2013_09 ICAP Newsletter

Next ICAP MeetingTuesday, September 17, 2013 at 1:30pm-3:00pm

Location: 401 Hungerford Drive, 1st floor conference room

Visitor parking is available in front of and on the side of the building and on the top level of the garage. Also, next door behind 451 Hungerford Drive.

ICAP NEWS

Contact Ilene if you’d like a supply of the Teen Help Cards in either English or Spanish.

Check out the ICAP website at www.mcicap.org

 

NEWS

 

Teen Birth Rate Down 52%

The teen birth rate in the United States has been cut in half over the past 21 years, according to data released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). Since its high water mark in 1991, the teen birth rate in the U.S. declined 52% between 1991 and 2012. The U.S. teen birth rate is now the lowest since 1940 when data started being collected. The National Campaign has summarized the teen birth data in a new Fast Facts.

 

Guttmacher Institute Report says DC Leads Nation in Unintended Pregnancies

Seven in 10 D.C. pregnancies in 2008 were unplanned, according to a new report. The Guttmacher Institute report, released Monday, found that more than half of pregnancies in 31 states as well as the District were unplanned.“This report shows that there is wide variation across states. Rates are twice as high in some southern states compared with those in some northeastern states—a variation that likely reflects differences in demographics and socioeconomic conditions across states,” Lawrence Finer, Guttmacher’s director of research, said in a news release announcing the report. D.C. had the highest percentage of pregnancies that were unintended (70 percent), trailed by Mississippi (63 percent), Louisiana (62 percent) andDelaware (61 percent). The lowest percentage was logged by Utah (37 percent), meaning that in every state (and D.C.) more than one-third of pregnancies were unplanned. Maryland (56 percent) and Virginia (53 percent) were also among the majority of states where more than half of the pregnancies were unplanned. The District also had the highest rate of unintended pregnancies among women between the ages of 15 and 44, with 80 pregnancies per 1,000 women. Delaware was the runner-up with 70 such pregnancies, while the lowest such rate was New Hampshire at 31 per 1,000 women. Most states had a rate between 40 and 65 pregnancies per 1,000 women in that age range, according to the report. Maryland (58) and Virginia (53) also landed with the majority here.

 

The Landing: A new substance abuse recovery support program for teens

The Landing is a free and voluntary program that is designed to provide a wide variety of recovery and support services for Montgomery County youth (ages 12 through 17). The program includes job readiness, peer support, recreational activities, youth leadership, art, cooking, education, and relapse prevention to help our members stay positive about their recovery during and after treatment. The main requirement is that youth be in a treatment program or have been through a treatment program and are motivated to stay clean. This is not a treatment program, but instead offers mentorship and a way for youth to lead the way in their own recovery process. This program can be complementary with programs like Alcoholics Anonymous or other similar recovery support programs. For more information, contact Monica Davalos, Care Coordinator at The Landing, Family Services Inc., monica.davalos@fs-inc.org

Ph: 240-683-6580 ext. 219.

 

2013 Text4baby State Enrollment Contest kicked off on May 12, 2013. Through October 21, 2013, states will compete against one another to enroll the most text4baby users. Winners will be announced in early November in conjunction with the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in Boston, MA. Promote this service to the families you serve. For more information on text4baby, click here.

 

My Reproductive Life Plan: A checklist for staying healthy and planning future pregnancies

http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/HHS-Program/Resources/Files/PHS%20Docs/MyReproductiveLifePlan(1-4-13).pdfContact Sheilah O’Connor or Jane Larsen at Improved Pregnancy Outcomes Program for copies.

 

RESOURCES

 

Montgomery County's Rental Assistance Program (RAP) is now accepting Applications

The County Rental Assistance Program is a Montgomery County funded program to help low-income households meet their monthly rental expenses. Assistance is available to legal residents who are disabled, elderly or households of two or more. Eligible customers can receive $50 to $200 per month towards their rental costs.

To apply, households must submit a completed pre-application by mail, fax or in-person. All households will be placed on a waiting list and contacted by the Rental Assistance Program as openings occur to apply for benefits. Customers can call 240-777-4400 to receive a pre-application or they can download it from the HHS website. 

Check here for more information: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/HHS-Program/SNHS/SNHSRental-p743.html#apply

 

A Guide to Birth Control by and for Guys

Bedsider.org (a resource of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy) has developed videos and other resources created by guys for guys about birth control. The site also features a 'provider' resource section. Go to: For the Guys We Love! The Guy's Guide to Birth Control

 

Tips to help Faith Leaders & Their Communities Address Teen Pregnancy

http://www.thenationalcampaign.org/resources/pdf/pubs/tips-faith-leaders.pdf

 

 

RESEARCH

 

 

Can Participating in Online Forums Improve the Well-being of Teen Moms and Moms-to-be?

