How young is too young to start discussing explicit images with my kids?

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. It makes good sense to educate their own […]

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Do I really need to talk to my child about porn?

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.  I’m facilitating an activity requiring parents to respond to a series of statements, […]

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#LetsTalkMonth: A Pressure Valve for This Moment

When it comes to sexual health, we are currently living through what history will recognize as a significant moment for human rights. Looking through young people’s eyes, all that is happening in our country and throughout our state must be jarring: #MeToo revelations are being revealed at a record pace, including the most recent headline-making […]

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Women Around the World Lack Access to Comprehensive Contraception—This is the Solution

By: Bethany Young Holt, Ph.D This piece was originally published by Ms. Magazine and is also accessible on the IMPT blog. In the early 1990’s, I met a young woman named Gelete. I was working as part of an HIV prevention team along the Sudanese border of Ethiopia, and Gelete was one of our team’s most committed local […]

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Gaps in Teen Dating Violence Prevention Literature: Implications for Research and Prevention Practice

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 […]

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

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.” That’s why […]

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California Teen Dating Violence Data

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.  The first poster, also highlighted in the APHA newspaper, The Nations’ Health, demonstrated that youth who experienced TDV also reported […]

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California Healthy Youth Act: Reflections on Mandated Comprehensive Sexual Health Education

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 […]

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Rural-Urban Disparities in Adolescent Pregnancy: Implications for policy and educational institutions

By: Lauren Caton The Issue While the U.S. and California have made substantial progress in reducing rates of adolescent birth over the past twenty years, significant disparities in family planning access and reproductive health knowledge persist for youth in rural areas.  In fact, these youth are more likely to give birth during adolescence and less […]

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On The Importance Of Intersectionality in Sex Education

By: Kathleen Morrison In the United States there are a few standard paths that public school sexual health education tends to follow: strict abstinence-only education, sex education that pushes for abstinence but mentions condoms, contraception, and STI prevention, and progressive sex education that attempts to teach about all manner of sexuality-related topics in a comprehensive […]

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