The University of Texas Prevention Research Center

December 4, 2012

Special Event

2013 “I’m Your Community Guide!” Contest

Deadline: January 31, 2013

The Public Health Foundation’s (PHF) is accepting entries for its 2013 “I’m Your Community Guide!” Contest now until January 31st, 2013.   State, tribal, local, and territorial health departments; community health coalitions; and other organizations are encouraged to share their successes with using ‘The Guide to Community Preventive Services (The Community Guide)’ for a chance to win a conference scholarship as well as other prizes. Applicants that have used or are currently using The Community Guide’s findings and recommendations are urged to submit their stories or testimonials to Click on the link to learn more!


Special Event

UTPRC Event Video with Rev. Sanders Now Posted Online

On November 12, 2012 the Reverend Edwin C. Sanders, II presented his lecture “Sexual Health in the Context of the Church” at the University of Texas School of Public Health. This video is now available for viewing on the UTPRC Vimeo channel. Rev. Sanders is the Senior Servant and Founder of the Metropolitan Interdenominational Church in Nashville, TN. His lecture focused on the role of faith communities in promoting sexual health education and sexuality.  Click on the link to see the video!


In the News

Doctors: Teens Should Have Access To Emergency Contraception

Seattle Times, November 27, 2012

In a revision to the 2005 policy statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics, it has been recommended that emergency contraception, such as Plan B, be made more easily accessible for teens in other age groups. Currently adolescents over the age of 17 can access the medicine without a prescription, however younger teens require a doctor’s note. The organization feels that having greater access to emergency contraception will reduce the number of unwanted teen pregnancies. As a reminder, the medicine Plan B does not induce abortion, it instead prevents fertilization of the egg.   Click the link above to read more! 


Latest Research

An Opportunity For Cancer Prevention During Preadolescence and Adolescence: Stopping Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Related Cancer Through HPV Vaccination

Thomas, T.L., Strickland, O., Diclemente R., Higgins, M. (2012). Journal of Adolescent Health.

In this cross-sectional study of elementary and middle school youth from Georgia, USA researches surveyed parents to see who would allow their children aged 9-13 years to get the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. HPV is a sexually transmitted infection that can cause cervical and esophageal cancer.  Results showed that parents who vaccinated or intended to do so were twice as likely to be from a race other than African American as well as 2.7 times more likely to identify with a religion other than Baptist. Click on the link to read the article!


Tools You Can Use

Interactive Teen Birth Rate Map

The Kaiser Family Foundation has recently created an interactive tool that allows the user to see the teen birth rate for various states in the US. Between 2007 and 2010, teen birth rates fell 17% while the state of Arizona experienced the largest drop at 27%. When users click on the state’s image they can then access information on the number or percentage of teen premature births, live births, and low birthweight births.  Click the link to learn more!


 Funding Opportunities

Natural History and Prevention of Viral Hepatitis Among Alaska Natives

Funding Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 
Deadline: January 13, 2013

The Natural History and Prevention of Viral Hepatitis Among Alaska Native Persons funding announcement has two principal aims: 1) to improve efforts to prevent Hepatitis A and B through vaccination and 2) to study interventions to reduce morbidity and mortality from chronic Hepatitis B and C. Hepatitis A is a viral disease that is spread fecal-orally while Hepatitis B is considered a sexually transmitted disease and Hepatitis C is primarily transmitted through drug use, blood transmission and sexual transmission– though to a lesser degree.  Click on the link to learn more!


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Sexual Health in the Context of the Church

The Rev. Edwin C. Sanders, II presented his lecture “Sexual Health in the Context of the Church” on November 12,...