October 2000 MOAPPP E-Monthly

The MOAPPP Monthly is becoming an electronic publication beginning October 2000. If you would like to continue receiving the Monthly or know of someone who would like to receive our new MOAPPP E-Monthly by e-mail, please email us at moappp@moappp.org or phone us at 651-644-1447 with your e-mail address.

Community Involvement

MOAPPP Sponsors Training Institute During Let’s Talk Month

Nationally recognized parent educator, Dominic Cappello led a training institute earlier this month for parent educators The training prepared facilitators to lead a four-session workshop series entitled, "Can We Talk?" in their own communities. The workshop, aimed at parents with children in grades 4-8, is designed to support positive communication between parents and youth about important topics that can be difficult to talk about – sex, violence, alcohol, and other drugs. Attendees increased their own awareness about available resources to support healthy youth and parent-teen relationships. The training institute was cosponsored by MOAPPP, the Saint Paul-Ramsey County Department of Public Health, and the Saint Paul Public Schools. Tobacco endowment monies and the Mardag, Bigelow, and St. Paul foundations funded it, in part.

Cast Your Vote in the First Major Election of the New Millennium: Remember to Vote on November 7!

November 7, 2000 is Election Day and your vote will affect the directions policymakers will take on issues of pregnancy prevention and teen parenting issues. Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. If you do not know where to vote, call your local city hall or county office. Remember, you can register on Election Day with valid identification or a copy of a utility bill.

National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Sparks Controversy with Series of New Ads

In October, the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy launched a series of ads aimed at teens in an effort to educate young people about the risks and consequences of teen pregnancy. The ads, posted on the Campaign’s website, have sparked controversy nationally. MOAPPP is encouraging our supporters to view the ads on the website and register your opinion with the Campaign. The website address is: www.teenpregnancy.org

Research and Education

A national study released in October by the Kaiser Family Foundation indicates that a majority of those surveyed think the schools should provide comprehensive sexuality education:

85% said how to use condoms and other forms of birth control as well as how to talk about these issues should be taught;
94% want schools to address real-life issues such as pressure to have sex and emotional consequences;
97% of schools surveyed provide information about HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases (93%)

Upcoming Activities

Building Strong Parent-Child Attachment, Friday, November 3, 2000, 9 a.m. to Noon

The workshop focuses on understanding how connection is developed and why secure attachment is important for the healthy development of children. The workshop will be held at: Ramsey County Extension Office, 2020 White Bear Avenue, Maplewood. To register, call 651-704-2058

Roundtable "Shaping Youth Health: Research, Practice & Policy", Friday Nov. 3, 2000, 7:30 am–5:00 pm

U of M School of Public Health For more information contact: Jeanne Freiburg (612) 625-7625 or email freib001@tc.umn.edu

Where Girls Grow Strong Fall Conference, Saturday, November 4, 2000, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The workshop topics include: dating, eating disorders and promoting healthy body image, lifelong strength in fitness, self-esteem and money management issues for girls. The workshop will be held at: Metropolitan State University, 700 East Seventh Street, St. Paul. Registration Deadline: October 30, 2000. Call 651-227-8835.

Website of the Month

The Monthly introduces a new feature this month to publicize interesting and educational websites that discuss pregnancy prevention and teen parenting. This website offers readers an opportunity to learn more about the new book by Dominic Cappello and his team outlining the ten talks parents must have with their children and teens about improving communication on the topics of sex, violence, alcohol, and drugs.

www.tentalks.com

Contact MOAPPP for the latest information, training and resources on teen pregnancy, prevention and parenting. Phone: 651-644-1447; Fax: 651-644-1417; email: moappp@moappp.org; website: www.moappp.org.