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World No Tobacco Day 2022: Our Work is Not Finished
May 26, 2022

World No Tobacco Day: Our Work is Not Finished

By The ETR Team | May 26, 2022

This World No Tobacco Day, our team is reflecting on the commercial tobacco industry’s impact on the health and well-being of people across the nation. ETR envisions a world where all people have the information, skills, and opportunities to lead healthy lives. We are driven by our mission to improve health and increase opportunities for youth, families, and communities.

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We're in This Fight: Access to Safe, Legal Abortion
May 5, 2022

We're in This Fight: Access to Safe, Legal Abortion

By The ETR Team | May 5, 2022 (Updated June 24, 2022)

Access to safe, legal abortion is at critical risk. In the next few months, 26 states could vote to ban abortion, putting in place insurmountable barriers to abortion services for over 36 million women and people who can become pregnant, which can have a profound lasting impact. We’re in this fight and are prepared to be an active, engaged partner in creating a culture that mirrors our mission, vision, and values.

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May the Fourth: An Annual Reflection on Work and Life at ETR
May 4, 2022

May the Fourth: An Annual Reflection on Work and Life at ETR

By Vignetta Charles, PhD | May 4, 2022
Chief Executive Officer, ETR

It’s May the Fourth again when Star Wars fans like me celebrate the franchise. This feels like a terrible time to celebrate when there are ongoing active threats to health care and human rights. And still, if we don’t pause to think strategically, we may well repeat mistakes and challenges of the past. On this day, I will still take the opportunity to think about how this prolific franchise causes me to reflect on life and leadership. This reflection is not intended to dismiss my grief and anger, but because it will help fuel my fire to continue on in this fight for health equity. Fueling me today is the newest installment in the Star Wars franchise, The Book of Boba Fett, and how it has helped me think about our past and progress toward the future.

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STEM & Sports: A Slam Dunk for Education Equity
April 26, 2022

STEM & Sports: A Slam Dunk for Education Equity

By Jill Denner & BA Laris | April 26, 2022
ETR and dfusion Inc

We all know that sports and other physical activities have health benefits. But did you know that they can also increase students’ interest and learning in science, engineering, technology, and math (STEM)?  ETR and our partners at dfusion Inc are excited to be at the intersection of these two different but complementary fields.

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Developing Student Pathways to STEM Careers
March 23, 2022

Developing Student Pathways to STEM Careers

By Heather Bell | March 23, 2022
Research Assistant II, ETR

A recent ETR project aims to strengthen, connect, and expand existing efforts to increase the number of Latinx students who enter and stay on a path to computer information systems (CIS) at a community college and the workforce. Read more about this research-practice partnership—a collaboration between Pajaro Valley Unified School District, Digital NEST, Cabrillo College, and ETR.

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Adverse Childhood Experiences: Engaging School-Based Health Centers Through ACEs Aware
March 9, 2022

Adverse Childhood Experiences: Engaging School-Based Health Centers Through ACEs Aware

By Stephanie Guinosso, PhD, MPH | March 9, 2022
Senior Research Associate, ETR

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress represent an urgent public health issue in the United States. In this new blog post, experts from ETR and the California School-Based Health Alliance describe emerging practices and barriers and facilitators to implementing trauma-informed care, ACE screening, and care coordination for the prevention and treatment of toxic stress in school-based health centers.

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The Roots of Black Family Wellness
February 24, 2022

The Roots of Black Family Wellness

By ETR and Roots Community Health Center | February 24, 2022

In this conversation, ETR’s Black Family Wellness team is joined by the Roots Community Health Center (RCHC) team to discuss the need for utilizing a holistic community-led approach to address systemic racism in health care and support the holistic health of Black women who are pregnant.

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We Say Gay: Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth and Inclusive Schools
February 18, 2022

We Say Gay: Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth and Inclusive Schools

By The ETR Team | February 21, 2022

As an organization committed to advancing health equity, advocating on behalf of communities that experience marginalization and disproportionate inequities is a critical part of our work. We are taking this moment to reiterate this commitment in light of the recent “Don’t Say Gay” House Bill in the state of Florida and similar movements around the country which further harm LGBTQ+ youth and silence the trusted adults that provide them with safety, education, and resources.

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Black History Month at ETR: A Note from Our Chief People & Culture Officer
February 9, 2022

Black History Month at ETR: A Note from Our Chief People & Culture Officer

By Michael Everett, MHS, EdD | February 9, 2022
Chief People and Culture Officer, ETR

Happy Black History Month (BHM) from ETR! Formally, this annual celebration started as Black History Week and was pioneered by Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950). A Black Virginian sharecropper turned international educator, Woodson would not have his dream fully embraced until 25 years after his death. By 1975, every US president starting with Gerald Ford would officially recognize Black History as an opportunity to celebrate a neglected part of American History. In addition, the celebration highlights the essential role of Black Americans in building the United States from its colonial beginning.

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Native American Heritage Month and ETR's Land Acknowledgment
November 23, 2021

Native American Heritage Month and ETR's Land Acknowledgment

By Nasbah Ben | November 23, 2021
Director of Tribal Programs, ETR

As a non-profit organization that advances health equity, we can not address health equity among Native American Tribes in California and beyond without first acknowledging that they are the original inhabitants of the land where our offices are located.

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New Study Examines COVID-19 Impact on Youth Romantic and Sexual Relationships
November 19, 2021

New Study Examines COVID-19 Impact on Youth Romantic and Sexual Relationships

By Sarah Han, MPH | November 19, 2021
Youth Centered Health Designer, ETR

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the lives of teens and young adults in countless ways. However, as public health researchers, practitioners, and advocates, we still don’t know much about how the pandemic has affected the romantic and sexual relationships of teens and young adults. Last month, a study examining the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on young people’s relationships was published in BMC Public Health, shining a light on this important, yet understudied, issue.

