What's Happening

Check out what our people and partners are researching, thinking, reading, writing, watching and doing!

(Note: Opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of ETR as an agency.)

Ambassadors of Science: Helping Others Understand a Science-Based Framework
February 21, 2017
Ambassadors of Science: Helping Others Understand a Science-Based Framework

By Janine Saunders, EdD, MPH | February 21, 2017
Program Manager, ETR

Neil deGrasse Tyson famously said, "The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it." During this time of fake news and alternative facts, promoting science-based approaches is more important than ever. If you’re like me, you encounter people every day who, knowingly or unknowingly, are making decisions based on false information. 

Read More
Tags: Science, Science-based framework, Evidence, School health, School health education
Fun! Brilliant! New Condom Kit Covers
February 15, 2017
Fun! Brilliant! New Condom Kit Covers

By Laura Perkins, MLS | February 15, 2017
Project Editor, ETR

Safer sex can be fun, right? And with a little imagination and humor, talking about safer sex can be fun too, right?! Well, yes. Yes! YES!

ETR's safer sex condom kits are especially popular when we travel to conferences. And we know the kits are popular at health fairs, college orientations, and public health events. That's why we're excited to introduce 3 new designs. They're colorful and fun and guaranteed to attract attention. And hopefully spark conversation.

Read More
Tags: New products, Condoms
Addressing and Preventing Cyberbullying and Online Harm
February 9, 2017
Addressing and Preventing Cyberbullying and Online Harm

By Pamela Anderson, PhD | February 9, 2017
Senior Research Associate, ETR

I’m having a sentimental parent moment. Our three-year-old is looking at the iPad. She is trying to defy gravity by watching her show upside down. The iPad falls on her face. She falls off the couch and hits the floor.

Our almost-seven-year-old immediately sprints over to help and console her sister. 

Read More
Tags: Research, Technology, Cyberbullying, Electronic dating violence, Online trafficking, Children, Teens
Currently Watching: The Ethics Bowl
February 7, 2017
Currently Watching: The Ethics Bowl

By Marcia Quackenbush | February 7, 2017
Senior Editor, ETR

How do we keep youth engaged in school and community? How do we help them think critically about the issues that affect them? How can we help them raise their voices and speak out as effective citizens? I believe we have reached a time in our history as a nation where these are some of the most important skills we can offer young people.

Education experts have suggested a range of answers to these questions. I recently learned about an approach that is truly promising: Ethics Bowls

 

Read More
Tags: Adolescents, Ethics, Empowerment, Education, Health education
Facilitation Quick Tips: To Tell the Truth
February 2, 2017
Facilitation Quick Tips: To Tell the Truth

By Chris Wilson-Smith | February 2, 2017
Project Coordinator, ETR

Are you working with a group that’s ready to laugh, move around a bit and get to know their colleagues at the start of a training? Are you the kind of trainer who likes to start out with something lively and engaging? This may be just the FQT you’re looking for!

Read More
Tags: Professional development, Training design, Facilitation Quick Tips
Innovation in Teen Pregnancy Prevention: Live Your Best Life AHORA!
January 30, 2017
Innovation in Teen Pregnancy Prevention: Live Your Best Life AHORA!

By Lizanne Reynolds, JD | January 30, 2017
dfusion

I am excited to be working on a new dfusion program called Live Your Best Life AHORA! This is an innovative teen pregnancy prevention and sexual risk reduction program for rural Hispanic youth and their parents in California’s Central Valley. Our program partner is the California Health Collaborative (CHC), which has worked closely with the community for many years to promote healthy practices.

Read More
Tags: Pregnancy prevention, Adolescent health, Sexual risk reduction, Rural communities, Evidence-based interventions
Kirby Summer Internship: A Life-Changing Opportunity
January 23, 2017
Kirby Summer Internship: A Life-Changing Opportunity

By ETR | January 23, 2017

Do you know graduate students in public health? Epidemiology? How about education, psychology, sociology or related fields? Do they have an interest in sexual and reproductive health?

