What's Happening

Check out what our people and partners are researching, thinking, reading, writing, watching and doing! (Note: The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of ETR as an agency.)


Taking Off to #ythlive 2015
April 23, 2015

Taking Off to #ythlive 2015

By Pamela Anderson, PhD | April 23, 2015
Senior Research Associate, ETR

Hi everyone! My colleagues and I are excited about the upcoming conference YTH Live: Igniting Youth Tech Health Innovation. It’s taking place this Sunday through Tuesday (April 26–28) at the Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco, and we’ve got some thought-provoking presentations on the schedule.

Ever wondered who youth are texting and what they are saying?

By Pamela Anderson, PhD
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Tags: YTH, Blended learning, Flipped classroom, Violence prevention, Electronic dating violence, Technology
Say It Loud & Clear: Yes Means Yes!
March 27, 2015

Say It Loud & Clear: Yes Means Yes!

By Marcia Quackenbush, MS, MFT, MCHES | March 27, 2015
Senior Editor, ETR

ETR is thrilled to be offering our new “Yes Means Yes!” poster. This upbeat, positive product tells the big-picture story of affirmative consent in a remarkably brief 51 words. The image is eye-catching, the poster is clear and the whole package really works. It gets the message out.

As a health education writer myself, I can attest to the care, time and skill that goes into this kind of work. It’s easier to write a 10,000-word book chapter than an effective 800-word pamphlet. Health education posters are even more demanding. They’re like the haiku of the field. I applaud our Product Development team for their extraordinary skill in choosing exactly the right 51 words.

By Marcia Quackenbush, MS, MFT, MCHES
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Tags: New products, Sexual and reproductive health, Violence prevention, Affirmative consent
Boosting STEM Education: Addressing a National Imperative
March 23, 2015

Boosting STEM Education: Addressing a National Imperative

By David Yeung, MBA | March 23, 2015
Manager of Strategy & Business Development, ETR

At ETR, we tackle challenges that are increasingly complex and interconnected, transcending traditionally defined boundaries. We are passionate about solving issues that are difficult and sometimes deep rooted. We want to discover solutions that have meaningful impact for individuals and communities.

In order for us to deliver on that mission, we must embrace different backgrounds, perspectives and disciplines. This is why I am proud to welcome to ETR a diverse and talented team of fulltime MBA students from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.

They are going to help us discover solutions to some very complex issues!

By David Yeung, MBA
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Tags: Ross MAP, Technology education
Get Real Curriculum Now on the OAH List of Evidence-Based Programs
February 6, 2015

Get Real Curriculum Now on the OAH List of Evidence-Based Programs

By Suzanne Schrag | February 6, 2015
Product Manager, ETR

Once again, the Get Real: Comprehensive Sex Education That Works program is a hot news topic in the world of teen pregnancy prevention. We're thrilled to announce that Get Real has been officially added to the Office of Adolescent Health's list of Evidence-Based Programs.

By Suzanne Schrag
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Tags: Get Real, Evidence-based interventions, Teens, Middle school
“Birth Control Methods” – A New Format for Learning
January 30, 2015

“Birth Control Methods” – A New Format for Learning

By ETR | January 30, 2015

There are lots of birth control options. There’s a lot of information about each method, some of it pretty nuanced. There’s no one method that’s right for everyone.

We know this can be confusing, intimidating even, for anyone trying to make a good choice. So how do we get accurate information out there to more people?

By ETR
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Tags: Birth control, Pregnancy prevention, Teens, Young adults, Health education
Resources That Make a Difference: Support for New OAH TPP Funding Proposals
January 13, 2015

Resources That Make a Difference: Support for New OAH TPP Funding Proposals

By ETR | January 13, 2015

Just about everyone working in adolescent reproductive health has been waiting for the new Office of Adolescent Health Teen Pregnancy Prevention funding proposals. Start breathing again, people! The proposals have arrived!

ETR has just launched a very cool website to help grant seekers develop their plans, choose their programs and prepare their proposals. Check out our brand new Program Success Center for an impressive array of useful tools and resources.

By ETR
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Tags: Pregnancy prevention, Funding opportunities, OAH, TPP, Evidence-based interventions, Evaluation, Professional development
Getting Ready for a Tough Flu Year
January 5, 2015

Getting Ready for a Tough Flu Year

By ETR | January 5, 2015

The flu season is mightily upon us. The CDC’s fluview map, showing current activity in influenza-like illnesses across the country, is looking extremely red this week.

