The University of Texas Prevention Research Center

December 13, 2011

Special Event

Prevent Child Abuse26th Annual Conference on Prevention of Child Abuse

March 19-20, 2012
Westin Galleria Houston
Houston, TX

The Annual Conference on Prevention of Child Abuse is a statewide conference designed to offer quality training and information on topics and model programs of interest to leaders in child abuse prevention: social workers, counselors, educators, child care and youth workers, law enforcement personnel, medical and legal professionals, foster parents, child welfare board volunteers, elected officials, and other interested child advocates. Participants may attend their choice of a variety of workshops on child abuse and neglect prevention and educational programs or may select workshops for specialized training credits and professional development. Click on the above link for more information!

In the News

In the NewsHHS Rejects Lifting Plan B Age Restrictions

Associated Press, December 7, 2011

Last Wednesday, the Health and Human Services (HHS) rejected an FDA recommendation to allow minors under 17 to purchase Plan B without a prescription. Since 2009, women under 17 have been able to buy Plan B, so long as they had a prescription and parental consent, but there has been a push to lift that age limit. Click on the above link to read the official statement released by the HHS.

Latest Research

The Guttmacher InstituteMany American Women Use Birth Control Pills for Noncontraceptive Reasons, One-Third of Teen Users Rely on the Pill Exclusively for These Purposes

Jones, RK. (2011). Beyond Birth Control: The Overlooked Benefits of Oral Contraceptive Pills

The most common reason U.S. women use oral contraceptive pills is to prevent pregnancy, but 14% of pill users – 1.5 million women – rely on them exclusively for noncontraceptive purposes. Click on the above link to read more!

Funding Opportunities

Funding OpportunitiesEmpowering Women and Girls Through Sports

Deadline: February 6, 2012

The Office of Citizen Exchanges of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces an open competition for Empowering Women and Girls through Sport Program as part of the International Sports Programming Initiative. This initiative will consist of approximately 12 short-term U.S.-based and overseas programs focused on using sport as a tool for women’s empowerment. Click on the above link for more information.

Tools You Can Use

Americas Health RatingNew Edition of America’s Health Rankings Now Available

The United Health Foundation recently released the 22nd Edition of America’s Health Rankings: A Call to Action for Individuals and Their Communities. America’s Health Rankings provides the longest-running state-by-state analysis of our country’s health and the factors that affect it such as air pollution, binge drinking, poverty, and teen births. Click on the above link to see a 3D interactive map of U.S. health indicators!

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