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.)

Re:MIX: Genuine Innovation in a Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program
June 14, 2017
Re:MIX: Genuine Innovation in a Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program

By Mandy Ackerman, LMSW, MPH & Jenifer DeAtley, LMSW | June 14, 2017
Senior Program Coordinator & Director of U.S. Programs, EngenderHealth

Here’s a story that gives us chills—the good kind. A group of our peer educators presented a plenary at a local conference. They shared their personal stories before an audience of about 100 youth-serving professionals from the Central Texas community.

These peer educators are all young mothers. 

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Tags: Teen moms, Teen parents, Pregnancy prevention, Peer education, Sexual and reproductive health, Adolescent health
5 Steps for Talking with Children About Politics
June 1, 2017
5 Steps for Talking with Children About Politics

By Elizabeth McDade-Montez, PhD | June 1, 2017
Senior Research Associate, ETR

We joined the march. Along with millions of others across the globe, my young daughters and I marched for women’s rights on January 21, 2017. It was exhilarating and empowering! It was also sometimes challenging. I found myself having to explain some difficult topics to my girls. 

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Tags: Children, Teens, Politics, Parents, Teachers, K12
Being the Change: Succession Planning for Organizations
May 25, 2017
Being the Change: Succession Planning for Organizations

By Dharmit Shelat, MD, MPH | May 25, 2017
Graduate Assistant, Tulane University | 2017 Kirby Summer Intern, ETR

ETR recently hosted an exciting event in New Orleans. It was Be The Change: Implementing Core Strategies for Sustainable Organizations for Impact in the South.

The institute focused on sustaining HIV prevention programs in the southern regions of the U.S. This was my first introduction to ETR’s Community Impact Solutions Project. They offer tools, resources and technical assistance to help HIV prevention organizations perform at their best.

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Tags: Community Impact Solutions Project, Organizational development, Transition, Kirby internship
2017 Kirby Summit Doesn't Disappoint
May 24, 2017
2017 Kirby Summit Doesn't Disappoint

By Marcia Quackenbush, MS, MFT, MCHES | May 24, 2017
Senior Editor, ETR

A group of developmental neuroscientists walks into a room. They sit down with some sexual health experts. They all talk about ways to support healthy adolescent development.

What happens then? As it turns out, some pretty amazing things.

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Tags: Research, Kirby summit, Neuroscience, Developmental neuroscience, Sexual and reproductive health, Sexual risk reduction
ETR Steps Forward for Weekly #WorkplaceWellness
May 17, 2017
ETR Steps Forward for Weekly #WorkplaceWellness

By Vignetta Charles, PhD | May 17, 2017
CEO, ETR

Something new is brewing here at ETR. No, I’m not talking about our new CEO (that would be me). Nor am I talking about our group of new hires, although they are all very cool (and, BTW, we do have several current openings).

I’m talking about walking. Stepping up. Living our values. It’s ETR’s very own weekly step challenge, and it’s helping us make some impressive changes within our own workplace.

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Tags: Workplace wellness, Physical activity, Healthy organization
Getting Ready to Climb Again: Here Comes the Kirby Summit
May 15, 2017
Getting Ready to Climb Again: Here Comes the Kirby Summit

By ETR | May 15, 2017

Later this week, ETR will be hosting Year 2 of the Kirby Summit. This extraordinary event brings together national experts in adolescent development, developmental neuroscience and sexual and reproductive health. 

Last year’s goal was to explore the unique intersection between these fields and discover new ways to understand sexual health and risk for adolescents. 

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Tags: Kirby summit, Developmental neuroscience, Sexual and reproductive health, Adolescents, Adolescent health
Facilitation Quick Tips: Shoulder Tap
May 10, 2017
Facilitation Quick Tips: Shoulder Tap

By Cody Sigel, MPH, CHES | May 10, 2017
Health Education Training Coordinator, ETR

Looking for an activity to close a training? Here’s one that provides a lovely way for participants to reflect on the impact they've made on others in the training group, and the impacts others have made on them. Everyone leaves feeling warm and fuzzy!

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Tags: Professional development, Training design
A New Look at an Old Monster
May 4, 2017
A New Look at an Old Monster

By Laura Perkins, MLS | May 4, 2017
Project Editor, ETR

Over a recent weekend trip with a group of kids ages 10-13, I decided to bring along some DVDs for fun. I checked Common Sense Media’s User Reviews and saw that parents and kids had rated the movies appropriate for 10+. I didn’t bother with actually reading the comments.

