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(Note: Opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of ETR as an agency.)

Growing the Organization: Choosing a Distributed Workforce
April 3, 2018

Growing the Organization: Choosing a Distributed Workforce

By Vignetta Charles, PhD | April 3, 2018
CEO, ETR

ETR is a national organization—one with global aspirations. You might not have guessed this if you’d peeked in on one of our all-staff meetings a few years back. These were held in a single conference room, with a minority of our team joining from two smaller rooms at “satellite offices,” along with a few team members joining from home offices.

No longer!

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Tags: Creativity, Organizational development, Distributed workforce
Hello, 2018
January 2, 2018

Hello, 2018

By Marcia Quackenbush, MS, MFT, MCHES | January 2, 2018
Senior Editor, ETR

We’re back! And so are you. Welcome to 2018.

We have some exciting posts coming up. Look for content addressing developmental neuroscience, sexual risk reduction, our Health Equity Framework, tobacco control, legalized cannabis and more. 

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Celebrate! Restore! Connect!
December 19, 2017

Celebrate! Restore! Connect!

By Vignetta Charles, PhD | December 19, 2017
Chief Executive Officer, ETR

ETR values Workplace Wellness—and a way to live those values is to ensure that our incredibly hardworking team takes a well-deserved break for the holidays. We close down December 23 and open again January 2, 2018. As we come upon our annual all-staff mini-sabbatical, I’d like to share three wishes from ETR to you.

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Tags: Workplace wellness, Self care
Yes, We Are Grateful
November 20, 2017

Yes, We Are Grateful

By Vignetta Charles, PhD | November 20, 2017
Chief Executive Officer, ETR

My six-year-old son came home from school during the first week of November with an assignment to ask his family what we’re thankful for this year. I immediately rattled off the names of ten people, starting with his name.

He jumped in and clarified, “It can’t be people. You have to be grateful for a non-people thing.” I paused and then quickly gave him my heartfelt answer that couldn’t be people (I’ll tell you later what it was). 

By Vignetta Charles, PhD
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Tags: Partnerships, Gratitude, ETR
Thinking of Southern Texas & the Gulf Coast
August 28, 2017

Thinking of Southern Texas & the Gulf Coast

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!

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Thanks, Teachers!
May 2, 2017

Thanks, Teachers!

By ETR | May 2, 2017

Are you thanking a teacher today? We are. It’s Teacher Appreciation Week! Of course, we thank teachers regularly, even when it isn’t a special time of recognition.

Here at ETR, pretty much everyone on the team can name a teacher who had a meaningful impact on their lives. Most of us would name many.

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Tags: K12, Teachers
Welcome to Our New Chief Science Officer: Karin Coyle, PhD
March 23, 2017

Welcome to Our New Chief Science Officer: Karin Coyle, PhD

By ETR | March 23, 2017

ETR’s Dr. Karin Coyle is stepping into a different role. She’s our new Chief Science Officer. This appointment has our entire Science Department looking to the future with excitement.

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Tags: ETR
Not Your Average Staff Retreat: A Total Blast with Mounds of Bacon
March 6, 2017

Not Your Average Staff Retreat: A Total Blast with Mounds of Bacon

By Marcia Quackebush, MS, MFT, MCHES | March 6, 2017
Senior Editor, ETR

Bringing people together can make a world of difference. ETR just finished up our 2017 All-Staff Retreat, and yes, it was a challenge getting everyone into one room for a day. Our workforce is distributed around the state of California and across the nation.

But it was also, in the words of one staffer, “a blast!” 

By Marcia Quackenbush, MS, MFT, MCHES
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Tags: ETR staff, Inspiration
Fun! Brilliant! New Condom Kit Covers
February 15, 2017

Fun! Brilliant! New Condom Kit Covers

By Laura Perkins, MLS | February 15, 2017
Project Editor, ETR

Safer sex can be fun, right? And with a little imagination and humor, talking about safer sex can be fun too, right?! Well, yes. Yes! YES!

