The University of Texas Prevention Research Center

November 15, 2011

UTPRC Activities

In case you missed it…

Researchers at the UTPRC conducted several studies examining trends and factors related to teen pregnancy in Texas. The studies were published in a special issue in the Journal of Applied Research on Children.

Special Event

UT HealthAnnual John P. McGovern Award Lecture Series in Health Promotion

The annual John P. McGovern Award Lecture Series in Health Promotion, sponsored by the UT Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research, will take place November 17 at the UT School of Public Health in Houston at 11:30 AM. The 2011 Award Recipient is Cornelius Baker, Senior Communications Advisor at the FHI 360 Center on AIDS and Community Health and the Senior Policy Advisor for the National Black Gay Men’s Advocacy Coalition. Mr. Baker will present “Protest and Progress – How AIDS Has Transformed Health Care in America (and What’s Next!)”. The event is free to attend. Lunch will be provided for the first 100 attendees. Click on the above link for more information.

In the News

In the NewsCDC Director: Reducing Teen Pregnancy will Reduce ‘Societal Inequality’

The Florida Independent, November 11, 2011

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Thomas Frieden said last week that reducing teen pregnancy should be a major public health priority in the U.S., according to the National Journal. Friedan said teen pregnancy affects health care costs and limits opportunities for young girls. Click on the above link to read what else Frieden has to say about teen pregnancy.

Latest Research

American Association of University WomenNational Study Finds Widespread Sexual Harassment of Students in Grades 7 to 12

Hill C. and Kearl H. (2011). Crossing the Line. American Association of University Women.

Nearly half of 7th to 12th graders experienced sexual harassment in the last school year, according to a recent national study, with 87 percent of those who have been harassed reporting negative effects such as absenteeism, poor sleep and stomachaches. Over all, 48 percent of students surveyed said they were harassed during the 2010-11 school year. Forty-four percent of students said they were harassed “in person” – being subjected to unwelcome comments or jokes, inappropriate touching or sexual intimidation – and 30 percent reported online harassment, like receiving unwelcome comments, jokes or pictures through texts, e-mail, Facebook and other tools, or having sexual rumors, information or pictures spread about them. Click on the link above to read the report.

Funding Opportunities

Funding OpportunitiesImproving Adherence to Treatment Regimens for HIV-Positive Adolescents and Young Adults (RO1)

Deadline: Letter of Intent due January 21, 2012

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development has released a funding opportunity announcement to improve adherence to treatment regimens for HIV-positive adolescents (11-21 years) and young adults (21-24 years). The purpose of the opportunity is to stimulate research projects that will develop, implement, and evaluate new or adapted interventions. Click on the above link for more information.

Tools You Can Use

The Texas HIV/STD Prevention community Planning Group Statewide 2011 HIV/STD Prevention Plan for Texas

The Texas HIV/STD Prevention community Planning Group (TxCPG) recently released the statewide HIV/STD Prevention Plan. This plan informs DSHS and other interested stakeholders about the TxCPG’s recommendations for HIV/STD prevention services in Texas. Five years in the making, the new statewide plan supplants the six regional prevention plans created by the regional planning bodies prior to their dissolution in 2006. The plan is intended to be multi-functional and useful to administrators, community-based organizations, clinicians, health department officials and anyone else with an abiding interest in HIV/STD prevention. Click on the above link to read the plan.

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