The University of Texas Prevention Research Center

October 11, 2011

Special Event

Let’s TalkOctober is “Let’s Talk” Month

Let’s Talk Month is a national public education campaign celebrated in October and coordinated by Advocates for Youth. Let’s Talk Month is an opportunity for community agencies, religious institutions, businesses, schools, media, parent groups and health providers to plan programs and activities which encourage parent/child communication about sexuality. Click on the above link for resources that help encourage parents to talk to their children about sexuality.

In the News

In the NewsRevamping Sex Education: A New Approach to the Birds and the Bees

The Huffington Post; October 6, 2011

The harsh reality facing many young people in New York is the absence of the vision of a hopeful future and promise in their lives, says Richard Buery, President and CEO of the Children’s Aid Society. Buery suggests a program that more fully serves youth is one that emphasizes an understanding of sexuality including abstinence, puberty, body image, gender and social roles, along with understanding explicit sexual expression issues in an age-appropriate fashion.

Click on the above link to read more about this program.

Latest Research

Journal of the American Medical AssociationMandatory HPV Vaccination and Political Debate

Mandatory HPV vaccination received national attention during a recent debate among Republican presidential candidates. Confused about the arguments made for and against the vaccine during the debate? Click on the above link to read a commentary recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Get the facts on the safety of the vaccine and effectiveness of state mandates.

Funding Opportunities

Funding OpportunitiesCommunity-Campus Partnerships for Health Award

Deadline: January 13, 2012.

Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) is a nonprofit organization that promotes health, broadly defined, through partnerships between communities and institutions of higher education. The CCPH Award is designed to recognize exemplary partnerships between communities and institutions that build on each other’s strengths to improve higher education, civic engagement, and the overall health of communities. The intent of the award is to highlight the power and potential of community-campus partnerships in the social justice field. The award seeks nominations of partnerships that pursue multiple community-campus partnership strategies, involve a full range of partners, and achieve significant outcomes that go beyond a process or a single event.

Tools You Can Use

The Office of Adolescent HealthOffice of Adolescent Health Website

The Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) collects and disseminates information on adolescent health to the public and to health professionals. It works in partnership with other Health and Human Service agencies to support evidence-based approaches to improve the health of adolescents and monitors trends in adolescent health. The OAH website includes resources for parents, researchers, and advocates on issues such as reproductive health, mental health, physical health and nutrition, substance abuse, and healthy relationships. Click on the above link to visit the website.

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