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A call on state congressional delegations to speed COVID-19 economic relief; a gap in trapping pollution impacts communities of color.


2020Talks - November 25, 2020 


CORRECTED 2:30pm MST 11/25 - Linda Thomas-Greenfield would be the second Black woman in US UN Ambassador role, Susan Rice was the first. Biden nominees speak; how can social media spread less misinformation and be less polarizing. *2020Talks will not be released 11/26 & 11/27*

Public News Service - MN: Teen Pregnancy Prevention

PHOTO: Minnesota's teen birth rate is the lowest on record, but new concerns are emerging about less condom use and more STDs among teens. Photo credit: Mrs. Flinger.

ST PAUL, Minn. - The teen birth rate is down in Minnesota, but another important concern about adolescent sexual health is emerging. Jill Farris with Teenwise Minnesota said condom use by teens has plateaued nationwide - and statewide, it's actually on the decline. "A lot of other trends seem to be

PHOTO: The latest data show the teen birth rate in Minnesota is now at it's lowest point on record, with 19 births per 1,000 girls ages 15 to 19. Advocates say it's great news, but there's still much work to be done. CREDIT: Rachel Ferreira Photography

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The birth rate among teenage girls in Minnesota has now dropped to its lowest level on record. The rate fell by 14 percent from 2010 to 2011. Judith Kahn, executive director, Teenwise Minnesota, said while changes among the younger teens usually lead the trend, this time around the

PHOTO: Dr. Laurence Steinberg will discuss his research into teen risk-taking and brain development at the upcoming annual conference of Teenwise Minnesota. Courtesy of Steinberg.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A person is apt to make more risky decisions as a teenager than at any other time in life, and research shows that's partly because of neurological reasons. In early adolescence, said Temple University psychology professor Laurence Steinberg, the brain systems that process and eva

PHOTO:  CREDIT: Daquella Manera

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Teens in juvenile detention settings in Minnesota are among the most at-risk for pregnancy or a sexually-transmitted disease, but new efforts are making a difference. According to David Kurtzon, program manager at Teenwise Minnesota, one such program that's having a positive impact

PHOTO: The number of chlamydia cases in the state has doubled in the past decade, reaching a record high 17-thousand in 2011. CREDIT: jnissa

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota's efforts to reduce the cases of chlamydia are taking shape, with a variety of stakeholders coming together on a statewide strategy. That strategy is now in place and work under way in the battle against the most-reported infectious disease in Minnesota. The number of c

IMAGE: The average age that a child is forced into the sex trade in the U.S. is 13 and more and more often, the transactions are taking place over the Internet. CREDIT: John Michaelson

ST. PAUL, Minn. - When it comes to the thousands of girls across Minnesota who are at risk of ending up in the sex trade, early intervention can change their course in life. University of Minnesota researcher Lauren Martin is author of a report on how reaching these vulnerable girls before it's too

PHOTO: Kinship says the average relationship between a local mentor and child lasts about three years  compared to the national average of only 10 months. Courtesy of GMCC.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - It only requires a small weekly gift of your time, but becoming a mentor can have positive impacts that last for a lifetime. Gennea Falconer, the director of the Kinship program through the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches, says that if one looks at influential relationships

PHOTO: An analysis by the state and Teenwise Minnesota has found that girls in foster care are twice as likely to get pregnant as teens than though who have never been out of home. CREDIT: ultrasound-images.com.

BEMIDJI, Minn. - Minnesota girls in foster care are more than twice as likely to become pregnant as teenagers as girls who have never been in the foster-care system. Jill Farris, director of training and education at Teenwise Minnesota, says there are a variety of factors for the higher risk, such

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