The University of Texas Prevention Research Center

March 20, 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!

Special Event

Talk to Your Teen about Sex Month!

March is National Talk to Your Teen about Sex Month! Youth can make responsible decisions about sexuality, pregnancy, and parenting, as well as be effective parents, when they have complete accurate, and culturally relevant age, gender, and developmentally appropriate information, skills, resources, and support. This month is a great time to participate in and encourage dialogue among teens and their parents. Click on the above link to visit the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy’s For Parents section of their website, which includes tips and discussion guides to prepare parents for discussions about sex and relationships with their teens.

In the News

In the NewsQR Codes on Condoms: ‘Check-Ins’ Let You Share Your Safe Sex

Time; March 1, 2012

If you’re a social media junkie, you likely share plenty of your personal life online already. But are you “checking in” when you have sex? A new site, launched by Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest (PPGNW), allows you to share with the world where you’re doing the deed. “It’s like Foursquare for people who don’t want a sexually transmitted infection” said PPGNW. Click on the about link to read more about this campaign!

Latest Research

Thinking Over ‘Baby-Think-it-Over’ (and Other Infant Simulators)

Infant simulators are intended to give adolescents a realistic preview of the realities of raising a baby, in hopes that teens will “think twice” about engaging in unprotected sexual intercourse, but do they work? The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) recently reviewed studies evaluating infant simulators to help answer this question. Click on the above link to read the key findings!



Tools You Can Use

Getting Covered

The complexity of the health care system can intimidate young people as they begin to explore their insurance options, but there is no need to fear. Just check out, presented by the Young Invincibles. There you will find state-specific Health Care Toolkits that explain the basics of health insurance. There are also explanations of coverage options for young adults once they leave school, how to join their parent’s plan, what to do if they have a pre-existing or chronic condition, and more. Click on the above link to access the Texas Toolkit!


Funding Opportunities

Roadmaps to Health: Community Grants

Sponsor: Rober Wood Johnson Foundation

Deadline: May 2, 2012

The Roadmaps to Health Community Grants program (Community Grants) will support communities to implement policy or system changes to address one of the social or economic factors that, as defined by the County Health Rankings, most strongly influence health outcomes in their community. These include: education; employment and income; family and social support; and community safety.

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