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Health Plan & Provider Implications of New Adolescent Risk Screening Guidelines

Recent changes in adolescent risk assessment guidelines will especially impact health plans and healthcare providers. Click here join us on June 28th at 2pm (ET) as nationally acclaimed guest speakers share their perspective and real-life, hands-on experience: Mary McFarlane RN, MBA Director, Michigan Quality Improvement Consortium Blue Care Network...

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RAAPS featured in “SAHM Matters”

RAAPS was developed to overcome some of the most common barriers to adolescent risk screening in primary care: time, provider confidence in addressing multiple risk topics, lack of risk-reduction counseling tools — and teen engagement.  As a nurse practitioner working with teens, I understood the need to screen for risky...

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A Closer Look at Fatherhood

The new report from CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics noted the teen birth rate declined 25 percent between 2007-2011—a record low. Teen birth rates fell at least 15 percent for all but two states during this most recent period of sustained decline.  There are many curriculums and programs...

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Improve Practice, Share Stories!

We all know that the best way to improve practice and inspire each other in our work is through sharing stories of tackling tough topics, identifying hidden risks, and making a difference. We would like to invite you to share your RAAPS success stories! Your stories will be shared...

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Millennial Generation & College Stress

Caps and gowns are on.  Teens are bursting from excitement as the hours of school and homework have paid off. The band begins to play March No. 1 in D.  Graduation day is upon us! Teens are embarking on what is considered to be one of the most important...

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Let’s Move!

President Barack Obama issued a proclamation declaring May National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. In that proclamation he calls on all Americans to make daily physical activity, sports participation and good nutrition a priority in their lives. This makes May the perfect time for teens and families to get...

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Teen Pregnancy & Alcohol

May is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month & April was Alcohol Awareness Month.  To celebrate these months, we welcome our first guest blog post from St. Jude Retreats. ______________________________________________________________________ Teen pregnancy and alcohol often go hand in hand. When you drink alcohol you can often times lose your inhibitions, leading...

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Our Cause – Our Challenge!

If you believe in the value of pediatric vaccinations – give us just two more minutes of your time: As you may have guessed, we are passionate about reducing health risk behaviors in adolescents here at RAAPS.  But before you can reduce risk – you must first identify it. ...

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Celebrating the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Today we are celebrating the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.  Our goal is to focus on teens and the importance of avoiding too-early pregnancy and parenthood through sharing a variety of resources and data. What does the data tell us?  Our teen pregnancy rate has declined by over...

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Expanding #RAAPS on Social Media Platforms

RAAPS is expanding our social media platforms.  We hope to engage you in highly interactive conversations while sharing the latest resources on adolescent risk behaviors. RAAPS has a You Tube Channel!  Check out our new YouTube channel, where we have posted our first two videos showcasing how RAAPS is...

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