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Monday, 20 July 2015 20:57

Prepare for Missouri HB501

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On July 14, 2015, Gov. Nixon signed HB 501 into law. HB 501 was introduced by Rep. Genise Montecillo and received bi-partisan support from both the Missouri House and Senate. The bill adds language to the existing sexual health education policy to require course materials relating to sexual education to contain information regarding sexual predators, online predators, and the consequences of inappropriate text messaging (aka “sexting”). The new requirements fall primarily under the Healthy Relationships and Personal Safety Topics within the National Sexuality Education Standards. For more information on these standards, visit the Future of Sex Ed website. By including these…
Monday, 30 March 2015 13:11

Covering Consent Summary

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On Friday, March 13th, TPPP was privileged to host a Professional Development Meeting with Christina Meneses from the YWCA St. Louis Regional Assault Center entitled “Covering Consent”. Christina introduced the topic with a brief history of sexual assault and rape laws. TPPP Members all received a copy of the article Consent: Not actually that complicated. To get ideas on how to teach consent, Christina prompted the group in an exercise. Everyone was asked to write a “want”, “will” and “won’t” list of their personal preferences for pizza toppings. Then, everyone broke into small groups to negotiate a pizza order based…
Sunday, 22 February 2015 20:35

St. Louis Parents Support MASHE

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At the January 9th professional development meeting, Rick Zimmerman, PhD, University of Missouri St. Louis, presented the findings of a Deaconess Foundation funded survey that was conducted in 2014 with Greater St. Louis area parents to gather their opinions on when and if key sexual health topics should be taught. The survey found that almost all parents wanted their children to be taught about reproductive anatomy, healthy relationships, STI (sexually transmitted infection) transmission and prevention, effectiveness of birth control methods, and pregnancy prevention; and most wanted these lessons taught in elementary and middle school. The sexual health topics that the…
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 10:41

TPPP Board Selects Meg Boyko as Executive Director

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September 29, 2014 Dear TPPP supporter, TPPP is pleased to welcome Meg Boyko as our new Executive Director. Meg has been a very involved member of TPPP for several years. As the public awareness committee’s social media liaison, Meg has been responsible for many of the TPPP posts and tweets that have kept you engaged, informed and intrigued about adolescent sexual health in Missouri and the nation. With a background in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and significant health and nonprofit experience from the Missouri chapter of the March of Dimes and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Gateway chapter, Meg brings expertise in…
Monday, 01 July 2013 00:00

Blog Post 1: Sexual Health 101

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If you or a staff member is in need of an introduction to or an update on talking about/teaching adolescents sexual health, TPPP's Sexual Health 101 is the training to attend!  PARENTS are welcome!  This year we are holding our annual fall training at Columbia Boone County Health Department on Friday, September 20th.  Please click here for a registration form. The training will be lively and will include topics such as Reproductive Anatomy and Physiology, Adolescent Development, Today's Contraceptives, Sexually Transmitted Diseases/Infections (what's new, what's to worry about, and treatments), Tips for Talking to Teens, Handling Parents' Concerns, LGBT Issues, and…