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Teen pregnancy at a record low

Monday, December 9th, 2013

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, teen pregnancy rates in the United States are at a record low.  In 2012, the pregnancy rate among teenage girls was about 29 per 1000 girls, down from 62 in 1991.

Washington Post story:

MedlinePlus (Teenage Pregnancy):

Youth Speaks Against Diabetes

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

San Francisco poets from have teamed up with the University of California San Francisco to train young poets on how living conditions common in poorer neighborhood, such as unsafe streets, few green spaces, and a preponderance of fast food joints are a factor in the development of diabetes. Videos have been created and are part of a package available at:  Dean Schillinger MD, U. of California-San Francisco, California Diabetes Program, and veteran health literacy researcher, helped mentor this project.




OK2Talk, Mental Health Online Community for Teens and Young Adults

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

“Teens and young adults who suffer from mental illness can feel hopeless and alone. Many don’t know what’s wrong with them but feel like it’s their fault. Those who understand what is happening fear they can’t be helped. Because of the stigma attached to mental illness, it’s often hard for those suffering and their families and friends to talk about what they’re going through. But help is available, and it works.”

The National Association of Broadcasters created OK2Talk, an online community for teens and young adults coping with mental health problems to encourage them to share their personal stories of recovery, tragedy, struggle or hope.  Poetry, inspirational quotes, photos, videos, song lyrics and messages of support can be shared in this safe, moderated space.


Communication Skills Building for Parents of Preteen Girls

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

HHS/Office of Women’s Health (OWH): New resource. Communication Skills Building for Parents of Preteen Girls. The Communication Skills Building website includes facilitator’s guides, online videos, tip sheets for African-American and Hispanic (Spanish- and English-speaking) communities, and additional resources.

Children’s Grief Awareness Day

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Children’s Grief Awareness Day is designed to help us all become more aware of the needs of grieving children and of the benefits that they obtain through the support of others. Observed on the third Thursday of every November (one week before the U.S. holiday of Thanksgiving), Children’s Grief Awareness Day is intentionally set in the holiday season, often a particularly difficult time for those grieving the loss of a loved one. In 2013, Children’s Grief Awareness Day is November 21.

Children’s Grief Awareness Day is an opportunity for all of us to raise awareness of the painful impact that the death of a loved one has in the life of a child. An opportunity for all of us to recognize and support the millions of grieving children across the nation — the thousands of grieving children right in our own communities — the grieving children we know and see in our daily lives. Children’s Grief Awareness Day is an opportunity to make sure that grieving children receive the support they need.

Text, Talk, Act to Improve Mental Health

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

On December 5, 2013, join the national conversation on mental health, via cell phone. All over the country, on the same day, people will get together in small groups for one-hour discussions on mental health. “Text, Talk, Act on Mental Health” is designed to engage high school and college students in particular, using technology that is ubiquitous in their lives. Read more about it at Creating Community Solutions”:

November 17 is World Prematurity Day

Monday, November 18th, 2013

The Centers for Disease Control estimates 1 in 8 births in the United States are premature.  According to the March of Dimes, more than 75% of deaths of premature babies can be prevented.

Access these resources for more information on premature babies and prevention of premature births.

National Prematurity Awareness (CDC):

Premature Babies (MedlinePlus):

Infographic (March of Dimes):

Emerging tobacco products gaining popularity among youth

Friday, November 15th, 2013

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Emerging tobacco products such as e-cigarettes and hookahs are quickly gaining popularity among middle- and high-school students, according to a report in this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

While use of these newer products increased, there was no significant decline in students’ cigarette smoking or overall tobacco use. Data from the 2012 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) show that recent electronic cigarette use rose among middle school students from 0.6 percent in 2011 to 1.1 percent in 2012 and among high school students from 1.5 percent to 2.8 percent. Hookah use among high school students rose from 4.1 percent to 5.4 percent from 2011 to 2012.

For the complete press release visit:

Safe Infant Sleep Campaign Packet For Native Communities

Monday, November 4th, 2013

The National institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and its collaborators in American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities recently released a packet of tailored training materials and activities intended to help spread safe infant sleep messages in Native communities.  The new Health Native Babies Project Facilitators Packet, currently available online only (print copes coming soon), is designed to complement the Healthy Native Babies Workbook Project.  This packet includes a Toolkit CD-ROM that enables users to create custom outreach materials, released in 2010.

Find more information online at the Safe Infant Sleep Campaign Packet web site:

Affordable Care Act Resources for Refugees

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Right now, many refugees get short-term health insurance called Refugee Medical Assistance (RMA). It is available for up to eight months. Some refugees may be eligible for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) which is available for several years. Thanks to the health care law, the health insurance landscape for refugees and other Americans is changing for the better in 2014. Many refugees, who could only get eight months of insurance through RMA, will be able to get ongoing health insurance through the Marketplace.

The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) has developed YouTube videos and a fact sheet to help with outreach and enrollment activities. The six-minute video introduces the Health Insurance Marketplace to refugees and is available in six languages: English, Arabic, Kinyarwanda, Nepali, Sgaw Karen, and Somali. The fact sheet explains immigration statuses that qualify for Marketplace coverage including Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Plan.

Office of Refugee Resettlement: Health Insurance: The Affordable Care Act: