teentalkgirlsingrassMany of the girls enrolled in the CYGNET Study have continued participating in the study throughout the past seven years. Although hard to document, their continuing high participation rates are probably due in part to the total package of benefits for the girls and their families, including small incentives, girl-friendly staff and protocols, and ongoing educational outreach to CYGNET Study families. Twice a year, the COTC works with the CYGNET Study staff to create the study newsletter, CYGNET Taking Flight, and to host “Tea Talks” (now called Teen Talks starting in 2012). Teen Talks were designed to bring together researchers, study staff, and COTC members with participant families to discuss the study and related health and developmental topics.

The Teen Talks promote communication and help to make participants appreciate that they are a part of the larger group. Fourteen CYGNET Teen Talks have been held to date. See the "Past Teen Talks" section for a list of dates, locations, topics and number of attendees.

In sum, participants report being very satisfied with all aspects of the Teen Talks especially the activities provided for the girls, the quality of the event, and time for questions and answers.

The main reasons CYGNET girls attend Teen Talks are:

  • to learn more about the study,
  • for the particular topic presented at the Teen Talk,
  • the location or venue of the Teen Talk, and/or
  • to learn more about puberty and how to support their daughters.

Primarily, parents said they support their daughter's participation in the CYGNET study because:

  • of their interest and commitment to the study;
  • to learn more information about puberty and other important topics related to parenting a girl; and
  • to support their daughter.

Many of the respondents expressed a strong commitment to the study and a keen interest in what they hope will be learned about female development and women’s health from the study.

Date

Location

Topic

Children

Adults

3/06

Oakland

History of the CYGNET Study and its Impact on Girls' Health

   

6/06

San Rafael- Marin

History of the CYGNET Study and its Impact on Girls’ Health

24

20

11/06

San Francisco

Introduction to the Community Outreach and Translation Core (COTC)

History of the CYGNET Study

21

15

3/07

Berkeley

Measuring Environmental Exposures and Research on their Health Effects

32

22

10/07

Sausalito-Marin

Speaking to Your Daughter about Puberty: It’s Never too Early to Talk

26

21

4/08

Berkeley: Lawrence Hall of Science

Keeping Physically Active Throughout Life

28

24

10/08

San Francisco:

Exploratorium

Positive Parenting in Middle Childhood

47

36

4/09

Oakland: Kaiser Theater

“The Best Me” Kaiser Educational Theater Performance. Healthy Eating and Active Living

55

45

10/09

San Francisco:

Aquarium of the Bay

Safe Seafood Consumption

76

63

5/10

Berkeley: Clark Kerr Campus of UC Berkeley

For Girls Only: A Heart to Heart Talk about Growing Up.  Presentation about puberty by Julie Metzger from Great Conversations.

25

23

3/11

Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre - Oakland

Nightmare on Puberty Street

8

11

1/12

Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre - Oakland

Shasta Skippers & Community Troupe

18

14

5/13

Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre - Oakland

SECRETS: Educating students about the dangers of STIs and how to have healthy relationships

6

2

10/13

California Academy of Sciences – San Francisco

Project Lab Tour & Day at the California Academy of Sciences

24

22