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Saturday, 02 March 2019 01:05

LGBTQ Students “Unsafe” in Missouri Schools

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) Students “Unsafe” in Missouri Schools - GLSEN’s 2017 National School Climate Survey Post Written By: Lucy Puckett, TPPP Practicum Student Findings from the 2017 National School Climate Survey (NSCS) by GLSEN--the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (pronounced “glisten”)--uncovered devastating realities for Missouri youth and points to the need for community partners to continue to rally behind strategic implementation of LGBTQ+ inclusion in our schools. The NSCS reveals that most LGBTQ+ Missouri teens experience targeted, anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination, often in the form of physical assault, in their schools. One of the findings, that 19% of…
Danisha Moore, TPPP Practicum Student, January 29, 2019 Through the Eyes of a Survivor: Danesha Danesha was fourteen years old when she was kidnapped and forced into sex trafficking. Throughout adolescence, Danesha was sexually abused by her mother’s boyfriend. In hope that her mother would empathize, she shared her traumatic experiences, but her mother did not understand. Due to these unbearable circumstances, Danesha became an underage prostitute. A year or so later, Danesha finally escapes the cycle of sex trafficking. After studying the streets, Danesha was able to communicate with the police. With the help of law enforcement, Danesha was…
Sunday, 30 December 2018 21:55

Moving Beyond the Numbers

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In order to achieve health equity, it is crucial to center community voice and participation, along with data, for lasting and meaningful change. We’ve created a list of tools, tips, and resources to support you in applying the findings of our report, Teen Pregnancy, Infant Mortality, and STIs: A Profile of Critical Health Inequities, to your work and community. It includes key questions, local and regional resources, online toolkits, and action-guides for reducing racial health disparities and implement participatory practices. Ours is not an exhaustive list and we welcome any resources you would like to share! Click here to download…
Teen Pregnancy, Infant Mortality, and STIs: A Profile of Critical Health Inequities in Missouri TPPP has introduced a comprehensive new report, Health Disparities and Inequities Among Youth in Missouri using key data sources to illustrate the current sexual health crisis and the urgent need for action. This report supports our critical mission of promoting adolescent sexual health and preventing teen pregnancy. We have collated a wide range of local, national and international public health data to highlight disparate outcomes in teen pregnancy, infant mortality, STIs, and HIV rates. We compare Missouri with other U.S. states and identify the most vulnerable…
Sexual harassment and sexual violence are significant problems in the United States. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men will experience sexual violence involving physical contact during their lifetime.1 Sexual violence and harassment can lead to lasting and harmful effects on the victims, victims’ family and friends, and the community. However, teaching what sexual consent is can prevent sexual violence from occurring and increase awareness and understanding of this public health issue. In the United States there are just 24 states and Washington, D.C. that require sexual education to be taught in public schools, and Missouri is unfortunately…
Thursday, 17 May 2018 18:15

Teen Pregnancy Report Released

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Every May brings reflection as it has traditionally been Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. Thanks to dedicated volunteers and data from state and national sources, we are proud to present a new report on teen pregnancy/birth and adolescent sexual health in Missouri. Even as teen births have declined in recent years, there continue to be areas of Missouri where rates remain high. Rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have not seen the same downward trend and other health and community outcomes vary widely between Missouri counties. In the report Teen Pregnancy and Adolescent Sexual Health in Missouri: Factors, Trends, and Impact…
Saturday, 27 January 2018 18:35

Technology Trends & Tools

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On Friday January 19th TPPP members gathered for the first 2018 Professional Development event, Technology Trends & Tools. This event was held at the Thomas Dunn Learning Center (3113 Gasconade Street St Louis, MO 63118) which will be the location for all bi-monthly professional development events in 2018. Technology Trends & Tools was facilitated by Meg Boyko, and featured a webinar from Answer, a Rutgers agency which provides information about teen health and sexuality in a variety of media forms. Answer’s award-winning website and magazine Sex, Etc. is created by teens for teens. Their website features a state by state…
Thursday, 19 October 2017 15:30

Networking Meeting Wrap Up

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On October 13, members of Teen Pregnancy & Prevention Partnership and sexual health educators from across the St. Louis region met for a networking and information-sharing event. More than 15 organizations were represented along with individuals working in the community. The group provided valuable feedback to TPPP about the barriers they face providing sexual health education in the St. Louis region, as well as, information about what professional development topics they need to be supported in their work. You can download a summary of the feedback below. At the end of the event, TPPP previewed a new youth-friendly service directory.…
Monday, 01 May 2017 17:06

April Wrap Up - STD Awareness Month

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By Desiree Young, TPPP Volunteer Blogger The month of April was dedicated to the awareness of Sexual transmitted Infections (STIs) and sexually transmitted diseases (STDS), so we wanted to make sure you start May up to date! What is an STI? According to the American Sexual Health Association, sexually transmitted infections are infections caused by a transmitted virus or bacteria that can be spread through sexual contact. STIs were previously referred to as STDs, but were changed to STIs due to the term "disease" indicating an apparent medical problem that has no obvious symptoms; and most STIs do not show…
Monday, 06 March 2017 18:41

Not Another Trivia Night - Anniversary Edition

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Thank you to everyone for your support in our second “non-event”, Not Another Trivia Night – Anniversary Edition. We appreciate your participation and donations in support of our mission. If you missed it, we hope you can join us next time! You can keep up with our events by following our social media pages: (www.facebook.com/TPPPMO) or Twitter (@TPPPMO). If you want to browse this year’s trivia questions, we’ve put them here for you or they are still posted our social media pages. Are you having trouble finding the answers? Don't worry; there’s a link that directs you to the sources!…