November 2016 Newsletter

Texas Campaign recognizes Rep. Donna Howard at Inaugural Leadership Luncheon 

More than 130 community members and policymakers filled the San Jacinto Ballroom at the Four Seasons Austin on Thursday, Nov. 17 to pay tribute to Rep. Donna Howard for her dedication to Texas adolescents and their families. Hosted by the Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, the inaugural event was an amazing success, raising much needed funds in support of the organization's ongoing education and advocacy work. 

Special thanks to the following event sponsors and table hosts: St. David's Foundation, CommuniCare Health Centers, ThunderCloud Subs, Mignon McGarry, Perla Cavazos, Ellie and Lance Coplin, Healthy Futures of Texas, Kelly McBeth/Laura Chandler, Cynthia Osborne, PhD., Peggy B. Smith/Foundation for Teen Health, and Texas Energy Lobby. 
Click here to check out pictures from the event.
The Texas Campaign is hiring!

The Texas Campaign wants you to be passionate about your job and love what you do! We believe this is the foundation for stellar organizational outcomes. Our work environment suits an entrepreneurial spirit - someone who will take ownership of their role, own their work schedule, find fulfillment from a job well done and engage passionately with their work while making a difference. We set high standards for our team and are committed to offering each team member the trust and support to help achieve our collective goals. This includes a flexible schedule - you set your work hours and take the time off you need. Your performance will be judged by outcomes not by the hours punched on the clock. In addition, we offer a solid salary, potential for bonuses and a flexible benefits package.

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Surge in women seeking long-acting birth control post election

Women across the country are rushing to get IUDs. Or at least, they're tweeting about rushing to get long-term birth control, according to a surge of messages on social media. They're concerned that the new administration might end Obamacare provisions that require insurers to cover intrauterine devices and other contraception and cut funding for reproductive health overall. So women are looking for long-term solutions like IUDs: ones that will outlast a presidency. 

Become a Friend of the Texas Campaign

By joining the Texas Campaign's new monthly giving program, you can help more Texas youth build a better future for themselves and help make Texas a healthier place to grow up. Your gift of $20 a month or more l ets you spread your giving throughout the year, easily budget for giving and make an ongoing commitment to the Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. 
Join our Friends Campaign between now and  Dec. 31, 2016, and be forever recognized as a 
Founding Member of this special group.

Were you a teen in Texas foster care?

Texans Care for Children  is looking for adults who were teens in the Texas foster care system to take a   ten-minute online survey   about their health experiences, including education and support for teens in foster care related to delaying pregnancy and other reproductive health issues. 

Please contact  Katie Mitten at   if you or your agency are interested in helping distribute the survey to former foster youth in Texas. Participants can opt-in to win a $100 gift card.

Thanks for giving Texans in foster care a better shot at growing up healthy!

Click here to take the survey.
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How to have the sex talk with your kid

The sex conversation can be awkward for both parent and child, but one social worker in New York City is trying to change that. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos is the founder of New York University's Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health. His programs teach parents how to approach their kids about the subject-especially when it comes to helping fathers start a conversation about sex with their sons.

Click here to read the complete LatinoUSA article. 
New survey shows widespread support for greater access to birth control

More than eight in 10 adults (86%) support policies that make it easier for those 18 and older to get the full range of birth control methods; 76% support policies that make it easier for teens, according to the results of a new public opinion survey recently released by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.  Other survey results include:
  • 81% of adults (including 70% of Republicans and 90% of Democrats) agree that birth control is a basic part of women's health care.
  • Nearly 8 in 10 adults think more people would use birth control if they knew more about its many benefits, its availability, and were comfortable talking openly about birth control.

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