The University of Texas Prevention Research Center

January 24, 2012

Special Event

SOPHEFree SOPHE Webinar: Advocacy 101: The Future of Public Health and Health Education

Conference: February 8, 2012
1:00 pm – 2: 00 PM

This webinar will cover effective methods for advocating for health education, and feature a presentation from a previous Health Education Advocacy Summit attendee on how students can play a role. Click on the above link for more information and to register!

In the News

In the NewsSex Can Cause Pregnancy: Many Teens Unclear on the Concept. Why?

Los Angeles Times; January 20, 2012

According to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Study (see article below), nearly a third of teens who weren’t using contraception and became pregnant said that they didn’t think they could get pregnant at the time. And 8% thought that either they or their partner were sterile. Click on the above link to read perspectives from sexperts and teen pregnancy experts as to why this may be the case.

Latest Research

CDCPregnancy Contraceptive Use Among Teens with Unintended Pregnancies Resulting in Live Births – Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS), 2004-2008

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). 61(02):25-29. 2012.

Approximately 400,000 teens aged 15-19 years give birth every year in the United States, and the teen birth rate remains the highest in the developed world. To learn why teenagers wishing to avoid pregnancy become pregnant, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analyzed data from the 2001-2008 Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS). This report describes estimated rates of self-reported prepregnancy contraceptive use among white, black, and Hispanic teen females aged 15-19 years with unintended pregnancies resulting in live births. Click on the above link to read more!

Funding Opportunities

Funding OpportunitiesDo Something, Young Social Change Activist Awards


Deadline: March 1, 2012

These awards honor young social change activists, to support existing projects created and led by young people. Eligible applicants must be 25 or younger and be a US or Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Five winners will receive a minimum of $10,000 in community grants and scholarships. One will be selected as the grand-prize winner and will receive a total of $100,000 in community grants paid directly to the nonprofit of his or her choice. Click on the above link for more information.

Tools You Can Use

child-trendsWhat Works to Prevent or Reduce Internalizing Problems or Socio-Emotional Difficulties in Adolescents

Adolescence is often characterized as a tumultuous time in youth development, marked by occasional mood swings and intense emotions. For some young people, however, more serious internalizing problems such as depressive or anxious moods, negative self-perceptions and emotional distress, compromise healthy development. Child Trends’ latest brief synthesized findings from 37 random-assignment social intervention programs designed to prevent or treat internalizing problems for adolescents. Click on the above link to download the brief!

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