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Digging into the data behind SafeTeens


The secret is out. We confess. Here at SafeTeens, we love data. We love to look at our website analytics and see what are the most popular pages, then see how we can expand or improve them. We look at the types of questions being asked on SafeTeens Answers! and look for ways to incorporate those questions on our site and social media. The ways to use data are never-ending, which is why we are excited to share an excellent online resource that is useful to educators and anyone interested in tracking health data. All of the below data is available through the Pennsylvania Department of Health Enterprise Data Dissemination Informatics Exchange.

While the data is overall positive, with pregnancy and STD rates declining across the state over the past several years, there are still many areas that need to be worked on, as is evidence in the map at the end. Teen birth rates remain high in pockets throughout the country, along with some demographics. Our goal here at SafeTeens is to do further analysis of this data and share it here on our site for educators and health care professionals. Stay tuned for more information and take a moment to view the Health Enterprise Data Dissemination Informatics Exchange for yourself.


Pennsylvania Teen Birth Rates in 2015




Get ready! It’s Pennsylvania Teen Health Week!


Help us celebrate!Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Laura Offutt, MD, whose digital health resource, Real Talk with Dr. Offutt, developed Teen Health Week in collaboration with the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Department of Health with support from the Pennsylvania Medical Society. Laura is a volunteer internal medicine physician, youth mentor and advocate who uses social media and her blog-based website to engage adolescents with teen-friendly, accurate health information.

Get ready! This week is Pennsylvania Teen Health Week! As proclaimed by Governor Tom Wolf, Pennsylvania Teen Health Week to focuses on the overall health of teenagers from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh and everywhere in between. Pennsylvania is the first and only state to have such a statewide proclamation and observance – but soon Teen Health Week will be a national celebration!

It’s easy to be a part of this special week.  Involvement can be as simple as hanging a flyer announcing the week in your school, church or community center, or wearing lime green, the official color of Teen Health Week.  We even have a toolkit which is full of easy ideas for activities, sample social media posts, and a variety of resources which are organized around the broad themes covered in the week.

Each day has a specific broad health focus:

Monday: Healthy Diet and Exercise

Tuesday: Violence Prevention

WednesdayMental Health

Thursday: Sexual Development and Health

Friday: Substance Use and Abuse

Why is Teen Health Week important? Well, did you know that in Pennsylvania more than a third of our young feel depressed or sad most days?  Or that many teens think that driving after smoking marijuana is safer than after drinking? Or that 1 in 3 high school students have been in an abusive relationship? Or that fewer than one-tenth of our teens broke a sweat for one short hour in the past week?  And that fifteen- to nineteen-year-olds account for nearly half of the cases of chlamydia and gonorrhea in Pennsylvania?

As you can see, there are plenty of good reasons to have a week focused on teen health here in Pennsylvania!

Don’t worry – it’s not too late to take part in this fun and special week!  Here are a few ideas of how you can be a part of it:

Wear lime green. It’s the official Teen Health Week color.

Get artsy. Use post-it notes and set up a New Year’s Resolution wall that week – where teens can put anonymous health resolutions for 2017! You know, like “eat a fruit every day.”  Or, “make sure to get enough sleep.”

Hashtag for health. Share or post educational announcements or social media posts focused on each day’s health theme with friends or students. (Find these in the toolkit, or on SafeTeens’ social media channels.)

Help us celebrate! Attend the kick-off at the State Capitol Building in Harrisburg on January 9th, or the Friday the 13th celebration at the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia.

Plus, there are a lot more easy and fun ideas already created for you in our toolkit!



Join us at the Adolescent Sexual Health Conference in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania!


harrisburg-skylinejpg-c6219026bed1040fOn June 23rd and 24th, 2015, SafeTeens will be at Temple University Harrisburg at the 3rd Annual Adolescent Sexual Health Conference.

Educators, youth leaders, social workers, public health professionals, reproductive health practitioners, faith leaders, academicians, students, parents and anyone interested in improving adolescent sexual health are invited to engage in this professional development opportunity.

For more information and to sign up, contact Susan Washinger at or (717) 232-6400.

Interested in Presenting?

Temple University Harrisburg (TUH) invites individuals and organizations with an interest in presenting at the Third Annual Adolescent Sexual Health Conference to submit a proposal for consideration. The conference will provide professional development opportunities for educators and academicians, youth leaders, social workers, faith leaders, public health professionals and reproductive health practitioners.  

We are particularly interested in proposals that address the intersection of technology and sexuality, the impact of positive youth development on sexual health, and innovative adolescent sexual health practices.

Instructions for submitting workshop proposals:

  1. All proposals must be submitted electronically.
  2. Profiles of Presenters: If more than one presenter, a Lead Presenter should be identified as the contact. However, please present the following for all presenters included in the proposal:
    1. Presenter name
    2. Title
    3. Organization
    4. Work address
    5. Work phone number
    6. Cell phone number (for emergency purposes only)
    7. Email
  3. Brief bio for each presenter.
  4. Title of presentation.
  5. Requested time – 60 minutes or 90 minutes
  6. Attendee-based objectives. What knowledge or skills will attendees gain from your presentation?
  7. An outline that details the procedural steps of your presentation, including teaching methodologies employed.
  8. A description of the presentation to be used in the conference program, if accepted.
  9. Audio/visual requirements.
  10. Resume or CV for each presenter. Please note that Master’s level credentials are required to offer Continuing Education for sessions.

Registration and parking fees will be waived for Lead Presenters. Please send proposals to Jen May at

Deadline for submission is February 13, 2015.
Accepted proposals will be notified by March 31, 2015.

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Winner, winner, chicken dinner!



Congrats to Grace R! You’re the winner of the SafeTeens Educators’ Prize Pack, featuring SafeTeens Lessons, the MFHS Virtual Visit, stuffed Chlamydia and Gonorrhea microbes (of course!) and number of other awesome teaching resources!

Grace entered to win by signing up for Q by SafeTeens, Pennsylvania’s newest all-digital quarterly publication for advocates and educators. The next Q by SafeTeens will hit the digital shelves this August, just as school is set to begin.

To learn more about Q by SafeTeens and to sign up yourself, click here. Who knows? There just may be another prize pack in the works.

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