The University of Texas Prevention Research Center

November 21, 2011

UTPRC Activities

The UTPRC would like to wish you and your family a very happy and safe Thanksgiving Holiday!

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

Child TrendsTwo Generations in Poverty Webinar

Tuesday, December 6, 2011 2:30-3:30 PM EST

As the merits of alternative measures of poverty are debated, a new Child Trends report -to be released November 29 – calls attention to the pervasive effects of poverty on parents and their children. In Two Generation in Poverty: Status and Trends among Parents and Children in the United States, Child Trends reports on the disproportionate impact of poverty on parents and children, particularly those in single-mother families. Click on the above link to register.

In the News

In the NewsTeen Pregnancy Low in ‘Sleepover’ Country of the Netherlands

The Washington Times, November 20, 2011

Author Amy Schalet, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, compares sex education in America to the sex education in the Netherlands in her her new book “Not Under My Roof: Parents, Teens and the Culture of Sex”. Click on the above link to read just one way these two countries differ.

Latest Research

CDCU.S. Teen Birth Rates Drop a Dramatic 9% in 2010

Hamilton BE, Martin JA, Ventura SJ, Division of Vital Statistics. (2011). Births: Preliminary Data for 2010

The U.S. Teen birth rate declined 9% in 2010 and is now at the lowest level ever reported, according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). The 9% drop is the steepest one-year decline since 1946/1947. Other findings include:

  1. Birth rates declined for teens of all ages
  2. Birth rates also declined for all racial/ethnic groups
  3. The national teen birth rate fell to 34.3 births per 1,000 girls aged 15-19 in 2010

Click on the above link to read the full preliminary report.

Latest Research

The Texas Freedom NetworkReport Shows Big Increase in Public Schools Teaching Abstinence-Plus Sex Ed

Texas Freedom Network. (2011). Sex Education in Texas Public Schools: Progress in the Lone Star State

A new Texas Freedom Network Education Fund (TFNEF) study shows a big increase over the past three years in the percentage of Texas school districts teaching about contraception along with abstinence in sex education classes. The analysis shows that 25.4 percent of the 677 school districts responding to the survey (out of the more than 1,000 districts across the state) used abstinence-plus curricula for sex education in the 2010-11 school year. Click on the above link to read the report.

Funding Opportunities

Funding OpportunitiesBJ’s Foundation Community Support Grants

Deadline: January 7, 2012

The mission of the BJ’s Foundation is to enhance and enrich community programs that primarily benefit children and families. Grants are awarded to organizations which promote the safety, security and well being of children and families, support education and health programs, provide community service opportunities, and aid in hunger and disaster relief. Support will be given to nonprofits that work on providing healthcare to those who would not normally have access. Funding will be disbursed to agencies providing supplies to free medical clinics, health prevention services, as well as supplies for vision, dental and hearing screenings.

Tools You Can Use

Get Yourself TestedFree GYT Materials Available!

As part of efforts to improve the Get Yourself Tested (GYT) campaign each year, the GYT mailing list is undergoing a complete overhaul. If your health center, clinic or organization is interested in receiving free GYT materials for National STD Awareness Month in April and being included in other special promotions, sign up to join the GYT campaign by clicking on the above link. Even if you have received a GYT kit before, you must sign up to ensure that you will be included in the 2012 mailing distribution. It’s fast, it’s easy! Join the GYT campaign!

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