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Learn About Building and Creating Syringe Service Programs with Our Newest Training
June 18, 2024

Learn About Building and Creating Syringe Service Programs with Our Newest Training

By Tasha Turner-Bicknell, DNP, RN, CDH | May 23, 2024
Associate Professor & Director of Advanced Public Health Nursing DNP & Certificate Programs, University of Cincinnati

Harm reduction techniques, such as syringe service programs (SSPs), are shown to address this elevated risk in the population of PWUD. Syringe service programs provide local, easy-to-access services where clients can obtain sterile syringes, injection materials, safer smoking kits, naloxone, and condoms. Syringe service programs provide an opportunity to engage PWUD and provide individuals with crucial services such as HIV testing, medical care, housing support, and treatment for substance use disorder to achieve health equity for this community.

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How to Innovate Sexual Health Education
June 17, 2024

How to Innovate Sexual Health Education

By Karin Coyle, PhD, Chief Science Officer, ETR | Pamela M. Anderson, PhD, Senior Research Scientist, ETR | Lauren Ranalli, MPH, Director of Communications and Public Affairs, ETR | May 28, 2024

Evidence-based pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention programs have been shown to have a positive effect on reducing unplanned pregnancy or associated behavioral risk factors, such as delaying sexual activity or increasing condom or contraceptive use. While teen birth rates have reached a record low in 2023, STI rates have increased dramatically. Additionally, there are evolving issues among youth, including mental health, bullying, body image, and online safety, that should be addressed in sexual health education. As a result, the need for innovation in sexual health education is stronger than before.

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World No Tobacco Day 2024: Working Toward a Tobaccofree Future
May 31, 2024

World No Tobacco Day 2024: Working Toward a Tobaccofree Future

By Nicole Morgan, MPH | May 31, 2024
Program Manager, ETR

World No Tobacco Day is a global awareness day, celebrated annually on May 31 to bring attention to the harm caused by the commercial tobacco epidemic and to promote protection for future generations. The commercial tobacco industry is product and profit-driven, with no connection to spiritual or respectful use like seen within Tribal communities and traditional tobacco.

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The Impact of Sex Education: Hear from Youth at ETR's RYSE Innovation Hub!
May 21, 2024

The Impact of Sex Education: Hear from Youth at ETR's RYSE Innovation Hub!

By Jessica Neupane, MPH | May 21, 2024
Marketing & Communications Coordinator, ETR

May marks Sex Ed for All Month, which is an opportunity to voice our shared commitment to a world where all young people get equitable access to the education and care they deserve, no matter who they are or where they live. Sexual health education and programs that are LGBTQIA+ inclusive, medically accurate, and culturally relevant for all youth are often inaccessible for young people.

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Strategies for Youth Engagement and Empowerment in Sexual Health Programs
May 14, 2024

Strategies for Youth Engagement and Empowerment in Sexual Health Programs

By Azzia Thompson, MPH, CHES | May 14, 2024
Project Coordinator II, ETR

ETR involves young people in co-creating innovative, science-based health solutions from concept to scale by amplifying their voices, knowledge, and lived experiences. The youth engagement strategies cited in this blog have been integral to the success of these projects, which I am proud to have been a part of!

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May the Fourth: How Star Wars Helped Me Feel More Comfortable Taking a Sabbatical
May 4, 2024

May the Fourth: How Star Wars Helped Me Feel More Comfortable Taking a Sabbatical

By Vignetta Charles, PhD | May 4, 2024
Chief Executive Officer, ETR

Happy May the Fourth!  Annually, I write reflections on what Star Wars has taught me about leadership and organizational development at ETR. I usually write in late April when my reflections are very current to the moment. This year, I’m writing this in March since I will be on sabbatical in April and May—which means I’m on sabbatical as you read this blog post. As a person for whom working is a core part of my identity, I struggled with the idea of a sabbatical. 

