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School Health Equity Newsletter May/June 2013


School Health Equity Newsletter

School Health Equity Newsletter – May/June 2013

Feature: CDC Launches New HIV Testing Campaign for Latino Gay and Bisexual Men

In an effort to increase HIV testing among one of the hardest hit groups of men in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is launching a new campaign that asks Latino gay and bisexual men to consider their reasons for getting tested. Developed with input from more than 150 Latino gay and bisexual men, as well as community leaders and experts, Reasons/Razones is a national, bilingual campaign focused on increasing HIV testing among Latino gay and bisexual men. The campaign is launching in Los Angeles, one of the cities with the most severe HIV epidemics in this population.

For more information, check out the press release and campaign backgrounder.

Access the Reasons/Razones website here.

Capacity Building and Professional Development

NACCHO and CDC Join Forces in Webinar Series. The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and CDC will hold a series of four webinars in an effort to help local health departments strengthen their communications strategies through marketing and branding, message clarity, new media, and evaluation. The webinar schedule is as follows:

  • Communicating Public Health: Why Do We Have to Market Something Everyone Should Already Want? June 19, 2013 at 3:00PM ET
  • You Know What You’re Talking About, but Does Your Audience? CDC’s New Clear Communication Index and How To Use It. July 17, 2013 at 3:00PM ET
  • New Communication Channels: What They Are, Why They Are Here to Stay, and Why You Need to be There. CDC Makes It Easy for You. Wednesday, August 14 at 3:00PM ET
  • Building Our Understanding of Health Communication Evaluation. Wednesday, September 18 at 3:00PM ET

To register for the webinars, click here.

Self-Study STD Modules for Clinicians: Genital Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Infection. This web-based training course is designed to guide clinicians in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of genital HPV infection. This training module is based on the STD curriculum developed by the National Network of STD/HIV Prevention Training Centers. To review course objectives and to start the training course, click here.

Boys and Sex Ed: Beyond Statistics and Stereotypes. The latest online workshop by Answer, this training helps participants understand how boys think, feel, and learn about sexuality and learn the necessary tools for teaching in ways that resonate with specifically with boys. For more information about registration, click here.

A Global Look at Teen Pregnancy Prevention: Strategies for Success. This archived webcast features Robert W. Blum, MD, MPH, PhD, an expert in adolescent heath and teen pregnancy. Hear Dr. Blum discuss how teen pregnancy outcomes in the United States compare globally and what we can learn from teen pregnancy prevention efforts abroad. This webcast was part of a month of activities by the Office of Adolescent Health in its third annual recognition of National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. To view the webcast, click here.

Generator School Network. The Generator School Network (GSN) is a free online community designed to connect people who are passionate about engaging young people as leaders. Members receive free professional development opportunities such as monthly webinars and access to recorded webinars as well as access to hundreds of service-learning projects, among other opportunities. To learn more about the GSN and to join the network, click here.

Grant Opportunities

Academic-Community Partnership Conference Series (R13). The purpose of the Academic-Community Partnership Conference Series is to bring together academic institutions/organizations and community organizations to identify opportunities for addressing health disparities through the use of Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR). The areas of focus for these partnerships may include one or more of the following community-health issues: infant mortality; Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS); fibroid tumors; childhood, adolescent, and/or adult obesity; health literacy; techniques for outreach and information dissemination; pediatric and maternal HIV/AIDS prevention; and violence prevention. The application deadline is October 13, 2013. For more information about this grant opportunity and to apply, click here.

Recent Publications

National Prevention Strategy Simplified: Local Health Departments’ Roadmap to Health and Wellness. This factsheet by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) describes how the National Prevention Strategy can support local health departments in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of integrated and cost-effective strategies for achieving health and wellness in their communities. To read the factsheet, click here.

Bullying and Quality of Life in Youths Perceived as Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual in Washington State, 2010. The purpose of this study was to examine the association between perceived sexual orientation (PSO), bullying, and quality of life (QOL) among U.S. adolescents. Using data from the 2010 Washington State Healthy Youth Survey collected in public schools grades 8, 10, and 12, the study found that bullying because of PSO is widely prevalent and significantly affects several facets of youth QOL. Among male students, 14%, 11%, and 9% reported being bullied because of PSO in 8th, 10th, and 12th grades respectively; and among female students, 11%, 10%, and 6%. As a result, the study concludes that bully-prevention or harm-reduction programs must address bullying because of PSO. To read the full study, click here.


Teen Pregnancy Prevention Resource Center. The Office of Adolescent Health has a new online resource center for teen pregnancy prevention. The resource center is a collection of federal training materials and resources for professionals working to reduce teen pregnancy. The new resources include skill-building materials, direct service resources, podcasts, e-learning opportunities, and much more. To check out the new online site, click here.

Teen Condom Access Project Expands to San Diego County. San Diego County has the second-highest number of Chlamydia cases among 15-19 year olds in the state and the sixth-highest number of gonorrhea cases according to the California Family Health Council. As a result, the statewide, federally-funded family planning network is expanding its Condom Access Project to the county this month. The program lets teens in seven “high STD areas” order free condoms online. To read the rest of the article and learn more about the program, click here.

National HIV Testing Day is TODAY, June 27! National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) was established as an annual observance to promote HIV testing.  If you are planning an event for the day, check out the AIDS.gov Event Planning Guide.  Check out all registered events for the day here. For more information and resources for the day including posters, logos, and multimedia tools, click here.


To submit an article, announcement, or resource for the School Health Equity Newsletter, please call Sulava at 202.419.3420 ext. 65 or email her at sulava@advocatesforyouth

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