May 2003 E-Monthly

May is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

The purpose of Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month is to emphasize strong partnerships between the community and families in helping young people develop responsible and healthy attitudes about sexuality. Check out MOAPPP's website at moappp.org to learn more about activities planned across the state for the month of May.

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National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, May 7, 2003

The primary activity for the National Day is for teens to Take a fun, interactive, confidential, online quiz at www.teenpregnancy.org. Many of you are already planning your activities for this exciting event and we thank you for getting involved.

New Campaign Urges Teens and Adults to Talk Straight About Teen Pregnancy

The Minnesota Department of Health's MN ENABL (Minnesota Education Now and Babies Later) program has launched a new education campaign to raise awareness about what teens and adults can do to prevent teen pregnancy. One of the goals of the campaign is to urge parents to talk straight with their children about the consequences and risks associated with sexual activity.

"We know that if children are taught early how to make healthy decisions and handle peer pressure, they're more likely to avoid risky behavior when they're older," said Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dianne Mandernach. "We need to encourage teens and adults to talk straight with one another so we can prevent young people from making bad choices that can lead to a lifetime of challenges."

Starting this week, teens will be getting the "Say Not Yet to Sex" message through a new series of ads airing on radio stations and in movie theaters. The ads feature teens using creative ways to say "not yet." Through television and radio ads, the "Talk Straight, and I Will Listen" campaign encourages parents and other trusted adults to communicate with teens about this often-difficult topic.

Commissioner Mandernach applauded the grantees and other partners for coming together to prevent teen pregnancy. She specifically acknowledged several partners-including Hennepin County, the Saint Paul-Ramsey County Department of Public Health, and the Minnesota Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy, Prevention and Parenting (MOAPPP)-for joining forces with MN ENABL to pay for the "Talk Straight, and I Will Listen" ad campaign for adults.

"The additional funding provided through this partnership has allowed us to significantly increase our media reach, not just in the Twin Cities but throughout the state," Mandernach said. "Working in unison, we will send a consistent message to Minnesota parents about the importance of talking straight with their children."

www.SayNotYet.com. This Web site provides resources for teens and adults. Teens can go to the Web site for tips on how to say "not yet" to sex. Parents and other concerned adults can go to the Web site for tips, advice and resources for communicating with teens. Handout cards with the most important tips will be available in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong.

Teens and adults are invited to go to www.SayNotYet.com on May 7 to test their knowledge about teen pregnancy.

House and Senate Concurrent Resolutions Introduced in Support of the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

To show support for the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, Senators Joe Lieberman (D-CT) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Representatives Mike Castle (R-DE) and Nita Lowey (D-NY), have introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 18 and House Concurrent Resolution 91. Both resolutions highlight teen pregnancy as a critical issue facing American teens, children, and taxpayers. Both resolutions call on the nation to work to prevent teen pregnancy by encouraging teens to view adolescence as a time for education and growing-up and by focusing on the consequences of early sexual activity. The Senate resolution also calls on the President to issue a proclamation designating May 7, 2003 as National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. For more information, please go to: www.teenpregnancy.org.

Legislative Update

The House and Senate have finished work on major budget bills. The Omnibus bills approved by the House and Senate will now go to conference committees to work out the differences. And there are major differences. This is another opportunity to participate in the process, with calls to conference committee members. Here are some of the major issues MOAPPP and Sex Ed for Life are tracking.

House Acts to Limit Minors Consent; Senate Says No
Under a provision introduced by Mary Ellen Otremba (DFL- Long Prairie), the Minnesota House approved an amendment to the health and human services bill that eliminated minors' access to confidential health care. Providers would still be able to provide treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy, and alcohol and drug abuse on the consent of a patient who is a minor, but cannot extend confidentiality to the treatment. A minor's parent would have access to the medical records. Sen. Sean Nienow [R - Cambridge] introduced a similar amendment in the Senate. It was defeated with the leadership of Sen. Becky Lourey [DFL - Kerrick] and Sen. Sheila Kiscaden [I - Rochester].