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Tags: Movies, Media, Tweens, Adolescents, Affirmative consent
Thanks, Teachers!
May 2, 2017
Thanks, Teachers!

By ETR | May 2, 2017

Are you thanking a teacher today? We are. It’s Teacher Appreciation Week! Of course, we thank teachers regularly, even when it isn’t a special time of recognition.

Here at ETR, pretty much everyone on the team can name a teacher who had a meaningful impact on their lives. Most of us would name many.

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Tags: K12, Teachers
8 Things Great Trainers Say
April 27, 2017
8 Things Great Trainers Say

By Marcia Quackenbush, MS, MFT, MCHES | April 27, 2017
Senior Editor, ETR

Yesterday I spent some time with an extraordinary group of people. They're not the kind of folks you're likely to see on TV or read about in the news. They're the kind who go out into their communities every day, do their work with commitment, and make a world of difference.

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Tags: Training of trainers, Professional development
Gender Differences in Math Ability: What’s the Science Say?
April 25, 2017
Gender Differences in Math Ability: What’s the Science Say?

By Katrina Hunter | April 25, 2017
Research Assistant, ETR

I was in a college calculus course. We were learning how to use quadrants and angles to solve functions.

People can either solve the function visually, or by calculating out their answer. As we were going through different problems, I was using the visual method to solve the function. My instructor commented that it was good that I could solve the equation that way, and that it was rare for women to be able to visualize the solutions. 

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Tags: Research, Education research, STEM equity, STEM education, STEM, Gender, math education
Life and Death Choices: Be a Part of It
April 19, 2017
Life and Death Choices: Be a Part of It

By John Henry Ledwith April 19, 2017
Senior Sales Manager, ETR

I just got back from the hospital. I’m fine, but one of my long-time friends is not. He’s recovering from a heart attack. This was one of the ones that put a real scare into me.

When a friend has an experience like this, you can’t help think about certain things. Life. Death. Family. The value of good health.

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Tags: K-12, Nutrition, Physical activity, Health education, School health education
Public Health Reads That Spark Conversation and Further Study
April 12, 2017
Public Health Reads That Spark Conversation and Further Study

By Laura Norvig, MLIS | April 12, 2017
Digital Media Strategist, ETR

I’m a huge believer in the power of online community for professional development. I’ve received so much useful “just in time” information and made so many valuable personal connections this way, it’s second nature to me.

Recently I joined HEDIR, a longstanding discussion list designed to help health educators communicate more effectively and efficiently. 

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Tags: Public health, Reading
Teen Pregnancy Prevention: Sharing Success Stories
April 7, 2017
Teen Pregnancy Prevention: Sharing Success Stories

By Marcia Quackenbush, MS, MFT, MCHES | April 7, 2017
Senior Editor, ETR

Teen pregnancy rates are down. A wide range of statistics and figures show this. If you work in the field of adolescent health, you’ve certainly already heard this news.

Think for a moment about how you hold that information in your mind. Perhaps you remember the rate of births per 1,000 females aged 15-19 years. You might think about a national map that shows state rankings in teen birth rates. Maybe colorful bar graphs or pie charts come to mind.

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Tags: Pregnancy prevention, Storytelling, Adolescents
Facilitation Quick Tips: Tech Evolution
April 4, 2017
Facilitation Quick Tips: Tech Evolution

By Tracy Wright, MAED | April 4, 2017
Project Director, ETR

Ready for a quick activity to build community while discovering differences and commonalities? Tech Evolution will get you there!

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Tags: Facilitation Quick Tips, Professional development, Training design
How Teaching Helped Me Be a Better Researcher
March 30, 2017
How Teaching Helped Me Be a Better Researcher

By Emily Green, MA | March 30 2017
Research Assistant, ETR

There is something about being a teacher that you carry with you, even if you transition to something else. I didn’t expect to become a K-12 science teacher, but I loved doing it. Now, I find myself being a teacher in everything I do. It gets into your blood. It changes the way you think. And I cannot thank my students enough for changing me in this way.

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Tags: Research, Science, Science education, Special needs students, math education
New Media, Old Themes: Sexualization in Children’s TV Shows
March 28, 2017
New Media, Old Themes: Sexualization in Children’s TV Shows

By Elizabeth McDade-Montez, PhD | March 28, 2017
Senior Research Associate, ETR

TV is not what it used to be. Over the past decade, we have seen a range of new methods of content delivery (Netflix, AmazonVideo, Hulu), new ways of watching (bingeing on favorites, catching short segments on YouTube, checking out cute kittens suggested by friends on Facebook), and new ways of calculating ratings.

