August 2016 Newsletter

A Few Tables Remain for Inaugural Leadership Luncheon on Nov. 17

This November, the Texas Campaign is bringing together 150 prominent professionals, community leaders and policymakers to celebrate 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. A limited number of table sponsorships are still available and range from $500 to $10,000.  All proceeds support the Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. 

Children's Policy Series: Building Healthy Foundations for Young Kids 

Join Texans Care for Children Tuesday, Aug. 23 for their Children's Policy Series where they will discuss opportunities to improve early childhood health and development as well as look at ways to improve health care before, during, and after pregnancy, child care quality and safety, and early childhood interventions for kids with disabilities. The issues to be discussed play a large part in ensuring a healthy start to kids in Texas. Panelists include Alice Bufkin, Director of Policy and Advocacy at Texas Women's Healthcare Coalition; Kim Kofron, Program Director at Texas Association for the Education of Young Children; Adriana Kohler, Senior Health Policy Associate at Texans Care for Children; and Stephanie Rubin, CEO at Texans Care for Children. Following the panel discussion will be an open group discussion to identify policy needs to improve childhood health.

Good Things from Across Texas: Montgomery County Youth Services

Established in 1979 by a group of community leaders who developed juvenile justice prevention services for at-risk youth in the community, Montgomery County Youth Services (MCYS) is committed to working with youth and their families through human services and mental health programs. They provide a range of services that focus on conflict in the home, runaways, peer pressure, school issues, homelessness, abuse, and neglect as well as crisis and emergency intervention. The agency's six locations provide direct and indirect services to thousands of youth and families annually.

AAP Report: Pediatricians Should Provide Sexuality Education

Sexuality education is effective in helping to prevent and reduce the risks of teen pregnancy, HIV and sexually transmitted diseases among children and adolescents, and should be part of a pediatrician's ongoing discussions with patient and parent, according to a clinical report by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The clinical report, "Sexuality Education for Children and Adolescents," marks the first update by the AAP on the subject since 2001.

Medicaid Will Pay for Mosquito Repellent to Fight Zika

Texas women who are on either Medicaid or other state subsidized health care programs can now get mosquito repellent for free in hopes of further preventing the Zika virus. This initiative will run through October 31 for women between the ages of 10 and 45. State officials will be giving out two cans of mosquito repellent until the end of October as a means for prevention. This movement is critical for protecting pregnant women from the virus, as this virus can cause birth defects, such as impaired brain development. Eligible Texas women on Medicaid can go straight to their pharmacist to pick up mosquito repellent. They do not need a prescription.

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