About "We're Talking"
"We're Talking!" was developed by the Adolescent Interest Group (AIG) of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF). The group is composed of PAMF physicians, social workers, educators, and researchers concerned with addressing the health care needs of adolescents.
AIG members volunteer countless hours to review Web content and create new material to ensure the site continues to provide teens with comprehensive, up-to-date health information.
A group of teens from the Summer Wellness Education and Training for Teens (SWEAT) Institute also contribute to the site.
Visitors may notice that different pages sound like they were written by different people. That's because they were! Much of our content comes from kids themselves. While PAMF edits the submissions for grammar, punctuation, and accuracy, we appreciate and try to protect the unique voice of each writer.
PAMF's teen website, "We're Talking," will provide comprehensive health information and answers to specific questions for Bay Area teens. The information will be straightforward, clear, understandable, medically accurate, and up-to-date.
"We're Talking" will also serve as a resource for parents who want help in talking with their teens about sensitive issues, and for high school teachers who want to integrate health information into their classroom curriculum.
We will do this by providing the following:
- Rigorously reviewed, thorough, and complete health information on topics of current interest and concern to teens.
- Interactive activities to help teens assess, manage, and reduce their health risks and concerns.
- Teaching materials for teachers interested in teen health issues.
- A robust set of resources, content, and references for parents who want to help their teens with healthcare decisions.
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Values & Assumptions
We will approach development of content for the website with the following underlying values and assumptions.
- We believe in the intelligence of our readers.
- We care about the physical and emotional health and safety of our readers.
- We try to address both physical and emotional health aspects of all topics.
- We are aware of the spectrum of teen behavior – from "abstainers" to "heavy risk takers."
- We try to include all points of view and balance our coverage of issues.
- We use vocabulary that teens can understand and relate to (which may include current slang).
- We assume that teens are in a consensual, comfortable relationship and that there is good communication between partners, when addressing sexual issues and questions.
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