The University of Texas Prevention Research Center

November 6, 2012

Special Event

CDCEngaging Parents to Foster Healthier, More Successful Students

November 14, 2012 1:00-2:30 EST

This webinar by the CDC discusses how parent engagement in school health positively influences the health of children and adolescents. Guest speaker Dr. Joyce Epstein, Director of the Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships at Johns Hopkins University, will provide an overview of high quality programs for school, family, and community partnerships.  Dr. Shannon Michael, adolescent health researcher at the CDC, will also provide information on identifying evidence-based strategies and actions for engaging parents in school health.  Click on the above link to register!


Special Event

Reminder: Sexual Health in the Context of the Church

November 12, 2012 Time: 10:00AM
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

Smartphones Linked to Higher Rates of Teen Sex

WebMD, October 30, 2012

A recent study by the University of Southern California – Los Angeles (LA) has found that many teens are using the internet, especially from mobile phones, to seek out partners and to engage in risky sexual behavior with them. This study used data from a 2011 CDC survey of LA youth ages 12-18. Results showed that roughly one third of teens use their Internet-accessible smartphone and nearly half of those students are sexually active. Click the link above to read more!


Latest Research

“Coaching Boys into Men”: A Cluster- Randomized Controlled Trial of a Dating Violence Prevention Program

Miller, E., Tancredi, et al, (2012). Journal of Adolescent Health, 51(5), 431-438.

Dating violence-including sexual, physical and psychological aggression- in relationships is very common among  high school-aged youth. In this study roughly 2,000 students from 16 randomized high schools attended a dating violence perpetration prevention program that targeted athletic coaches and high school male athletes.  Results showed that students who attended the program had changes in positive bystander intervention behavior and a better recognition of abusive behaviors. Click on the link to read more!


Tools You Can Use

Report: Health Communication & Social Marketing- Health Communication Campaigns That Include Mass Media & Health-Related Product Distribution

In their latest report,’The Community Guide’ analyzed 22 various health communication campaigns, their mode of delivery (internet, pamphlet, video) and whether they distributed products in order to measure their effectiveness in achieving their behavior change goal. The health topics included disease reduction or prevention, smoking cessation, increasing physical activity, and decreasing sexual activity/initiation. Click the link above to see which method worked best!


 Funding Opportunities

Court Training and Improvements Program: Domestic Violence Mentor Court Initiative Call for Concept Papers

Funding Source: Office of Violence Against Women 
Deadline: December 7, 2012

This Mentor Court Initiative by the Office of Violence Against Women aims to improve well-established specialized courts and other courts and court-based programs in their court responses to sexual assault, stalking, domestic violence, and dating violence cases and ensure victim safety and offender accountability. Click on the link to learn more!


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