By Suzanne Schrag | November 7, 2017
Editor/Product Manager, ETR
It’s not enough to simply teach students information about health. As health educators, we must help them master key concepts and skills that promote health literacy and lifelong health. HealthSmart, ETR’s comprehensive K–12 health education program, targets Healthy Behavior Outcomes as its primary goal. This sets HealthSmart apart from a more traditional textbook health program.
By Suzanne Schrag | October 30, 2017
Editor/Product Manager, ETR
I’ve been working with HealthSmart, ETR’s comprehensive, K-12 health education program, since its inception. We’ve recently been traveling to different states to introduce schools, districts and DOEs to the HealthSmart program. Often we are presenting HealthSmart alongside more traditional textbook publishers.
HealthSmart is not a textbook program. In fact, it’s quite different from a textbook approach to health class. We’ve given a lot of thought to how we explain what may be a new way to think about health instruction for administrators and educators.
By Lori A. Rolleri, MSW, MPH | October 24, 2017
Principal, Lori Rolleri Consulting
Gender norms have a deep impact at all levels of our society and culture. In Part 1 of this post, I talked about some of the ways inequitable gender norms can negatively affect health behaviors and outcomes. In this post, I’d like to take a look at how we can use evidence-informed strategies to change that. How do we address harmful gender norms in curricula designed to prevent adolescent pregnancy and STIs?
By Katy Casselman, MPH Cand | October 18, 2017
Research Assistant, dfusion
Fall has begun. You know what that means: it’s flu season!
Are your students, clients and patients going to get their flu vaccine this year? There’s a good chance they won’t. In the 2015-16 season, the CDC reported that only 42% of adults, and 59% of children 6 months to 17 years, got their flu vaccine. Part of this reluctance may stem from the larger social movement and controversy within the public health and medical fields, vaccine hesitancy.
By Lori A. Rolleri, MSW, MPH | October 11, 2017
Principal, Lori Rolleri Consulting
Are you one of those people who likes to sit in a park and people-watch? Me too. I like to think about why people do what they do. I’m fortunate that I have a career that actually pays me to do this—although not just by sitting on a park bench!
My people-watching is the type that involves talking with people, reading professional journals and researching the reasons why people do or don’t engage in certain health behaviors.
By Lia Cassanego, MPH | October 5, 2017
Professional Learning Services Specialist, ETR
Here’s an activity will energize and engage your group. But wait! That’s not all! It will also astound participants with the mysterious workings of our brains.
By Joan Singson | October 3, 2017
Director of Population Health, San Joaquin General Hospital
California is helping to pave the way! Adolescent sexual health education got a big boost when the California Healthy Youth Act (CHYA) was enacted in 2016. Across the nation, health educators and advocates for comprehensive sexuality education are looking at California’s legislation as a model that puts student knowledge, skills and well-being first.
By ETR | October 2, 2017
Many of us started out our work week first hearing the devastating news out of Las Vegas. Educators and others working with children and teens may understandably feel discouraged about having to explain, one more time, how unpredictable and violent the world can sometimes be.
By Lisa Edelman | September 28, 2017
Regional Account Manager, ETR
We do great pamphlets here at ETR! I sincerely believe our health education pamphlets are the best you can find. Once in awhile, a title or series comes along that’s exciting for reasons other than the excellence of its content.
That’s the case for the new Spanish translations of our “What You Need to Know About…” series of pamphlets.
By Michael Everett, MHS | September 25, 2017
Project Director, ETR
As we gear up for National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, I have a message for you from my gay brothers. That’s right. Not to them, but from us to you. We need your help! Yes, you!
For the last 30+ years, HIV has been instrumental in drawing attention to the experiences of gay men in the United States
By Regina Firpo-Triplett, MPH, CNC, MCHES | September 21, 2017
Chief Executive Officer, dfusion
Back in the 1980’s, I worked in Los Angeles County providing sexual health education (called “family life education” at that time). Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” and George Michael’s “I Want Your Sex” played constantly on the radio, and HIV was a new and frightening sexually transmitted infection that was drastically changing how and where sexuality education was offered.
