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School Health Equity Newsletter May 2015

Advocates for Youth NewsletterMAY 2015

Feature: 2015 Blueprint: For achieving the goal set forth by Governor Cuomo to end the epidemic in New York State by the end of 2020.

New York State youth continue to have high rates of STDs which have serious health consequences including infertility and increased susceptibility to HIV infection. These rates are evidence that current school and family based efforts and approaches are not adequate. To read more on the recommendations in support of decreasing new infections and disease progression through promotion of sexual health education in New York state schools, click here.


Capacity Building and Professional Development

Making Your Data Speak: The Art and Science of Communicating Your Evaluation Results Effectively and Beautifully. Healthy Teen Network will host the second segment of their webinar series on June 9, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. This webinar will show you how to employ easy techniques to create impactful graphs to cut through the clutter of evaluation reports. 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.

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 learning and networking opportunities for local health officials and their public health partners from all geographic regions of the nation. Participants gather 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 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.

Shape America 2016. The Society of Health and Physical Educators 2016 SHAPE America National Convention & Expo will take place at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, MN, April 5-9, 2016. This is said to be the premier professional development event for health and physical educators. Proposal applications are now open and the submission deadline is Tuesday, June 16, 2015. To submit a proposal, click here.

National Evidence-Based Programs Training of Trainers. ETR will be hosting a 4-day training of trainers September 15th-18th, 2015 in New Orleans, LA. This training will prepare individuals to effectively train educators on one of three evidence-based programs- Draw the Line/Respect the Line, Reducing the Risk, or Becoming a Responsible Teen. This certificate program is designed specifically for seasoned trainers. To learn more or register, click here.


Sexual Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (SHECAT) – Video Series. The State of Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction created a series of videos utilizing the Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool, to support school district’s efforts in determining the most effective curriculum and materials for use in classrooms. To view information on assessing sexual health education content and to view the video series, click here.

Being Out, Staying Safe. The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services developed an inclusive curriculum for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer (LGBQ) teens. This curriculum is about preventing Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) for LGBQ teens. It is based on the belief that honest, medically accurate information presented in a way that is both interactive and skills based, is theoretically grounded, and is both inclusive and respectful of LGBQ youth, will best help them to protect themselves from negative outcomes related to high-risk sexual behaviors. Download the curriculum here.

Safe Spaces. Safe Places: Creating Welcoming and Inclusive Environments for Traumatized LGBTQ Youth. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) has released a new video highlighting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth who have experienced trauma. The video can be used as a training tool or resource to facilitate a discussion for growth and learning. To view the video, click here.

Recent Publications

Population-Based Research with Sexual Minority Youth. The American Journal of Public Health and IMPACT Program released a special publication on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth. Many of the articles within this issue report results from the YRBS Pooling Project. To view the journal, click here.

Four in 10 Millennials Say Their School’s Sex Ed Was Not Helpful. A new survey by the Public Religion Research Institute reveals while Millenials widely support comprehensive sexual health education, about four in 10 report that the sex education they received was not helpful. To reach the full article, click here.

Go Home or Go On: A Prescription for Continuing the Nation’s Progress in Preventing Teen Pregnancy. One of the nation’s great success stories of the past two decades has been the historic decline in teen pregnancy and childbearing. Progress has been made in all 50 states and among all racial and ethnic groups. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy recently released an analysis and prescription for continued progress. To view the publication, click here.


Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. Each May states and communities around the country observe National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month (NTPPM). NTPPM seeks to involve communities in promoting and supporting effective teen pregnancy prevention initiatives. Although teen pregnancy rates have declined, we must continue to make progress. To find out how you can get involved, 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. The two day institute will include a Gallery Walk for SEAs to share promising practices, interactive workshops, and collaboration time. To find out more about the SEA Institute, click here.


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

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