September 2016 Newsletter

Dr. Hoda Sana joins Texas Campaign as Director of Linkage to Care

The Texas Campaign is excited to announce the addition of Dr. Hoda Sana to their leadership team. Dr. Sana will oversee the new Youth Friendly Initiative, working to  increase the number of youth
accessing high-quality comprehensive healthcare across Texas She received her PhD in Maternal and Child Health at the University of Maryland where she was awarded the Chae Award for most distinguished research on social and health disparities in underserved communities. Dr. Sana also holds a Masters in Public Health from George Washington University where she conducted research in rural villages in Afghanistan and Pakistan focusing on high risk patient outcomes in mobile clinics. Her novel research has led to large scale programmatic changes both internationally and domestically.

Individual tickets now available for inaugural Leadership Luncheon

A limited number of individual tickets are now available for the Texas Campaign's inaugural Leadership Luncheon on Nov. 17. This is your opportunity to mix and mingle with 150 prominent professionals, community leaders and policymakers at the Four Seasons Austin while also celebrating Rep. Donna Howard, a long-time supporter and advocate for Texas adolescents and their families. During her legislative tenure, Rep. Howard has fought to bring awareness to and create change for adolescent health issues and has continuously worked to advance the health and well-being of youth and young adults who call Texas home.  Individual tickets are $150 each and can be purchased by clicking below.  All proceeds support the Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. 

New study finds that sex ed is out of touch with teens around the world

A new study has found that in at least 10 different countries, kids hate the way they're being taught about sex in school.  In the  study,  researchers pored over 55 qualitative studies that examined the views of young people - mostly ages 12 to 18 - who'd received sex and relationship education at school in the U.S., UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, Iran, Brazil and Sweden between 1990 and 2015.  Even across all of those different countries and a 25-year time span, kids' views were remarkably consistent: sex ed sucks.

UTHealth awarded $3 million grant to expand teen pregnancy prevention program

The  Houston Endowment has awarded a three-year, $3 million grant to researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health to expand a successful teen pregnancy prevention program that began in the Sunnyside community of Houston.  A $75,000 grant from the  Rockwell Fund  will support an assessment of readiness for the expansion. We Can Do More is a collaborative initiative to reduce teen pregnancy in communities across Houston and Harris County by providing young people and adults with information, resources, skills and opportunities. The initiative began in the Sunnyside community in 2012, where 1 in 10 girls ages 15 to 19 was a teen parent.

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