The University of Texas Prevention Research Center

June 19, 2012

Special Event

The 4th Annual Technology Conference: The Use of Emerging Technologies for Healthcare Messages

June 27th and 28th, 2012
Houston, TX

As technology evolves, so do our methods of communication.  Messenger pigeons gave way to telegraphs, which were replaced by telephones, mail, and email.  Now we rely on facebook or twitter to keep in touch and make new connections.  It is imperative that we understand the role of social media and how it is being used in the lives of clients we serve.  In this conference you will: 1) identify the latest social media for effective education and communication, 2) explain the advantages of using new media to interact with clients and to promote community health, 3) discuss evaluation of the impact of new technology on health programs, 4) explore diverse perspectives with regards to the use of social media in patient education and communication, 5) describe how to affordably use the appropriate technology with clients, and 6) explore how to become a model for other community organizations.  Click on the above link for more information!


In the News

Unusual Partnership Offers Students Birth Control

Los Angeles Times, June 5, 2012

The Los Angeles Unified School District and Planned Parenthood have teamed up to reduce the number of unplanned teen pregnancies at a local high school. Although nonprofit groups frequently offer reproductive healthcare on school campuses around the nation, the partnership involving Planned Parenthood is the only one of its kind.  Click on the above link to read more!



Latest Research

2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Results Released!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) has released the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) results.  The Surveillance Summary, updated fact sheets, 2011 National YRBS data file, Youth Online web-based data system, and the 2011 national YRBS data set and technical documentation are all available online.  Additionally, DASH updated the YRBS data widget, a small web application that can be placed on your organization’s web page to help disseminate YRBS results.  Survey highlights for Texas include:

– 52% of high school aged youth reported ever having sex

– 54% of females reported not using a condom during their last sexual intercourse

– 20% of sexually active students did not use any method to prevent pregnancy during last sexual intercourse

 Click on the above link to read more results!


 Tools You Can Use

Updated National HIV and STD Testing Resources

In preparation for National HIV Testing Day, which is June 27th, the National Prevention Information Network (NPIN) recently updated the National HIV and STD Testing Resources web site.  The site is designed to make it easier than ever to find the right tools and resources to help community members, program staff, and other stakeholders raise awareness about the importance of being tested for HIV and other STDs.  The site also has a fully-mirrored Spanish version as well.  Click on the above link to access the web site!


Funding Opportunities

Community-Based Interventions to Increase HIV Testing and HIV Care Utilization Grant

Deadline: July 2, 2012

Source: Kaiser Permanente

The purpose of this grant program is to improve early identification of new HIV cases and to increase the HIV care acquisition and maintenance of newly diagnosed individuals in minority communities disproportionately affected by the HIV epidemic.  This effort builds on the President’s National Strategy for HIV Prevention and recent research documenting the importance of and efficacy of “test and treat” and “treatment as prevention” approaches, particularly for communities contending with high rates of HIV.  Click on the above link to read more!


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