Healthy Relationship News – August 2017

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New program from Dibble!

Mind Matters – Overcoming Adversity and Building Resilience

Adversity in childhood can affect people for the rest of their lives. But it doesn’t have to be that way!

Mind Matters: Overcoming Adversity and Building Resilience equips youth and adult serving programs with powerful tools to help their clients move past the effects of adverse experiences.

This new curriculum increases teen and young adults’ ability to self-regulate, self-soothe, and more fully participate in other skill-building classes. As students learn the skills and strategies in Mind Matters, they can begin to say, “I am not a victim of what happened to me.”

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Love Notes EBP training in Louisville with Dr. Anita Barbee. August 7 – 9.

Love Notes EBP in-depth training is a great value especially for individuals and small staff teams.

Love Notes is based on a completely new theory of change to prevent pregnancy. EBP training builds competence and confidence in instructors to deliver this innovative tool with fidelity in order to replicate the strong results of the University of Louisville study.

For more information, call Cathy Guidry at 800-695-7975.

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A Deeper Dive: Teen Pregnancy Prevention Issues


US teen birth rate drops to all-time low

In the United States, teen-aged moms are increasingly rare. In 2016, the teen birth rate dropped 9% compared to the previous year, a new government report published Friday found. This record low for teens having babies continues a long-term trend.

The birth rate among teen girls has dropped 67% since 1991, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, which presented preliminary data for 2016 based on a majority (99.9%) of births.


The Washington Times

Trump administration cuts short anti-teen pregnancy grants

Dozens of teen pregnancy prevention programs deemed ineffective by President Donald Trump’s administration will lose more than $200 million in funding following a surprise decision to end five-year grants after only three years.

The administration’s assessment is in sharp contrast with that of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which credited the program with contributing to an all-time low rate of teen pregnancies.


The National Campaign

Members of Congress Ask HHS About Abruptly Shortened TPP Program Grants.

Members of both houses have sent letters to HHS about the abrupt end to TPP Program grants. The letters from 37 Senators and 149 Representatives, as well as one from 9 members of the Texas delegation, inquire into the rationale for cutting short these TPP Program grants—especially as it preempts Congressional action on FY 2018 appropriations and flies in the face of federal commitments to evidence and evaluation.


The Hill

Trump team doesn’t understand evidence-based policies regarding social problems
– Ron Haskins and Robert Gordon

Last summer, the first set of 41 TPP projects published their results after several years of implementing their model prevention programs. As many as 40 percent of the projects produced at least one significant impact in reducing either a behavior associated with sexual activity or reducing pregnancy itself. Comparing this figure with the expected success rate of 10 percent to 20 percent for most replications of social programs shows that the field is making progress. No one should conclude that TPP has produced a total victory, but in an enterprise where failure is common, TPP shows two important things.

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Office of Adolescent Health

Using Relationship Education to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program grantees continue to change the lives of young people. The links below showcase the work being done by three of ten grantees who are utilizing Dibble’s Love Notes Evidence Based Program with federal TPP funding, which has now been shortened by two years.


Trinity Church Plan Be____

Trinity Church Plan Be____ Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (Print – PDF)

South Carolina

Mary Black Foundation

The Mary Black Foundation’s Connect Initiative to Reduce Teen Pregnancy (Print – PDF)

West Virginia

Mission West Virginia

Mission West Virginia’s Teaching Health Instead of Nagging Kids (THINK) (Print – PDF)

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From our Archives

October 2016

Second Wednesday Webinars

Why “Love Notes EBP” Works

as a Relationship-Based Pregnancy

Prevention Program

In this webinar, Dr. Anita Barbee discusses how the “Theories of Change” in the Love Notes Evidence Based Program Model are effective for adolescent life planning and healthy relationship initiation and maintenance. She will also cover how helping youth think about sex fits into their quest for connection

In this webinar, you will:

  1. Understand how Love Notes is similar to and different from other Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) interventions.
  2. Understand the reasons why Love Notes is an effective TPP and IPV prevention intervention and a brief view of research results.

Learn the key content in Love Notes regarding life planning, relationship initiation and maintenance, and sexual health.

Presenter: Anita Barbee, Ph.D., University of Louisville, Kent School of Social Work, Program Director of CHAMPS! (Creating Healthy Adolescents through Meaningful Prevention Services).

Love Notes October 2016 Webinar

Love Notes Evaluation

Love Notes OAH Synopsis

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