The University of Texas Prevention Research Center

July 10, 2012

Special Event

Fostering Healthy Families Through Stable Housing–The Role of the Health Care System

July 26, 2012, 12:00 PM CST

According to a 2010 study, there are 1.6 million homeless children in the U.S. each year – that’s 1 in 45 kids.  Not surprisingly, children with inadequate or unstable housing situations have disproportionately high rates of negative health outcomes.  Strategies to stabilize housing for children who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless are important for diminishing the health risks facing this vulnerable population.  This webinar will discuss the role of the health care system in fostering healthy living environments for families and will feature health and housing experts who will discuss strategies to improve access to stable housing and opportunities for healthcare stakeholders to advance the health of at-risk families.  Click on the above link to learn more!

In the News

30% of Teens ‘Sext’ Pics; are Bothered

KXAN News; July 3, 2012

In a new study by the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, researchers found that many high school students send nude photos of themselves via text messaging or emails — at higher rates than previously reported. It was also found that teens asked to send nude photos are bothered by the request, yet still do it.  Additionally, teens who engaged in a variety of sexting behaviors were more likely to have sex than their peers who have not experienced sexting.


Latest Research

Girl Talk: What High School Senior Girls Have to Say about Sex, Love, and Relationships

In a new National Campaign report, 12th grade girls provide insights about everything from
advice to younger girls, to their regrets, to  what they really think about sex and relationships.   Here are some findings:

  • 72% of senior girls say they have talked to their friends about contraception.
  • 68% of senior girls say they’ll still want to talk to their parents about sex and pregnancy prevention in the future just as much as they did while in high school.
  • 43% of senior girls who have already had sex wish they’d waited longer.

Click on the above link to read more!

Tools You Can Use

A Pregnancy Test for Schools: The Impact of Education Laws on Pregnant and Parenting Students

A Pregnancy Test for Schools‘ outlines the ways that federal, state, and local laws, policies, and programs can change the landscape for pregnant and parenting teens and ranks how well the state laws and policies address the needs of these students. The report describes the particular challenges faced by this unique demographic, highlights the requirements of federal laws, reviews relevant state laws and policies, and provides recommendations for both policymakers and for schools.  Click on the link above to access the report!

Funding Opportunities

Street Outreach Program

Deadline: August 6, 2012

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

The purpose of the Street Outreach Program (SOP) is to conduct outreach services designed to build relationships between grantee staff and runaway, homeless, and street youth with the ultimate goal being to keep youth safe and help them leave the streets. SOP grantees provide support services that aim to move youth into stable housing and prepare them for independence. The program’s ultimate goal is to prevent the sexual abuse or exploitation of young people living on the streets or in unstable housing. Click on the above link to read more!


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