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Turning the Tide on Plastic Pollution: The Role of Tobacco Product Waste 
April 22, 2024

Turning the Tide on Plastic Pollution: The Role of Tobacco Product Waste 

By ETR’s Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (ATOD) Team | Aprill 22, 2024

Earth Day, celebrated each year on April 22nd, invites us to look at our impact on the environment. This year, the observance focuses on the issue of plastic pollution with a theme of “Planet vs. Plastics.” It is not just about the plastic bags, bottles, and straws we often hear about—Tobacco products, like cigarettes and e-cigarettes, are also a big part of the problem.  

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From Tragedy to Action: Prioritizing Support for LGBTQ+ Students
March 29, 2024

From Tragedy to Action: Prioritizing Support for LGBTQ+ Students

By Vignetta Charles, Chief Executive Officer, ETR, Madhuri Jha, VP of Science, Equity, & Integration, ETR | March 29, 2024

The tragic death of Nex Benedict, a non-binary/two-spirit student in Oklahoma, has brought to light the urgent need for comprehensive support and inclusivity in our educational institutions. As two public health experts, we are deeply committed to the battle to improve young people’s and communities’ health and well-being by championing science.

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Addressing Social Determinants of Health for HIV Prevention and Care
March 20, 2024

Addressing Social Determinants of Health for HIV Prevention and Care

By Reilly O'Neal | March 20, 2024
Contractor, ETR

Factors beyond our individual behavior can make it easier or harder to engage with HIV prevention and care. These factors are known as social determinants of health. In honor of LGBT Health Awareness Week, we wanted to highlight how social determinants of health can affect HIV prevention and care, as well as how you can access our free course on social determinants of health and HIV available through CDCTRAIN.  

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Black in the Future
February 29, 2024

Black in the Future

By Michael Everett, MHS, EdD | February 29, 2024
Chief People and Culture Officer, ETR

Often, when we think of Black History Month, we are prompted to consider the greatness of Blackness in the past. Honoring the past is essential, especially considering some of the erasure of Black people, histories, and experiences emphasized over the last few years. We must also continue to chart the path for what we intend for it to mean to be Black in the future. In our constant effort to combat anti-Black racism and institutionalize our values, ETR leadership continues the progress by commissioning the Black to the Future (BTF) ETR workgroup.

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Better Condom Education for High School Students: Putting Data into Practice
February 8, 2024

Better Condom Education for High School Students: Putting Data into Practice

By The ETR Team |  February 8, 2024

In honor of National Condom Month, we’re here to discuss innovative research on condom misuse and effective strategies in condom education. What are the most common errors high school students make about condom use? Thanks to some recent research by ETR and our partners at Public Health, Seattle & King County, we can share some insights on that question.   

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Tags: Research to practice, Condoms, Research, Sexual and reproductive health, Health education
Empowering LGBTQ+ Youth with Tools for Resilience
December 7, 2023

Empowering LGBTQ+ Youth with Tools for Resilience

By Li Lock, PhD, MEd, Research Associate, ETR, Gillian Silver, MPH, CHES, Research Dissemination Specialist, ETR  |  December 7, 2023

Resilience is the process and outcome of successfully adapting to difficult or challenging life experiences, especially through mental, emotional, and behavioral flexibility and adjustment to external and internal demands. LGBTQ+ young people, especially those holding multiple, or intersecting, marginalized identities, are often faced with situations and environments where they must develop resilience to survive and thrive. 

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Representation and Empowerment: Amplifying Californian Voices for Native American Heritage Month
November 16, 2023

Representation and Empowerment: Amplifying Californian Voice for Native American Heritage Month

By Ravena Soto | November 16, 2023
Project Coordinator - Tribal Community Coordinating Center, ETR

California is home to 109 federally recognized Tribes, yet many residents are unfamiliar with the plethora of unique cultures that surround them. The Indian gaming industry has created visibility but has not rectified misperceptions. In many circumstances, it has contributed to new misunderstandings. The very concept of contemporary California Tribal people navigating the complexities of modern life is hard for many to comprehend.

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Emergency Contraception: Here's What to Know
November 15, 2023

Emergency Contraception: Here's What to Know

By Jessica Neupane, MPH | November 15, 2023
Marketing & Communications Coordinator, ETR

In honor of Thanks, Birth Control Day, ETR wants to show support for the birth control access movement and contraceptive education. At ETR, we believe everyone deserves access to and education about birth control methods that work best for their body, their life, and their goals. 