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LGBTQ+ History Month Past, Present, and Future with Morey Riordan
October 28, 2021

LGBTQ+ History Month Past, Present, and Future with Morey Riordan

By Vignetta Charles, PhD and Morey Riordan | October 28, 2021
CEO, ETR and Founding Director, Transgender Strategy Center

As an organization committed to advancing health equity, ETR is dedicated to honoring the contributions, history, and evolving health equity topics of LGBTQ+ communities across the globe. In honor of LGBTQ+ History Month, ETR’s CEO Vignetta Charles chats with Morey Riordan, Founding Director of the Transgender Strategy Center, on the past, present, and future of LGBTQ+ History Month in the US.

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From Health Consciousness to Promotion: Honoring Health Equity
October 14, 2021

From Health Consciousness to Promotion: Honoring Health Equity

By Michael Everett, MHS, EdD | October 14, 2021
Chief People and Culture Officer, ETR

What is the cause of the great Health Literacy divide and disconnect between academic research and the communities that are often times the focus of such research? As we recognize Health Literacy Month this year, let’s explore health equity through the journey from health consciousness to health promotion. As we seek out ways to improve the accessibility of research, resources, and ultimately our health messaging, we must also focus on centering our communities and challenging old paradigms that perpetuate narratives of shame over strength.

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Sexually Explicit Media and Young People's Sexual Health Outcomes: Kirby Summit 2021 Findings
September 2, 2021

Sexually Explicit Media and Young People's Sexual Health Outcomes: Kirby Summit 2021 Findings

By Amy Peterson, PhD | September 2, 2021
Senior Research Associate, ETR

Our 2021 Kirby Summit explored the relationship between sexually explicit media (SEM), like pornography, and young people's sexual health outcomes (including attitudes and behaviors). Here is what we learned in our research, including listening sessions and literature review.

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Meet Eli: The first chatbot to address teen dating violence in Honduras // Conoce a Eli: El primer chatbot para abordar la violencia en el noviazgo de adolescentes en Honduras
July 26, 2021

Meet Eli: The first chatbot to address teen dating violence in Honduras // Conoce a Eli: el primer chatbot para abordar la violencia en las parejas adolescentes en Honduras

By Rebecca Braun and Emma Schlamm | July 26, 2021
Lead, YTH Initiative, ETR and Program Coordinator, YTH Initiative, ETR

The YTH Initiative is thrilled to announce the launch of a ZonaSegura chatbot! Meet Eli - the first and only trauma-informed, English and Spanish-language chatbot co-designed by youth to navigate and prevent teen dating violence in Honduras. With funding from the Twilio.org Crisis Response and Prevention Initiative, Eli was built to address a need for real-time, two-way support for violence prevention and crisis response, identified through an impact evaluation of the initial ZonaSegura intervention implemented in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Given the recent rise in gender-based violence both in Honduras and globally, due in part to the COVID-19 lockdowns, a tool like Eli could not be more timely.

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Towards Mental Health Liberation: In Conversation with Yolo Akili Robinson
July 14, 2021

Towards Mental Health Liberation: In Conversation with Yolo Akili Robinson

By Vignetta Charles, PhD and Yolo Akili Robinson | July 14, 2021
Chief Executive Officer, ETR and Chief Executive Officer/Founder, BEAM

In this conversation, ETR’s CEO Vignetta Charles is joined by Yolo Akili Robinson, Founder & CEO of Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM), to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health services, the need for reimagining and redefining mental health interventions, and the push for reclaiming this month as “Mental Health Liberation Month.”

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National HIV Testing Day: 25 Years Later
June 22, 2021

National HIV Testing Day: 25 Years Later

By Eddie Givens | June 22, 2021
Guest Writer, Community Member and Activist

Eddie Givens shares his reflections on the history of HIV Testing Day and the AIDS epidemic, highlighting the importance of HIV education, health equity, and ensuring accessible testing in every community.

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ETR Turns 40 Years Young
June 3, 2021

ETR Turns 40 Years Young

By Vignetta Charles, PhD | June 3, 2021
Chief Executive Officer, ETR

Milestone birthdays that are associated with middle age can also be associated with a youthful time of awakening. We can say the same about ETR—we’re celebrating our 40th! We are entering our middle age with the wisdom that comes from four decades, while also awakening a new phase for us with the excitement and curiosity and rapid change of adolescence.

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Talking About Disparities in Ways That Promote Equity
May 19, 2021

Talking About Disparities in Ways That Promote Equity

By Wendy Kaplan, MPH | May 19, 2021
Former ATOD Program Manager, ETR

One of the projects I work on at ETR is the Tobacco Education Clearinghouse of California (TECC). I have the pleasure of working with organizations throughout the state of California doing their part to end tobacco-related health disparities. One of the ways we do this is through the creation of educational materials that provide information to specific audiences on a wide range of topics.

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Tags: Equity, Health education, TECC, Health equity, Tobacco, ATOD
Exploring the Availability of Title IX Information on K-12 District Websites
May 14, 2021

Exploring the Availability of Title IX Information on K-12 District Websites

By John Shields, PhD, MSW | May 14, 2021
Senior Research Scientist, ETR

How well are K-12 schools doing in implementing Title IX regulations? ETR’s K12T9 Initiative conducted an analysis of 100 randomly selected regular public school district websites from the 19,406 districts downloaded from the US Department of Education to research more into the availability of Title IX information on district websites -- and here is what we found.

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