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.)

Putting Evidence to Work: Popular Opinion Leader
January 17, 2015
Putting Evidence to Work: Popular Opinion Leader

By ETR | January 17, 2015

I want to change your mind. Correct a misperception. Support you in changing a behavior. I want to talk to you about something that is so important, your life depends on it.

Who do I need to be? Whom are you going to listen to? Who is going to be able to save your life?

Some interesting research on a behavioral intervention strategy called Popular Opinion Leader says that in communities at high risk for HIV, the people who can change hearts and minds are out there. And prevention programs can enlist their help in changing risk behaviors in their communities.

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Tags: HIV / AIDS, Professional development, Popular opinion leader, Evidence-based interventions, Community Impact Solutions Project
Facilitation Quick Tips: Phrase Craze
January 15, 2015
Facilitation Quick Tips: Phrase Craze

By Debra Christopher, MSM | January 15, 2015
Director, Professional Learning Systems, ETR

Here’s an activity that helps training participants consolidate learning. It actually activates and strengthens neurological connections, increasing participants’ ability to hold key concepts in long-term memory. Quick and engaging.

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Tags: Professional development, Training design, Facilitation
Resources That Make a Difference: Support for New OAH TPP Funding Proposals
January 13, 2015
Resources That Make a Difference: Support for New OAH TPP Funding Proposals

By ETR | January 13, 2015

Just about everyone working in adolescent reproductive health has been waiting for the new Office of Adolescent Health Teen Pregnancy Prevention funding proposals. Start breathing again, people! The proposals have arrived!

ETR has just launched a very cool website to help grant seekers develop their plans, choose their programs and prepare their proposals. Check out our brand new Program Success Center for an impressive array of useful tools and resources.

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Tags: Pregnancy prevention, Funding opportunities, OAH, TPP, Evidence-based interventions, Evaluation, Professional development
Getting Ready for a Tough Flu Year
January 5, 2015
Getting Ready for a Tough Flu Year

By ETR | January 5, 2015

The flu season is mightily upon us. The CDC’s fluview map, showing current activity in influenza-like illnesses across the country, is looking extremely red this week.

Encouraging people to get a flu vaccine is one practical step. Another is creating norms about hand washing and covering coughs and sneezes. This might be a good time to take a look at ETR’s product page on colds and flu.

We also like this video of Christina Wise talking about a few of her favorite ETR products in the flu prevention category.

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Tags: ETR, Colds and flu, Hand washing
Power Makes a Difference: Youth-Adult Partnerships Work!
December 16, 2014
Power Makes a Difference: Youth-Adult Partnerships Work!

By Annika Shore, MPH | December 16, 2014

My work as a professional development consultant at ETR focuses on developing the knowledge and skills of people in the field of adolescent sexual and reproductive health. Our goal? To collectively enhance the health and well-being of young people.

When I think back on the most powerful moments of my career, they all share one thing in common: they were moments when young people and adults worked closely together for a shared goal. 

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Tags: Teens, Intergenerational, Youth voice, Mentoring
Video Picks - Women & Tech, Vaping & Health
December 15, 2014
Video Picks - Women & Tech, Vaping & Health

By ETR | December 15, 2014

Check out a couple of our favorites from the videos that have crossed our screens recently. The first inspires us to boost leadership roles for women in technology. The second gives us the true scoop about e-cigarettes and health.

Well worth watching!

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Tags: Technology, Gender, E-cigarettes
Get Real: Evidence, Sex Ed and the Real World
December 11, 2014
Get Real: Evidence, Sex Ed and the Real World

By Jen Slonaker, MSW | December 11, 2014

How should we be teaching teens about sex? Since I work in the health and sexuality field, this is a question I’ve considered often. Not surprisingly, so have many of my colleagues.

About 10 years ago, a group of people at Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts (PPLM) decided to develop and test a new sex education curriculum for adolescents based on the best evidence available about what works.

What does it take to do this? Quite a lot.

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Tags: Evidence-based interventions, Sex education, High school, Middle school
Facilitation Quick Tips: Pledge, Boogie & Own It!
December 10, 2014
Facilitation Quick Tips: Pledge, Boogie & Own It!

By Debra Christopher, MSM | December 10, 2014

This activity was developed as a closing activity for participants attending last September’s Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) Training Crafting Trainings That Work for All Adult Learners. We got so many positive comments about it, we wanted to share it here.

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Tags: Professional development, Training design
School Report: Line Up & Sign Up
December 9, 2014
School Report: Line Up & Sign Up

By John Henry Ledwith | December 9, 2014

One of the truly rewarding things about the work I do is that I get to interact with school professionals on both the local and national levels.

When I talk to people in the local school world—teachers, health educators, administrators—I often hear questions such as:

  • Where can I go for more information on school health?
  • Whom can I talk to about the health issues in my school community?
  • Where can I engage in conversations that will help me grow as a health educator and contribute my own ideas to the process?

Of course, ETR is always available to respond to and answer any questions we can. But the real key is building your network with other classroom professionals. And there are many ways to do that.

