Students for Comprehensive Sexuality Education
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COLLABORATIVE VOICE NEWSLETTER

August 31, 2017

In the Nation:

  1. Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program grants cut around the country.Read article
  2. Celebrate Black Breastfeeding Week. Read article
  3. One way a town in Alaska is trying to reduce maternal and infant death. Read article

In Research:

  1. An updated review of the Abstinence Only Until Marriage policies and programs. Read article

In the Region:

  1. One of the many media pieces highlighting the great work of 216Teens and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health and the need for continued Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programming funding. Read article

Collaborative Business:

  • 2017 Meeting Dates:
    September 7, 3-5pm, Trinity Cathedral
    December 7, 3-5pm, Trinity Cathedral
  • *FREE* Foundations: Core Skills Training for Sex Ed
    September 26, 2017 at Trinity Cathedral. Registration Here

July 27, 2017

In the Nation:

  1. On Wednesday night, the full House Appropriations Committee voted to pass the FY 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) Appropriations bill, but we still have an opportunity for advocacy. Read article
  2. The House Appropriations subcommittee proposed to cut all funding for Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs and Title X. Read article
  3. Read this simple step by step guide for calling your congressperson. Read article
  4. What are teens learning and thinking about when it comes to HIV? Read article
  5. Read the article that has caused a lot of debate around sex positivity and access to information for teens. Read article
  6. Listen to some of our national partners discuss the good the bad and the why comprehensive sex ed. is so important. Read article

In Research:

  1. A new sexual health education app has been developed for young people. Read article
  2. What are the 2017 state policy trends around laws affecting reproductive health and rights in the United States? Read article

In the Region:

  1. Community Solutions examines demographic and clinical correlations of low birth weight and prematurity among births in Ohio, which have been identified as leading risk factors for infant mortality. Read article
  2. Ohio Senate passes $132 billion budget and includes a freeze on new enrollment in Medicaid and increased funding for crisis pregnancy centers. Read article
  3. Ohio Senate passes abortion bill that will essentially ban most second trimester abortions in the state. Read article

Collaborative Business:

  • Do you know of a school or organization that is looking for *free* training? 
    The Foundations: Core Skills Training for Sex Ed. is a one-day training that covers important skills including climate building in the classroom, understanding state and local sex education policies, experiential learning as a pedagogical approach, values exploration, managing personal disclosure
    and handling challenging questions and harassing comments.
    Please contact Shaina Munoz, smunoz@communitysolutions.com for more information.
  • 2017 Meeting Dates: September 7, December 7.
    All meetings are held at Trinity Cathedral from 3pm to 5pm.

June 29, 2017

In the Nation:

  1. The Congressional Budget Office and the Staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation have completed an estimate of the direct spending and revenue effects of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017. Read article
  2. The revision of the contraceptive coverage mandate could deny birth control benefits to hundreds of thousands of women. Read article
  3. According to a new study from the CDC, teen sex habits and contraceptive use haven't changed much over the past decade. Read article
  4. Additional barriers for foster teens seeking abortion care. Read article
  5. The Black Mamas Matter Alliance convened a group of Black doctors, activists and researchers to discuss the importance of advancing care to reduce the alarming maternal mortality rate among Black mothers. Read article

In Research:

  1. The 2017 Minnesota Adolescent Sexual Health Report reveals that teen pregnancy and birth rates are declining in Minnesota, but STI rates are on the rise. Read article

In the Region:

  1. Breaking down the definition of comprehensive, medically accurate, age-appropriate, evidence informed and inclusive sex ed. Read article
  2. Raising awareness about effective HIV prevention and the local PrEP campaign. Read article

Collaborative Business:

  • Please look out for a Save the Date for our first Foundations Core Skills Training for Sex Ed.! 
  • 2017 Meeting Dates: September 7, December 7.
    All meetings are held at Trinity Cathedral from 3pm to 5pm.

May 25, 2017

In the Nation:

  1. Proposed 2018 fiscal year budget includes damaging cuts to extremely important programs.
    assets/docs/Collab/collab voices article lgbt center june 2016 issue.pdf
  2. Follow The National Campaign's Federal Policy Action Center for up to date information regarding federal policy and suggested action steps. 
    https://thenationalcampaign.org/sites/default/files/resource-primary-download/federal-policy-action-center.pdf
  3. Peer education models may be more effective than the sexual health education most teens are currently receiving in the United States. 
    https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/why-we-need-to-trust-teens-to-teach-each-other-sex-ed
  4. May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. 
    These are some tips for adults from The National Campaign.
    https://thenationalcampaign.org/sites/default/files/event-supporting-download/2017-national-month-parent-tips.pdf

In Research:

  1. While FQHC's are an integral part of the publicly funded family planning effort in the United States, it is unrealistic to expect them to take on the number of the patients currently being served by Planned Parenthood. 
    https://www.guttmacher.org/gpr/2017/05/federally-qualified-health-centers-vital-sources-care-no-substitute-family-planning?utm_source=Master+List&utm_campaign=e65360dd73-GPR18_RHIC_2017_05_15&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_9ac83dc920-e65360dd73-260604133 

In the Region:

  1. Check out SIECUS' Fiscal Year 2016 State Profiles! 
    http://www.siecus.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Page.ViewPage&PageID=1614
  2. Birthing Beautiful Communities' efforts to reduce Cleveland's high infant mortality rate.http://www.clevescene.com/cleveland/clevelands-infant-mortality-rate-especially-among-african-americans-ranks-as-poorly-as-third-world-nations-christin-farmer-and-her-team-ar/Content?oid=7239146

Collaborative Business:

  • Our next Collaborative meeting will be held on Thursday, June 8, 2017 from 3pm to 5pm at Trinity Cathedral in Conference room A/B.

