What's Happening

Check out what our people and partners are researching, thinking, reading, writing, watching and doing! (Note: The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of ETR as an agency.)


ZonaSegura Project to Prevent Teen Dating Violence Demonstrates the Power of Partnership
December 9, 2019

ZonaSegura Project to Prevent Teen Dating Violence Demonstrates the Power of Partnership

By Emma Schlamm | December 9, 2019
Program Coordinator, YTH Initiative at ETR

First published on the blog of the Sexual Violence Research Initiative

The YTH Initiative of ETR, in partnership with the Public Health Institute (PHI) and GoJoven Honduras, is implementing and evaluating ZonaSegura. ZonaSegura is a multi-faceted tech-based intervention that uses a website, native mobile app, and a WhatsApp messaging campaign to prevent teen dating violence among Honduran youth. The evaluation has demonstrated that the power of partnership and human effort is an essential and irreplaceable component of a digital solution’s success.

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Tags: Research to practice, Condoms, Research, Sexual and reproductive health, Health education
Reflecting on World AIDS Day and ETR's Commitment to Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic
December 2, 2019

Reflecting on World AIDS Day and ETR's Commitment to Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic

By Vignetta Charles, PhD | December 2, 2019
Chief Executive Officer, ETR

Sunday, December 1, 2019, marked the 31st observance of World AIDS Day. The theme for 2019 is “Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Community by Community.” This feels especially appropriate since we have been developing community-driven responses from the beginning. While reflecting on the nearly four decades of the HIV pandemic, ETR started looking back at our response since the earliest reported cases. Check out this retrospective of ETR’s history developing some of the nation's leading HIV education, training and research.

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Tags: Research to practice, Condoms, Research, Sexual and reproductive health, Health education
Gratitude for Centering Racial Equity
November 26, 2019

Gratitude for Centering Racial Equity

By Vignetta Charles, PhD | November 26, 2019
Chief Executive Officer, ETR

I’m grateful every year for the opportunity to share ETR’s science-based practice of expressing gratitude. This year, I’m especially thankful for living our values of centering equity. This includes the continued efforts of aligning our work with the Health Equity Framework. It also includes our internal work to center racial equity in our lives and our workplace.

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Tags: Research to practice, Condoms, Research, Sexual and reproductive health, Health education
Get to Know ETR: Angela Cesaro, Director of Product Development
November 22, 2019

Get to Know ETR: Angela Cesaro, Director of Product Development

By ETR | November 22, 2019
 

Angela Cesaro likes problem-solving. “I’m a puzzle person. I like to take things apart, see how they work, put them back together.” But with product management, “there’s no picture on the box that tells you what you’re supposed to do—it’s a lot of hard, creative work to figure it all out.” As the Director of Product Development at ETR, Angela regularly works on puzzles large and small.   

 

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Slips Happen: Going from Concept to Scale on Condom Education
October 23, 2019

Slips Happen: Going from Concept to Scale on Condom Education

By Laura Perkins, MLS | October 23, 2019
Project Editor, ETR

What happens when you have a problem with a condom? Are there some ways to prevent condoms from slipping or breaking in the first place? Is there anything you can do if you’re worried about getting pregnant or getting an STD? Where are the instructions for that?

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LGBTQ+ Inclusive Sex Ed: What is Needed Beyond the Call for Inclusion
October 16, 2019

LGBTQ+ Inclusive Sex Ed: What is Needed Beyond the Call for Inclusion

By Elizabeth Jarpe-Ratner, PhD, MPH, MST | October 16, 2019
Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health

Many prominent sex education advocates and organizations, including Advocates for Youth and ETR, have called for sex education that is inclusive of LGBTQ+ identities. We know that LGBTQ+ students in schools with inclusive curricula are more likely to report a greater sense of belonging in school as well as a lower risk of depression.  

A recent study in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) aimed to examine how a program designed to be inclusive was being experienced by young people, what additional supports are needed by teachers, and what steps can be taken to ensure all students experience sexual health education as inclusive of LGBTQ+ identities.

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REACH: Education That's Inclusive, Affirming and Trauma-Informed? We Do That!
October 9, 2019

REACH: Education That's Inclusive, Affirming and Trauma-Informed? We Do That!

By Danae Verba, BS, SWA | October 9, 2019
REACH Coordinator, LSS Independent Living Services 

Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota (LSS), through a partnership with the South Dakota Department of Health, offers a complete range of sexual health education services to communities across the state of South Dakota. I have the amazing opportunity to be one of the individuals that coordinates this work. SRAE, or Sexual Risk Avoidance Education, is the federal designation for abstinence-based education programs, and PREP, or Personal Responsibility Education Program, is the federal designation for programs that cover both abstinence and contraception. At LSS, we see SRAE and PREP as partners, not competitors.

