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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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April is Alcohol Awareness Month!

April is Alcohol Awareness Month! The beginning of Spring often marks an important part of life for teens across America – proms, graduations and parties are being planned.  The pressure to drink alcohol is at its highest during the adolescent years. According to the CDC, more young people in...

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April is STD Awareness Month!

April is STD Awareness Month!  The increase in sexual experimentation that often occurs during adolescent years can have adverse consequences, such as sexually transmitted infections.  CDC estimates that youth ages 15-24 make up just over one-quarter of the sexually active population, but account for half of the 20 million...

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New Guidelines to Help Address Risk Behaviors in Adolescents

Did you know that according to the CDC nearly three out of every four teens that were seriously injured or killed, high risk behaviors were the primary cause?  So, it begs the question, how can we effectively screen for physical, emotional and social health risk factors to prevent those...

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FAQ: What are Professionals Saying about RAAPS?

We have the good fortune of working side-by-side with some of the most incredible professionals working with adolescents in a variety of settings, such as middle and high schools, hospitals, health clinics, school-based health centers, juvenile centers, university dorms, and state and national youth serving organizations. Check out the...

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FAQ: In What Format is the RAAPS Survey Available?

RAAPS is available in paper as well as a web application. If you are interested in obtaining the paper version of RAAPS, you must complete contact information and agree to the copyright disclaimer. You may NOT place the RAAPS into an electronic system nor distribute the RAAPS to other...

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FAQ: How is Confidentiality/Security Maintained?

Have you used the online RAAPS system and wondered how the security and confidentiality of your data is maintained? There are some key things you should know about how data is stored in our web system. 1.  Adolescent names are never stored in the system, only a registration number....

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