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Tags: School health, K-12
Laugh & Learn? Tasteless Humor and Health Education
December 6, 2014
Laugh & Learn? Tasteless Humor and Health Education

By Annabella Firpo | December 6, 2014

Do tasteless humor and political incorrectness have a place in health education?

Recently I encountered two over-the-top ridiculous videos on the Internet that, at first glance, seemed to be mindless, tasteless humor. However, by the end of the videos, both had presented a serious message hidden under the slapstick and shallow comedy. 

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Tags: Health education, Humor
Video Picks - TED Bullying Playlist
December 5, 2014
Video Picks - TED Bullying Playlist

By ETR | December 5, 2014

If you’re ready for some powerful and illuminating video viewing, take a look at the TED Bullying Playlist. Four speakers and one heart-lifting musical performance will give you new insights and more than a few moments of reflection.

There are lots of opportunities for student projects using these videos. Review videos before sharing with your students to be sure the content is appropriate—there are some adult themes and a couple of instances of profanity.

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Tags: Bullying, Violence prevention, Teens
Finding the Answers: A Look at Research Synthesis
December 3, 2014
Finding the Answers: A Look at Research Synthesis

By Erica Marsh | December 3, 2014

In my family, libraries were more than buildings that housed and loaned books. They were places with unrestricted access to incredible tools. They nurtured our passion for finding, organizing and sharing information. 

Knowledge is serious stuff in my family. My grandmother, mother and sister were librarians. My father was an American Literature professor and author. My younger brother currently works at a library.

When I was growing up, whenever a question came up that my parents didn’t know the answer to, my mom would say, “Let’s find out!” She would call the reference desk at the local public library. We called this number so often it was posted by the phone.

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Tags: Research, Technology, Evidence-based interventions, STEM, Gender
World AIDS Day: Towards an AIDS-Free Generation
December 1, 2014
World AIDS Day: Towards an AIDS-Free Generation

By Alex Williams | December 1, 2014

Today is December 1, also known as World AIDS Day. Every year on this day there is a temporary global shift in attention to reflect on the impact of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). In the United States, the day is marked by observances, reflections, tributes, concerts, ceremonies, memorial services and themed awareness-raising events.

In the United States, nearly 648,500 persons diagnosed with AIDS have died, and approximately 50,000 persons acquire HIV annually. Today, an estimated 1.2 million persons in the United States are living with HIV.

Although these figures suggest despair, there have been significant advances since the first AIDS diagnosis in June 1981. The theme for this year's observation is "Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-Free Generation," noting the shift from widespread hopelessness to the eventual eradication of HIV.

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Tags: HIV / AIDS, Community Impact Solutions Project
Now in Spanish: Our Popular Vaping Pamphlet
November 30, 2014
Now in Spanish: Our Popular Vaping Pamphlet

By ETR | November 30, 2014

ETR is thrilled with the response to our new pamphlet on e-cigarettes: “E-Cigarettes: 10 Things to Know About Vaping.” In an effort to reach even more people with the facts about e-cigarettes, we now offer this National Health Information Award-winning title in Spanish.

With studies showing the use of e-cigarettes growing rapidly among all age groups, there’s a real need for clear information about these products.

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Tags: E-cigarettes, ETR
A Great Year for Gratitude
November 24, 2014
A Great Year for Gratitude

By Dan McCormick, MHA | November 24, 2014

Gratitude. It’s one of those qualities most of us aim to cultivate in our lives, and something we have a chance to genuinely ponder at this time of year.

I asked our staff at a recent all-hands meeting, “What are you grateful for?” I learned that it’s been a great year for gratitude at ETR.

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Tags: ETR, Planned Parenthood
"What Were You Thinking?" - What Developmental Neuroscience Tells Us About Adolescent Sexual Behavior
November 19, 2014
"What Were You Thinking?" - What Developmental Neuroscience Tells Us About Adolescent Sexual Behavior

By Ahna Suleiman, DrPH | November 19, 2014

Every sex educator I know has stories about young people who’ve challenged their faith in our ability to change adolescent sexual behavior. For me, one of those stories is about a ninth grader named Rose.

Rose was a formidable advocate for school-based sex education. She was also a catalyst in moving an incredibly resistant district to change their policies and allow condom distribution on campus.

Like many ninth graders I’ve met, Rose was intelligent, thoughtful and articulate. She liked school and was a successful student. She had goals of becoming a nurse or doctor. She also faced a number of challenges at home, where things were not always stable. 

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Tags: Teens, Neuroscience, Sexual and reproductive health
Karin Coyle Receives Award from TeenNow California
November 18, 2014
Karin Coyle Receives Award from TeenNow California

By Kay Todd, MSW | November 18, 2014

ETR Senior Research Scientist Karin Coyle, PhD, was presented with the Doug Kirby/Barbara Huberman Award by TeenNow California at their recent conference in Fresno. The award is given to someone who has made a significant impact in the fields of teen pregnancy prevention, adolescent reproductive health and youth development.

This is the first time TeenNow has presented an award on behalf of Dr. Kirby and Dr. Huberman, two giants in the field. 

