant will gain a basic understanding of current data and statistics and how to use this information in your work to support the sexual health of Minnesota adolescents. Register here today for this FREE event or see the flyer (PDF) for more information!

July 24, 2013
Answering Sensitive Questions: Creating a Safe Space for Youth

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Center for Changing Lives
2400 Park Avenue South, Minneapolis

Sensitive questions about sexuality—it's an area of anxiety, discomfort and fear, both for young people and for educators. What is sensitive to one educator may not be sensitive to another, but most of us look for guidance on how to best answer those questions beyond our comfort zone. In this dynamic and innovative workshop, participants learn best practices for answering sensitive questions, gain the confidence necessary to handle questions that arise and in so doing, increase their ability to create a safe, open and effective learning environment for youth. For more information, see the flyer and registration form (PDF). Click here to register online. Questions? Contact Jill Farris at 651-289-1381 or jill@teenwisemn.org.

Other Events

June 6, 2013
Webinar: Working with Parents with Substance Abuse and/or Mental Illness

8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. CT

Parents who struggle with chemical health issues and/or mental illness, like other parents, want what is best for their children.  Webinar presenters will discuss strategies for having the challenging conversations to acknowledge these concerns in the context of the home visiting relationship. Get more information and register here.

June 11, 2013
Free Webinar: A Risk Made Real: An Evidence-Based Approach to Addressing Risk in Contraception

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CT

This webinar, presented by James Trussell, PhD, will enable participants to assess factors that influence patients' perceptions of risk; define absolute risk, attributable risk, relative risk, and odds ratio; explain the differences, advantages and disadvantages of descriptive studies, observational studies, and prospective studies and demonstrate effective risk communication strategies. Get more information and register here.

June 12-14, 2013
2013 HIV/AIDS/STDs and Human Sexuality Annual Conference

Kansas City Airport Hilton
Kansas City, Missouri

This year's conference includes workshops and speakers on a diverse range of topics, including trends in sexuality education, the National Sexuality Education Standards, sex trafficking and advocating for comprehensive sexual health education. For more information and to register, please click here.

June 13-14, 2013
MN Public Health Association Annual Meeting
Health in All Policies: Creating Health Equity

The Commons Hotel
Minneapolis, MN

This conference will feature Dr. Adewale Troutman, MD, MPH and APHA President, as well as examples of implementing health in all policies from Minnesota and other states, a reception and opportunities for networking
For more information, visit mpha.net.

June 26, 2013
Using Circle, Teaching Health and Working with LGBTQ Youth

Minneapolis Davis Center

Teaching health and working with young adults requires attention to creating a safe caring space for all students to ask questions, share concerns, make mistakes, laugh and learn. The Circle process provides safety, and the students will provide the rest. This experiential workshop is developed with health teachers, sexuality educators, student support staff and Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) advisors in mind.

Special for Health Teachers! $10 per Workshop, includes Lunch (in lieu of $65)! Register under "Scholarships." Click here to register.

July 29-August 1, 2013
2013 Summer Institute in Adolescent Health
Seeking, Striving, Succeeding: Sexual Health for Emerging Adults

Amherst H. Wilder Center, St. Paul

During the 2013 Summer Institute in Adolescent Health, consider trends and influences on sexual behaviors among emerging adults. Visit settings that are successfully addressing sexual health among young adults. Talk with young adults, program leaders, health providers and educators who are committed to improving sexual health services. Learn strategies for assuring supportive environments, sustaining authentic relationships, and providing services that are responsive to the uniqueness of this life stage. Gain new skills to effectively advocate for the sexual health of emerging adults. For more information, visit www.nursing.umn.edu.

September 10, 2013
Save the Date: 2013 Reproductive and Sexual Health Update
Continuing Education Center of the University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus

Mark your calendar and join us for this annual event which brings you the latest in reproductive health practice, research and technology! Two keynote speakers have been confirmed. Jan Ray, who led a workshop last year, will be the keynote providing the latest research and technology in birth control. Bradley Stoner will return to do the STI keynote. Watch for more details in the coming months by visiting www.hcet.org.



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