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Why We Center Equity and Accessibility for Inclusive Events
November 9, 2023

Why We Center Equity and Accessibility for Inclusive Events

By Janine Driver (JD), MA | November 9, 2023
Marketing & Communications Coordinator, ETR

In this blog series, ETR experts will share best practices for hosting accessible events and centering equity in convenings. We believe in the power and possibility of cultivating accessible spaces, especially in the fight for health equity. As an organization with deep expertise in convening people from around the world for dynamic in-person and virtual events, we are committed to creating learning environments that center the diverse needs of the communities they aim to serve. 

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How to Talk with Teens About Over-the-Counter Birth Control Pills
September 21, 2023

How to Talk with Teens About Over-the-Counter Birth Control Pills

By Kelly Gainor, MEd, Training Manager, ETR, Li Lock, PhD, MEd, Research Associate, ETR, Lauren Ranalli, MPH, Director of Marketing and Communications, ETR | September 21, 2023

With over-the-counter (OTC) birth control pills now a reality for people across the United States, adolescents will soon have greater access to contraception- a huge step forward in reducing unplanned pregnancies and managing ongoing health conditions! But even with this expanded access, there are still significant roles that educators, healthcare professionals, parents, and other trusted adults can play in helping young people navigate their sexual health choices.

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Engaging Youth to Measure Sexual Reproductive Health Quality and Access: In Conversation with Nirali Chakraborty
September 18, 2023

Engaging Youth to Measure Sexual Reproductive Health Quality and Access: In Conversation with Nirali Chakraborty

By Sarah Han, MPH, Youth-Centered Health Designer, ETR, Nirali Chakraborty, Ph.D. Chief Strategy Officer & Director of Research, Metrics for Management (M4M), | September 18, 2023

This summer, Sarah Han, Youth Centered Health Designer at ETR, joined the Measuring Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health (MY SRH) Initiative at the Women Deliver 2023 conference in Kigali, Rwanda. Led by Metrics for Management (M4M), this global advisory group of young professionals convened to tackle the question, “How can we dismantle the barriers that hinder young people's access to respectful, high-quality SRH services?" In this conversation, Sarah is joined by Nirali Chakraborty, Chief Strategy Officer and Director of Research at M4M to learn more about this critical work in global youth SRH.

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Revolutionising Comprehensive Sexuality Education: The Progress and Success Story of Sexdugram
September 6, 2023

Revolutionising Comprehensive Sexuality Education: The Progress and Success Story of Sexdugram

By Dina Chaerani, Elvita Trisnawati and Fatimah Huurin Jannah | September 6, 2023

Comprehensive Sexuality Education has long been a topic of contention, often fraught with misinformation, taboo, and inadequate resources. But amidst these challenges, innovators, youth-led organisations, and even NGOs are stepping up to make a difference. Who expected that one such innovation-making wave came from three Indonesian Youths who established Sexdugram, an Instagram-based initiative that revolutionised how CSE is delivered, discussed, and embraced. 

 

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How Research Organizations Avoid Conflict of Interest
August 31, 2023

How Research Organizations Avoid Conflict of Interest

By The ETR Team | August 31, 2023

When it comes to evaluating and disseminating research, many organizations will often play multiple roles in the process. For example, in the field of public health, organizations may develop a new product or curriculum, serve as the evaluator to test the effectiveness, or take the lead in disseminating the findings or product to a large-scale audience. In any of these roles, there is a potential for real or perceived conflicts of interest.

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What I Learned at Women Deliver 2023: Dismantling Barriers to Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health Care
August 25, 2023

What I Learned at Women Deliver 2023: Dismantling Barriers to Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health Care

By Sarah Han, MPH | August 25, 2023
Youth-Centered Health Designer, ETR

Young people face multiple challenges in accessing sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services, with stigma from providers and staff and compromised confidentiality and privacy as key barriers. Learn more about Sarah Han's experiences as a part of a globally representative advisory group of young professionals at Women Deliver 2023 in Rwanda for the Measuring Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health (MY SRH) Initiative led by Metrics for Management.

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