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What's New in Adolescent Health? 

February 2021 - The CDC Vital Signs monthly report for February focuses on the impact of violence on teens’ lives. Violence can disrupt teens’ development and harm their current and future health. Preventing violence is key to promoting teen and adult health. The way forward involves the following tips:

  • Parents and families can talk with teens about violence and ask how they can support them.
  • Communities can make teen mentoring, apprenticeship, and leadership programs more available.
  • Schools can teach teens skills to navigate social and emotional challenges.

For more information visit the CDC’s webpage on Violence Prevention.

January 2021 - The Child Welfare Information Gateway shares resources on how professionals and other caring adults can support young people who are in their care during times of uncertainty. Advice incudes:

  • Be available and check-in with young people regularly.
  • Make sure each young person knows what to do and who to contact in case of an emergency. 
  • Ensure each young person can adequately maintain their privacy when talking about personal or sensitive topics, especially when doing so virtually.

For more information visit childwelfare.gov.           

Summer 2020 – Vanderbilt University offers tips to help adults and adolescents deal with and learn from tough discussions. Adapted tips include:

  • Use intentional strategies - Ask youth to try to understand each other’s perspectives before reacting to them. For instance, ask a young person to listen to another point of view. Let them ask questions about it and restate it before offering his or her own opinion.
  • Check yourself - Do not avoid difficult topics because you feel uncomfortable dealing with them. At the same time, do not introduce controversy into the talk for its own sake.
  • The Five-Minute Rule – The group agrees to take five minutes when there are differing views. They consider the merits of each side, refrain from criticizing it, and try to understand it.

December 2019: A Season of Service - The holidays represent a season for giving and spending time with family and friends. This spirit of giving can be used in the classroom through service-learning projects that benefit both recipients and students. Student service learning refers to learning that actively involves students in experiences that often benefit others and the community while also supplementing the curriculum through experiential learning and reflection. Find out more by visiting Texas School Safety Center at: https://txssc.txstate.edu/topics/youth-leadership/articles/season-of-service.

November 2019:  Coming up next week – the Great American Smokeout. Join the  American Cancer Society’s annual event campaign that encourages smokers to make a plan to quit smoking! For more information, visit the Center’s for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality November 15 Weekly Report web page.

September 2019: The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has updated materials on vaping available on its websites, including information on the vaping epidemic and resources for parents:

The websites will be updated as information and resources continue to become available. We encourage you to share this information with your partners and stakeholders. For questions, please contact the DSHS Environmental Surveillance and Toxicology Branch at 512-776-7268 or 512-422-0925 or epitox@dshs.texas.gov.

Additional resources specifically for young people:

April 2019 - Texas Youth Action Network (TYAN) website is now available! There are many ways to become involved with TYAN. Find the one that works best for you. TYAN sends regular updates on tips, strategies, and other interesting material on Youth-Adult Partnerships and Positive Youth Development. To receive these ideas in your inbox, send a message. Use the tools and resources you find on the site. 

o    The organizational readiness assessment,

o    Youth-Adult Partnership (YAP 101),

o    Or browse through the resources most relevant to you!

To find out more information, email tyan@ppri.tamu.edu and visit https://tyan.tamu.edu     

For more information, please contact us at:

Texas Department of State Health Services
Maternal & Child Health
PO Box 149347, Mail Code 1922
Austin, TX 78714-9347
(512) 776-7373: Phone
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Last updated March 3, 2021