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.)


Joining the Advisory Board of the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation
September 17, 2019

Joining the Advisory Board of the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation

By Vignetta Charles, PhD | September 17, 2019
CEO, ETR

Elizabeth Taylor started her AIDS activism in the late 1980’s. She was watching friends fall tragically ill from a preventable disease, and she wasn’t seeing an appropriate response. She leveraged her celebrity and her fierce determination and took action.

I actually have something in common with Elizabeth Taylor. 

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Tags: Service, Activism, HIV-AIDS, HIV, ETR
Get To Know ETR: David Manuel Torres, Research Assistant
August 21, 2019

Get To Know ETR: David Manuel Torres, Research Assistant

By ETR | August 21, 2019
 

David Torres is one of ETR’s great data wranglers. This means he spends a lot of his time making sure the raw data collected on his projects is clean and consistent before running analyses on it. “That’s actually about 80% of my work on a project,” he explains. “The analysis is the fun part, but the cleaning is the most important. If you start with inaccurate data, you get inaccurate interpretations.”

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Tags: Staff profile, Equity in Tech, Data analysis, ETR staff
Get to Know ETR: Emma Schlamm, Program Coordinator
August 1, 2019

Get to Know ETR: Emma Schlamm, Program Coordinator

By ETR | August 1, 2019
 

Emma Schlamm’s got activism in her blood. Born and raised in New York City, she shares a birthday with both Malcom X and Ho Chi Minh. Following her urban upbringing, she chose a small town community for college—Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the heart of Amish country. “This was a fascinating experience for someone with a big-city background,” she recalls, “and it fueled my interest in learning about other cultures and communities.”

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Tags: Staff profile, Global health, Women's health, Social justice, YTH Initiative, ETR staff
Global-Local Health: ETR's Bhupendra Sheoran Takes on TEDx
July 23, 2019

Global-Local Health: ETR's Bhupendra Sheoran Takes on TEDx

By ETR | July 23, 2019
 

Bhupendra Sheoran jumped into the health-tech arena early. Not to build ways for health care systems keep to keep better track of medical records or billing. Not to build programs that persuade health care providers to use iPads during patient visits. Rather, to build ways to support transformation and empowerment in communities, both locally and globally. We are delighted that Sheoran was invited to speak at the recent TEDxSantaClaraUniversity event.

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Tags: YTH Initiative, Technology, Global health
Our Bold Adventure: ETR & YTH Team Up to Change the World
July 17, 2019

Our Bold Adventure: ETR & YTH Team Up to Change the World

By Vignetta Charles, PhD & Bhupendra Sheoran, MD, MBA  | July 17, 2019
CEO (VC) and Vice President of Global Development (BS), ETR

We are beyond thrilled about the recent merger of ETR and YTH. Of course, a huge amount of practical footwork needed to be done. There are challenges, some anticipated and some not. There is discovery and confusion. Adjustments must be made.

But when we take a moment, take a breath, and think about where we are and how we see the road ahead, our overarching feeling is…excitement!

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Tags: Accessibility, Community partnerships, Collaboration, YTH Initiative, ETR
Growth Mindset and Our All-Staff Retreat: A Format That Makes a Difference
June 21, 2019

Growth Mindset and Our All-Staff Retreat: A Format That Makes a Difference

By Coleen Cantwell, MPH | June 21, 2019
Vice-President, Business Development, ETR

ETR has brought considerable attention to creating a workplace culture that builds and sustains growth mindset over time. Our 2019 all-staff retreat offers a fine example of this. Our distributed workforce of 100 gathered for a full day in Santa Clara, CA, travelling from four worksites with co-located staff, and 25 remote locations across the nation.

Our retreats are not ordinary. They do not pay mere lip service to building organizational engagement. They do not bore. Neither do they entertain for a day and then take a break until next year.

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Tags: Growth mindset, Staff retreat, ETR
Health Education, Baseball and Satchel Paige: What's the Link?
June 11, 2019

Health Education, Baseball and Satchel Paige: What's the Link?

By Lance Sprague | June 11, 2019
Former Associate Publisher, ETR

It didn’t take long for Bill to figure out I was a baseball fan. One day he walked up to me and said, “Did I ever tell you about the time I hit a double off Satchel Paige?”

“What?!” I said.

Now, Satchel Paige was one of the greatest pitchers of all time—certainly the most legendary. 

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Tags: Baseball, Health education
May the Fourth Be With You! And With You! And With You!
May 3, 2019

May the Fourth Be With You! And With You! And With You!

By Vignetta Charles, PhD | May 3, 2019
Chief Executive Officer, ETR

May the fourth be with you! It's a pretty awesome day for many of us at ETR because we love the chance to applaud/hail/praise Star Wars. In 2019, we are particularly celebrating how Star Wars inspires youth.