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Digital Flirting and Online Dating Among Youth and Young Adults
October 1, 2019

Digital Flirting and Online Dating Among Youth and Young Adults

By Cara Silva, MPH | October 1, 2019
Director of Programs, ETR's YTH Initiative

Digital communication has disrupted the ways we socialize, communicate, and—let’s face it—how we function. Gone are the days where a check-in with a friend was a knock at the door or a telephone call. It’s now likely a quick text or a thumbs-up “like” on a social media post. This new way of communicating has also contributed to how we meet, flirt, and date people to whom we are attracted. Youth in particular are turning to online spaces to build community and explore sexual relationships, particularly in regions where access to peers is limited. 

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Tags: Texting, Adolescents, Romantic relationships, Technology, Sexual and reproductive health, YTH Initiative
Working with Tribal Leaders, Reaching Out to Tribal Youth: Tobacco Prevention in Indian Country
September 24, 2019

Working with Tribal Leaders, Reaching Out to Tribal Youth: Tobacco Prevention in Indian Country

By Jennifer Geisler | September 24, 2019
Program Coordinator, ETR

Tobacco prevention in Indian Country is different. Every tribe is unique, and programs need to be tailored tribe by tribe. California has 109 tribal nations, so keeping programs relevant to each tribe is a big task. Respect for elders and commitment to youth play a vital role in any of our tobacco-related messaging. It is also important to acknowledge and honor the role of sacred tobacco in tribal life.

In California, we have an exciting new state tobacco prevention grant that addresses these issues. 

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Tags: Tribal nations, Youth, Tobacco prevention, Tribal communities, ATOD
Joining the Advisory Board of the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation
September 17, 2019

Joining the Advisory Board of the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation

By Vignetta Charles, PhD | September 17, 2019
CEO, ETR

Elizabeth Taylor started her AIDS activism in the late 1980’s. She was watching friends fall tragically ill from a preventable disease, and she wasn’t seeing an appropriate response. She leveraged her celebrity and her fierce determination and took action.

I actually have something in common with Elizabeth Taylor. 

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Tags: Service, Activism, HIV-AIDS, HIV, ETR
Shafia Zaloom's New Book: Talking with Teens About Consent, Relationships and More
September 12, 2019

Shafia Zaloom's New Book: Talking with Teens About Consent, Relationships and More

By Pamela Anderson, PhD | September 12, 2019
Senior Research Associate, ETR

I literally love this book! I think everyone should read it. Shafia Zaloom is offering a unique new resource, and it’s fabulous.

I’m a developmental psychologist and researcher specializing in adolescent romantic relationships. That means I’ve seen plenty of books for parents and educators on how to have conversations with teens about sex and relationships. There are some great resources out there—and this is one of my new favorites for a number of reasons.

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Tags: Health education, Romantic relationships, Educators, Parents, Adolescents, Sex education
Think of a Bear: Talking with Adolescents About Relationships
September 10, 2019

Think of a Bear: Talking with Adolescents About Relationships

By Shafia Zaloom | Setpember 10, 2019
Health Educator, Urban School, San Francisco

When talking about sexuality with adolescents, it's often easier to get the message across when you take the sex out of it. This is counterintuitive, I know. So here’s a story, a classroom activity and some examples of classroom discussions with my class that explain the concept.

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Tags: Kirby summit, Communication, Adolescents, Sex education, Educators, Affirmative consent
Developing Health Skills: Practicing Health-Enhancing Behaviors
September 5, 2019

Developing Health Skills: Practicing Health-Enhancing Behaviors

By Suzanne Schrag | September 5, 2019
Editor/Project Manager, ETR

An insight from a recent training: I’ve been writing a series of blog posts on the key skills for health literacy outlined in the National Health Education Standards (NHES). I’ve looked at how ETR’s HealthSmart program addresses six of these skills: Analyzing Influences, Accessing Resources, Interpersonal Communication, Decision Making, Goal Setting and Advocacy.

But, for some reason, a post around skill number seven—Practicing Health-Enhancing Behaviors—has been harder for me to conceptualize and write. A recent experience suddenly gave me a new perspective on how to think and talk about this important component of a comprehensive health education program.

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Tags: School health education, K-12, National Health Education Standards, Health education, HealthSmart
Changing the Narrative Around Suicide and Mental Illness: Youth United for Responsible Media Representation
September 3, 2019

Changing the Narrative Around Suicide and Mental Illness: Youth United for Responsible Media Representation

By Chloe Sorensen | September 3, 2019
Founder, Youth United for Responsible Media Representation

When I was a student at Gunn High School in Palo Alto, there was a youth suicide cluster in our community. By the time I graduated, I had lost five of my peers, including a close friend. Overwhelmed by grief and fear and unsure of how to move forward, I sought a way to channel my pain into action.

