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Immigrant Youth Deserve Equal Access to Quality Sex Ed
September 23, 2019

By Hannah Brown, Health Connected

If you follow current affairs in the U.S., you have probably heard the phrase “unaccompanied immigrant minor” many times over the last few years. The Trump administration’s focus on the issue of immigration has intensified public discourse and left many immigrants feeling uncertain about their future prospects in the United States.

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How young is too young to start discussing explicit images with my kids?
October 18, 2018

By Vanessa Kellam, Health Connected

Many parents agree - children require guidance on the topic of pornography. Philosophically, most assert that it should happen within the home, first and foremost. Parents provide a moral context for formal education about sexual health, relationships, drugs, alcohol, and other risk-related behaviors.

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Do I really need to talk to my child about porn?
October 18, 2018

By Vanessa Kellam, Health Connected

Adults are standing in two groups, each at opposite sides of the room. Some stand confidently, with their “game face” on. Others shift from foot to foot, trying to avoid eye contact, clearly uncomfortable with the exercise. 

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#LetsTalkMonth: A Pressure Valve for This Moment
October 9, 2018

When it comes to sexual health, we are currently living through what history will recognize as a significant moment for human rights.

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Women Around the World Lack Access to Comprehensive Contraception--This is the Solution
July 5, 2018

By: Bethany Young Holt, Ph.D

This piece was originally published by Ms. Magazine and is also accessible on the IMPT blog.

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Gaps in Teen Dating Violence Prevention Literature: Implications for Research and Prevention Practice
March 23, 2018

The first annual Global Teen Health Week is being celebrated this year from March 18 to March 24 to raise awareness about different adolescent health issues. This event is different from other adolescent health focused observances, in that it takes on a holistic view of adolescent health. With that, I am going to offer a discussion on the literature gaps in teen dating violence prevention and recommendations for prevention programs targeting Hispanic youth.

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Meet Maria, and other Stories from the Adolescent Family Life Program
March 5, 2018

By Erica Root, MA

Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Division

Storytelling has gained momentum as an education and health promotion tool. First-hand stories humanize public health efforts and demonstrate the impact of government programs in a way data cannot. And it also personalizes what it means to be in a “government program.”

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California Teen Dating Violence Data
January 11, 2018

Two posters highlighting California data about teen dating violence (TDV) and the contribution of declining adolescent births to overall decline in preterm births (PTB) were presented at the 2017 Annual Public Health Association (APHA) meeting.

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California Health Youth Act: Reflections on Mandated Comprehensive Sexual Health Education
January 5, 2018

By: The Adolescent Sexual Health Policy Work Group

The California Healthy Youth Act (EC sections 51930–51939) took effect on January 1, 2016. If you’re not familiar, the law requires school districts to provide students with integrated, comprehensive, accurate, and inclusive comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention education, at least once in middle school and once in high school.

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