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HHS OAH Awards Over $86 Million in Teen Pregnancy Prevention Grants

Healthy Teen Network is pleased to share the news that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) has announced more than $86 million in teen pregnancy prevention grants to nonprofit organizations, school districts, universities, and others in the latest funding from the National Evidence-Based Teen Pregnancy Program. Eighty-one new grants will serve more than 291,000 youth each year, in communities with the greatest need. A list of award recipients and an overview of funded grant projects is available on the HHS website.
We know that countless hours of hard work went into first crafting the funding opportunity announcements by HHS staff, and then developing proposals by our colleagues and fellow applicants. Undoubtedly, reviewers faced the tough task of evaluating many worthy proposals. With all of our colleagues’ outstanding innovative work to support and empower youth happening across the country, there was stiff competition for this funding.
We extend our warmest congratulations to the award recipients, and we applaud OAH for its continued investment in the implementation of evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs and funding the development and evaluation of new and innovative approaches. Evidence-based programs are just that—evidence-based, proven to be most effective through rigorous evaluation at reducing teen pregnancy and/or sexual risk-taking behaviors.
Admirably, the HHS Teen Pregnancy Program relies on evidence rather than ideology to provide our nation’s young people with access to medically accurate, age appropriate programs and services that are proven to be effective. And new and innovative programs are cultivated…and evaluated…to be added to the list of programs known to work. This dedication to evaluation and evidence is the best way we can leverage our efforts, sustain our impact, and foster a world where all adolescents and young adults lead healthy and fulfilling lives.

Healthy Teen Network affirms the importance of sustaining this funding as critical to the sexual and reproductive health infrastructure across the country. We look forward to the advances and innovations to come, through this latest round of funding from the National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program.

Healthy Teen Network Awarded Grant for the Rigorous Evaluation of an Innovative Sexual Health App

Healthy Teen Network is thrilled to announce that we have received a Tier 2B award, for the rigorous evaluation of new or innovative approaches to prevent teen pregnancy. We are one of 21 grantees who will be evaluating new interventions for preventing teen pregnancy and related risk behaviors.
Specifically, Healthy Teen Network will implement and rigorously evaluate The Girl Power Project 2.0, a five-year strategy to increase girls’ access to medically accurate, comprehensive, and confidential sexual health information. The goal of The Girl Power Project 2.0 is to put the power of sexual health information, in English and Spanish, in the hands of millions of girls through Crush, an informative youth-engaging mobile application. We will conduct a randomized controlled trial during which we will assess changes in use of effective birth control and clinic utilization for sexual and reproductive health services.

Webinar: Poverty Is Not Destiny and Pregnancy Is Not a Disease

Poverty Is Not Destiny and Pregnancy Is Not a Disease: A Youth 360º Approach to Health & Well-Being

August 4, 2015 - 3:00 pm ET

Healthy Teen Network’s Youth 360° approach to supporting health and well-being among youth emerges from the social-ecological health promotion model, which necessitates a holistic approach to promote health and well-being. We recognize that place matters and believe that we can mitigate the effects of poverty with the right amount and types of support. Join us while we define, discuss, and explore what it means to employ a Youth 360° approach and why we think this approach will be our best bet for ensuring that all young people have an equal opportunity for a long and fulfilling life.

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Resources to Support Evidence-Based Programs and Approaches

The success of your programming depends heavily on how well you plan ahead. There are lots of ways to set up your work, but there are some best practices that can help make sure any project, anywhere gets a strong start.
The Healthy Teen Network Evidence-Based Resource Center provides you with a step-by-step guide to use evidence-based approaches to support your program and/or organizational outcomes. From planning to sustainability, you'll find all the information to support your work, starting with an overview of a 10-step framework to integrate evidence-based approaches, (Getting to Outcomes®). Healthy Teen Network staff can help you prepare to implement evidence-based programs and interventions (EBP, EBI), as well as other promising and innovative sex education curricula programs. See the full list of our program and curricula expertise. Beyond curricula trainings, our highly qualified staff offer a range of training and TA to support the development and evaluation of new and innovative programs using Getting to Outcomes. Contact Mila Garrido Fishbein or complete a Service Request Form for more information.

Healthy Teen Network 2015 Awardees Announced

Healthy Teen Network is excited to announce the recipients of our 2015 Awards! These people and programs include a variety of types of work in different settings, but all share one common--and very important--goal and that is supporting youth so that they can thrive. Read a little more about the awardees below and register for Youth 360°: How & Where Youth Live, Learn, & Play Matters, Healthy Teen Network's 36th Annual National Conference, to hear directly from them when they accept their awards during this event.
Lesley Del Rio
Outstanding Teen Parent Award

After leaving high school to work full-time to make more money, Lesley Del Rio, a first generation Mexican-American young woman, found out she was pregnant. Lesley enrolled at Florence Crittenton, a high school for young mothers that provides on-site child care and support specific to the needs of young mothers. While at school, she held various leadership positions that helped her to identify and develop her passions and strengths. She also became a Colorado Youth Matter CREATE council member, which exposed her to the world of advocacy, and how important it is to advocate for teen parents who do not have the skills to do it for themselves. She identified a need for education within her school and successfully advocated for and created a club focusing on teaching comprehensive sexuality education to teen moms. After graduation, Lesley enrolled in college at the Community College of Denver. In addition to pursuing her education, she was hired as the first of two Youth Advisors at the Colorado Department of Public Health Environment, serving as a youth advisor to state agencies and local organizations on issues related to youth sexual health and youth-adult partnerships. Lesley thinks that sharing her story is important because teen parents are often not exposed to inspiring stories of achievement and stability after becoming pregnant.

