PRC Newsletter - June 2020

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Greetings from the HYD-PRC!

Greetings and welcome to the June 2020 issue of the HYD-PRC e-newsletter.

This newsletter arrives as we continue to adapt in the ways we work, learn, and function as a community during the time of COVID-19. It is also a time where we -- in Minnesota and in the United States – are deeply saddened, outraged, and driven to be catalysts for systemic change following the traumatic murder of Mr. George Floyd. This is a difficult time; it is also a time where our connectedness, creativity, and collaboration with each other can be a powerful force for good.

In this newsletter, we explore several adolescent health topics, highlighting research and leadership of our HYD - PRC faculty and staff. Please read on to learn more about the happenings within our center.

If you have comments or questions about any of the features of this newsletter, we’d love to hear from you! 

HYD-PRC Statement on Racial Justice

The University of Minnesota Prevention Research Center (UMN PRC) is committed to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive society. As we bear witness to the inequitable effects of a global pandemic and trauma caused by systemic racism, we re-commit to working collaboratively with others to create real and lasting change, and equitable systems for young people and families. We accept responsibility to listen and take meaningful action. We join with colleagues and community members in the need to do more and do better.

UMN PRC strives to promote health and healthy development among all young people, to reduce health disparities, and to provide adolescents with opportunities and skills to live healthy and meaningful lives, a mission that has guided our work since we became a Center in 1996. We stand with, and are committed to listening, supporting, and advocating for young people and families whose lives are disproportionately impacted by systemic racism. We work to promote social justice and racial justice, and to change systems that perpetuate racism and inequality in our communities.  We continue to lean on our core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion to create spaces within which all people are treated with civility, respect, and dignity, and all young people have opportunities and supports to pursue their dreams and ambitions.


Health Care for Youth in Juvenile Correctional Facilities: Are We Meeting Their Needs?

Regular check-ups, dental visits, mental health services - Are youth in juvenile correctional facilities receiving the same care as their peers?

Dad, daughter, provider

Provider Perceptions and Practices Related to Delivery of Sexual and Reproductive Health Services to Adolescents

The Confidential Adolescent Sexual Health Services (CASH) study examines facilitators and barriers to providing confidential sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services to adolescents from adolescents’, parents’ and primary care providers’ perspectives. A recent presentation examines perspectives and practices of primary care providers from 30 states regarding delivery of SRH services to adolescents.

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A Groundbreaking Understanding of Sexually-exploited Students

In a groundbreaking student, researchers at the UMN have been able to estimate the prevalence of sexual exploitation among high school-aged young people. 

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Pivoting to Online Clinician Training in Adolescent Health

YouthCHAT, a program that trains pediatric residents and nurse practitioner students in clinical interviewing with adolescents, has quickly and successfully pivoted to a new, virtual platform. Surprisingly, both trainees and YouthCHAT actors are praising the new teaching strategy.

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PRC Faculty & Staff Highlights

• Gadea Launches Whole Learners Online Training Program
• Gower, Mehus & McMorris Highlight the Role of Social Support in Offsetting the Path between Childhood Adversity and Adolescent Self-Injury and Suicide
• Jordan Receives Grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture
• McMorris Awarded Teaching of Social Engagement Award from School of Nursing
• Shlafer Featured in Health in All Matters Podcast
• Sieving and HYD-PRC Visiting Scholar Publish on the Effectiveness of Parent Participation in a Technology-Based Adolescent Sexuality Education Program