FIRST MONDAY MEMO - September 11, 2017
EyesOn... The Data!
Have you checked out our new fact sheets? Data in these fact sheets range from 2011-2015!   These latest fact sheets present the adolescent sexual health data in an easy to read format and language.

In addition to the data, these include information about Iowa's human growth and development mandate, information about consent laws in Iowa, as well as dating violence information and rates of STDS/HIV/AIDS among adolescents.

Here are a few important highlights:

Iowa's teen population is more diverse than the statewide population as a whole. Statewide, 87% of the population is White, 6% Hispanic, and 4% Black/African American. Among teens (15-19 years), 83% are White, 8% are Hispanic, and 6% are Black / African American

In the 2014 Iowa Youth Survey of adolescents in 6th, 8th, and 11th grades, 78% of adolescents report positive family relationships, and 69% report family involvement and support. This is higher than what was reported when the survey was conducted in 2008 (2008 results: 74% reported positive family relationships, and 66% reported family involvement and support). Positive family relationships reflects adolescents who reported feeling close to, talking to, or getting help and support from parents/guardians or someone else at home. Family involvement and support reflects adolescents who reported parental supervision, accountability, and attendance at school activities.

As of 2015, the teen birth rate in Iowa is 16 births per thousand population of 15-19 year old females. This is lower than the nationwide teen birth rate of 22 births per thousand population of 15-19 year old females.

Looking at 5 years of data from 2011 to 2015, Iowa's teen birth rate has decreased 38% - from 26 births per thousand population in 2011 to 16 births per thousand population in 2015. This is similar to national trends where the teen birth rate has decreased about 40% since 2011.

To better understand teen birth rates in Iowa at the county level, we aggregated the most recent five years of data available from 2011 to 2015. This was done to stabilize the wide variability in teen birth rates that can happen when calculating the teen birth rates among Iowa's small counties where there is small numbers of teen births from year to year. For example, a change of one or two births in a county that sees less than ten (or twenty) teen births each year will cause the teen birth rate to increase or decrease and it's hard to interpret what that trend means at the county level when a county experiences less than ten births in any given year.

From 2011 to 2015, Clarke County had the highest teen birth rate among Iowa's 99 counties. During the five year period, there were 57 births to teen mothers in Clarke County which translates to a teen birth rate of 42 births per thousand population. 

For the state of Iowa fact sheet, go here.

To access individual county sheets for any of the 99 counties, go here

 To help better understand how to read the data on our state and county fact sheets, click  here.
Registration is open NOW!

Registration for our Respond. Relate. Resonate. conference is open now! We will have many exciting and engaging speakers that you won't want to miss! Register today to reserve your spot!

What to expect from our 2017 conference...
Our widely attended conference provides engaging sessions and cutting edge speakers on adolescent sexual health and overall well-being. It's an excellent professional development opportunity for school districts and community organizations! Attendees receive rich information on the latest teen trends and medical research with resources and future support.

We are so excited to announce that the speakers for this years conference will include:
Elizabeth Schroeder

Dr. Elizabeth Schroeder  - an award winning educator, trainer and author in the a reas of sexuality education pedagogy, LGBTQ-affirming best practices,  and working with adolescent boys.

Vanessa McNea- an accomplished and acknowledged public speaker, film producer and storyteller.

Lisa Olcese -  has served as a leader, trainer, mentor, and network-builder in Colorado's nonprofit sector for over 25 years.

Curious about what to expect for the breakout sessions? Go here

We're Hiring!

EyesOpenIowa is searching for a full-time 
WISE Program Manager and a part-time 
Accounting Assistant. To learn more about either position, please visit our  website!

Thank you!
Thank you to Jennifer Hansen,  1st Vice President of  West Bank for presenting EyesOpenIowa with a $2,500 check to assist with our pregnant and parenting teen work! We are so grateful!

Upcoming Trainings and Webinars!
Available now! 
L earn or refresh yourself on birth control lesson basics! We'll cover best practices, the basics of popular birth control methods, and learn about a few great resources to utilize.
Available September 21st, 2017

November 1st-2nd, 2017 
Join us for a one-of-a-kind conference at the Hilton Garden Inn in Urbandale. With nationally recognized keynote speakers, engaging workshops, an extensive exhibitor hall full of resources, and countless networking opportunities, you are sure to have a fun and enlightening couple of days full of learning!