We’d love you to let them know about one of the finest summer internship opportunities around: the 2017 Kirby Summer Internship at ETR.

Read More
Tags: Kirby internship, Sexual and reproductive health
Wow! New “Female” Condom Holders
January 17, 2017
Wow! New “Female” Condom Holders

By ETR | January 17, 2017

ETR’s condom holders have consistently been one of our most popular products. They have colorful designs on the outside and instructions for condom use on the inside. We’ve just introduced a new one designed to hold an internal or “female” condom.

That’s a WOW indeed! 

Read More
Tags: Condoms, New products
School Report: Let’s Be Advocates!
January 11, 2017
School Report: Let’s Be Advocates!

By John Henry Ledwith | January 11, 2017
Senior Sales Manager, ETR

We’ve had some seriously rainy weather in Northern California this past week. The storm outside was a good incentive for me to do a little clean-up and organizing inside.

As I opened file drawers and cabinet doors, I ploughed through several years’ worth of articles, notes, photos and papers. Some were still keepers. And others—ideas past their prime—went off to recycle.

Read More
Tags: K-12, Advocacy, NHES
Engaging Adolescents in Open Discussions About Sex: A Primary Care Response to Adolescent Sexual Health Risks
January 5, 2017
Engaging Adolescents in Open Discussions About Sex: A Primary Care Response to Adolescent Sexual Health Risks

By Jennifer Salerno, DNP | January 5, 2017
Founder, Possibilities for Change

How sexually active—and sexually risky—are today’s teens?

Scientific studies continue to support the notion that teens today actually have less sex than their parents did as teens. Yet nearly one in four teens will become pregnant by age 20, and half of the new STDs in the U.S. each year occur among people between the ages of 15 and 24. While these trends may seem contradictory and even a little bit confusing, one thing is for sure: our nation’s conversation about sex and sexual health is changing, and it’s a pivotal time for providers of all types to be a part of the discussion.

Read More
Tags: Teens, Sexual and reproductive health, Technology
Facilitation Quick Tips: I Resolve
January 3, 2017
Facilitation Quick Tips: I Resolve

By Debra Christopher, MSM | January 3, 2017
Director, Professional Learning Systems, ETR

How will participants change their approach to their work, given what they’ve learned in their training? This group activity combines thoughtful reflection with an opportunity to state intentions. A handshake, virtual or real-life, seals the deal!

Read More
Tags: Facilitation Quick Tips, Professional development, Training design
Time for Some Much Deserved R&R?
December 22, 2016
Time for Some Much Deserved R&R?

By ETR | December 22, 2016

It’s holiday time! We hope your plans include some space for rest and relaxation in whatever way you enjoy it best. Go on a grand adventure, read a good book or spend time with family and friends.

The ETR blog will be taking a break until the first week of January, 2017. We look forward to seeing you back on the beat soon. Our wish for you? Continuing strength in your vision, continuing commitment in your missions and an outstanding sense of wonder about all that is good in our lives and our work.

Celebrate well. You deserve it!

Read More
Disrupting What You Think You Know: Sex and the Teen Brain
December 19, 2016
Disrupting What You Think You Know: Sex and the Teen Brain

By Karin Coyle, PhD | December 19, 2016
Senior Research Associate, ETR

ETR is delighted to announce the release of our report on the 2016 Kirby Summit. If you work with adolescents to address sexual and reproductive health, I strongly encourage you to check it out.

Here’s why. We deliberately designed this invited Summit to challenge and disrupt what we thought we knew about adolescent health behaviors.

Report on the 2016 Kirby Summit

Peterson AJ, Coyle KK, Guinosso SA, Christopher DE, and Charles VE. Sex and the teen brain: Disrupting what we think we know. Scotts Valley, CA: ETR Associates, 2016. 

