A Trauma Informed Approach for Adolescent Sexual-Health

This is a report that talks about how to do comprehensive sexual education with youth that have been through trauma.

It covers sexual health, sexual education, populations affected, preventions, trauma, strengths and needs, therapeutic services and safety plans for those who have experienced trauma.

Click on the link before to read more.

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For Teen Mothers: What Breastfeeding Is Like in the First Days

This website page talks about breastfeeding and how to do it and the joys of it. It goes some simple pointers when breastfeeding and why mothers should breastfeed.

This is a good website for mothers, teen mothers and practitioners working with these populations. It is also a good page for those mothers who have chosen to breastfeed.

Click here to read more.

Is there a future for the LBGTQ Movement?

My2024 is an online game, a national conversation, and a giant party for 10 days in October 2014 asking lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people across the United States how our lives and communities could change in the year 2024.

This is a good resource for young LGBTQ people and those that work with them, including but not limited to teachers, nurses, medics, counselors, therapists, professors and parents. It is also a good resource for those questioning. A very good resource for those who do not identify but are students in a school setting.

Click here to read more.

The Impact of Homophobia and Racism on GLBTQ Youth of Color (2007)

This publication focuses on the obstacles youth of color face with discrimination and racism.

  • Queer youth of color are less likely to be out to their parents
  • In research gathered at Black Pride events, Black youth said the church considered homosexuality a sin.
  • Youth of color say they feel they have to choose between culture and sexual identities.

Click here to read the full article.

Reproductive Justice & Violence: Innovative models

This document presents the innovative work that organizations that work with youth through Chicago were doing.

Sisters Empowering Sisters created a zine. Global Girls created a performance piece that asked young women to think about waiting until they are 24 to have children. Beyondmedia created a video about HIV.

This document can be used by community members, non for profit organization interested in new ideas.

Click here to see more ideas.

Reproductive Justice statement by YWEP

This statement is about how YWEP sees reproductive justice through their sex trade lens.

“Young Women’s Empowerment Project is a project by and for girls and transgender girls in the sex trade and street economies.”

YWEP believes in building solidarity with other girls in the sex trade. They fight patriarchy, sexism and heterosexism. YWEP believes reproductive justice is about reducing harm and harm reduction.

YWEP believes that systems of oppression target them and they must fight it. They call for sisterhood and justice for all girls, trans folks and queers.

Click here to read the rest of the statement.

Characteristics of Parents of Sexually Healthy Adolescents (1995)

This is a list of characteristics that understanding parents have.

It lists:

  • respecting the young person
  • finding resources and educational materials to share with the young person.
  • seeking additional help when needed
  • talking about sexuality in an open manner with the young person
  • check in with young person about their life, dating life and partners

To read the entire list click here.

The State of Latina Adolescents’ Health (2003)

Factors affecting Latina Health:

  • poverty
  • access to healthcare
  • racism & discrimination
  • acculturation & biculturalism
  • familismo (the family)
  • gender roles
  • religion
  • early puberty & having an older boyfriend

Recommendations for Developing Programs for Latina Adolescents

  • Make programs culturally and linguistically appropriate.
  • Involve teens and their social support networks.
  • Address culturally defined gender roles.
  • Involve communities in programs’ development, implementation, and evaluation.

Click here to read the full report.

Adolescents, Protecting: Ensuring Access to Care and Reporting Sexual Activity and Abuse

This reference guide was created in 2004 by the American Academy of Family Physicians.  It is a reference guide that provides information as a key for health professionsl to ensure that adolescents have access to the health services they need.  It includes sexual and reproductive health services information.

  • Sexual activity and sexual abuse are not synonymous. It should not be assumed that adolescents who are sexually active are, by definition, being abused. Many adolescents have consensual sexual relationships.
  • It is critical that adolescents who are sexually active receive appropriate confidential health care and counseling.
  • Open and confidential communication between the health professional and the adolescent patient, together with careful clinical assessment, can identify the majority of sexual abuse cases.
  • Physicians and other health professionals must know their state laws and report cases of sexual abuse to the proper authority, in accordance with those laws, after discussion with the adolescent and parent, as appropriate.
  • Federal and state laws should support physicians and other health care professionals and their role in providing confidential health care to their adolescent patients.
  • Federal and state laws should affirm the authority of physicians and other health care professionals to exercise appropriate clinical judgment in reporting cases of sexual activity.

