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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Sarah Han, MPH and Rebecca Braun, DrPH, MPH | December 14, 2022
YTH Initiative, ETR
The INSPIRE+ project empowers and collaborates with California youth to design innovative, creative, and youth-led solutions that address unhealthy substance use and promote community healing, using ETR’s Trauma-Informed Youth-Centered Health Design framework.
By The ETR Team | December 9, 2022
ETR is thrilled to announce that Madhuri Jha, MPH, LCSW (she/hers) will join our team as the new Vice President of Science, Equity, and Integration! ETR is looking forward to Ms. Jha joining our mission-driven efforts to improve health and increase opportunities for youth, families, and communities
By Brittny Bol, MPH, CHES | November 18, 2022
Project Coordinator - TECC, ETR
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women in the United States. Lung Cancer Awareness Month is observed in November and is a perfect time to raise awareness, learn what signs to look for, and make changes to help lower your risk.
By Ravena Soto | November 1, 2022
Project Coordinator - Tribal Community Coordinating Center, ETR
Each November is recognized as Native American Heritage Month in the United States, marking a time to celebrate the rich cultures and diverse people descended from the original inhabitants of these lands. Native stories and contributions are plentiful, but they are often omitted or modified to fit a more acceptable narrative. Native people are inseparable from our nation's past, present, and future, and their exclusion is our collective loss. This month, and every month, provides an opportunity to learn and understand the impacts of misrepresentation and erasure.
By The ETR Team | October 26, 2022
Evidence-based pregnancy and STI prevention programs are programs that have been shown, in at least one program evaluation, 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. Providing young people with evidence-based pregnancy and STI prevention programs is one strategy to help address the disparities that persist in the United States. With schools and service organizations facing limited time and resources, these programs serve as an effective option for reducing risk behaviors.