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School Health Equity Newsletter April 2015

Advocates for Youth Newsletter

APRIL 2015

Feature: Department of Health and Human Services Updates Evidence-based Program List

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) released updates and new additions to the Health and Human Services (HHS) Teen Pregnancy Prevention Evidence Review and evidence-based programs list. The revised list of programs includes two new additions: Get Real!, a school-based comprehensive sexuality education program for middle school students, and Prime Time, a youth development program for adolescent females at high risk for teen pregnancy. To view information on the evidence review process, programs currently on the list, and a searchable database of studies reviewed, click here.


Capacity Building and Professional Development

2015 Healthy Teen Network Webinar Series. Starting May 7, 2015 Healthy Teen Network will kick off a monthly webinar series. The topics to be covered include changing the frames of expectant and young parents; data visualization and creating impactful graphs to convey your message; and Healthy Teen Network’s Youth 360⁰ approach. To learn more about the webinar series or register, click here.

Teens, Health, & Technology. Northwestern University’s Center on Media and Human Development will discuss new data on how teens use technology to obtain health information. The conference will take place June 2nd at the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C. from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM. To RSVP, click here.

School-Based Health Alliance Youth Program. The Youth Program at the 2015 National School-Based Health Care Convention will take place June 16-19, 2015 in Austin, TX. High school students can learn about the policies affecting school-based health centers and develop leadership and advocacy skills. To learn more about the program, click here.

2015 School Health Conference. The 89th Annual School Health Conference hosted by the American School Health Association will take place October 15-17, 2015 at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista in Orlando, FL. To nominate a leader for their outstanding accomplishments in school health or for service to ASHA and their profession, click here.

Envisioning the Future, Creating our Path: NACCHO Annual 2015. NACCHO hosts an annual conference that addresses the specific needs and concerns of local health officials. NACCHO’s conferences are vital, one-of-a-kind, learning and networking opportunities for local health officials and their public health partners from all geographic regions of the nation to share perspectives and engage in dialogue on common key public health practice issues. The NACCHO annual conference will take place July 7-9, 2015 in Kansas, MO. To find out more information, click here.

2015 Conference on Adolescent Health. The second annual Adolescent Health Initiative Conference on Adolescent Health will take place April 23-24, 2015 at the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest in Ypsilanti, Michigan. To learn more about the conference or register to attend, click here.

Stonewall National Education Symposium. The 3rd national symposium of the Stonewall National Education Project will take place May 13-15, 2015, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In this third year, the symposium will move from solutions to implementation. There will be an emphasis on skill building, strategy, and practical application. To learn more about the symposium or register to attend, click here.


Testing Makes Us Stronger. Advocates for Youth recently released an adapted social media marketing campaign, Testing Makes Us Stronger. The goal of this campaign is to raise awareness among young black gay and bisexual men and the importance of regular HIV testing. To view the campaign, click here. Order materials here.

Facilitation Quick Tips: Phrase Craze. Here is an engaging way to find out what participants learned in your training session. This activity helps to ensure participants are grasping the key concepts, providing feedback to the facilitator and the facilitator is allowing allotted time for sharing amongst participants. To view the activity, click here.

The Program Success Framework. Interested in learning how to create and run effective, sustainable programs that enable young people to thrive? The Program Success Framework, developed by ETR is based on the belief that successful program impact and sustainability require a series of intentional stages, from assessing need to nurturing a sustained model. To view the stages, click here.

Recent Publications

HIV & AIDS in the United States Update. The Center for Disease Control Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention recently added and updated factsheets and slide sets. To view the updates, click here.

FLASH Curriculum Expansion. FLASH is a widely used comprehensive sexuality education curriculum designed to prevent teen pregnancy, STDs and sexual violence. FLASH is available for elementary, middle school, high school and special education classrooms. The updated high school lessons were just released on March 31, 2015. To learn more, click here.

State Snapshots. In October, GLSEN shared the findings from their 2013 National School Climate Survey (NSCS) which examines the experiences of students who identify as LGBT. GLESEN has most recently released the State Snapshots to review the data State-by-State. To view the data, click here.


National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day. National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD) April 10th is meant to educate the public about the impact of HIV and AIDS on young people as well as highlight the amazing work young people are doing across the country to fight the HIV & AIDS epidemic. To learn more about NYHAAD and what others are doing to recognize the day, click here.

SEA Institute. The NGO Collaborative (Advocates for Youth, American Psychological Association and the National Coalition of STD Directors) is planning a two-day institute for all 19 SEAs funded by the CDC PS13-1308 cooperative agreement. To find out more about the SEA Institute, click here.


To submit an article, announcement, or resource for the School Health Equity Newsletter, please e-mail Januari at januari@advocatesforyouth.org.

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