The University of Texas Prevention Research Center

October 2, 2012

Special Event

Recruiting Teens for ‘Mobile Apps for Sexual Health’ Survey

October 2, 2012 Ends at midnight  

The Healthy Teen Network is recruiting teens ages 13-19 to respond to an anonymous survey about how adolescents search for sexual health information and how they use mobile apps from a tablet or smart phone to find health information. Interested teens have until the end of day Tuesday to complete the survey. There is also an option to submit an email address to enter a drawing for $10 gift cards for apps.

Special Event

6th Annual Link Up Greater Houston Conference

October 20, 2012 8AM-1PM
University of Houston 4800 Calhoun Road, Houston, TX 77004

Link Up Greater Houston is a conference to promote the improvement of quality of life for all youth in Greater Houston. This event is for parents, educators, youth, school leaders, faith communities, youth workers, business and community leaders, city and state officials and other stakeholders to learn how the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets can improve our daily living and our future. Click on the link to register!

Special Event

Sexual Health in the Context of the Church

November 12, 2012 Time: TBA
University of Texas School of Public Health, RAS Auditorium
1200 Herman Pressler Houston, 77030

Reverend Edwin C Sanders II, the Senior Servant and Founder of the Metropolitan Interdenominational Church in Nashville, Tennessee will be at the University of Texas School of Public Health in November to speak about the role of faith communities on addressing sexual health and sexuality within the community. Reverend Sanders is also a part of the Metropolitan Interdenominational Church Technical Assistance Network (MICTAN) that works to help faith leaders on tackling the HIV/AIDS crises in hard-hit communities. 

In the News

Red State = Teen Moms: A State By State Map of Teen Births

Slate Magazine, September 27, 2012

In this latest edition of ‘Map of the Week,’  Slate magazine shows an interesting trend between teen births for girls ages 15-19 and state policies regarding sexual health education. States that require sexual health education to cover contraception had lower birth rates in comparison to states that do not have curriculum requirements. Click on the link to see the map!

Latest Research

Parental Acceptability of Contraceptive Methods Offered to Their Teen During a Confidential Health Care Visit

Hartman, L.B., Shafer, M-A., Polloack, L.M., Wibbelsman, C., Chang, F., Tebb, K.P. (Sept 2012). Journal of Adolescence

In a telephone survey of about 260 parents of teens ages 12-17, parents responded to questions regarding teen sexual health, sexually transmitted infection knowledge and other demographic factors in addition to their reported acceptability of different types of contraceptive methods (e.g., IUD, Implant, oral contraceptives) offered to their daughter during a health care visit. It was found that many parents approved of contraceptives for their daughter but in various degrees according to the type of contraceptive. Click on the link to read more!

Tools You Can Use

Serving Our Youth: National Survey of Service Providers Working With LGBT Homeless Youth

This collaborative effort by the Williams Institute, The Palette Fund, and the True Colors fund describes the experiences and needs of homeless Lesbian Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) youth from the perspective of homeless youth service organizations. According to this survey, roughly 40% of these service organizations’ clientele are comprised of LGBT youth. This population often has unique needs related to specific counseling needs, health promotion activities and mental health services.  Click on the link to learn more!

Funding Opportunities

Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program, Supplemental Evaluation Projects (PHBPP-SEP)

Funding Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
Deadline: November 2, 2012

This Centers for Disease Control and Prevention program aims to decrease the transmission of hepatitis B by 1) eliminating mother-to-child transmission of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection 2) ensuring that HBV-infected pregnant women receive appropriate prenatal care, 3) ensuring that neonates receive the vaccination before discharge. Click on the link to learn more!

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