2013_12 ICAP Newsletter
Next ICAP Meeting: Tuesday, January 21, 2013 at 1:30pm-3:30pm
Location: 401 Hungerford Drive, 1st floor conference room
Visitor parking is available in front of and on the side of the building and on the top level of the garage. Also, next door behind 451 Hungerford Drive.
Contact Ilene if you have pregnant students needing maternity clothes – sizes small and extra small are available.
Contact Ilene if you’d like a supply of the Teen Help Cards in either English or Spanish.
Check out the ICAP website at www.mcicap.org
Teen Pregnancy Rate Reaches Another Historic Low
(Washington, DC) -- The teen pregnancy rate in the United States continued to decline in 2009, according to data released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics. Since peaking in 1990, pregnancy has declined 52% for 15-17 year-olds and 36% for 18-19 year-olds. "The decline has been fueled by three factors: more teens are waiting to have sex; they also report fewer sexual partners and better use of contraception," said Sarah Brown, CEO of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. Other findings from the new data include:
- Between 1990 and 2009, pregnancy rates have fallen by 51% for non-Hispanic white and non-Hispanic black teens.
- During this same period, pregnancy rates have fallen by 40% for Hispanic teens.
Visit www.cdc.gov/nchs to see the entire NCHS report.
Costs of Teen Childbearing
Teen childbearing in the United States cost taxpayers (federal, state, and local) at least $9.4 billion in 2010, according to an updated analysis released by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.
These public sector costs would have been even higher had it not been for the roughly 50% decline in the U.S. teen birth rate between 1991 (the peak year for teen childbearing) and 2010. The estimated national savings to taxpayers in 2010 alone due to the substantial decline in the teen birth rate between 1991 and 2010 was $12 billion.
Doctors Urge More Access to Condoms for Adolescents
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released a new policy statement supporting condom availability programs for adolescents, published in the November issue of Pediatrics. The new statement updates a previous statement published in 2001 and was developed to assist pediatricians in their understanding and support of condom use by their patients to prevent unintended pregnancies and STDs. Read More.
Sexual Health Guide for Teens
A handy guide to teens most frequently asked questions about sexual health? Sex, Etc. has just such a guide! You can search by topic (relationships, pregnancy, and birth control, among others), and each question is followed by a detailed, thoughtful answer.
Teen Pregnancy Prevention among Latinos
Despite recent declines in teen childbearing, estimates suggest that 29 percent of Hispanic women will have a baby by the time they turn 20. Child Trends has developed a series of briefs and infographics related to teen pregnancy prevention for Hispanic teens.
Communication Skills Building for Parents of Preteen Girls
The HHS Office of Women's Health released a new online resource to help community leaders strengthen the communication skills of parents and caregivers of preteen and teenage girls. The website includes facilitator's guides, online videos, tip sheets, and additional resources for African-American and Hispanic (Spanish- and English-speaking) communities.http://www.cmhnetwork.org/resources/show?id=638 [source: Children’s Mental Health Network]
New Vimeo from Healthy Teen Network
Check out this motiongraphic co-developed by Healthy Teen Network and CAI to help youth use health clinics and select a LARC. There are links to the Spanish and English versions. Feel free to disseminate widely and use. HTN has also developed a teacher's manual with lesson plan to help facilitate a discussion with youth after they watch the video.
A Guide to Birth Control by and for Guys
Bedsider.org (a resource of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy) has developed videos and other resources created by guys for guys about birth control. The site also features a 'provider' resource section. Go to: Try http://bedsider.org/guys_guide
Child Trends DataBank
The Child Trends DataBank is a one-stop source for the latest national trends and research on more than 100 key indicators of child and youth well-being, such as teen pregnancy, child maltreatment, and volunteerism among youth. Check out http://www.childtrends.org/databank/.
Nearly eight in 10 teens (76%) and nine in 10 adults (86%) say it would be much easier for teens to postpone sexual activity and avoid pregnancy if they were able to have more open, honest conversations about these topics with their parents. The new national survey data was released as part of “Let’s Talk Month.” Created and coordinated by Advocates for Youth, Let’s Talk Month is a time to encourage parent/child communication about sex, pregnancy, and related issues.
City of Gaithersburg Opportunity Grants
Nonprofit organizations are invited to apply for a City of Gaithersburg Opportunity Grant. Designed to fill a gap in a current program or fund an unexpected challenge or opportunity, these grants will be awarded to nonprofit agencies serving Gaithersburg residents and must be expended by June 30, 2014. Visit www.gaithersburgmd.gov/communityservices for details
Application Deadline: Proposals are accepted on a continuous basis.
The DanPaul Foundation's focus is primarily on programs that benefit the health, education, development, and welfare of young people. The foundation will use its resources to help train teachers and parents in early childhood development, protect children from abuse and neglect, stimulate children's personal social responsibility, and offer children opportunities for enrichment and growth into adulthood and beyond.
Funding Amount: Grants may range from a few hundred dollars to $20,000.
Who May Apply: 501(c)(3) tax-exempt/nonprofit organizations as defined by the IRS
More information: http://www.danpaul.org/FORMS.html
Application Deadline: Proposals are accepted on an ongoing basis.
Who May Apply: 501(c)(3) public charities
Choose Respect Healthy Teen Dating Conference
Sunday, February 23 from 1-4:30pm
At Montgomery College, Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus
More details to follow!
Ilene Sparber, LCSW-C, Consultant
Interagency Coalition on Adolescent Pregnancy
Dept. of Health & Human Services,School Health Services
401 Hungerford Drive, 2nd floor
Rockville, MD 20850