The University of Texas Prevention Research Center

February 14, 2012

Special Event

ASH Course 2012It’s Here!! The UTPRC 4th Annual Adolescent Sexual Health Course!

June 12-14, 2012
University Life Center
7440 Cambridge St
Houston, TX 77054

Registration is now open for the UTPRC 4th Annual Adolescent Sexual Health Course! This year’s them is: Moving Schools Forward to Promote Adolescent Sexual Health. Debra Hauser, President of Advocates for Youth, will be the keynote speaker! This course is filled with interactive activities that cover various topics including:


  • A comprehensive overview of adolescent sexual health
  • Access to reproductive health services
  • Media and today’s youth
  • Working with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender youth in your school
  • Evidence-based prevention strategies
  • How you can become a leader for adolescent sexual health

Space is limited, so register today! Click on the above link for more information and to register!

In the News

In the NewsU.S. Teen Pregnancy Rate at Lowest Level in 40 Years

The Guttmacher Institute; February 8, 2012

Teen pregnancies have declined dramatically in the U.S. since their peak in the early 1990s, as have the births and abortions that result; in 2008, teen pregnancies reached their lowest level in nearly 40 years, according to a recent Guttmacher Institute report. In 2008, the teen pregnancy rate was 67.8 pregnancies per 1,000 women aged 15-19, which means that about 7% of U.S. Teens became pregnant that year. This rate represents a 42% decline from the peak in 1990. Click on the above link to read the full report!

Latest Research

pediatrics and adolescent medicine - JanuaryAssociations Between Sexuality Education in Schools and Adolescent Birthrates: A State-Level Longitudinal Model

Cavazos-Rehg PA, Kraus MJ, Spitznaga EL, et al. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. 2012; 166(2):134-140.

The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of sexuality education practices on adolescent birthrates while controlling for demographic characteristics and religious/political factors at a state level. Click on the above link to read the results!



Funding Opportunities

Funding OpportunitiesPreventing Unintended Pregnancy and STDs among High Risk Female Teens

Sponsor: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Deadline: March 26, 2012

The purpose for this funding opportunity is to develop and evaluate a clinic-based intervention addressing access to, motivation for, and adherence to dual protection strategies that concurrently protect against unintended pregnancies and STDs, including HIV among high risk 15-19 year old females. Click on the above link for more information!

Tools You Can Use

It's condom weekIt’s National Condom Week!

National Condom Week kicks off today and runs through February 21. Many universities will provide sex education on campus during this week, which originally began at the University of California, Berkeley in the 1970s. Now is a good opportunity to stress the importance of practicing safer sex behaviors, including condom use, with youth.

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February 1, 2012

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