House Approves Abstinence-only Curriculum Mandate; Senate Says No
The Minnesota House approved the E-12 education finance bill which included an abstinence-until-marriage curriculum mandate for all school districts. In addition to offering a comprehensive sexual health curriculum to teach about HIV and STD prevention, schools will also have to offer courses or teach health ed sections based on an abstinence-until-marriage curriculum. The bill contains no additional funding for schools to implement this costly new mandate. Throughout the process Sex Ed for Life-MN advocates of comprehensive sexual health education raised their voices to protest the cost of this mandate, along with the fact that this curriculum has never been shown to be effective in delaying sexual activity or reducing HIV, STIs or unplanned pregnancies. The Senate bill includes Sex Ed for Life-backed language that supports comprehensive sexual health education. This is sure to be an issue in conference committee and advocates will once again be needed to contact legislators and encourage them to do the right thing for young people in Minnesota.

Reproductive Health Funds Available

The Anna Lalor Burdick Program will award a small number of grants to fund reproductive education projects that include attention to contraception and pregnancy termination. The project must focus on young women, including young mothers and preteens. Funding interests include grassroots efforts, collaborative efforts, outreach, and innovative initiatives. The grants will range from $10,000 to $50,000 for one year only. Concept paper deadline: May 15, 2003. For more info, visit www.lalorfound.org/tlfalbpguide.html or call Pamela Desrosiers at GMA at (617) 426-7172 ext. 314 or e-mail her at .

A Special Look at "What Works"

Child Trends, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization, recently released a report that offers information on "what works" (and what doesn't work) to improve the lives of our nation's youth. The publication covers seven topic areas, from preventing teen pregnancy to encouraging civic engagement. Each topic area includes a research review and a table that graphically depicts the programs and approaches that are most (and least) likely to succeed in positive adolescent development. For more information, visit www.childtrends.org.

Website of the Month

ReCAPP provides practical tools and information to effectively reduce sexual risk-taking behaviors. Teachers and Health Educators will find up-to-date, evaluated programming materials to help with their work with teens. www.etr.org/recapp/about.htm.

The 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.

Upcoming Activities and Events Index

Upcoming Activities and Events

May 7, 2003, "Talking About It"

You've got one last chance to see the hit theatre piece of the school year! Developed & performed by youth in the Central High School Touring Theatre. The play is about sexuality, sexual violence & teen life today. The performers are doing this one last show in order for their parents, families and friends to have an opportunity to see it. You are also invited...(The buzz: arrive by 6:30 if you want to get in & get a seat!) Black Box Theatre, Lower Level of Central High School, 275 No. Lexington Parkway, Saint Paul.

May 9, 2003, Out for Equity Spring Fundraiser

Saint Paul Public School's Out for Equity Program Invites you to attend it's 2nd annual spring fundraiser. 8:00 p.m., Highland Park High School. Emmy nominated performer Jeffrey Solomon will perform in: "Mother/SON". The Chicago Tribune raves, "Solomon's warm-hearted, semi-autobiographical tour-de-truth depicts the comically complex and wryly evolving relationship of Mindy Levy, a full-time Jewish mother, and gay son Brad". Call 651-523-6322 for tickets!

May 14, 2003, Talking About Sex (or not): The Asian Way, A Challenge for Individuals to Create Hope

9:00 am - 4:30 pm, Red Lion Hotel, St Paul. This training will gather leaders from the various Asian organizations together to become more aware about how teen pregnancy affects the Asian community and to empower or challenge the community leaders and direct service providers to begin the first steps towards changing community norms about sexual violence and teen pregnancy. Featuring Naly Yang, Executive Director, Women's Association of Hmong and Lao, Inc. Asian Roundtable Contacts: May Lee, Health Educator, Face to Face, 651.772.5592, and Vern Xiong, Kev Xaiv Outreach, Lao Family Community and SPRCTPP Key Advisor 651.221.0069, .

