June 2017 News Bulletin

Texas Campaign amplifies issue through statewide media coverage

To help build awareness this Legislative Session, the Texas Campaign took our message to the media to amplify our story and get us in front of key stakeholders, including policymakers - and Texas parents. Our efforts were successful. Six opinion pieces authored by Dr. Gwen Daverth, President/CEO of the Texas Campaign, were placed in newspapers from  College Station  to  El Paso  and  McAllen  to  Dallas , giving us the opportunity to deliver our message in a straightforward, unfiltered manner.  As the Legislative process heated up, we took to the editorial pages to highlight the two pieces of legislation we championed this session, getting placement in papers in  Houston  and  San Antonio . We also successfully used the hook of both  Mother's Day  and  Father's Day  to encourage Texas parents to talk to their kids about preventing pregnancy so they can avoid becoming grandparents before they are ready. And an in-depth news piece we pitched to  KERA , the Dallas NPR station, led to an additional story on national NPR   and a  New York Post  piece, as well as other Texas coverage. The  Austin American-Statesman  also ran a story we helped produce, featuring a former teenage mother. In short, our efforts and our issues were covered in every major newspaper and media market in Texas, creating broader awareness of the Texas Campaign and further laying groundwork for continued engagement on this important issue.

Save the Date: Leadership Luncheon and Symposium dates announced

Leadership Luncheon
Please join us at our 2nd Annual Leadership Luncheon on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, at the Four Seasons Austin where we will honor  honor a passionate leader who has made significant contributions to improving adolescent health. Stay tuned for important announcements about the Luncheon and how you can secure your spot!

Statewide Annual Symposium
Mark your calendar now for Texas' most comprehensive teen pregnancy prevention and adolescent health event scheduled for 2018! The 7th Annual Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Symposium is scheduled for April 16-18, 2018, and will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton, located at 6505 North IH-35, Austin, Texas 78752. Join hundreds professionals for an opportunity to share your knowledge and connect with others from across Texas and beyond. The event website will go live soon and the Call for Papers will open in August. We hope to see you there! 
Good things from across Texas: Maverick County Hospital District 

The Maverick County Hospital District, City of Eagle Pass, and Better Futures Forever recently partnered on several events to raise awareness of teen pregnancy prevention efforts. The events, which were held in May, tied into National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month and included a proclamation from the City of Eagle Pass and public school recognition for those using the Juntos Podemos Program,  an evidence-based educational program that informs adolescents on topics such as abstinence and contraception in order to prevent pregnancies as well as sexually transmitted infections. They also held a preteen / teen - parent conference that offered sessions to students and their parents from Eagle Pass, the Kickapoo Tribe, and their border city of Piedras Negras with the goal for the community and surrounding areas to grow and raise awareness to empower the youth to help them to make proud and responsible choices. Interested in learning more about Juntos Podemos? Contact Marlen Ramirez, marlen.ramirez@mchdep.org or (830) 757-4931.
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Learning opportunity: Supporting transition age youth in foster care

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy will be hosting a webinar on Wednesday, June 28, at 12:00 pm CST to present research from a year-long effort to better understand how to support transition age youth in foster care (i.e. those age 16 to 21) avoid an unplanned pregnancy. This webinar will feature testimonies from the field, including trusted adults who have utilized The National Campaign's resources for initiating positive, sustainable conversations with youth in care concerning sexual and reproductive health with attention to pregnancy prevention. Additionally, The National Campaign is proud to release a resource for CASAs in the field that can be used to inform and initiate conversations with youth of all ages. 

How healthy is your community? 

The County Health Rankings and Roadmaps  program helps communities identify and implement solutions that make it easier for people to be healthy in their neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces. Ranking the health of nearly every county in the nation, the County Health Rankings illustrate  what we know  when it comes to what is keeping people healthy or making people sick and how the opportunity for good health differs from one county to the next. The Roadmaps  show  what we can do  to create healthier places for everyone to live, learn, work, and play. 

Source: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.
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