By David Manuel Torres | September 18, 2017
Research Assistant, ETR
I have always been really interested in technology. In elementary school, I looked forward to “computer lab” days where the class would spend an hour at the school’s small, modular classroom by the lunch area. We got to play computer games meant to develop our typing skills. After one of these computer lab days, the instructor pulled me aside and told me that she wanted me to help her install new mice on all the classroom computers in the school.
I was filled with pride. In the days following, I eagerly knocked on each classroom door and went in to unplug the old mechanical mice and install fancy new optical laser ones.
By Pamela M. Anderson, PhD | September 12, 2017
Senior Research Associate, ETR
“When young people are cyberbullied, why don’t they reach out to trusted adults for help?” This is a question a lot of youth health providers are asking.
Think about it: here we are, a nationwide community of caring, concerned parents/guardians and professionals. We’re teachers, health providers, counselors, outreach workers, researchers and more. We want to support young people and empower them to live healthy, positive and productive lives.
By Chris Connelly | September 7, 2017
Former Data Core Intern, ETR
Not many people would align my professional goals with those of a non-profit. I’m majoring in Economics and Politics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. After graduation, I plan to earn a Masters in Applied Economics and Finance. Then—law school. I want to use my knowledge of economics and law to work as a corporate attorney.
So why did someone like me choose ETR for an internship?
By Seow Ling Ong, MSW | September 5, 2017
Research Associate, ETR
Colorful charts. Gorgeous graphs. Incredible infographics. Yes, everybody loves data visualization, and we can’t enough of it. But if you’ve never worked with dataviz, how do you get started?
Here is my own story—the confession of how a self-professed “data-only” person who is not a graphic designer ended up venturing into the colorful world of dataviz.
By April Roeseler, BSN, MSPH | August 31, 2017
Branch Chief, California Tobacco Control Network
Are e-cigarettes really harmful to youth? Yes. Last year’s Surgeon General Report E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults confirms that this is a “major public health concern.” Younger brains are more susceptible to addiction, and e-cigarette use may open the door to other addictions, including conventional cigarettes and illicit drugs. Exposure to nicotine while young may interfere with brain development with resulting negative effects on cognition, memory and attention.
By Andrew Milne | August 29, 2017
Health Education & PE Teacher, New Trier High School
Teaching health is a fantastic opportunity! What a privilege to get to encourage our students to consider their health and that of others.
With increased pressure on academic scheduling it's important that health educators get the most out of their time in the classroom. These 5 steps should have your students running to your class, eager to learn.
By ETR | August 28, 2017
Director, Professional Learning Systems, ETR
Many of us here at ETR have family, friends and colleagues enduring the extraordinary hardships of Harvey. They are very much on our mind today. Thanks to those of you in that number who have let us know you're okay.
At times such as these, we are especially grateful to be part of the caring community in school health, health education and public health. We go forward with the understanding that our colleagues will do their part to keep their communities as safe as possible, and the sun will shine again.
Take care of yourselves out there in that storm!
By Chris Harrison, EdD | August 24, 2017
Program Manager, ETR
“It is not taboo to fetch what is at risk of being left behind.”
~Sankofa, Akan tribe of Ghana
This is a true story. Picture, if you will, a young student “at-promise,” starting his first day of middle school. His name is Michael. He is excited about reconnecting with friends, meeting his new teachers and finding his way around his middle school.
But right after school begins Michael calls his mother and exclaims, “Mom, you have to come and get me because they have me in detention. They won’t let me go to class!”
By Louise Ann Lyon, PhD | August 22, 2017
Senior Research Associate, ETR
Imagine a high school student who loves technology. She’s decided to pursue a career in computer science (CS). What steps will take her forward from school to career?
Planning for these steps is an essential part of the educational process, both for individual students and for educational institutions. Unfortunately, the current ways most institutions are thinking about the CS pipeline—or even the more flexible model of pathways—aren’t workable for a lot of students.