The University of Texas Prevention Research Center

November 28, 2011

UTPRC Activities

The UTPRC CAG meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 7th from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm in room 1505c (15th floor) of the UTHealth University Center Tower (7000 Fannin, Houston, TX 77030). Parking will be validated and lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Cindy Perez at by close of business this Friday, so that we can plan accordingly.

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

sex-n-moneyFilm Screening of Sex+Money: A National Search for Human Worth

Tuesday, November 29, 2011 7:00 pm
University of Houston, Houston Room
University Center

Sex+Money: A National Search for Human Worth is a documentary about domestic minor sex trafficking and the modern-day abolitionist movement fighting to stop it. Since September 2009, the crew has traveled to over 30 states and conducted more than 75 interviews with federal agents, victims, politicians, activists, psychologists, porn-stars, among others. A screening of the film will take place at the University of Houston, followed by a panel of local experts and service providers to discuss the issue of domestic minor sex trafficking locally. Admission is free. Click on the above link for more information.

In the News

In the NewsTeaching Good Sex

The New York Times Magazine, November 16, 2011

Laurie Abraham takes a close-up look at a sex education program in a private school in Pennsylvania. This inside-the-class report, focuses on a 12th grade class that embraces sexuality as a “force for good” – even for teenagers. Click on the above link to read the insider report.

Latest Research

CDCAbortion Surveillance – United States, 2008

Pazol K. et al. (2011). Surveillance Summaries, 60(SS15); 1-41.

Since 1969, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has conducted abortion surveillance to document the number and characteristics of women obtaining legal induced abortions in the US. In the most recent report, the total number and rate of reported abortions essentially did not change from 2007-2008 after having decreased steadily. Click on the above link to read the report.

Funding Opportunities

Funding OpportunitiesWilliam T. Grant Foundation

Deadline: Letter of Inquiry, Jan. 5, 2012

The William T. Grant Foundation is accepting Letters of Inquiry for its Investigator Initiated Grants program. The program is designed to support high-quality research projects that address the foundation’s current research interests: enhancing our understanding of how youth settings work, how they affect youth development, and how they can be improved; and why, how and under what conditions research evidence is used in policy and practice that affect youth, and how its use can be improved. Click on the above link for more information.

Tools You Can Use

The National Coalition of STD DirectorsMaterials from the NCSD Congressional Briefing on Adolescent Sexual Health Available

On November 10, 2011, the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) held a Congressional Briefing entitled “Getting Through the Teen Years: Preventing Teen Pregnancy and STDs/HIV” to address the state of adolescent health and the importance of federal investments that provide teens with the tools to safely navigate adolescence and prepare for a healthy adulthood. Materials from the briefing are now available. Click on the above link to access the materials.

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