“Forging Friendships, Soliciting Support: A Mixed-Method Examination of Message Boards for Pregnant Teens and Teen Mothers" (abstract). Computers in Human Behavior, Vol. 29 (September 2012). Researchers at the University of California wanted to know whether and how peer support promotes the overall well-being of pregnant and parenting teens. The researchers collected data from four online message boards, each with a different focus: teen pregnancy, teen issues in general, pregnancy, and health. Why read it: Many young people go to virtual communities for advice and support. And pregnant and parenting teens may need and want a lot of both those things. This study helps family and youth workers understand how online forums might help pregnant and parenting teens get support that helps them and their babies to be well. Biggest take aways for family and youth workers: This study's qualitative findings show that yes, pregnant and parenting teens experience improved well-being as a result of peer support. Specifically, youth message boards that are focused on a specific genre or topic and representative of a certain age group provide a sense of belonging and support youth may not be able to receive offline. Online message boards can widen youth's network of peers with similar experiences, and they can give youth a place to discuss personal concerns they may not feel comfortable talking about in person. Researchers found that many youth who participated in the forum wanted to stay in touch with other members--keeping a permanent connection. The researchers also found that relationships formed in the forum helped the pregnant and parenting teens' overall wellbeing. Teens in the forums felt strongly connected to one another. When one young woman didn't post for a while, other members wondered where she was. Go to: http://ncfy.acf.hhs.gov/news/2013/08/primary-sources-can-participating-online-forums-improve-well-being-teen-moms-and-moms?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ncfynews

 

New Report Focuses on Repeat Births to Teen Parents

report recently published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlights the prevalence of repeat births to teen mothers; they account for nearly 20% of all teen births. Resources and guidance aimed at reducing this trend are provided, as is further information relevant to the topic (e.g. racial/ethnic disparities in rates of repeat teen births, negative outcomes associated with subsequent teen pregnancies).

 

 

   
 

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

 

Carl M. Freeman Foundation FACES Program

Grant opportunities for smaller nonprofit organizations located in Montgomery County. The grants are available through the FACES (Freeman Assists Communities with Extra Support) Program, which targets organizations that are often overlooked by funders. The FACES grant program is designed to find nonprofits with operating budgets of $750,000 or less where a $5,000 grant can really have a significant impact," stated Patti Grimes, Executive Director of the CMFF.

The grant cycle will open on August 26th, and applications are due by September 25th at 5:00 pm. The winners will be announced in December.

If you have questions about the application process, contact Melissa Rizer at 302-436-3015 or melissa@freemanfoundation.org. Applicants can apply online at www.carlfreemanfoundation.org/faces.

 

Cigna Foundation

Application Deadline: Proposals are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Description: The CIGNA Foundation provides funding for programs that enhance the health of individuals and families and the well-being of communities. Its four priority areas are:

Funding Amount: There are no restrictions on amount of funds requested, although $5,000 is considered a typical grant, particularly for first-time recipients.

Who May Apply: 501(c)(3) public charities

More information: http://www.cigna.com/about-us/corporate-responsibility/cigna-foundation

 
         

TRAININGS & WEBINARS

 

Healthy Teen Network Conference “Embrace Innovation”

October 22-25, 2013 in Savannah, GA

Healthy Teen Network's 34th Annual National Conference celebrates "Embracing Innovation" to address adolescent sexual and reproductive health and the needs of parenting teens. Healthy Teen Network will showcase innovative strategies and research focused on adolescent sexual health, pregnant and parenting teens, and building the capacity of youth-serving organizations to sustain themselves for years to come. Helping youth make healthy, responsible decisions about how they live out their sexuality and care for their families requires examining the aspects of their lives that impact how they make those choices.

 

Financial Reporting and Management Institute (FIRM) 
Financial Leadership training for executive directors of Montgomery County Nonprofits 
Registration on the website of The Nonprofit Roundtable, which can be accessed at www.nonprofitroundtable.org . Please click through to the FIRM page under "What we Do" - or cut and paste:
http://nonprofitroundtable.org/what-we-do/a-strong-sector/firm
You will be asked to choose between two dates: November 6 & 7th, 2013 OR February 19 & 20, 2014 when you register. 
Please note that the Executive Director AND a key Finance/Accounting/Business staff member of each agency is required to attend both days. In addition, the Board Chair and/or Treasurer from each participating agency is required to attend the first half-day module that will address issues of fiscal leadership and administration, i.e., from 8:30 to 12 on either November 6th or February 19th. Much of the work is focused on creating a best practice workplan for your organization, so the more members of your team working on this together the better the outcome. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Barbara Garlock at 
bgarlock@nonprofitroundtable.org. .

 

 

 

Ilene Sparber, LCSW-C, Consultant

Interagency Coalition on Adolescent Pregnancy

Dept. of Health & Human Services,School Health Services

401 Hungerford Drive, 2nd floor

Rockville, MD 20850

240-777-1728

240777-1860 FAX

ilene.sparber@montgomerycountymd.gov

www.mcicap.org