April 2017 News Bulletin

The 85th Texas Legislature: Focus on college completion

One of the Texas Campaign's legislative priorities this session would require public institutions of higher education to develop and implement a strategic plan for the prevention of sexual assault and unplanned pregnancy. This is targeted at reducing the rate of pregnancies for 18- and 19-year-olds, which represents Texas' largest numbers - almost 26,000 a year. In the House, Rep. Carol Alvarado is carrying this legislation (HB3195) while in the Senate, José Menéndez is carrying it (SB2109). Both the House and Senate bills were recently heard by their respective Higher Education Committees and both will hopefully go to a vote in the coming weeks. 

Click here to learn more about the Texas Campaign's efforts and how you can help, view free resources, and read our latest editorial about how teen pregnancy prevention impacts college completion.  Click here to access the Texas Campaign's Legislative Page. 
2017 Symposium: It's a wrap

We are excited to announce that the Texas Campaign's 6th Annual Symposium was a tremendous success, hosting more than 200 professionals, 31 sponsors, and 56 presenters, in Grapevine, Texas. This year's event went global as we welcomed experts from the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide insight and expertise on this issue. In addition, many of our friends and colleagues from Arkansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma and North Carolina joined us as well. True to the theme - Partnering for a Better Texas - the Symposium emphasized creating partnerships and building pathways to support local community efforts in teen pregnancy prevention, sexuality education, youth development and adolescent health.

Texas Campaign welcomes five new board members

The Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy is thrilled to welcome Michele Gonzalez, Lillian Mitchell, Mitch Rosen, Marcia Silverberg and Melanie Susswein to the Executive Board of Directors.  The new members are all business and community leaders who come from a variety of backgrounds and who bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the organization including public health, women's healthcare, strategic business management, financial strategies, social marketing and research.

The Texas Campaign is hiring!

Are you a talented freelance graphic designer with an eye for creating fresh and exciting promotional material, fundraising collateral, direct mailers, social media graphics and specific program logos? If so, then this opportunity is for you!   Over the next several months, the Texas Campaign will have a number of design project needs including branding/material development for  the Texas Youth Friendly Initiative, Leadership Luncheon, Friends of the Texas Campaign (monthly giving program), and annual Symposium. 

Help protect evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs

Please consider having your organization join more than 170 local, state, and national groups who have already signed onto  this letter asking Congressional leadership to support maintaining investments in the Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program and the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP). In Texas, 14 organizations depend on the nearly $13 million in funding they receive through these federal programs to provide services to thousands of youth and equip them with  the important life skills they need to become productive adults.  We also encourage you to share the letter with any partner organizations who are in a position to add their names to a funding request.  

Calling all judges: Free training available through National Campaign

The National Campaign is pleased to announce the release of its Request for Proposals to address teen and unplanned pregnancy in dependency and juvenile delinquency courts.  Deadline to submit applications is May 5, 2017.  Submit your applications to: 
  • Receive FREE training and technical assistance; 
  • Learn how to improve educational and economic outcomes for youth through utilizing the When You Decide: A Judge's Guide to Pregnancy Prevention Among Foster Youth Toolkit; and 
  • Increase your knowledge about evidence-based strategies, and ensure foster youth in your jurisdiction receive the appropriate support and information shown to reduce teen and unplanned pregnancy. 
Dr. Janet Realini, Texas Campaign Board Alum featured in TAFP

The Texas Academy of Family Physicians recently featured Texas Campaign board alum Dr. Janet Realini as their 'Member of the Month' for her on-going commitment to women's health. As the president of Healthy Futures of Texas and chair of the Texas Women's Healthcare Coalition, Dr. Realini's work through the years has been instrumental in helping Texas women access the healthcare and education they need to make the best decisions for their futures. 

The latest news...
This month's news roundup features a Dallas Morning News editorial by Texas Campaign CEO and President Dr. Gwen Daverth which focuses on repeat teen pregnancies and how giving teen moms the ability to consent to their own reproductive healthcare needs can reduce these numbers in Texas. Other topics of interest include the sex ed funding landscape, a soap opera that serves as a public health intervention, and the launch of a new website by Amarillo's teen pregnancy prevention coalition. 

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