MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2004
Local teen health group
garners national award
BY MEREDITH LEE MILLER
ASSISTANT CITY EDITOR
The Adolescent Pregnancy
Prevention Coalition of North
Carolina celebrated its 20th anni
versary by receiving an honor
from the American Public Health
The center, based in Chapel
Hill, was awarded the APHA-
GlaxoSmith Kline Partnership for
Healthy Children Award earlier
The award honors programs
that collaborate with the commu
nity and work to have an effect on
“It was truly an honor,” said Kay
Phillips, president of the coali
tion, who attended the ceremony
in Washington, D.C. “It makes you
want to come home and work even
The coalition was chosen because
of its efforts to increase the ability of
health care providers, professionals
and public officials to implement
teen pregnancy prevention pro
grams, according to a press release.
Along with the award, the coali
tion received a plaque and a $7,000
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coalition received the award.
Phillips said it was inspiring to
be honored at a national level.
The coalition is the only orga
nization in North Carolina that
works specifically with adolescent
pregnancy prevention, she added.
The coalition works with 40
county-level prevention programs
and develops prevention models to
combat teen birth rates.
Phillips said it is important for
the state to have an organization
that focuses on teens.
The group communicates its mis
sion of preventing adolescent preg
nancy by working with newspapers
and attending health fairs, she said.
“We are a resource,” she said. “Our
mission is to help other entities.”
Phillips said much of the orga
nization’s efforts are focused on
the Hispanic population because
the state has the nation’s highest
Hispanic teen birth rates.
The coalition is in the process
of translating its informational
documents into Spanish to better
communicate with the Hispanic
population, Phillips said.
She said the center hopes to
have its entire Web site translated
into Spanish within the next few
The Web site soon will be a
place where Hispanic agencies can
get information quickly and easily,
The Hispanic population has
changed rapidly in North Carolina
in the last five years, and the orga
nization is trying to catch up to the
demographic changes, she said.
Since 1990, the Hispanic popu
lation in Carrboro has risen 936
percent, according to the town of
Carrboro Web site.
The coalition continues to look
at ways to better serve the Hispanic
population and to curb the teen
birth rate, she said.
The coalition publishes a refer
ence called the Hispanic Outreach
Prevention Portfolio for teen preg
nancy program providers who work
Last fall, the coalition co
sponsored the Southeastern U.S.
Symposium on Hispanic Teen
Pregnancy. Representatives from
eight states and 20 North Carolina
counties attended the event,
according to a press release.
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County taps rights director
FROM STAFF REPORTS
Orange County now has a per
manent director for its Department
of Human Rights and Relations.
County Manager John Link
announced Wednesday that Milan
Pham, who has served as acting
director of the department since
November 2003, now will continue
as the permanent director.
As the director of human rights
and relations, Pham will be in
charge of planning, organizing and
directing the county’s human rela
tions work, including the enforce
ment of civil rights ordinances.
The department responds to
issues of discrimination and human
Iran agrees to nuclear suspension
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
VIENNA, Austria Just a day
before an international deadline,
Iran agreed Sunday not to test
any centrifuges as part of a total
suspension of nuclear activities
that can yield uranium for atomic
weapons. Diplomats described the
about-face as an effort to avoid
possible U.N. sanctions.
Diplomats from the European
Union and elsewhere said on
condition of anonymity that the
International Atomic Energy
Agency received a letter from Iran
containing a pledge not to test
20 centrifuges during the freeze
it agreed to Nov. 7 during nego
tiations with Britain, France and
Germany, who were working on
behalf of the European Union.
The pledge appeared to resolve a
dispute that threatened to escalate
at Monday’s IAEA board meet
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relations, as well as supporting
the work of the Human Relations
Commission and the Commission
Pham also is charged with devel
oping and implementing commu
nity education, training and out
reach programs related to civil and
Pham has a law degree from
UNC’s School of Law and began
work in the department as a civil
rights specialist in 1999, according
to a press release from Link.
She also was responsible for
the development of the first Asian
Pacific American advocacy group
in North Carolina and has worked
ing into consultations on possibly
referring Iran to the U.N. Security
Council for defying the board. The
Security Council could then impose
sanctions against Iran.
A senior diplomat with nuclear
expertise told The Associated Press
that the Iranian pledge appeared to
contain no pitfalls and seemed to
meet the European demands for
Still, the commitment came
with strings attached. A govern
ment official from a board member
country told the AP that France,
Germany and Britain had accept
ed an Iranian demand to further
water down the language of a draft
resolution they wrote for adoption
by the board on ways of policing
The text to be adopted Monday
now includes a phrase emphasizing
that the suspension is not a legal
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with the Latino community and
other underrepresented popula
tions in the community, the release
“Milan is an exceptional advo
cate of respect and equality of all
citizens of Orange County,” Link
stated in the release. “Over the
past year, she has demonstrated
the strong skills and service orien
tation necessary to be successful in
Pham began her career as a
grassroots organizer and commu
In 2003, she was promoted to
senior civil rights specialist in the
or binding obligation on Tehran’s
part, he said.
Under the agreement, the 20
centrifuges Iran had previously
wanted exempted would not be
placed under IAEA seals but
monitored by cameras, diplomats
Iran says its program is for gen
erating electricity, but the United
States insists that Iranis trying to
make nuclear weapons. President
Bush has called Iran part of an
“axis of evil,” along with North
Korea and prewar Iraq.
Uranium enrichment does not
violate the terms of the Nuclear
Non-Proliferation Treaty that Iran
has signed, but for months Tehran
has been under pressure to freeze
all related activities to ease fears it
might want to use the technology
to make weapons.
The three European negotiators
of the Nov. 7 deal say the freeze
also prohibits the Iranians from
running centrifuges for research
purposes. The centrifuges spin gas
into enriched uranium.
The Iranian promise came less
than a day before the 35-nation
IAEA board was scheduled to
reconvene in Vienna over the
Iran had no official comment
Sunday on the letter. State televi
sion and radio in Tehran were still
broadcasting earlier statements
from a Foreign Ministry spokesman
who had vowed that Iran would use
the centrifuges for research.
The Foreign Ministry could not
be reached for immediate com
■ Due to a reporting error, the
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that the average price of gas in
North Carolina is $1.29 per gallon.
The price actually is $1.92 per
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