Adolescent Centered Environment (ACE) Model, University of Michigan Health System
Outstanding Emerging Innovation
The University of Michigan Health System Adolescent Health Initiative’s (AHI) mission is to optimize adolescent health care by improving provider practice, increasing access to youth-friendly care, advancing research and education, and fostering dynamic partnerships with health care providers, health systems, and youth-serving agencies to promote adolescent health and well-being. AHI developed the Adolescent Centered Environment (ACE) model with support from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, resulting in innovative approaches to improving the quality of services for adolescent patients, enhancing the culture and climate of health care settings, and impacting patient outcomes. The ACE model was developed with input from a multi-disciplinary team of physicians, social workers, public health experts, and youth collaborators from AHI’s Teen Advisory Council. 

Dr. Richard P. Barth
Douglas B. Kirby Adolescent Research Award

Richard P. Barth is Dean, School of Social Work, University of Maryland. He has previously served as a chaired professor at the University of North Carolina and the University of  California at Berkeley. He has co-authored or edited 12 books and more than 200 book chapters and articles. He is a Fellow and President of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare. He currently sits on numerous national research advisory boards including those of the Durham Family Initiative, the California Evidence-Based Practice Clearinghouse, and the Prevention and Family Recover Initiative. Dr. Barth has directed more than 50 studies. He served as Principal Investigator of Berkeley’s Child Welfare Research Center from 1990 to 1996 and as Co-Principal Investigator of the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being, the first national study of child welfare services in the US. He has served as a lecturer and consultant to universities and governments in many states and countries, and has been honored to testify before Congressional and state government sub-committees.

B'More for Healthy Babies
Spirit of Service Award

Led by the Baltimore City Health Department and the Family League of Baltimore City, B'More for Healthy Babies (BHB) brings together communities, organizations, and resources so that every baby might have the best start possible. With each additional year of implementation, the BHB Initiative sees more significant results. One important and very successful BHB initiative is the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative (TPPI), which works to reduce teen births by improving young people’s access to age-appropriate and evidence-based health education, medically appropriate clinical services, and opportunities to engage their communities and grow as civic leaders. Between the start of the TPPI program in 2009 and 2013, teen pregnancies in Baltimore dropped by 30%. BHB's work has also led to significant decreases in 
the infant mortality rate, which dropped to its lowest point ever in Baltimore City in 2012. Up until 2009--the year in which BHB was launched--the City had one of the highest infant mortality rates in the U.S. 

Brandon Scott
Spirit of Service Award
Brandon M. Scott was sworn in as City Councilman for the 2nd District of Baltimore City in 2011. Elected at the age of 27, Brandon is the youngest person ever elected to the new single member district City Council. Brandon’s love and commitment to Baltimore and its citizens is evidenced through his record of service in and out of office. He has led legislative initiatives that created extensive crime data sharing and online reporting of crimes by the Baltimore Police Department, and he has reinstated Council Oversight of the police department to make sure the police department is working for the citizens of Baltimore. Brandon also serves as a mentor to youth in his district and has been an active participant in 300 Men March, a grassroots movement against community violence in Baltimore City.   

On the Road with Healthy Teen Network
The Art of Storytelling

Storytelling has a well-established role in the history of mankind. It has taken many forms and has been applied in many different functions of society. One of these potential functions is in supporting the sustainability of your programs.
Last month, Healthy Teen Network Senior Project Manager Mila Garrido Fishbein partnered with Joan Singson of ETR Associates and Roger Fernandes of the Wisdom of the Elders and Turtle Island Storytellers Network to conduct the training “Verbal Storytelling for Sustainability” for PREP grantees, in Portland, Oregon.

Check out our latest tip sheet, The Art of Storytelling, for more information. 

If you’d like to find out more about using storytelling to support sustainability,
contact Mila Garrido Fishbein or complete a Service Request Form to start the conversation.

Under the Currents Blog Roundup

Missed any of our recent blog posts on Under the Currents? Check out some of these recent posts:

Our Baltimore: Staff Edition
There is a lot more to Baltimore than the Orioles and Old Bay steamed crabs (although both are wonderful). In honor of hosting our annual conference in our hometown, Healthy Teen Network shared some of our favorite places to eat and things to do in Charm City.

Professional Development Should Not Be Sacrificed
We cannot continue treating PD as a luxury; it is an essential part of our work and must be treated as such. We must commit to pursuing PD, scheduling PD, and funding PD so that we can perform at the top of our game now and in the future.

Engaging Teen Fathers
Teen fathers and fathers of children born to teen mothers are often interested in being engaged in the lives of their children, even if they are no longer romantically connected to the mother. There are many reasons they may become disengaged, including policies that disincentivize this behavior, but supporting this population to be engaged fathers is crucial.

Response to NPR Midday with Dan Rodricks, “Teen Pregnancy in Baltimore”
NPR's Midday with Dan Rodricks recently hosted a two-hour conversation on teen pregnancy in Baltimore. For the most part, the show was well presented and balanced, but part of the conversation seemed to throw the hosts a little off. Read President/CEO Pat Paluzzi's thoughts on the show. 

An Intern’s Perspective: A Semester with Healthy Teen Network
Ever wonder what it would be like to intern at Healthy Teen Network? A recent intern shares her personal experience gaining hands-on experience that complemented her classroom learning.
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