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School Health Equity Newsletter May 2017

MAY 2017


Publicly Funded Contraceptive Services at U.S. Clinics in 2015: The Guttmacher Institute recently published the findings of a study to assess the use of publically funded contraceptive clinics and services in the United States in 2015. This report gives statistics and rates of publically funded clinics and looks at the number of clinics and clients served to determine how people utilize these services. The article contains interactive maps state by state, additional resources and an overview of the methodology of the study.



Built to Last: Planning Programmatic Sustainability

This tip sheet, provided by the Office of Adolescent Health and the Family and Youth Services Bureau, gives guidance on programmatic sustainability. It includes an overview of what sustainability means and how it relates to sexual health programs. This tip-sheet lists best practices and self-assessment guiding questions to review programs that are already in place. Further resources and examples of programmatic sustainability are also given. View the tip sheet here.

Opportunity Knocks: Using Teachable Moments to Convey Safer Sex Messages to Young People

This tip sheet, developed by Healthy Teen Network (HTN), provides educators with tips and recommendations for recognizing teachable moments in the classroom to convey information about safer sex behaviors. It gives a definition of what a teachable moment is and gives additional resources for educators as well as things to keep in mind when educating young people such as, “think before you speak, set aside your personal judgements, be aware of body language and non-verbal cues.”


Advice from a Formerly Homeless Youth: Educators Need Better Training to Help Homeless Students

Education Week has published this article written by a formerly homeless youth. In it, Earl Edwards discusses the need for educators to be trained in helping homeless or formerly homeless young people. He discusses his own experience in the classroom and how statistics show that the rates of youth homelessness are increasing. Towards the end of the article he also gives recommendations and highlights the steps that should be taken by schools to better prepare educators for interacting with homeless youth.

A School District That’s Starting Gender Diversity Conversations Early

An article published by the Huffington Post discusses new efforts to educate youth about gender diversity at an early age. An article published by the Huffington Post discusses new efforts to educate youth about gender diversity at an early age. San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) students now learn about gender identity in elementary school through reading gender inclusive stories in class and having conversations about gender identity. Teachers in the school district are given tools and resources to implement more inclusive curricula for elementary schools. In addition to a summary of the new programs, this article includes an interview with the LGBTQ Program Coordinator

Sexual and Gender Minority Adolescents View on HIV Research Participation and Parental Permission: A Mixed-Methods Study

The Guttmacher Institute has released the results of this new study which focuses on understanding the perspectives of young people on parental permission, and the risks and benefits of participating in HIV research. Several methods were used in this study, including online focus groups first conducted in 2015. After these focus groups, data was analyzed to examine if concerns about parental permission differed based on whether the young people had come out to their parents or not. In conclusion, participants believed that being a part of HIV research outweighed the risks, but that requiring parental permission excluded many sexual and gender minority youth from taking part in research.


Creating Sustainable Funding for Your Nonprofit

Grant Space is hosting an informational webinar on sustainability, Tuesday May 23, 2017 from 10:00am-12:00pm EST. This webinar is intended for non-profits, but is applicable to SEAs who want to work on creating sustainable funding. By participating in this webinar, participants will be able to learn how to implement mission-focused permission based fundraising, how to make your organization/SEA more visible in the community, and learn how to identify and personally cultivate donors who are passionate about your mission.

Rural HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment Toolkit

The Rural Health Information Hub has released new professional development tools. focused on the needs of rural communities working to prevent HIV/AIDS. The modules in this toolkit contain resources and information on developing, implementing, evaluating and sustaining HIV/AIDS programs in rural areas. The toolkit contains seven modules, beginning with an introduction to the unique needs and challenges that rural communities face, and additional modules that explain program models, program clearinghouse, implementation, evaluation and sustainability.

Teaching Affirmative Consent: Practical Guidelines to Increase Student Understanding

ETR has developed this supplement focused on Teaching Affirmative Consent to assist communities and schools who are providing sexual risk reduction programs. Teaching about affirmative consent helps students build communications skills, helps prevent sexual assault and offers a respectful frame about personal choice. There are three main components of this supplement: 1) background for educators, 2) supplement lesson plan and 3) discussion guide.


Register for the ESHE Convening Meeting

Advocates for Youth is hosting a CDC/DASH funded two-day ESHE Convening Meeting, August 22-23, 2017 at the Advocates office in Washington D.C. This meeting will focus on furthering the work of sustainability covered at the SEA 2016 Institute and applying it to ESHE. Related programs and activities in Year 5, if you have not already done so, please register yourself and any other attendees you plan on bringing today!

May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

The Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) has declared May National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. Their website provides a list of information and resources for educators, parents, and health care providers to get involved in helping to raise awareness around teen pregnancy prevention. The website also lists events such as live Twitter chats and webinars that will be held throughout the month.

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

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