The University of Texas Prevention Research Center

December 7, 2011

Special Event

Healthy People (HP) 2020Healthy People 2020 Webinar on Adolescent Health

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

11:00 – 12:30 pm CST

Healthy People (HP) 2020 is featuring adolescent health on its December 13 webinar. This webinar will:

  • Refresh your understanding of HP 2020 and how to navigate its website
  • Examine the connections between HP 2010 and HP 2020
  • Review the adolescent health topic area objectives
  • Provide a first look at the draft of HP 2020 Adolescent and Youth Adult Health Core Indicators, which are drawn from across all of HP 2020
  • Discuss the important relationships between the health and education sectors for achieving both better health outcomes and student academic success

Click on the above link for more information!

In the News

In the NewsObama on AIDS: ‘We Can Beat This Disease’

Associated Press, December 1, 2011

President Barack Obama announced two initiatives on World AIDS Day, recommitting the U.S. to fighting HIV/AIDS both abroad and domestically. “We can beat this disease,” Obama said at an event in Washington, with former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton participating via satellite. Click on the above link to read more about these initiatives.

Policy Update

checkboxReal Education for Healthy Youth Act

Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) introduced the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act early last month. This legislation would provide young people with the comprehensive sexuality education they need to make informed, responsible, and healthy decisions in order to become sexually healthy adults and have healthy relationships.

The legislation provides comprehensive sexuality education to adolescents and young adults in public schools, communities, and institutions of higher education that –

  1. recognizes the right of young people to information in order to make healthy and responsible decisions about their sexual health
  2. imparts the information they need to know about:
    anatomy and physiology;
    growth and development;
    healthy relationships;
    prevention of unintended pregnancy and STDS, including HIV, through abstinence and contraception
    gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation; and
    protection from dating violence, sexual assault, bullying, and harassment;
  3. is evidence-based or incorporates characteristics of effective programs proven to change sexual behavior in young people;
  4. includes medically accurate and developmentally appropriate information;
  5. promotes educational achievement, critical thinking, decision-making, and self-efficacy;
  6. fosters leadership skills and community involvement;
  7. is culturally and linguistically appropriate;
  8. is inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and heterosexual students; and
  9. builds on the Personal Responsibility Education Program and the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative.
  10. Click on the above link to read the Real Education for Health Youth Act.

Latest Research

PediatricsSending of Sexual Images by Minors Isn’t as Prevalent as Expected, Study Finds

Mitchell KJ. Finkelhor D., Jones LM, and Wolak, J. (2011). Pediatrics; e-ahead of print.

One in 10 children ages 10 to 17 has used a cell phone to send or receive sexually suggestive images, but only 1 in 100 has sent images considered graphic enough to violate child pornography laws, a new study found. Click on the above link to read more.

Funding Opportunities

Funding OpportunitiesEvidence-Based Cancer Prevention Services

Deadline: February 21, 2012

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institutes of Texas (CPRIT) has released a request for applications for at least one of the following control areas: 1) Primary cancer prevention (e.g. vaccine-conferred immunity); 2) Secondary prevention (e.g. screening/early detection for breast, cervical, and/or colorectal cancer); or 3) Tertiary prevention (e.g. survivorship services). Comprehensive projects that include a continuum of services comprised of all or some of the following are preferred: public and/or professional education and training, patient support of behavior modification, outreach, delivery of prevention screening services, follow-up navigation, and survivorship services. Click on the above link for more information.

Tools You Can Use

The Kaiser Family FoundationUpdated Factsheet on the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in the United States

In support of World AIDS Day, which was on December 1st, the Kaiser Family Foundation updated a number of its key resources on the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Click on the above link to get the most up-to-date information on the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in the U.S.

If you have any announcements you would like included in this newsletter, please send them to Belinda Flores at

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