Texas Foster Youth Health Initiative
Building relationships across systems to promote optimal health for child welfare-involved youth.
The Texas Foster Youth Health Initiative (TFYHI) is a partnership between the Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, the Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services, and the Texas Institute for Child and Family Wellbeing at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at UT Austin, the Texas Foster Youth Health Initiative will establish, fund, coordinate, and support a multidisciplinary network of community partners to develop and test cutting edge sexual health interventions for youth and their caregivers. These community partners include Healthy Futures of Texas and the North Texas Alliance to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy in Teens (Ntarupt).
The main goal is that youth in foster care feel connected, safe, and empowered and make informed decisions about their sexual health and relationships. The Initiative will be working to achieve this by:
1) creating a multi-disciplinary network and learning community
2) using the socio-ecological model as a framework for coordinated strategies at the individual, interpersonal, organizational, community, and public policy levels
3) exploring, developing, testing, refining, and evaluating sexuality and relationship education interventions to meet community needs
4) applying a trauma-informed approach to build skills for health
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