Halfway through my sophomore year, I found myself speaking at school board meetings and in other forums, advocating for the needs of students.

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Tags: Youth voice, Youth programs, Suicide prevention, Media, School mental health, Mental health
Expectant & Parenting Youth: Greater Inclusivity + Less Stigma = Better Outcomes
August 28, 2019

Expectant & Parenting Youth: Greater Inclusivity + Less Stigma = Better Outcomes

By Taryn Gal, MPH, CPH, CHES and Brittany Batell, MPH, MSW  | August 28, 2019
Executive Director (TG) and Program and Engagement Manager (BB), MOASH

There has been an amazing push for greater inclusivity in sex education in recent years. The field offers programs that are more inclusive for LGBTQ+ youth, for survivors of trauma, and for youth with learning differences or developmental disabilities. We make these efforts because we are committed to creating a learning environment where all identities and choices are honored.

That’s why it’s also important for us to be sure we are creating welcoming, inclusive and effective sexuality education for expectant and parenting youth (EPY).

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Tags: Stigma, Health equity, Equity, Young parents, Pregnancy prevention, Sexual and reproductive health
Get To Know ETR: David Manuel Torres, Research Assistant
August 21, 2019

Get To Know ETR: David Manuel Torres, Research Assistant

By ETR | August 21, 2019
 

David Torres is one of ETR’s great data wranglers. This means he spends a lot of his time making sure the raw data collected on his projects is clean and consistent before running analyses on it. “That’s actually about 80% of my work on a project,” he explains. “The analysis is the fun part, but the cleaning is the most important. If you start with inaccurate data, you get inaccurate interpretations.”

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Tags: Staff profile, Equity in Tech, Data analysis, ETR staff
Supporting Young Leaders to Create Meaningful Change in Their Communities
August 14, 2019

Supporting Young Leaders to Create Meaningful Change in Their Communities

By Leslie Ferreira, MPA | August 14, 2019
Training and Outreach Manager, ETR

You’ve heard the adage, “Youth are leaders of tomorrow.” But truthfully, young people are leaders today. Our youth are stepping into their power like never before and demanding the space to make their voices heard. As adults, it’s our responsibility—and our privilege—to seek, validate and lift their voices in tangible and genuine ways.

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Tags: Advocacy, Tobacco prevention, Youth voice, Youth empowerment
Increase Stakeholder Engagement Through Data Parties
August 8, 2019

Increase Stakeholder Engagement Through Data Parties

By Eleanor Hayden | August 8, 2019
Research Assistant, ETR

Have you ever wanted to increase stakeholder engagement in your research? Or introduce participatory data analysis to your work? If you have, a data party might be for you!

I recently attended a webinar on data parties presented by Kylie Hutchinson at Community Solutions Planning & Evaluation. I learned how to host a data party as well as the potential benefits they can provide to everyone involved, from researchers to evaluators to community stakeholders. Here are some key take-homes.

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Tags: Data, Evaluation, Research
Get to Know ETR: Emma Schlamm, Program Coordinator
August 1, 2019

Get to Know ETR: Emma Schlamm, Program Coordinator

By ETR | August 1, 2019
 

Emma Schlamm’s got activism in her blood. Born and raised in New York City, she shares a birthday with both Malcom X and Ho Chi Minh. Following her urban upbringing, she chose a small town community for college—Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the heart of Amish country. “This was a fascinating experience for someone with a big-city background,” she recalls, “and it fueled my interest in learning about other cultures and communities.”

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Tags: Staff profile, Global health, Women's health, Social justice, YTH Initiative, ETR staff
Youth Innovation in HIV Prevention: Lift-Off for Project LIYT
July 25, 2019

Youth Innovation in HIV Prevention: Lift-Off for Project LIYT

By Chris Wilson-Smith & Michael Everett, MHS | July 25, 2019
HIV/Sexual Health Trainer (CW-S) & Project Coordinator (ME), ETR

How do we celebrate the innovative spirit of youth? How do we encourage young people's creative leadership and put it to work to solve real-world problems? How do we leverage youth interests and abilities in technology to amplify their power?

ETR’s YTH Initiative is delivering a mentorship program that will do all of these things. Introducing Project LIYT (Leadership + Innovation + Youth + Technology)! 

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Tags: HIV treatment, HIV prevention, HIV, Mentorship, YTH Initiative, Youth voice, Youth empowerment, Youth

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