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April is Child Abuse Awareness & Prevention Month

Rett Liles, JD
Health Promotions and Community Outreach Manager
A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds. Local and state governments, community organizations, and community champions take action daily to protect children. One of the best ways to prevent child maltreatment is to help parents develop the skills and tools needed to understand and meet their children's emotional and physical needs to protect children from harm. Below are some tips for parents of teens that can help teens feel supported:
  • Have family meals as much as possible. Finding time to sit as a family and reflect on the day or the week can be a great opportunity to connect with your teen.
  • Talk to your teen often. Taking advantage of car rides or weekend mornings offers parents opportunities to talk to teens about what they may be experiencing at school or with friends.
  • Get involved and stay involved. Ask your teen about their homework, go to their practices and games when you can. Learn about what your teen likes to do and who they like to spend time with.
  • Take advantage of our Parenting the Love and Logic Way parenting classes. These classes help parents feel more confident, have more fun parenting and feel more relaxed.
Reflecting back on the alarming statistic that I included in the beginning, while you were reading this short article 5 child abuse reports were made. Our team at Teen Health Connection encourages you to join us in supporting families so that we can all play a role in preventing child abuse and neglect.
The Big Picture

The Big Picture is a dynamic health education and community outreach initiative that is solely written and performed by and for adolescent youth.  Based on data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Youth Risk Behavior Survey, this youth initiative addresses the current trends and health related issues facing teenagers today, with a focus on positive behavioral and health choices.
Wednesday, April 20 Professional Conference for Substance Abuse Prevention for medical clinicians, psychologists, social workers and all professionals who work with adolescents.
Thursday, April 21 Free Community Performance for parents, teachers, professionals and all community members. TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW for the free community performance on Thursday, April 21 at 7:00pm. Reserve your seat today.
Youth to Youth Conference

This summer Teen Health Connection is proud to be a partner of Youth to Youth International to offer the Southern States Conference at Queens University in Charlotte. Space is limited this year so visit here for more information or to enroll your teens in the conference.

Teen Health Connection is proud to announce that Medical Director, Dr. Preeti Matkins will be the new Assistant Program Director for the Pediatric Residency Program at Carolinas HealthCare System in addition to her role at Teen Health Connection. She will be assisting the Program Director and Associate Program Directors in all things related to residency education and accreditation.

Welcome Pediatric Resident
The Department of Pediatrics at Carolinas Medical Center and Levine Children's Hospital offers a fully accredited 3 year pediatric medical resident training program.  Teen Health Connection is fortunate to serve as the adolescent-specific medical rotation for the residents.  This month, we are pleased to welcome Dr. Julie McCaw. Dr. McCaw received her medical degree from Tulane.
Please forward our e-newsletter to your friends, sign up for our text messaging campaign, like us on  Facebook and visit our website to read about what we are doing each month. You can also follow us on Instagram at Teen Health Connection or on Twitter. Teen Health Connection appreciates our community partners and families.  We believe that together we can make a difference for adolescents in our community.  

It is through the support of our individual, community and corporate partners that Teen Health Connection empowers every adolescent to be healthy, safe and successful.

Pinwheels for Prevention
Teen Advisory Board members planted pinwheels outside of the courthouse at the launch of the 4th annual Child Abuse Prevention Month press conference. The pinwheel garden serves as a visual reminder of the importance of child abuse prevention 
Dr. John G. Johnston Award
for Excellence in Adolescent Medicine and Health 

Ann Clark, Superintendent for
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
2015 recipient of the Dr. John G. Johnston Award for Excellence in Adolescent Medicine and Health

The Dr. John G. Johnston Award for Excellence in Adolescent Medicine and Health is named for Teen Health Connection's founding Medical Director and Charlotte pediatrician, Dr. John G. Johnston.  Dr. Johnston is known for his efforts to empower every adolescent to be healthy, safe and successful. The Johnston Award honors individuals and organizations that have demonstrated sustained and significant impact on adolescents in the Charlotte community. The 2016 recipient will be honored at the Stand Up and Get Down for Teens annual event on September 24, 2016. You can download the application here and the deadline for nominations is May 15. Please submit all forms to Terry Albanese, Senior Development Officer, at
If you have any questions, please contact Terry at 704-381-8369.
 California Pizza Kitchen
Enjoy pizza with a purpose! On Wednesday,
April 27 and Thursday, April 28 all day, California Pizza Kitchen at SouthPark Mall is holding a FUNdraiser for Teen Health Connection and 20% of your check will be donated to us. This includes dine-in, take-out, catering and beverages. Diners must present  a copy of the flyer at time of purchase at the SouthPark location only. Thank you for supporting Teen Health Connection.
Philanthropic Development

Committee Members (front row L to R: Elizabeth Winer, Terry Albanese, Gabi Culpepper; back row L to R: Jane Llewellyn, Kristen Piscitelli)

By: Terry Albanese, MS
Senior Development Officer
(pictured above)

I am pleased to announce Teen Health Connection's new Philanthropic Development Committee. The Committee was formed in January 2016 and is helping Teen Health Connection to make connections, build relationships and increase giving in support of teens and families in our community. Collectively, these Committee members bring a wealth of expertise, knowledge of the Charlotte community, and dedication to Teen Health Connection. I am honored to be working with this amazing team.
We have so many generous donors at Teen Health Connection who we deeply value. We could not do our work without these thoughtful and caring people. However, as the needs of teens and families in our community continue to grow, so do our programs and services. To meet these needs, our family of donors must grow, too. Please consider making your gift today. For more information about giving to Teen Health Connection or to schedule a time to meet with us, please contact me at 704-381-8369 or I would love to connect with you.