The University of Texas Prevention Research Center

October 23, 2012

Special Event

Reminder! Let’s Talk: Parents Meeting

October 23, 2012 5:30PM-7:30PM
Aldine Branch Library, 11331 Airline Drive, Houston, TX 77037

In honor of October being national “Let’s Talk Month,” the UTPRC will be hosting a parents meeting at the Aldine Branch Library. Come learn how you can improve your communication skills with your teen related to relationships, healthy sexual behaviors, and online safety. Food and drinks will be provided. Spanish speaking instructors will also be present. Click on the link to see the flyer!


In the News

New Statistics On Underage Drinking

Family Goes Strong, October 12, 2012

A recent government study, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, shows that 9.7 million Americans ages 20 and younger consume alcohol. This statistic has several implications in that teens who drink early are more likely to be physically affected by alcohol due to biological differences in comparison with older drinkers, are more likely to   binge drink, and are more likely to engage in risky behavior such as unplanned and unprotected sex. Click on the link to read more! 


Latest Research

Brief Report: Pregnant by Age 15 Years and Substance Use Initiation Among US Adolescent Girls

Cavazos-Rehg, P.A., Krauss, M.J., Spitznagel, E.L., Schootman, M., Cottler, L.B., Bierut, L.J.  (2012). Journal of Adolescence, 35(5), 1393-1397.  

An analysis of 1993-2003 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBS) for girls that were pregnant by 14 years or younger showed an interesting trend in substance use and likelihood of early age of pregnancy. In multivariable analysis girls who smoked marijuana by age 14 or smoked cigarettes by age 12 had a higher risk of becoming pregnant by age 15.  Click on the link to read more results!


Tools You Can Use

‘It’s Your Game…Keep It Real’  Frequently Asked Questions

‘It’s Your Game…Keep It Real’ or IYG is the UTPRC’s pregnancy prevention program for middle school students. This interactive web-based program teaches students skills on how to be abstinent, maintain healthy relationships and protect personal values as well as information on the human body. It has been proven effective by two rigorous studies and has won numerous awards for its content and approach. Click on the above link to get answers to some of your frequently asked questions about IYG!


Funding Opportunities

Retention In Care (RIC) Initiative for HIV: 2012

Funding Source: AIDS United and MAC AIDS Fund 
Deadline: November 2, 2012

This grant by AIDS United and MAC AIDS Fund is to promote timely and responsive healthcare to provide better health outcomes for those infected with HIV/AIDS and to prevent the further spread of HIV. The target audience of the Retention In Care initiative are those who live in poverty or who are at risk for dropping out of medical care or to be sub-optimally engaged in care.  Click on the link to learn more!


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