THE HFTX BLOG

New Rules? Who could be affected?

November 2017

Contraception has proven to be a leading force in preventing unplanned pregnancies, however, the nation’s current Administration has dealt a potential blow to the accessibility and affordability of contraceptives for Americans, particularly in underserved communities.

In the fight to reduce teenage and unplanned pregnancies, several organizations and initiatives nationwide are doing what they can to promote safe sex, educate, and empower adults and youth about their reproductive and sexual health.

Although the US has seen a decline in teenage and unplanned pregnancies, new federal regulations may alter the progress we have made thus far.  

What is the #MeToo Movement? What Can We Do About it?

November 2017

Recent sexual assault and harassment allegations in the media have sparked people’s attention across the nation. Actress Alyssa Milano recently took to social media to call attention to the #MeToo movement. Milano spoke about Tarana Burke, Senior Project Director at Girls for Gender Equity, Founder of Just Be Inc., and the creator of the movement.

People across the country have rallied together to open the discussion about sexual harassment and assault using two simple words to share their personal stories. Though people have different views on the #MeToo campaign, there are many things we can do to prevent one more person from becoming a victim of sexual abuse or exploitation.

“Someone teach me how to adult…”

October 2017

Infancy, childhood, adolescence…. emerging adulthood? Learn about the theory of the newly created life stage, emerging adulthood – a hotly debated topic among experts in psychology today.

Poverty On the Rise

October 2017

A recent article reported an increase in San Antonio’s poverty rate, much higher than state and national levels. Mayor Nirenberg and the City of San Antonio continue to focus efforts on shifting the ladder of inequality and equity throughout its communities. Click here to read more.

 

Targeting Teenage Pregnancies

October 2017

San Antonio recently experienced great support from the City Council regarding teen pregnancy prevention.  The City Council voted 9-1 to approve a funding contract that will continue through September 30, 2019, that will provide both birth control and behavioral and mental health counseling for teen parents in the city.

 Click below to learn more about how the City Council is supporting the need for teen pregnancy prevention.

Brotherly Love

September 2017

Initiatives, such as the Ever Forward Club, are leading the forefront in including young males “in the conversation”. Through academic, community, and personal development, males have the opportunity to be real, when society says otherwise. Healthy Futures’ BAE-B-SAFE project values this commitment to positive male engagement and has taken its own approach to include young males in conversations about sexual health.

Read more about the how the Ever Forward Club and Health Futures of Texas are approaching male engagement.

Uniting for Teen Pregnancy Prevention in San Antonio

September 2017

With Mayor Nirenberg’s remarks last month about teen pregnancy prevention as a priority for the city, the San Antonio business community has reinforced this cause by supporting Health Futures of Texas’ 10th annual Luncheon with the Stars this October.

What’s Up with that Teen?

September 2017

School’s only been back in session for a few weeks now, and you may be asking yourself – “What on earth is up with my teenager, grandchild, niece/nephew or student?” Exciting things in their brains – that’s what!

Being an adolescent can be a difficult and exciting time for a young person – check out these 40 Developmental Assets from the Search Institute and read more here on how you can build young people up.

Calling all you Mother Lovers!

September 2017

In Texas, maternal mortality is still an issue we face in our communities. Yet, there is hope on the horizon, we can do better, Texans! Locally, there are a few organizations looking to make an impact by offering free preventative services to improve pre-and postnatal care.

In Texas, maternal mortality is still an issue we face in our communities. Yet, there is hope on the horizon, we can do better, Texans! Locally, there are a few organizations looking to make an impact by offering free preventative services to improve pre-and postnatal care.

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Declared a Priority in San Antonio

August 2017

With recent unexplained federal cuts to Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP) funding and San Antonio’s recent ranking as one of the most economically segregated cities in the nation, a call for action is needed– now more than ever…

See which San Antonio champions have stepped up to the plate.

Including San Antonio’s Powerhouse Players

Preliminary data from HFTX’s BAE-B-SAFE project reports the top two barriers to accessing Healthcare reported were ‘not knowing where to go’ and ‘lack of insurance’; other obstacles mentioned included financial barriers, and fear or anxiety. In addition to providing evidence-based programs, BAE-B-SAFE staff can provide assistance in accessing the vast array of services that CentroMed provides through a new partnership.

HFTX and CentroMed are working furiously to eliminate barriers to reduce teen and unplanned pregnancy amongst older teens and college aged youth. Healthy Futures of Texas is delighted to announce this year’s ‘Luncheon with the Stars’ Richard C. Alvarado Award winner is Dr. Ernesto Gomez, CEO of CentroMed. 

BAE-B-SAFE Gears Up for Round Three!

Quiet hallways, empty dining halls, and uncrowded sidewalks are typical of what BAE-B-SAFE has seen on campuses throughout the Alamo Colleges District this summer. With summer winding down quickly, all is set to change for the upcoming fall semester!  

Healthy Futures of Texas’ BAE-B-SAFE project will begin year 3 of this three-year Competitive PREP grant this upcoming fall semester. For the next few weeks, our BAE-B-SAFE team will be preparing to take their biggest strides in making their mark at San Antonio College, St. Philip’s College, and Palo Alto College.  

 

Steps Toward Becoming Culturally Competent

Understanding our own cultural norms may be completely opposite from another’s which could potentially lead to misunderstandings, misinterpretations, loss of productivity and exclusions.

  1. Self Reflect— Recognize and understand your own values, beliefs, and norms and how they shape your views of the world
  2. Awareness — Increase your knowledge of other particular cultures and recognize there may be differing views within the group

For more tips on becoming more culturally competent:

We're # 1, but it's not what you think

How is San Antonio the most economically segregated city in the nation? Research links that the zip code you reside in can limit educational opportunity, economic success, and better health outcomes.

Capitol News: Small Victories and Missed Opportunities for Women's Health

Learn about both the successes and the missed opportunities for the future of women’s preventive health care in Texas. Check out these updates from the most recent Texas’ 85th Regular Legislative Session.