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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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Protecting Privacy During Virtual Health Care Visits for Adolescents
August 2, 2023

Protecting Privacy During Virtual Health Care Visits for Adolescents

By Lauren Ranalli, MPH | August 2, 2023
Director of Marketing & Communications, ETR

Virtual visits and telemedicine have become more readily available since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. As with in-person health care visits, the key elements of adolescent-centered care should be implemented when seeing patients remotely. By doing this successfully, we can empower young people to actively participate in their health care.

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Retweets and Reframes: 5 Ways to Empower Healthy Adolescent Social Media Use
July 21, 2023

Retweets and Reframes: 5 Ways to Empower Healthy Adolescent Social Media Use

By Kaleigh Cornelison, MSW | July 21, 2023
Project Coordinator II, ETR

Headlines about the risks and negative impacts of social media use for adolescents are seemingly everywhere, which can lead to daunting conversations for caring adults. As you lean into these conversations with young people, consider these five strategies to open those lines of communication.

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3 Ways You Can Foster Resilience in Trans Youth
June 26, 2023

3 Ways You Can Foster Resilience in Trans Youth

By The ETR Team | June 26, 2023

At a time when violent anti-trans rhetoric is extremely prevalent, helping trans youth foster resilience can dramatically change their health outcomes both now and later in their lives. We’re thrilled to share a few science-based tips that you can use with the trans youth you serve from the Queer and Transgender Resilience Workbook by Anneliese Singh, PhD, LPC, which is now available in the ETR Store.

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Creating Status Neutral HIV Prevention and Care
June 16, 2023

Creating Status Neutral HIV Prevention and Care

By Li Lock, PhD, MEd | June 16, 2023
Research Associate, ETR

HIV services have historically been split into prevention and treatment, often with additional services, such as primary care and housing, more readily available to those on the treatment side. However, there’s a new topic emerging in HIV services that can help change the landscape of HIV prevention and care, as well as your direct work with your community: status neutral. 

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World No Tobacco Day 2023: Grow Food, Not [Commercial] Tobacco
May 22, 2023

World No Tobacco Day 2023: Grow Food, Not [Commercial] Tobacco

By Nasbah Ben | May 22, 2023
Director of Tribal Projects, ETR

In honor of World No Tobacco Day 2023, ETR's Director of Tribal Projects Nasbah Ben shares reflections on the importance of tobacco education and prevention that is rooted in a health equity framework -- especially for the numerous recognized and unrecognized Tribes throughout the US.

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May the Fourth: Embracing a Galaxy of Choice and Change
May 4, 2023

May the Fourth: Embracing a Galaxy of Choice and Change

By Vignetta Charles, PhD | May 4, 2023
Chief Executive Officer, ETR

May the Fourth, an annual celebration of the Star Wars franchise, is a day where fans around the world like me show our appreciation for this amazing body of work. Like Star Wars, we’ll continue innovating and providing science-based solutions in support of youth, families, and communities in a variety of formats.

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For My Fellow People of Color, "It's Okay to Get-Away and Rest"
April 26, 2023

For My Fellow People of Color, "It's Okay to Get-Away and Rest"

By Madhuri Jha, LCSW, MPH | April 26, 2023
Vice President of Science, Equity, and Integration, ETR

Rest has not only been something we, as people of color, have always needed, but it is something we have always deserved. Breaking the negative feedback loop means we must allow ourselves to rest, to honor those before us who could not.

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Toxic Trash: How Do We Handle Tobacco Product Waste?
April 20, 2023

Toxic Trash: How Do We Handle Tobacco Product Waste?

By Yadira Friday, MPH | April 20, 2023
Project Coordinator - TECC, ETR

Earth Day, which is held every year on April 22nd, is an observance that encourages individuals to think about the impact that they make on the larger environment. This blog will describe the impact of tobacco product waste, as well as recommendations for how to dispose of it properly.

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The Taste of Change: California's New Flavored Tobacco Law and its Impact on Health Equity
March 10, 2023

The Taste of Change: California's New Flavored Tobacco Law and its Impact on Health Equity and Policy

By The ETR Team | March 10, 2023

On December 21, 2022, Proposition 31 went into effect in California, banning the sale of most flavored tobacco products. This ended a two-year referendum of senate bill 793 (SB 793) signed into law in August 2020. The passage of this law has sparked conversation across the state as the tobacco industry adapts its product lines, and residents and public health advocates work to understand what the flavor ban will look like in practice. Let’s explore key facets of the law, and how it promotes health equity and empowers local policy efforts.

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2022: On Gratitude, Partnership, and Health Equity
December 20, 2022

2022: On Gratitude, Partnership, and Health Equity

By Vignetta Charles, PhD | December 20, 2022
Chief Executive Officer, ETR

As we close out 2022, ETR wants to extend our gratitude to YOU for your partnership! Over the past year, we worked with you through education, training, and research to develop science-based solutions to advance health equity. Through our collective work, we ensured that science-based health information was available to schools and communities nationwide and across the globe.

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