January 23-24, 2018
Join us for an interactive two-day training on the Be Proud! Be Responsible! Be Protective! curriculum. We will dive into the curriculum, model lessons, discuss sexual health best practices, and equip all participants to facilitate this curriculum in their schools and communities.
Thanks to a generous grant, this training will be free of charge. 
February 12-13, 2018
A highly interactive two-day training that is full of engaging activities and discussion around a variety of sexual health topics. This training will help lay the foundation for new educators and is a great refresher for those already in the field. This training will build core skills. Participants will leave feeling confident and "awesome"!
February 21, 2018
This dynamic training that is a fun way to learn about puberty, reproductive anatomy, and contraception. Participants will learn how to teach/discuss these topics to youth by engaging in numerous, easy to recreate activities. Participants will leave this training with a better understanding of the topic areas, as well as resources to use with youth.
February 22, 2018
This training will help participants increase their knowledge of the basics of HIV, AIDS, and other STDs. Participants will learn about the history of these diseases, testing, treatment and prevention, as well as best practices for teaching on these subjects. Participants will leave with up to date information and teaching tools and strategies.

All in person trainings are held at EyesOpenIowa in West Des Moines, IA
Scholarships are available for most classes -  click here to inquire
Please click the button below to contact Emily Miller with any training questions. 
Upcoming Conferences Worth Noting

SAVE THE DATE: 2017 Annual Eyes Open Iowa Conference
Johnston, IA
November 1st - 2nd, 2017
Registration now open!

Ann Arbor, MI
April 23 - 24, 2018

Articles Worth Reading
Waiting until there are physical signs of puberty to discuss bodily changes with kids is often-times too late and leaves young girls feeling ill-prepared to handle these changes. Provided are some suggestions to help them better prepare for these exciting but sometimes scary changes.

New research published in the Journal of Adolescent Health confirms again that abstinence-only education programs fail to prevent teens from having sex and are not successful in reducing teen pregnancy rates.

Abstinence-only (recently renamed "sexual risk avoidance") education has been shown time and time again to be ineffective. Despite this, Congress has added an additional $90 million to fund these programs while the Department of Health and Human Services has announced cutting funding for the evidence-based Teen Pregnancy Prevention program in 2018.  

The HPV vaccine is slowly progressing in coverage, but is still overall still low among both boys and girls. To counter this, the CDC plans to continue it's efforts to educate parents and clinicians alike on the benefits, safety, and availability of HPV vaccines.

It's no secret that most sex ed curricula are often geared towards heterosexual and cisgender students; in fact, only 12 states require discussions about sexual orientation at all, and 3 of those require distribution of negative information regarding sexual orientation. However, ALL youth, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, deserve education that is non-biased, free of judgement, factual and representative of them.

The reason behind using "scare tactics" in the classroom is often one of good intention; educators simply want students to be aware of the potential consequences of their actions, including unprotected sex. That said, research has shown that scare tactics are often overall ineffective in changing behavior and can actually encourage the shaming and stigmatizing messages surrounding STD's and pregnancy.

A new review challenges the notion that teens' risky behavior is the product of a low developed prefrontal cortex or raging hormones. Instead, researchers believe such impulsive and risky behavior may by guided more by curiosity and exploration-perhaps building experience in making risky decisions to be better prepared later in life.

Trans youth have been shown to be at a much higher risk for using a variety of substances than cisgender youth. They are also more likely to have experienced trauma, face shame and hostility, and have higher rates of mental health issues like depression or anxiety. Support and acceptance from the adults in their lives (such as families and school officials) can have a very positive impact on their mental health and general well-being.

Are you looking for ways to teach youth about healthy relationships using examples from pop culture? We have been working hard to create a list of songs and movies that can be used as examples or openers to start a meaningful conversation. This list will be updated and improved every month as new songs and movies are released. Let us know if you would be interested in subscribing to receive this information by clicking on the button below and selecting "the talk help", as well as any other newsletters you are interested in receiving, on the option list! 
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