Read More
Tags: Research, Kirby Summit, Adolescents, Risk reduction, Neurodevelopment, Sexual and reproductive health
Take a New Look at Period Facts
December 15, 2016
Take a New Look at Period Facts

By Laura Perkins, MLS | December 15, 2016
Product Editor, ETR

Thought about menstrual periods lately? Maybe, maybe not. But if you were a pre-menstrual kid, teetering on the edge of puberty, you'd probably be thinking about them a lot.

The start of menstruation is a major event during puberty. But the basics about periods aren't addressed with much clarity in the kinds of media kids typically use—television, movies, social media, music.

ETR is excited to announce the release of an updated and revised Period Facts pamphlet (available in English and Spanish).

Read More
Tags: Menstruation, New products, Girls, Puberty
Reflections On the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey
December 13, 2016
Reflections On the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey

By BA Laris, MPH | December 13, 2016
Research Associate, ETR | Personal pronouns: She, her, hers

As a researcher, I love data. I get excited about survey results that can help us shape ideas and norms in our community. I understand the power behind these numbers, that these numbers represent individuals and their life experience. Keeping things personal is also critically important to me as I review and integrate new research findings into my everyday life.

We were excited for the much-anticipated release of The National Center for Transgender Equality’s new 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey Report

Read More
Tags: Transgender, Social justice, Research
Gratitude, Every Day and All Year Round
December 8, 2016
Gratitude, Every Day and All Year Round

By Vignetta Charles, PhD | December 8, 2016
Chief Science Officer, ETR

I love gratitude. I try to get a little of it into my life every day. Here’s why.

First, gratitude grounds me in something positive and constructive. It’s so easy to get mired in the details of our daily lives. Like a breath of fresh air, a break for gratitude can get me back into the moment.

Second, it helps me extend and expand my feelings...

Read More
Tags: Gratitude, Partnerships
What Students Say: Taking Community College Pathways to Computer Science Degrees
December 1, 2016
What Students Say: Taking Community College Pathways to Computer Science Degrees

By Louise Ann Lyon, PhD | December 1, 2016
Senior Research Associate, ETR

Why isn’t the tech field more diverse? And what can we do to change that?

One of the challenges is the so-called “pipeline” issue. We don’t have enough women and underrepresented minority students pursuing, and then completing, computer science degrees. That means we don’t have enough trained and skilled professionals to do all of the work that needs doing.

Read More
Tags: Diversity in technology, Computer science education, Community college, Underrepresented populations
Preparing Students for Information Technology Careers: The Role of Career Technical Education
November 28, 2016
Preparing Students for Information Technology Careers: The Role of Career Technical Education

By Jill Denner, PhD | November 28, 2016
Senior Research Scientist, ETR

Vocational education is making a comeback! Nationally, we are seeing new attention being brought to career-technical education (CTE). Revitalized efforts are seeking to provide students the mix of technical training and academics that will prepare them for real-world, 21st century careers. We expect this trend to continue.

Computer science skills—including the ability to code—play a role in a number of the established CTE pathways

Read More
Tags: Diversity in technology, Technology education, K-12, Community college, Tech industry
The Promise of Applied Research
November 21, 2016
The Promise of Applied Research

By Beverly Iniguez-Conrique | November 21, 2016
Research Assistant, ETR

I was three and a half years old on my first day of school. On that crisp September morning, my mother woke up early to dress me and walk me over to the local elementary school.

This was a special moment for my mom. She never had the chance to attend college or immerse herself in her education. 

Read More
Tags: Research, Education, ETR
What’s Your District’s School Health Policy?
November 17, 2016
What’s Your District’s School Health Policy?

By John Henry Ledwith | November 17, 2016
Senior Sales Manager, ETR

I love school health advocates! Earlier this month I got to spend time with a whole bunch of them at the School Health Education and Services Section (SHES) of the APHA annual meetings. As usual, joining up with that crowd was an illuminating and inspiring process.

