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Your Back-to-School Checklist: 5 Fast Facts

We hope you are still enjoying barbeques, the beach, and basking in the sun.  But, it is almost “that” time again…back-to-school! The beginning of the school year – with the rush of sports physicals and last minute vaccinations – is the perfect time to implement RAAPS and effectively screen...

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Sharing Your Success with RAAPS!

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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How to Support LGBTQ Adolescents

During adolescence, many teens begin to explore their sexuality. For all teens, this is a challenging situation, but for teens who are questioning their sexual orientation, or who identify as being gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender, it can be a particularly difficult transition. This is a crucial time for...

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Talking with Teens About Risky Behaviors: Simple, Successful Strategies

Save the date!  The University of Michigan Health System Adolescent Health Initiative is hosting the first state-wide conference on adolescent health in Michigan!  Come join us at this one-day event as we learn how to translate knowledge on working with adolescents into practice.  National and state speakers will share...

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Adolescents and Alcohol

Did you know that more teens take their first drink of alcohol in June and July than any other months?  With the summer months upon us, we find it important to take a close look into adolescent alcohol use and how to talk to teens about options for being...

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Supporting Educational Access for Pregnant and Parenting Teens

Did you know that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 329,000 young women ages 15 to 19 years in the United States were reported to have given birth in 2011?  Pregnancy and birth are significant contributors to high school dropout rates among girls. An...

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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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