April 13, 2015
ISSUE 5-8
       

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Adolescent health key to America being the healthiest nation in 2030

Currently, there are roughly 42 million adolescents in the United States-that's potentially 42 million young adults who in 2030 will enter the workforce, raise the next generation of families, and ultimately set the pace for the future of America's health. The habits and actions a person develops in adolescence (both healthy and unhealthy) may affect their health and life outcomes for years to come.

 

Check out resources on improving adolescent health including Talking with Teens and the Adolescent Health Library on Office of Adolescent Health's (OAH) website. By encouraging today's teens to develop positive health behaviors, we can help make the United States the healthiest nation by 2030.

HIDTA releases latest report on marijuana in Colorado

Last week, the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA)  put out its latest report on the impact of marijuana legalization and commercialization in Colorado. The purpose of this report and future reports is to document the impact of the legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational use in Colorado.

"I Can Be Anything" video


 


In this project, a collaboration with Neu Life Community Development, Gwen T. Jackson students focused on a peace theme, reworking the popular and nostalgic Reading Rainbow theme song.

New Functional Family Therapy program offered

Many of us know that raising a teenager can be difficult for many reasons: peer or family relationships, pressures at school and self-esteem issues, to name just a few. However, some families and youth struggle with more complex situations such as delinquent and criminal behavior, expulsion from school, and alcohol or other drug addiction. If you know a family that is struggling with these issues, SaintA has a program that can help, and it's free. SaintA, in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF), is offering a family therapy model that is new to the Milwaukee area called Functional Family Therapy, or FFT. For more information, see the FFT flyer and referral form.

Few teens use the most effective types of birth control

More teens are waiting to have sex, and of those who are sexually active, nearly 90 percent used birth control the last time they had sex. Data show that teens most often use condoms and birth control pills which, when not used consistently and correctly, are less effective for preventing pregnancy. According to this month's Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, increasing access to Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) is one way to further reduce teen pregnancy.

New designer drug, "flakka," works like bath salts, causes "excited delirium"

The new designer drug "flakka" has brought national attention to South Florida; however, the active ingredient has been detected by crime labs across the country. The drug has popped up in Texas and Ohio, as well. Use of the drug, which can be snorted, smoked, injected, and swallowed, has been linked with serious - and sometimes deadly - behavioral problems.
 

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In This Issue
Adolescent health key to America being the healthiest nation in 2030
HIDTA releases latest report on marijuana in Colorado
"I Can Be Anything" video
New Functional Family Therapy program offered
Few teens use the most effective types of birth control
New designer drug, "flakka," works like bath salts, causes "excited delirium"
Event Announcements

QPR TRAINING

April 23

Milwaukee, WI

Informational flyer available here.

 

ROGERS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL OPEN HOUSE

April 26, 1-4pm

Brown Deer, WI

Open house for Rogers Memorial Hospital's latest, state-of-the-art behavioral health hospital. Free and open to the public. No RSVP needed.

 

MOVING FORWARD TOGETHER: ACHIEVING COLLECTIVE IMPACT

May 27

Milwaukee, WI

The 17th Annual Urban Initiatives Conference will explore collective impact and how it fits in the Milwaukee tapestry of initiatives. More information and registration available online. 

Job Announcements

COMMUNITY PROGRAMS & PROJECT SPECIALIST

Under the general supervision of the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program (TPCP) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, the incumbent is responsible for the overall coordination and management of Clear Gains, Wisconsin's Smoke-Free Housing Initiative. More information available online.

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