Unfortunately, although television platforms have clearly modernized over time, television themes and stereotypes around gender and sexuality have not. 

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Tags: Research, Media, Television, Young children
Welcome to Our New Chief Science Officer: Karin Coyle, PhD
March 23, 2017
Welcome to Our New Chief Science Officer: Karin Coyle, PhD

By ETR | March 23, 2017

ETR’s Dr. Karin Coyle is stepping into a different role. She’s our new Chief Science Officer. This appointment has our entire Science Department looking to the future with excitement.

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Tags: ETR
School Report: 3 Strategies to Help Us Boost Healthy Student Behaviors
March 21, 2017
School Report: 3 Strategies to Help Us Boost Healthy Student Behaviors

By John Henry Ledwith | March 21, 2017
Senior Sales Manager, ETR

Are you rested? Did you have breakfast? How many glasses of water did you drink today?

These three markers of healthy behavior—sleep, nutrition, hydration—are on my mind at the moment. 

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Tags: K-12, School Health Education, Sleep, Nutrition
Affirmative Consent: Changing Norms
March 16, 2017
Affirmative Consent: Changing Norms

By Gina Lepore, MEd | March 16, 2017
Research Associate, ETR

 “Everything is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.”

This saying is usually credited to Oscar Wilde, probably erroneously, but I love it anyway! It brings home an essential truth. When we talk about norms related to sex and sexual consent, we are often actually talking about norms related to power.

Note: Gina Lepore is lead author on ETR’s recently released supplement, Teaching Affirmative Consent: Practical Guidelines to Increase Student UnderstandingThis post is adapted from background material for educators that will be included in the new supplement.

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Tags: Affirmative consent, Sexual and reproductive health, Sexual assault prevention, Adolescent health, Sexual violence prevention
UNITY: A Key for National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
March 14, 2017
UNITY: A Key for National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

By Ayn N. Whyte, MS—Diné | March 14, 2017
STD/HIV/AIDS Prevention Program Manager, Albuquerque Area Indian Health Board

As many of our communities prepare to recognize National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, I am compelled to honor the group of individuals who envisioned and made this day a reality. I am blessed to work today with many of these people in raising awareness and promoting testing among our people. 

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Tags: NNHAAD, AIDS, HIV / AIDS, National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Community Impact Solutions Project
Smokefree Laws and a Look at the Evidence
March 8, 2017
Smokefree Laws and a Look at the Evidence

By Narinder Dhaliwal, MA | March 8, 2017
Program Manager, ETR

Did you happen to see the recent Slate article about secondhand smoke? It had an enticing headline—the kind that often makes Slate such a compelling and engaging read:

“We Used Terrible Science to Justify Smoking Bans”

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Tags: Tobacco, Second-hand smoke, Smokefree laws, Science
Not Your Average Staff Retreat: A Total Blast with Mounds of Bacon
March 6, 2017
Not Your Average Staff Retreat: A Total Blast with Mounds of Bacon

By Marcia Quackebush, MS, MFT, MCHES | March 6, 2017
Senior Editor, ETR

Bringing people together can make a world of difference. ETR just finished up our 2017 All-Staff Retreat, and yes, it was a challenge getting everyone into one room for a day. Our workforce is distributed around the state of California and across the nation.

But it was also, in the words of one staffer, “a blast!” 

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Tags: ETR staff, Inspiration
Health Care Spending: What Does Science Tell Us?
March 1, 2017
Health Care Spending: What Does Science Tell Us?

By Brittany Nielsen, MPH| March 1, 2017
Program Manager, Sutter Health

The future of health care in America looks uncertain. There is an abundance of opinions on the left and right about what our nation needs to do. However, before we can move forward effectively, it’s important to understand what science has to tell us on the topic.

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Tags: Health care, Policy, Science
Being ETR's New CEO: To Boldly Go...
February 23, 2017
Being ETR's New CEO: To Boldly Go

By Vignetta Charles, PhD | February 23, 2017
CEO, ETR

I’m thrilled to be ETR’s new CEO. This is a job I’ve wanted for 19 years!

In 1998, I was Program Director of a teen pregnancy prevention program in Oakland, CA. I went to a training on Reducing the Risk (RTR), one of the best-known evidence-based programs in the field. It also happens to be a program ETR developed, evaluated and distributes.

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Tags: ETR, Mission, Science