Encouraging people to get a flu vaccine is one practical step. Another is creating norms about hand washing and covering coughs and sneezes. This might be a good time to take a look at ETR’s product page on colds and flu.

We also like this video of Christina Wise talking about a few of her favorite ETR products in the flu prevention category.

By ETR
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Tags: ETR, Colds and flu, Hand washing
Now in Spanish: Our Popular Vaping Pamphlet
November 30, 2014

Now in Spanish: Our Popular Vaping Pamphlet

By ETR | November 30, 2014

ETR is thrilled with the response to our new pamphlet on e-cigarettes: “E-Cigarettes: 10 Things to Know About Vaping.” In an effort to reach even more people with the facts about e-cigarettes, we now offer this National Health Information Award-winning title in Spanish.

With studies showing the use of e-cigarettes growing rapidly among all age groups, there’s a real need for clear information about these products.

By ETR
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Tags: E-cigarettes, ETR
A Great Year for Gratitude
November 24, 2014

A Great Year for Gratitude

By Dan McCormick, MHA | November 24, 2014

Gratitude. It’s one of those qualities most of us aim to cultivate in our lives, and something we have a chance to genuinely ponder at this time of year.

I asked our staff at a recent all-hands meeting, “What are you grateful for?” I learned that it’s been a great year for gratitude at ETR.

By Dan McCormick, MHA
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Tags: ETR, Planned Parenthood
Karin Coyle Receives Award from TeenNow California
November 18, 2014

Karin Coyle Receives Award from TeenNow California

By Kay Todd, MSW | November 18, 2014

ETR Senior Research Scientist Karin Coyle, PhD, was presented with the Doug Kirby/Barbara Huberman Award by TeenNow California at their recent conference in Fresno. The award is given to someone who has made a significant impact in the fields of teen pregnancy prevention, adolescent reproductive health and youth development.

This is the first time TeenNow has presented an award on behalf of Dr. Kirby and Dr. Huberman, two giants in the field. 

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Supporting Students and Young Professionals
November 17, 2014

Supporting Students and Young Professionals

By Dan McCormick, MHA | November 17, 2014

One of the finest moments for me with ETR’s Kirby Summer Interns last year was the time one of them said, “I love being an intern at ETR! I still can’t believe I get to be here. I have friends doing internships where they just go and sit in meetings, or they do filing. I am doing real work here. I’m analyzing data. I’m contributing to a manuscript. I am learning how to be a stronger professional. This is amazing.”

I’m delighted this young woman had such a positive experience here. Her robust praise relates directly to the commitment of ETR’s staff to collaboration and mutual support. Our research group—from senior scientists to newly hired research assistants—stepped up to welcome and engage our interns. These students became a vital part of our workforce during their three months here.

This reflects a larger commitment ETR feels to the importance of supporting students and young professionals in the health education and research arena. 

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Tags: ETR, Research, Kirby internship
Getting Real About Comprehensive Sex Ed
November 15, 2014

Getting Real About Comprehensive Sex Ed

By Suzanne Schrag | November 15, 2014

ETR recently published the Get Real curriculum from Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts (PPLM). This comprehensive sexuality education program for middle school and high school has been rigorously evaluated and shown to have a positive impact on young people's sexual risk behaviors.

By Suzanne Schrag
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Tags: Evidence-based interventions, Sex education, Get Real
Kirby Summer Internship for 2015: Great Opportunity!
November 14, 2014

Kirby Summer Internship for 2015: Great Opportunity!

By ETR | November 14, 2014

Are you a graduate student in education, psychology, public health, epidemiology or a related field? Do you have a focus or interest in sexual and reproductive health? Do you work with graduate students in these fields?

It’s time to think about the 2015 Kirby Summer Internship!

ETR will be selecting 1-2 interns for the summer 2015 season. This internship offers a stipend and presents opportunities for mentored work in research syntheses, implementation programs, research methodology and more.  

