Conference: January 26, 2012
10:00 am – 4: 00 PM
This FREE conference will feature state and federal HIV/AIDS policy and advocacy updates including discussions with elected officials, DSHS and HHSC representatives, and discussion of major opportunities identified in the Texas SHARP report for expanding access to HIV/AIDS care and treatment. The conference will be immediately followed by a press conference officially releasing the SHARP report and SHARP reception honoring SHARP community partners. Lunch will be provided. Click on the above link for more information!
January 19: 12:30 PM CST
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and Cicatelli Associates are hosting a webinar series on working with schools to prevent teen pregnancy. Part one of the series, Working with Schools to Implement Evidence Based Programs and Identifying Opportunities to Better Meet the Sexual Health Needs of Adolescents, will focus on increasing understanding of how the education system works; strategies for building positive relationships with key stakeholders in schools; and tips for implementing evidence based teen pregnancy prevention programs in schools. Panelists will include representatives from the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) and the Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy (MATP). Click on the above link to register!
In the News
ABC News; January 10, 2012
A pregnant Texas teenager has gone to court to stop her family from pressuring her into an abortion. The high school freshman lives in Corpus Christi with her adult cousins, whom her attorney says hit her, prevented her from going to school, and threatened her repeatedly. Click on the above link to read more.
Houston Chronicle; December 28, 2011.
The 2010 annual HIV report from the Texas Department of State Health Services shows fewer Texans are dying of AIDS, but more young adults ages 15-24 are becoming infected. Click on the above link to read more!
Integration of Teen Pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Infection Prevention into State and Local Foster Care Systems
Sponsor: National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, the American Public Human Services Association, and the National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators, with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Deadline: Letter of Inquiry due January 31, 2012
The project partners are jointly presenting an Institute that combines learning from experts, peer-to-peer support, and inter-session technical assistance to help teams from at least five states and localities incorporate evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention practices into their core programs for foster youth. The project’s ultimate goal is for evidence-based practices that are customized for foster youth to become value-added components of day-to-day practice in child welfare agencies nationwide.
Tools You Can Use
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now into its third year of the Act Against AIDS campaign. Campaign materials are available for downloading and ordering for use in your local area. Materials include fact sheets, brochures, and posters as well as on-line resources such as website banners, badges, and buttons. Whether you want these important prevention messages to reach members of the public, persons at increased risk for HIV infection, those living with HIV and AIDS, health care providers, or other stakeholders, CDC has valuable resources you can use to Act Against AIDS. Click on the above link to download the materials!
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