Click here to read more about providing the best care for adolescents

 

Laws Shaping Abortion Access in Illinois

This resource guide is provided by the section of family planning at the University of Chicago.  It was develepod in 2014 and is a reference guide for legal information regarding abortion care and considerations.

  • The U.S. Supreme Court has held that the right to an abortion is fundamental, but not absolute.
  • A physician, in the course of evaluating the specific circumstances of an individual case, determines when abortion is necessary to preserve health and when a fetus is considered viable.
  • Laws, policies, and court decisions at the federal, state, and local level affect individuals seeking access to abortion in Illinois.

Click here to read more about the legal rights regarding abortion in Illinois

Accessing Abortion in Illinois: A guide for health care and social service providers

This resource guide was initially created in 2014 by the University of Chicago a program of family planning. The guide provides resources to improve access to abortion., but this section is especially helpful for “health and social service providers advise pregnant persons who may be seeking abortion care in Illinois.”

  • Under Illinois law, a pregnant person who is under age 18 (a minor) can consent to an abortion on her own and does not need parental consent (permission).
  • However, all 50 states have laws that allow minors to consent to certain reproductive health services on their own
  • As of August 15, 2013, Illinois state law requires health care providers to notify an adult family member (defined by the law as a parent, legal guardian, grandparent or resident step-parent who is over 21) at least 48 hours before providing abortion care to patient under age 18.
  • State mandatory reporting laws require health care professionals to breach confidentiality in order to report suspicions of child abuse and neglect, including sexual abuse
  • Illinois’ law requires reporting of child abuse and neglect by mandated reporters to the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). DCFS investigates cases of child sexual abuse when the perpetrator is a family member, a person living in the home of the child, or a person in a position of of trust or authority (e.g., teacher, babysitter, volunteer in a youth program).

Click here to read more information by visiting the guide online.

Mental Health Disorders- Child Trends Adolescent Health Highlight (2013)

This newsletter published by Child Trends is an informative resource that clarifies a lot of common questions regarding adolescent mental health.  The newsletter contains definitions of mental health terminology, facts and figures about current mental health trends, a list of warning signs and common mental disorders among adolescents.  There is also information about treatment, mental healthcare access and barriers to care, strategies for reducing mental disorders among adolescents and a list of comprehensive resources.

Citation:

Murphey, D., Barry, M., and B. Vaughn. (2013). Mental Health Disorders. Child Trends Adolescent Health Highlights.

Link to “Mental Health Disorders”

Go Ask Alice!

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Go Ask Alice! is Columbia University’s health Q&A Internet resource. There are six category pages of questions answered —Alcohol & Other Drugs, Emotional Health, Fitness and Nutrition, General Health, Relationships, and Sexual and Reproductive Health. The goal of Go Ask Alice! is to keep readers inquisitive, informed, and healthy.

This resource is good for educators, young people who have questions, and organizations that work with young people. This resource is also valuable to parents.

To read more about Go Ask Alice! click here. 

Howard Brown Health Center and Broadway Youth Center

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Howard Brown Health Center (HBHC) is one of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) organizations. The agency serves more than 16,000 adults and youth each year in its diverse health and social service delivery system focused around seven major programmatic divisions: primary medical care, behavioral health, research, HIV/STD prevention, youth services, elder services, and community initiatives.

The Broadway Youth Center (BYC) is a program with HBHC that enables FREE healthcare coverage for youth from the ages of 12-24. To read more about location, hours, and programs with BYC, click here. 

To read more about Howard Brown Health Center and their variety of health programs, click here.

Amplify

Amplify - A Project of Advocates for Youth

Amplify is a project of Advocates for Youth. Advocates for Youth champions efforts to help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Advocates believes it can best serve the field by boldly advocating for a more positive and realistic approach to adolescent sexual health.

Advocates for Youth envisions a society that views sexuality as normal and healthy and treats young people as a valuable resource. The core values of Rights, Respect, and Responsibility animate this vision. Amplify also has information on sexual health campaigns by state and by international cities.

To read more about Amplify, click here.

Ambiente Joven

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Ambiente Joven is a project of Advocates for Youth and is dedicated to the young Latino gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual communities in USA and Latin America with the goal of providing information on sexual and mental health. Ambiente Joven has a great deal of Spanish-speaking resources that attest to LGBTQ topics in Latin America.

To read more about Ambiente Joven, click here.