May 15, 2003, Respect for Mind, Body and Spirit: Healthy Relations for our Future Generations

8 a.m.- 4 p.m., Earle Brown Continuing Education Center, University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus. Featuring guest speakers: Billy Rogers and Cecilia Firethunder. Cost: $30. Limited number of scholarships available. Includes continental breakfast and lunch. 5 - 11 PM, Feast and Pow-Wow, Northstar Ballroom, University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus. No charge for evening events. For registration information contact Carrie at 651-227-4184 x20. Payment must accompany registration. Pre-registration is required. Deadline to register: May 8, 2003. Event sponsors: Saint Paul Ramsey County Teen Pregnancy Project; Saint Paul Ramsey County Department of Public Health; Minnesota Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy, Prevention & Parenting (MOAPPP); American Indian Collaboration for Youth; Ain Dah Yung; Sexual Offense Services of Ramsey County; Women of Nations; Eagle's Nest Shelter; and American Indian Family Center.

May 20, 2003, "I'm Not Your Average Girl in the Video." Sexual Violence in the Media & the Impact on African American Youth

8:30 am - 4:00 pm, 317 on Rice Park, Downtown Saint Paul. This Gathering for professionals who work with African American youth and families will focus on the linkages between sexual violence, media images and adolescent health. Featuring Mamoud El-Kati, Professor, Macalester College. Ujima Group Contact: Doriscile Everett-O'Neal, Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program, Summit University Teen Center, 651.644.3311, .

May 29, 2003, Summit University Teen Inc. Youth Health Fair

5-8:00 p.m. In the past, the fairs have consisted of youth talent, workshops, information booths and giveaways. Community organizations are needed to have booths and/or to bring youth/families to the event. Childcare will be provided.

May 30, 2003, ¡Alerta! ¡Alerta! Las Decisiones de Hoy son Los Exitos del Mañana

8:30 am - 4:00 pm, Minnesota Department of Health Snelling Office Park. 8:00 am -1:00 pm, Mini-Conference for bilingual professionals who work with Latino youth and families addressing sexual violence, adolescent health and pregnancy prevention. Training will be in Spanish. 1:00 pm -4:00 pm, Latino Resources Review Workshop (limited to 40 participants). Latino Roundtable Contact: Judy Ojeda, Latino Outreach Coordinator, MOAPPP & SPRCTPP Key Advisor 651.644.1447 x13 or .

June 3, 2003, Healthy Generations Newsletter and Videoconference

1:00 - 3:00 PM, Alexandria, Brainerd, Center City, Grand Rapids, Mankato, Marshall, Minneapolis, Moorhead, Rochester, St. Cloud, St. Paul, and Worthington. The May Healthy Generations Newsletter is available at www.epi.umn.edu/mch. A tape of the videoconference will be available for free at the end of June. The newsletter and videoconferences are produced by the Maternal and Child Health Program, Division of Epidemiology, University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Speakers include: Dr. Chuck Oberg, Chair, Maternal and Child Health Major, Division of Epidemiology. Dr. Art Sesma Jr., Applied Developmental Researcher, Search Institute. Luanne Nyberg, MPA, Senior Policy Analyst, Health and Community Initiatives Department, Hennepin County Community Health Department. Minh Ta, Public Policy Director, Children's Defense Fund of Minnesota. Barb Huus, MS, BSN, Director of Healthy Children and Families, Olmsted County Public Health Service. To register for the videoconference or to receive a copy of the newsletter, please contact Jan Pearson at . Find additional information about other MCH/SPH sponsored events on the web at www.epi.umn.edu/mch.

June 14, 2003, Asian Youth Event - CD Release Party

Please note that this date is TENTATIVE. This youth event will educate teens about teen pregnancy prevention and sexual violence, highlighting the release of the music CD created by the Asian workgroup. Location To Be Announced. Asian Roundtable Contacts: May Lee, Health Educator, Face to Face 651.772.5592, and Vern Xiong, Kev Xaiv Outreach, Lao Family Community and SPRCTPP Key Advisor 651.221.0069, .

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