May is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month – For those of us that know or work with teens during pregnancy, it is critical we continue to spread the word about prevention of subsequent pregnancies until they are older. In 2010, 1 out of 5 teens had another baby within 2 years. At Memorial, we offer a Young and Pregnant class to pregnant teens 19 and younger and have partnered with Pacific Northwest University to educate teens on their birth control options and the importance of finishing their education before having another baby. Empowering these teens to finish their education so that they can provide for themselves and their children is a message they can’t hear often enough.
This May, along with identifying new adolescent health resources from across the federal government, the Office of Adolescent Health recognizes Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month with a series of events and the launch of a new Teen Pregnancy Prevention Resource Center. Read about the new resource center, other new adolescent health resources, and a Twitter chat on adolescent physical fitness and sports below!
- Teen Pregnancy Prevention Resource Center. OAH’s new online resource center is a collection of federal training materials and resources for professionals working to reduce teen pregnancy. Along with skill-building materials, you’ll find direct service resources, podcasts, e-learning opportunities, and much more.
- What’s Your HIV Infection Risk? If You’re Under 24, Probably Higher than You Think. This op-ed from OAH’s Director Evelyn Kappeler covers the high incidence of HIV infections in young people, new U.S. Preventive Services Task Force HIV testing recommendations for persons 15 to 65 years of age, the connection between HIV and STDs, and what young people can do to learn more about preventing HIV infections.
- StopBullying.gov on Tumblr. Tumblr, an easy-to-use microblogging site, is taking off among youth. StopBullying.gov is using the platform to spread inspirational and informative messages about bullying and bullying prevention.
- Child Exposure to Trauma: Comparative Effectiveness of Interventions Addressing Maltreatment. This review from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality synthesizes the best evidence in the field of child maltreatment (including parenting interventions and enhanced foster care approaches) and identifies critical areas to address. Also, attend a free webinar from FindYouthInfo.gov on Tuesday, May 21 at 2pm ET, “Implementing a Trauma Informed Approach for Youth Across Service Sectors.” Register here.
- Finding the Right College for You – Tools & Resources. As adolescents navigate the college decision process, the U.S. Department of Education provides tools for youth and their families to compare important information such as college costs, average student loan debt, and graduation rates across different institutions.
- Healthy People E-Learning. HealthyPeople.gov’s e-learning opportunities take participants beyond the data to explore the challenges, successes, and processes involved in creating and sustaining healthier communities. Each features a case study of a community working to achieve Healthy People 2020 objectives (such as those related to childhood obesity) and provide free continuing education credit.
Twitter Chat on Adolescent Physical Fitness and Sports
It’s National Physical Fitness and Sports Month! Join a #MoveInMay Twitter chat on physical fitness and sports during the teenage years, Tuesday, May 14th from 3:30 – 4:15pm ET. The chat is co-hosted by the Office of Adolescent Health (@TeenHealthGov), the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (@FitnessGov), the Office on Women’s Health (@WomensHealth and @GirlsHealth), and the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (@GoHealthyPeople). Special guest GENYOUth Foundation (@GENYOUthNow) will also join! Learn more about the chat.