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School Health Equity Newsletter October 2017



New CDC Report Released: 2016 School Health Policies and Practices Study (SHPPS) Results : On September 18, 2017, CDC released district-level findings from the 2016 School Health Policies and Practices Study (SHPPS) on the Healthy Youth Web site. SHPPS is a national study periodically conducted to assess school health policies and practices. These new district-level data suggest that while improvements are being made in practices around some health issues, there are issues that still need improvement.



American Adolescents’ Sources of Sexual Health Information

This fact sheet, produced by the Guttmacher Institute, includes information on the main sources from which teens and young adults learn about sexual health. It delves into adolescents’ reports of formal sexual health education, the effectiveness of formal sexual health education programs, school health policies and programs, and sexual health education policy and funding.

Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health in the United States

In this fact sheet, the Guttmacher Institute includes the most current information on the sexual and reproductive health of teens and young adults. It explores sexual activity, contraceptive use, access to and use of contraceptive services, HIV and other STIs and related services, pregnancy, and more.


Leading the Way 2017: Increasing Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health

Date & Time: October 24, 2017 from 8:00AM-4:00PM in Philadelphia, PA.

Leading the Way is Access Matters’ annual conference for healthcare professionals and others to receive the latest information and strategies for integrating high-quality sexual and reproductive healthcare services in a variety of settings. Click here to register!

The School Superintendents Association Conference: Education in the Digital Age

Date & Location: February 15-17, 2018 in Nashville, TN. Registration for the School Superintendents Association (AASA) annual conference is now open!

Time to Thrive Conference

Date & Location: February 16-18, 2018 in Orlando, FL.

Registration for the fifth annual Time to Thrive conference is now open! The Human Rights Campaign Foundation in partnership with the National Education Association and the American Counseling Association present Time To THRIVE, the annual national conference to promote safety, inclusion and well-being for LGBTQ youth…everywhere!


Bullying and HIV Risk Among High School Teenagers: The Mediating Role of Teen Dating Violence

In a recent study published by the Journal of School Health, Okumu, Mengo, Ombayo and Small (2017) examined the mediating role of teen dating violence (TDV) on sexual risk and bullying among adolescents. Given the associations they found between bullying and HIV risk, as well as associations between physical, sexual TDV and HIV risk, Okumu et al. (2017) concluded that “multidimensional interventions should be developed to reduce the rate of teen dating violence and combat bullying as a preventative method of HIV risk among high school students”.


Webinar: Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV: The Basics and Beyond

Date/Time: Thursday, October 19, 1pm-2pm EST

Faculty: Dr. Kevin Ard, MD, MPH; Medical Director, National LGBT Health Education Center

In this interactive webinar, Dr. Kevin Ard will review how to prescribe and monitor PrEP. Using patient cases, he will discuss unique considerations that apply to PrEP management for transgender people, serodifferent couples, those who are pregnant or trying to conceive, and adolescents. Through real-world examples, participants will learn how to incorporate PrEP into diverse clinic settings. Finally, Dr. Ard will describe the new PrEP Action Kit that the Education Center published and discuss how providers can adapt the kit for use in one’s own health center. This webinar will be useful for both clinicians who are new to PrEP and those who are experienced PrEP providers, as well as administrators interested in creating a PrEP program. Click here to register!

Save the Date: 21st Annual National School Social Work Conference

Date & Location: March 14-17, 2018 in Columbus, OH.

Mark your calendars for the 21st annual School Social Work Conference! This annual conference is the only national conference devoted exclusively to the School Social Work profession! This year’s conference will be hosted at the Hyatt Regency Columbus.

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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