The University of Texas Prevention Research Center

September 6, 2011

CAG Member Spotlight

Jorge Cruz, UTPRCJorge Cruz

Jorge Cruz has recently been hired as a Research Assistant at the University of Texas Prevention Research Center where he works primarily in the areas of community engagement, social media and information technology. Jorge joined the CAG in December 2009 and currently serves as one of our National Community Committee (NCC) representatives. Jorge says that his favorite thing about his job is the opportunity to grow professionally and personally alongside other great people while working towards a mission that is important to him personally. Jorge’s perfect Sunday would be spent having fun with his wife, Maribel, and son, Little Jorge. Jorge says that “one thing he cannot live without” is music because the sounds, beats, lyrics and rhythms are what bring peace to his mind.

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Special Event

Teen Scene InvestigatorsTSI Members Serve as Peer Ambassadors

This summer three members from our Teen Scene Investigators (TSI) program in Aldine interned as Youth Engaged in Assets (Y.E.A.) Peer Ambassadors with the Houston Department of Health and Human Services’ Houston Healthy Adolescent Initiative (HHAI). As Y.E.A. Ambassadors, Yoselin Salinas, Avelino Salinas, and Madelyn Toledo received training on leadership, public speaking, service learning, and the media. The TSI teens, along with their colleagues, developed games and activities for youth that they later used to lead activities at Y.E.A. booths and workshops. For example, they participated with the HISD back to school fair where they lead activities with parents and youth. As part of their work as ambassadors, the teens also participated in community service food programs. One of the programs was at Way Station at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church where they helped serve a hot breakfast to the hungry and homeless in that area. The teens also volunteered to help people access their mail service and bus service, and distributed toiletries to others. TSI member Yoselin Salinas said it was their first time to carry out such activities and “it was a great learning experience”.

Special Event

Link Up Greater HoustonLink Up Greater Houston

October 1; 8:00 am – 3:00 pm.

4800 Calhoun Rd, Houston TX, 77004

Link Up Greater Houston is an opportunity to unite the community to improve the lives of all youth in Greater Houston. The conference is for youth, parents, educators, school leaders, faith communities, youth workers, business and community leaders, city and state officials, and other stakeholders to learn how the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets can improve our lives and strengthen Houston’s future. Click on the above link to learn more about the conference and to register.

In the News

In the NewsNew Sex Education Program Rolling Out at MISD

NewsWest 9; August 25, 2011

Midland ISD officials said they’re hitting the ground running this school year when it comes to sex education. Click on the above link to read what they are doing.


Latest Research

The Guttmacher InstituteDisparities in Unintended Pregnancy Grow, Even as National Rate Stagnates

Finer LB and Zolna MR. (2011). Contraception.

A new analysis from the Guttmacher Institute shows that following a considerable decline between 1981 and 1994, the overall U.S. unintended pregnancy rate has remained essentially flat. However, the rate has increased dramatically among poor women, while among higher-income women it has continued to decrease substantially. Click on the above link to read more.


Funding Opportunities

Funding OpportunitiesDemonstration Projects to Improve Adolescent Vaccination Rates

Deadline: Letter of Intent due October 15.

The Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) is now soliciting proposals for innovative local public health demonstration projects (PHDPs) that will help improve understanding of adolescent vaccination, and ultimately lead to interventions to increase vaccination rates in the adolescent population. Nonprofit organizations, public or private institutions, community-based or nongovernmental organizations, and units of state and local governments are invited to submit proposals. Click on the above link to read more.

Tools You Can Use

iCondom AppiCondom App Promotes Safer Sex

A new app helps iPhone users find nearby places where condoms are available. The app’s “crowd-sourced” information includes details on store hours as well as locations where free condoms are offered. The app’s developers encourage users to add more information to keep the resource current. The app is the result of a partnership between MTV’s “Staying Alive” campaign and iCondom. It can be downloaded for free by clicking on the above link.

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