ETR's safer sex condom kits are especially popular when we travel to conferences. And we know the kits are popular at health fairs, college orientations, and public health events. That's why we're excited to introduce 3 new designs. They're colorful and fun and guaranteed to attract attention. And hopefully spark conversation.

By Laura Perkins, MLS
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Tags: New products, Condoms
Kirby Summer Internship: A Life-Changing Opportunity
January 23, 2017

Kirby Summer Internship: A Life-Changing Opportunity

By ETR | January 23, 2017

Do you know graduate students in public health? Epidemiology? How about education, psychology, sociology or related fields? Do they have an interest in sexual and reproductive health?

We’d love you to let them know about one of the finest summer internship opportunities around: the 2017 Kirby Summer Internship at ETR.

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Tags: Kirby internship, Sexual and reproductive health
Wow! New “Female” Condom Holders
January 17, 2017

Wow! New “Female” Condom Holders

By ETR | January 17, 2017

ETR’s condom holders have consistently been one of our most popular products. They have colorful designs on the outside and instructions for condom use on the inside. We’ve just introduced a new one designed to hold an internal or “female” condom.

That’s a WOW indeed! 

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Tags: Condoms, New products
Take a New Look at Period Facts
December 15, 2016

Take a New Look at Period Facts

By Laura Perkins, MLS | December 15, 2016
Product Editor, ETR

Thought about menstrual periods lately? Maybe, maybe not. But if you were a pre-menstrual kid, teetering on the edge of puberty, you'd probably be thinking about them a lot.

By Laura Perkins, MLS
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Tags: Menstruation, New products, Girls, Puberty
Gratitude, Every Day and All Year Round
December 8, 2016

Gratitude, Every Day and All Year Round

By Vignetta Charles, PhD | December 8, 2016
Chief Science Officer, ETR

I love gratitude. I try to get a little of it into my life every day. Here’s why.

First, gratitude grounds me in something positive and constructive. It’s so easy to get mired in the details of our daily lives. Like a breath of fresh air, a break for gratitude can get me back into the moment.

Second, it helps me extend and expand my feelings...

By Vignetta Charles, PhD
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Tags: Gratitude, Partnerships
Time to Get Together: #APHA 2016
October 27, 2016

Time to Get Together: #APHA 2016

ETR | October 27, 2016
 

Summed up in a word? Awesome.

The annual meetings of the American Public Health Association are one of the nation’s premiere professional events. This year, more than 12,000 attendees will be showing up in Denver October 29-November 2. They’ll present research, work on policy recommendations, learn new skills and network with colleagues from across the nation and around the world.

ETR’s team will be in the thick of it, offering presentations, hosting our booth in the Exhibit Hall (Booth 1314), and connecting with partners old and new. Look around for us, and here’s what you might see.

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Tags: APHA, ETR staff, Conferences
Narinder Dhaliwal: Working to End Tobacco's Toll
August 8, 2016

Narinder Dhaliwal: Working to End Tobacco's Toll

By ETR | August 8, 2016
 

For most of her life, Narinder Dhaliwal has been an enthusiastic advocate for tobacco control. “I watched my grandfather slowly kill himself by smoking one or two packs a day,” she explains.

Some of the effects left a strong impression on Narinder. “His fingers on both hands were stained yellow. His lips were close to black. He was always surrounded by the smell of stale tobacco.”

By Narinder Dhaliwal, MA
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Tags: Tobacco, ETR staff, TECC
Connecting the Dots: Research, Program Development & Delivery, Professional Development
July 18, 2016

Connecting the Dots: Research, Program Development & Delivery, Professional Development

By ETR | July 18, 2016

A dynamic group of ETR researchers and professional development specialists will be presenting posters and panels at the upcoming Office of Adolescent Health Teen Pregnancy Prevention Grantee Conference. The conference takes place in Baltimore July 19-21. The theme is “Connecting the Dots: Collaborating to Achieve Lasting Impacts for Youth.” We’ll be posting here about some of their presentations over the coming days.