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Supporting Students and Young Professionals
November 17, 2014
Supporting Students and Young Professionals

By Dan McCormick, MHA | November 17, 2014

One of the finest moments for me with ETR’s Kirby Summer Interns last year was the time one of them said, “I love being an intern at ETR! I still can’t believe I get to be here. I have friends doing internships where they just go and sit in meetings, or they do filing. I am doing real work here. I’m analyzing data. I’m contributing to a manuscript. I am learning how to be a stronger professional. This is amazing.”

I’m delighted this young woman had such a positive experience here. Her robust praise relates directly to the commitment of ETR’s staff to collaboration and mutual support. Our research group—from senior scientists to newly hired research assistants—stepped up to welcome and engage our interns. These students became a vital part of our workforce during their three months here.

This reflects a larger commitment ETR feels to the importance of supporting students and young professionals in the health education and research arena. 

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Tags: ETR, Research, Kirby internship
Getting Real About Comprehensive Sex Ed
November 15, 2014
Getting Real About Comprehensive Sex Ed

By Suzanne Schrag | November 15, 2014

ETR recently published the Get Real curriculum from Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts (PPLM). This comprehensive sexuality education program for middle school and high school has been rigorously evaluated and shown to have a positive impact on young people's sexual risk behaviors.

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Tags: Evidence-based interventions, Sex education, Get Real
Kirby Summer Internship for 2015: Great Opportunity!
November 14, 2014
Kirby Summer Internship for 2015: Great Opportunity!

By ETR | November 14, 2014

Are you a graduate student in education, psychology, public health, epidemiology or a related field? Do you have a focus or interest in sexual and reproductive health? Do you work with graduate students in these fields?

It’s time to think about the 2015 Kirby Summer Internship!

ETR will be selecting 1-2 interns for the summer 2015 season. This internship offers a stipend and presents opportunities for mentored work in research syntheses, implementation programs, research methodology and more.  

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Tags: Doug Kirby, Kirby internship, Research
School Report - November 2014: Teachers, School Health & Transformation
November 13, 2014
School Report - November 2014: Teachers, School Health & Transformation

By John Henry Ledwith | November 13, 2014

I love teacher trainings! As long as I’ve been going to these events—and I’ve gone to a good many—I always learn something new.

A couple of weeks ago, I was in Buffalo, New York, with a group of about 80 teachers being introduced to their new health curriculum—ETR’s signature product, HealthSmart. The training was facilitated by Susan Telljohann, PhD, one of the authors of HealthSmart, a master trainer, and a leading thinker in school health theory and development today.

This was quite the group. First of all (and speaking as a native son) these folks were New Yorkers! They were smart, dynamic, personal, and totally willing to participate.

Second...

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Tags: HealthSmart, K-12, School health, Health education
My Take: Culture, Storylines & Women - Diversifying Tech Education
November 10, 2014
My Take: Culture, Storylines & Women - Diversifying Tech Education

By Louise Ann Lyon, PhD | November 11, 2014

Everywhere we turn, articles warn of the imminent loss of U.S. preeminence in science, technology, engineering and math fields. How frustrating, then, that computer science has actually experienced a slow decrease in the percentage of female undergraduates over the past 20 years. This trend cannot serve the field, the nation or our future. We need to diversify tech education if we wish to take advantage of our abundant local talent.

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Tags: College, Women, Technology, STEM
My Take: Making Social Media Make Sense for Nonprofits
November 5, 2014
My Take: Making Social Media Make Sense for Nonprofits

By Laura Perkins, MLS | November 5, 2014

My social media content strategy colleagues and I attended a great webinar yesterday: “50 Blogging Best Practices for Nonprofits.”

Social media maestra Heather Mansfield of Nonprofit Tech for Good clearly laid out best practices for setting up and maintaining a blog using the most current understanding of user-friendly design.

What I found especially striking in her presentation was the evolution of thinking about how to make a blog or website appealing enough and accessible enough to attract and hold people’s attention.

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Tags: Social media, ETR
Mediation Analysis: Learning What Works in STI/Pregnancy Prevention Programs
November 4, 2014
Mediation Analysis: Learning What Works in STI/Pregnancy Prevention Programs

By ETR | November 4, 2014

In ETR's latest video, Senior Research Associate Jill Glassman, PhD, makes a complex and powerful statistical process understandable. Mediation analysis allows evaluators to determine which specific factors in an evidence-based intervention had the greatest impact on participants. Dr. Glassman also explains how important this work can be in helping us determine what approaches to STI/pregnancy prevention work best.

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Tags: Evidence-based interventions, ETR, STDs, Pregnancy prevention, Research
What Ebola Can Teach Us About Keeping Schools Healthy
November 3, 2014
What Ebola Can Teach Us About Keeping Schools Healthy

By ETR | November 3, 2014

What should schools be doing to keep students healthy? Georges C. Benjamin, MD, executive director of the American Public Health Association, has written a clear and cogent column in Education Week outlining the steps schools can take. While Ebola is raising concerns across the nation, influenza poses greater risks in the U.S. at present. He describes steps schools and communities can take to prevent both.

 

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Tags: K-12, School health