October 19, 2016

Continued Declines in US Teen Births (NCHS Data Brief 9/2016)

Filed under: Data,Decision Makers,News,Providers,Publications — Tags: , — martha @ 2:22 pm

The birth rate for teenagers aged 15–19 has fallen almost continuously since 1991, reaching historic lows for the nation every year since 2009 (1–4). Despite declines in all racial and ethnic groups, teen birth rates continue to vary considerably by race and ethnicity. Moreover, the U.S. teen birth rate remains higher than in other industrialized countries (5). Childbearing by teenagers continues to be a matter of public concern. This report presents the recent and long-term trends and disparity in teen childbearing by race and Hispanic origin.

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Sexual Health Education for Young People with Disabilities

Filed under: Data,Featured,News,Providers,Publications,Resources — Tags: , — Ryan Olsen @ 1:44 pm

Research and Resources for Parents/Guardians:

In recent years, important changes in public policies and attitudes have resulted in improved opportunities for people with physical and intellectual disabilities. Unfortunately, societal attitudes have changed less in regard to sexuality and disability. Even today, many people do not acknowledge that most people experience sexual feelings, needs, and desires, regardless of their abilities. As a result, many young people, including those with disabilities, receive little or no formal sexual health education, either in school or at home. All young people need access to and can benefit from sexual health information. Young people with disabilities have the same right to this education as their peers, however considerations must be made in order to modify the program to allow for information to be understood and learned in a way that is meaningful to them.

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August 23, 2016

The 2016 Kids Count Data is Here!

Filed under: Data,Decision Makers,News,Providers,Publications — Tags: — Ryan Olsen @ 7:47 pm

The KIDS COUNT Data Book is an annual publication that assesses child well-being nationally and across the 50 states, as well as in the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Using an index of 16 indicators, the report ranks states on overall child well-being and in economic well-being, education, health and family and community.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book finds today’s youth — Generation Z — are healthier and completing high school on time despite mounting economic inequality and increasingly unaffordable college tuition. Aided by smart policies and investments in prevention, a record number of teens are making positive choices. This year, the annual report focuses on key trends in child well-being in the post-recession years and offers recommendations for how policymakers can ensure all children are prepared for the future, based on the country’s shared values of opportunity, responsibility and security.

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August 16, 2016

ACTION ALERT #2: LGBT Sexual Violence (English and Spanish)

Filed under: Contact,Featured,Resources — Tags: , — martha @ 7:07 pm

The SAASH Action Alerts are updates to the 2012 SAASH Call to Action Resource Document located under Publications . Please distribute as a hard or e-copy to individuals, groups, etc.

Please click here for a copy of the document:

SAASH Action Alert2 LGBTSexual Violence July2016 Eng and Esp

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January 26, 2016

Know The Facts First – New Awareness Campaign

Filed under: Data,Providers,Publications,Resources — Tags: , — martha @ 8:32 pm

Know The Facts First is a national public health awareness campaign designed to provide teen girls, ages 13-19, with accurate information about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and STD prevention so that they can make informed decisions about sexual activity. The campaign, developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health, in collaboration with the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) and National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD), encourages girls to be informed about STDs and be empowered to protect themselves. We want teen girls to Know The Facts First before they get into any kind of sex.

Please click this link for information about this new campaign

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December 9, 2015

GREAT NEWS! Teens in South Carolina and Pregnancy

Filed under: Data,Featured,News,Publications — Tags: , — martha @ 4:07 pm

Columbia, S.C. —  South Carolina’s teen birth rate has declined 61 percent since peaking in 1991, continuing decades of success for communities across the state. According to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, this decline includes a 10 percent decrease between 2013 and 2014, landing the teen birth rate for 15-19 year olds at 28.5 per 1,000 females. Declines over the last two decades have been most substantial among African American, school-aged youth ages 15-17 whose teen birth rate has decreased by 77 percent since 1991.

 

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New Strategies to Promote Adolescent Sexual Health

Filed under: Decision Makers,Featured,News,Providers,Publications — Tags: , — martha @ 4:04 pm

A Call to Action: Developing and Strengthening New Strategies
to Promote Adolescent Sexual Health

Through considerable efforts and investments of resources, adolescent pregnancy
and birth rates in the United States have decreased significantly over the past two decades.
Nonetheless, large disparities persist for many populations of youth. Reducing unintended
adolescent pregnancies is considered a “winnable public health battle,” but one that will
require innovative thinking and continued persistence. This paper reviews the recent research
literature and innovative programmatic efforts to identify six promising strategies that
address the challenge of adolescent pregnancy in new ways. These strategies aim to:
(1) understand and address the complexity of adolescent lives; (2) expand the provision of
quality sexual health education; (3) engage youth through technology and media; (4) increase
access to contraceptives and other sexual health services; (5) create tailored interventions for
populations with special needs; and (6) create a supportive policy environment. By building
upon lessons learned from past efforts, we can move the field toward the development,
strengthening, and promotion of future strategies that enhance the sexual well-being of
all adolescents.

Please see the attached file for more information

Developing and Strengthening New Strategies to Promote Adolescent Sexual Health

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August 4, 2015

Research Brief, July 2015 Publication

Filed under: Featured — Tags: , — martha @ 4:09 pm

NEW EVIDENCE ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ACADEMIC ABILITY AND NONMARITAL TEEN CHILDBEARING

Teenage childbearing is associated with negative outcomes for mothers, their children, and society as a whole. We used data from a nationally representative survey that follows young women over time to explore the relationship between three different measures of academic ability and the likelihood of subsequently experiencing a teen birth outside of marriage. Previous studies have found that girls who perform well in school are less likely to become teen mothers. We show that this is true for some girls, but not for others. We also show that not all measures of academic ability are related to the risk of nonmarital teen childbearing.

 

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Research Brief, July 2015

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May 2, 2014

SAASH Thanks SC Legislators…

Filed under: Featured — Tags: , — martha @ 7:40 pm

for voting favorably on H.3435. View SAASH thank you H3435 (3)

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