By ETR
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Tags: Doug Kirby, Kirby internship, Research
Mediation Analysis: Learning What Works in STI/Pregnancy Prevention Programs
November 4, 2014

Mediation Analysis: Learning What Works in STI/Pregnancy Prevention Programs

By ETR | November 4, 2014

In ETR's latest video, Senior Research Associate Jill Glassman, PhD, makes a complex and powerful statistical process understandable. Mediation analysis allows evaluators to determine which specific factors in an evidence-based intervention had the greatest impact on participants. Dr. Glassman also explains how important this work can be in helping us determine what approaches to STI/pregnancy prevention work best.

By Jill Glassman, PhD
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Tags: Evidence-based interventions, ETR, STDs, Pregnancy prevention, Research
Thoughts from HTN in Austin
October 23, 2014

Thoughts from HTN in Austin

By Suzanne Schrag | October 22, 2014

Suzanne Schrag, editor and product manager, shares some thoughts from the Healthy Teen Network Conference in Austin, Texas.

I’ve been enjoying my time here at the Healthy Teen Network Conference in Austin. Highlights of Tuesday’s events included a brief awards ceremony that provided me with inspiration and thoughts for the day. P3, the Georgia Public Private Partnership to Prevent Teen Pregnancy received the Outstanding Emerging Innovation Award, which motivated me to attend their session on Leading Collective Impact that afternoon.

By Suzanne Schrag
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Tags: Pregnancy prevention, Birth control, Health promotion, Sexual and reproductive health, ETR, Teen moms
Louise Ann Lyon Joins ETR as Senior Research Associate
October 16, 2014

Louise Ann Lyon Joins ETR as Senior Research Associate

By ETR | October 16, 2014

ETR offers an enthusiastic welcome to Louise Ann Lyon, PhD, as Senior Research Associate. Dr. Lyon received her PhD in Learning Sciences with a graduate certificate in Feminist Studies from the University of Washington. She will be joining ETR’s work on broadening participation of girls and women and other underserved populations in technology and computing.

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Tags: ETR, Technology, STEM
We Won! ETR Receives National Health Information Awards
October 9, 2014

We Won! ETR Receives National Health Information Awards

By ETR | October 9, 2014

We are delighted to announce that we’ve been awarded 5 National Health Information Awards for 2014 from the Health Information Resource Center (HIRC). The winning materials were all developed by the ETR Product Development Team. Congratulations to our hardworking team for their excellent work!

To see more of ETR’s health education resources, check our online store.

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Tags: ETR, Health education
We've Moved!
October 1, 2014

We've Moved!

By ETR | October 1, 2014

After 25 years, ETR’s headquarters in Scotts Valley, California, has moved to a new location—the Enterprise Technology Center. We’re just up the road from our previous spot. We’ve spent the past month packing up books, files and equipment, and we’ve done an impressive job of purging the things that were ready to move on to the land of recycled stuff.

Any move this big can be stressful. But as you can see from our photo, we’re also excited to be in a location that offers us greater opportunities for synergy between departments. We’re all on the same floor, and it’s easy to find each other. Our Operations and IT staff did a magnificent job of making the move efficient and smooth.

So hello from our new place in the universe! We’re at 100 Enterprise Way, Suite G300, Scotts Valley CA 95066. Phone numbers and email all remain the same. We look forward to being in touch.

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Tags: ETR
Tamara J. Kuhn Joins ETR as Director of Innovative Program Technology
July 17, 2014

Tamara J. Kuhn Joins ETR as Director of Innovative Program Technology

By ETR | July 17, 2014

ETR is delighted to announce the hiring of Tamara J. Kuhn in the role of Director of Innovative Program Technology. Ms. Kuhn brings along an impressive history of work drawing from the intersection of social science and technology.

Ms. Kuhn has served as Principal Investigator of several large-scale research studies and led technology development for more than 30 federally funded projects. Her formal training, at Stanford University, was in the field of experimental social psychology, with a focus on social status and behavior. 

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Tags: ETR
Meet Kirby Intern Brittany Chambers
June 24, 2014

Meet Kirby Intern Brittany Chambers

By ETR | June 24, 2014

Brittany Chambers, MPH, one of ETR’s Kirby Summer Interns for 2014, brings with her a powerful combination of personal experience, educational achievement and commitment to the field. Our researchers are looking forward to working with her over the next few months.

Brittany met recently with Newsletter Editor Marcia Quackenbush to talk about her background, her vision and what she hopes to accomplish both in her internship this summer, and in her professional career. Here’s a report on their conversation.

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Tags: ETR, Kirby internship, Teens, Teen moms

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