The Second Annual Statewide Conference on Teen Pregnancy Prevention, sponsored by the Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, will be held this Thursday, October 20th. This year’s theme is: “Teen Pregnancy in Texas: A Winnable Battle”. Speakers include representatives from Advocates for Youth, University of Texas Prevention Research Center, The Center for Adolescent Health, and the Texas Freedom Network. The conference is free to attend, but pre-registration is required. It is not too late to register! Click on the above link for more information!
October is Let’s Talk Month! Every year, sex education providers and advocates use this month to encourage and help parents in their roles as the primary communicators about sex and sexual health to their young people. In conjunction with this year’s Let’s Talk Month, Planned Parenthood is offering a special Family Communication workshop for parents and their young people Saturday, October 22, 2011 from 10 AM to noon at Prevention Park, 4600 Gulf Freeway. Please complete the registration for the event by clicking the above link. Registration closes at noon October 21. For more information please contact email@example.com.
In the News
USA Today; October 13, 2011
Sexually active teens are using condoms more often but inconsistently, according to a federal survey released last Wednesday that asked its largest-ever sample of teens about their sex lives. The data, based on in-person interviews with 4,662 never-married teens ages 15-19, were collected by the National Center for Health Statistics in 2006-2010. Click on the above link to read more about the study.
Chaurvedi AK, Engels EA, Hernandez BY, et al. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2011.
The human papillomavirus is contributing to the growing number of head and neck cancers in the United States, according to a new study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The study found that the number of cases of oropharyngeal cancer – cancers of the tonsil, back of the mouth (throat), and base of the tongue – has been on the rise since the mid-1980s. Researchers believe approximately 70% of all oropharyngeal cancers are caused by HPV infection. Click on the above link to read a summary of the study published on CNN The Chart.
Office Depot Foundation Grants
The Office Depot Foundation is accepting application on a monthly basis for grants that make a difference in children’s lives, build communities, or provide disaster relief. Libraries, schools, and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply.
Tools You Can Use
The Kaiser Family Foundation has released a new issue brief that reviews the health risks facing adolescents today, their access to health services and federal and state policies that affect health services for adolescents. Click on the above link to review this new issue brief.
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