We hope you’ll keep an eye out for these posts. Even if your work isn’t specific to the field of adolescent sexual health, you’ll find insights and information useful for program developers, health education researchers, front line providers and people who design and deliver trainings.

The conference hashtag is #2016TPP. Check the LinkedIn Teen Pregnancy Prevention Networking Group to hear more about TPP and to connect with attendees.

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Tags: OAH TPP, Pregnancy prevention, Adolescent health, Sexual and reproductive health
ETR's 2016 Kirby Summer Interns: Ready to Work
June 17, 2016

ETR's 2016 Kirby Summer Interns: Ready to Work

By ETR | June 17, 2016

It’s summertime. That means the 2016 Kirby Summer Interns have joined ETR’s team. They’ll be contributing to some of the research we’re doing—gathering and analyzing data, and co-authoring an original contribution to the professional literature. We’re thrilled to have them on board!

Melissa Donze is pursuing an MPH program at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, emphasizing Health Promotion Research and Practice. Emily Waterman is a PhD student at Penn State in the Human Development and Family Studies department.

Both bring a wealth of understanding and experience to their internships, and we’re looking forward to a lively exchange of ideas while they’re here.

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Tags: Kirby internship
National Public Health Week 2016: Bringing Attention to Mental Health
April 7, 2016

National Public Health Week 2016: Bringing Attention to Mental Health

By Marcia Quackenbush, MS, MFT, MCHES | April 7, 2016
Senior Editor, ETR

I’m one of the folks who genuinely looks forward to National Public Health Week (NPHW). I’m proud to call myself a public health nerd. I quote health statistics at dinner parties. I talk to the kids in my neighborhood about the importance of bicycle helmets and safety belts.

I’ve also got a background in mental health. Naturally, I was gratified to see President Obama bring attention to mental health in his Presidential Proclamation on NPHW. “We are striving to promote mental health as an essential component of overall health,” he states, “helping to ensure access to mental health care and services and working to prevent suicide.”

One of the most important things we can do in public health is end the stigma about depression. 

By Marcia Quackenbush, MS, MFT, MCHES
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Tags: Mental health, Public health
Honoring Bob Keet
February 29, 2016

Honoring Bob Keet

By Daniel McCormick, MHA | February 29, 2016
Chief Executive Officer, ETR

ETR is a lucky nonprofit, for all kinds of reasons. One of them is embodied in the character of a single individual—Robert Keet, MD. This man has been a continuously active—and consistently dynamic—member of ETR’s Board for the past 35 years.

Think about that for a moment. What were you doing 35 years ago? How many of those things are you still doing today? With the same people or organization? Especially commitments that involve obligations such as weekend-long meetings where you review finance reports, business plans, performance data, legal issues and strategic goals?

Yes, it takes a special person to do this kind of voluntary work. And it takes an extraordinary person to do so for one organization over such a span of time.

By Daniel McCormick
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Tags: ETR
Kirby Summit Takes Off!
February 25, 2016

Kirby Summit Takes Off!

By Marcia Quackenbush, MS, MFT, MCHES | February 25, 2016
Senior Editor, ETR

ETR’s inaugural Kirby Summit has started. While it’s not entirely clear what’s going to come out of this two-day event, I am certain it’s going to be powerful and different.

The Summit honors Doug Kirby, one of the greatest researchers the field of sexual and reproductive health has ever seen. Doug was also a senior research scientist here at ETR before his untimely death in 2012, and a colleague and true friend to many of us.

Doug had an insatiable curiosity and a love of civil debate. He’d certainly approve of this Summit! 

By Marcia Quackenbush MS, MFT, MCHES
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Tags: Neuroscience, Sexual and reproductive health