April 27, 2017 

In the Nation:

  1. In Defunding Planned Parenthood, not all states will follow party lines.
    http://www.governing.com/topics/health-human-services/gov-planned-parenthood-funding-states.html
  2. Help the Gay Lesbian Student Education Network (GLSEN) celebrate 100 days of kindness.
    https://www.glsen.org/article/celebrate-100-days-kindness-glsen
  3. April is sexual assault awareness month. These are some statistics regarding sexual assault in the United States.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/sexual-assault-statistics_us_58e24c14e4b0c777f788d24f

In Research:

  1. Guttmacher maps publicly funded contraceptive services at clinic in the United States.
    https://www.guttmacher.org/report/publicly-funded-contraceptive-services-us-clinics-2015
  2. According to a study conducted out of the University of Pennsylvania's School of Nursing, Black teens with mental illness are at increased risk for HIV and STI's.
    http://www.healio.com/pediatrics/hiv-aids/news/online/%7B4a952e96-563d-4254-8c71-b3790ae9340e%7D/black-teens-with-mental-illnesses-at-increased-risk-for-hiv-stis

Collaborative Business:

  • 10 participants were selected for the Foundations Training of Trainers hosted by The Collaborative and facilitated by Answer and Cardea. The training will take place May 8–11, 2017.
  • Please look out for notes from the April Collaborative meeting. We solidified priority areas for our work and our 1 to 2 year goals.
  • Please visit www.ccsah.org for up to date information regarding meetings and other Collaborative business.

March 30, 2017

In the Nation:

  1. Call to action: the Trump Administration sent a chart to Appropriators on Capitol Hill with proposed domestic spending cuts for the remainder of Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 (which runs through September 30, 2017). One of the proposed cuts is of $51 million to the Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program for FY 2017. https://thenationalcampaign.org/blog/budgeting-blunder
  2. Pharmacists in Colorado will soon be able to prescribe oral contraceptives.
    http://www.denverpost.com/2017/02/27/access-to-birth-control-colorado-oral-contraceptives/
  3. Issues for LGBTQ students go beyond just bathrooms.
    https://rewire.news/article/2017/03/10/justice-queer-trans-youth-goes-beyond-bathrooms/

In Research:

  1. New HPV vaccine recommendation cuts the number of dosages from three to two.
    http://khn.org/news/new-vaccine-recommendation-cuts-number-of-hpv-shots-children-need/
  2. The 2017 Conference on Adolescent Health is April 24-25, 2017.
    http://www.umhs-adolescenthealth.org/conference/
  3. The Looming Threat to Sex Education: A Resurgence of Federal Funding for Abstinence-Only Programs?
    https://www.guttmacher.org/gpr/2017/03/looming-threat-sex-education-resurgence-federal-funding-abstinence-only-programs

In the Region:

  1. Learn more about Columbus Public Health's Youth Wellness Initiative.
    assets/docs/Health_Policy/2017_2019/columubus public health know now program.pdf
  2. Applications are open for the Training of Trainers (TOT) for Foundations: Core Skills Training for Sex Ed. May 8-11, 2017 in Cleveland. 10 educators will be selected. Apply here: https://goo.gl/forms/XHJvy1TvLKdSynU02

Collaborative Business:

Please note that we have added two meetings for 2017, to continue our strategic planning.

2017 Meeting Dates: April 17, June 8.
All meetings are held at Trinity Cathedral from 3pm to 5pm.


February 23, 2017

In the Nation:

  1. What could happen to birth control coverage under the new administration?
    https://www.guttmacher.org/gpr/2017/02/states-must-act-shore-federal-contraceptive-coverage-guarantee
  2. Advocates for youth surveyed youth activists from around the country to inform their 2017 Youth Policy Agenda.
    http://www.advocatesforyouth.org/storage/advfy/documents/Factsheets/YouthPolicyAgenda-final-v3.pdf

In Research:

  1. The National Campaign updated their interactive teen pregnancy data map. Scroll over each state for more information.
    https://thenationalcampaign.org/data/landing
  2. Deciphering between teenage depression or moodiness.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/13/well/family/teenagers-depression.html

Collaborative Business:

Save the Date!
What: The Collaborative's Strategic Planning Session

When: March 13, 2017 from 9am to 2pm

Where: Trinity Cathedral, Conference Room A/B

Why: Results from the most recent Collaborative survey conveyed a desire to revisit our mission, vision and goals. Staff from Advocates for Youth will facilitate a strategic planning dialogue. We will review our current mission, discuss the Collaborative's successes and areas for improvement and plan for the future.

Please RSVP by Monday, March 6, 2017

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