Read More
Tags: School health education, Policy, K-12
Global Determinants in Adolescent Childbearing: Powerful New Study on Social Determinants
November 15, 2016
Global Determinants in Adolescent Childbearing: Powerful New Study on Social Determinants

By Vignetta Charles, PhD | November 15, 2016
Chief Science Officer, ETR

ETR is thrilled to see a new article, just released today. It is published by our close colleague, Dr. John Santelli, and his team at Columbia Mailman School of Public Health. The Santelli team’s comprehensive work demonstrates that when we narrow income inequality and increase opportunities for education, we positively affect youth health and wellbeing. The study explicitly links increases in investment in education to declines in teen childbearing.

Santelli JS, Song X, Garbers S, Sharma V, Viner RM (2016). Global trends in adolescent fertility, 1990-2012, in relation to national wealth, income inequalities, and educational expenditures. Journal of Adolescent Health. In press. Published online (15 November 2016).

Read More
Tags: Sexual and reproductive health, Social determinants of health, Pregnancy prevention, Adolescent health, Global issues
Keep Moving Forward: Responding to High STD Rates
November 10, 2016
Keep Moving Forward: Responding to High STD Rates

By Marcia Quackenbush, MS, MFT, MCHES | November 10, 2016
Senior Editor, ETR

STD rates are up. The CDC noted in a recent press release that reported STDs are at an “unprecedented high” in the U.S.

This sort of news is undeniably discouraging for those of us working the sexual and reproductive health arena. After all, we’ve been feeling rather upbeat and hopeful about the impressive drop in unplanned teen pregnancies—rates are down more than half over the past 20 years. A combination of factors seems responsible for that change, including pregnancy prevention programs. It’s great to feel like we’ve done something right that has played a role in these positive outcomes.

So what’s gone wrong when it comes to STDs?

Read More
Tags: STDs, STD prevention, PrEP, Science
Spreading the Message: Dual Contraceptive Method Use Among Teens
November 4, 2016
Spreading the Message: Dual Contraceptive Method Use Among Teens

By ETR | November 4, 2016

Two heads are better than one! It’s an old but familiar adage. We have an updated version we’d like to suggest: two contraceptives are better than one.

ETR researchers have just published an article in The Journal of Primary Prevention that examines the frequency of dual contraceptive use among youth in alternative schools. Information about this population is particularly important because they are more likely than other youth to engage in risky sexual behaviors. To date, there has been no research examining dual use contraception in this group.

Coyle, K.C., Peterson, A.J., Franks, H.M., Anderson, P.M., Glassman, J.R. (2016). Dual contraceptive method use among youth in alternative schools. The Journal of Primary Prevention 37(5). Published online October 31, 2016.

Read More
Tags: Contraception, Dual use contraception, Alternative school youth, Sexual and reproductive health, Pregnancy prevention, STD prevention
New Trends in Gay Male Relationships: The Choices Study
November 2, 2016
New Trends in Gay Male Relationships: The Choices Study

By Lanz Lowen, MS, MA and Blake Spears, MBA | November 2, 2016
Senior Consultant, The Mandana Group and Independent Healthcare Consultant

What are the relationships of young gay men like today? It can be surprisingly difficult to answer this question with confidence. Little research is being done on gay male couples—how they build and sustain their relationships, what they think about monogamy and marriage, what they believe about the attitudes of their peers.

This year, we completed our Choices study, which focused on gay men ages 18-40 and explored attitudes and practices about monogamy and marriage.

Read More
Tags: Gay men, Romantic relationships, MSM
Time to Get Together: #APHA 2016
October 27, 2016
Time to Get Together: #APHA 2016

ETR | October 27, 2016
 

Summed up in a word? Awesome.

The annual meetings of the American Public Health Association are one of the nation’s premiere professional events. This year, more than 12,000 attendees will be showing up in Denver October 29-November 2. They’ll present research, work on policy recommendations, learn new skills and network with colleagues from across the nation and around the world.

ETR’s team will be in the thick of it, offering presentations, hosting our booth in the Exhibit Hall (Booth 1314), and connecting with partners old and new. Look around for us, and here’s what you might see.

Read More
Tags: APHA, ETR staff, Conferences

YouTubeFacebookTwitterLinkedIn