Take Action

Join the movement of young people working to protect our health and lives

Action Center

Take action to help ensure young people's health and rights.


Donate now

Support youth activists working for reproductive and sexual health and rights.


Sign up

Get text and email updates


School Health Equity Newsletter February 2017


Feature: New Training Modules Advocates for Youth’s School Health Equity Department is excited to announce the release of two new online training modules.

Establishing and Maintaining a School Health Advisory Council (SHAC): This module is intended to provide education agencies and school districts information and resources for establishing a School Health Advisory Council (SHAC). This module defines the responsibility of SHACs, gives tips on how SHACs operate and function, and what needs to be in place for SHACs to be successful in supporting the health and well-being of children and young people.

Becoming a More Culturally Responsive Educator: This module provides educators, administrators and other youth, supporting adults with an introduction to cultural responsiveness as it relates to working with youth and providing sexual health education. This module identifies how lack of cultural responsiveness can negatively impact young people, encourages self-reflection and identification of culturally responsive traits, and four-step guidance for how adults can more effectively work with young people. Find out more about the training modules and access them on the School Health Equity website..



Rights, Respect, Responsibility Curriculum Lesson Selection Guidance

The Rights, Respect, Responsibility curriculum has released new guidance for educators implementing the curriculum in their schools. This tool can help educators select which lessons they want to teach to supplement other existing curriculums or focus on lessons with a specific topic. This selection tool includes guidance for grades K-12. Use the selection tool and learn more about the Rights, Respect, Responsibility curriculum.

Youth Engagement Guidance

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released the new resource, Youth Engagement Guidance, to provide strategies, tools and tips for engaging with youth in government -sponsored meetings and events. The guidance includes information on forming a youth services approach, youth development, leadership and youth organizing. The guidance also includes appendices which provide information on supporting youth and how your organization can effectively gather feedback from youth. Read the guidance here.

Atlas Plus

The CDC presents a new tool aimed at helping educators, administrators and health care professionals create tables, maps, and charts utilizing fifteen years of HIV, viral hepatitis, STD and TB data. Key features include an easy access tool to view data from states and counties, 2015 data for HIV, STD and TB, as well as a new ability to create side by side maps and charts in order to look at comparisons between diseases, age groups, and ethnicity. Access the Atlas Plus tool and find out more about the newest updates.


HIV Prevention in the United States: New Opportunities, New Expectations

This informational brochure, released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), provides an overview of the HIV epidemic in the U.S. and the CDC’s current prevention priorities. It also identifies gaps in HIV prevention and how the CDC is progressing to combat HIV. Read the brochure to find out more about the CDC’s efforts to educate and prevent HIV across the nation.

Community Mobilization: An Assessment of Mechanisms and Barriers at Community Based and AIDS Service Organizations in Nine U.S. Metropolitan areas

A new report looks at the need for more investments in community leaderships and mobilization to end HIV as an epidemic. The report, released by Treatment Action Group (TAG), looks at the success of local and state initiatives to end HIV in their communities. These communities have fostered engagement in care and services for those with HIV and have made efforts to educate stakeholders about HIV policy.Read more about the report and local and state mobilization strategies to end HIV..

Disrupting What You Think You Know: Sex and the Teen Brain

This report was recently released with the goal of evaluating ETR’s 2016 Kirby Summit which supports collaborative dialogue on research, programs and policies that promote the sexual and reproductive health of youth. The summit is designed to challenge common knowledge about adolescent health behaviors. This report highlights three key messages which emerged over the duration of the Summit. Developmental challenges matter to young people when determining behaviors around sexual and reproductive health, relationships are fundamental, and educators and youth-supporting adults must create and use a productive scaffold. Read the full report on the 2016 Kirby Summit, and find out more about the summit itself.


SHAPE Convention and Exhibition

Registration is now open for the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) convention and Exhibition, March 14-18 in Boston. This event is focused on professional development and is intended for educators specifically in the field of health and physical education. This convention and expo is focused on skill development, youth empowerment, networking and brainstorming for funding ideas to support programs. Register for the SHAPE Convention and Expo today and find out more about SHAPE America!

Stonewall National Education Symposium

Registration is now open for the 2017 Stonewall National Education Symposium March 15-17 at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. This conference is intended for school district leaders, federal agencies, state agencies and NGOs. This year’s conference focus will be, “explicit and intentional conversations about intersectionality-centering around the needs of queer and trans students of color.” Other symposium topics will include resources at the state and federal level which support LGBTQ+, laws, best practices, accommodations for transgender and gender nonconforming youth, bullying, social justice and self-esteem. In addition to the conference there will be a pre-conference training on the Rights, Respect, Responsibility curriculum. Find out more about Stonewall and register for the conference..

Save the Date ASHA 2017 Conference

The American School Health Association (ASHA) has issued a save the date for their annual conference, October 11-13 2017 in St. Louis Missouri. This conference is for educators, school health professionals and community, district, state and government employees to meet and share ideas. Tracts for the conference include administration, coordination & leadership, programs & services, research & emerging issues, as well as teaching & learning. Learn more about the 2017 Conference and stay tuned for more updates and calls for abstracts.

Save The Date Gender Spectrum Conference

Gender spectrum is hosting a conference July 22-July 23rd at Saint Mary’s College of California in Moraga, CA. This two-day event will provide educators with resources, information and community engagement tools needed to help transgender and gender nonconforming children and youth navigate their schools and communities. More information will follow. Find out more about Gender Spectrum.


2016 SEA Institute Updates

Advocates for Youth School Health Equity website is now updated with information from the 2016 SEA Institute including the Institute agenda, presentation slides, and resource documents including the Sustainability Processing Guide and the Sustainability Framework Guide, Resource Guide, Assessment, and an E-Learning module from Health and Human Services’ Office of Adolescent Health. Ignite Presentations are coming soon! Check out materials from the 2016 SEA Institute and other resources.

This document was made possible by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Adolescent and School Health (CDC-DASH) under cooperative agreement 1UP87PS004154. The contents do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. divider

To submit an article, announcement, or resource for the School Health Equity Newsletter, please email Lauren Ainsworth at lauren@advocatesforyouth.org

Was this e-mail forwarded to you? If so and you would like to subscribe to Advocates for Youth’s mailing list, please visit www.advocatesforyouth.org/get-involved/sign-up-for-email-alerts.

Sign up for Updates