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Tags: Youth Advisory Board, YTH, Youth voice, Youth empowerment, Inspiration, Star Wars
How to Engage Young People: A Conversation with YTH Live Emcee Ivan Garcia
March 26, 2019

How to Engage Young People: A Conversation with YTH Live Emcee Ivan Garcia

By Ivan Garcia, with Erin McKelle | March 26, 2019
Youth Advocate and Sophomore, Head Royce School (IG) and Communications Associate, YTH (EM)

Erin: When we say we center youth-voices at the YTH Live conference, we mean it. Up to 25% of attendees and speakers are young people. We always feature a young member of our Youth Advisory Board as the face and voice of the event, in the role of emcee. This year, we are proud to announce that person is Ivan Garcia. 

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Tags: YTH Initiative, Advocacy, Youth voice, Youth empowerment, YTH
We Love Pi! And Science! And Pie! Happy Pi Day!
March 14, 2019

We Love Pi! And Science! And Pie! Happy Pi Day!

By ETR | March 14, 2019

Here at ETR, we are crazy for science. In fact, science is deeply engrained in our organizational values, which proudly proclaim that “Science is Foundational” to all the work we do.

You can imagine how excited we get about Pi Day—a day to reflect on the power, wonder and promise of science. Last year in our Pi Day post, our team talked about some of the reasons we celebrate science. This year, we’re sharing up some thought-provoking bits of scientific research that we just think are mighty cool.

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Tags: ETR staff, Science
I'm Getting Ready for Some Youth-Centered Design to Open My Mind
March 8, 2019

I'm Getting Ready for Some Youth-Centered Design to Open My Mind

By Josh Bettenhausen | March 8, 2019
Lead Technology & Marketing Officer, YTH

I’ve been working with youth-centered projects for well over a decade, both through my work at YTH and my experience as a designer. Here’s an essential point of learning from my experience: when it comes to youth, most of our assumptions are wrong. At the very least, they’re way off base, especially if we make those assumptions without getting youth directly and deeply involved in what we’re doing.

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Tags: Conference, Youth-centered design, Youth empowerment, Adolescent health, Technology, Youth voice, YTH
Service: Sharing Back, Learning Forward
January 4, 2019

Service: Sharing Back, Learning Forward

By Lilly Thomas | January 4, 2019
Customer Service/Sales, ETR

I have the brain of a sociologist. I’m interested in other people, in their day-to-day lives. I’m curious about how people live in different parts of the country—how they talk, what they eat, how they connect with one another.

I got my college degree in urban planning, which I call “sociology with solutions.” 

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Tags: Service, Customer service, ETR products
It's Solstice! Time for a Break!
December 21, 2018

It's Solstice! Time for a Break!

By Marcia Quackenbush, MS, MFT, MCHES | December 21, 2018
Senior Editor, ETR

ETR is about to jump into its annual holiday break period. After our offices close today, our staff will be off duty until January 2, 2019. Our blog will go quiet during this time, too.

Last year, our CEO Vignetta Charles wrote a beautiful end-of-year post. I love it. This year? “What she said.”

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Tags: Mission
Gratitude: Returning to Each Other
November 16, 2018

Gratitude: Returning to Each Other

By Vignetta Charles, PhD | November 16, 2018
CEO, ETR

A poem by one of my favorite poets has been running through my head as we enter the holiday season. I have been overwhelmed with gratitude as I bear witness to people returning to each other, whether it’s mobilizing for those devastated in the California wildfires and supporting the firefighters still in harm’s way, or the continued global response to the #metoo movement. I am hopeful because I believe we can find peace when we find authentic connection and express our gratitude for that.

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Tags: Gratitude, Inspiration, ETR staff, ETR
Making Value Visible By Building Resources That Work
November 1, 2018

Making Value Visible By Building Resources That Work

By Matt McDowell | November 1, 2018
Director of Product Development and Dissemination, ETR

I often refer to myself as “the mere mortal” here at ETR. We have big idea people. We have super creative people. We have nationally and internationally recognized research people.

Me? My job is to help put the work of all those folks into practice—and into your practice when it fits.

By Matt McDowell
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Tags: Science, ETR products
Don't Be Tricked by These Treats: Make Smart Choices About Edible Marijuana
October 25, 2018

Don't Be Tricked by These Treats: Make Smart Choices About Edible Marijuana

By Laura Perkins, MLS | October 25, 2018
Editor, ETR

With cannabis legalized for recreational use in some places, people have questions about all the new products available, especially edibles. If marijuana is legal, it’s safe to use, right? How much of an edible can you eat? ETR has new materials to help people understand how to make smarter decisions. See our fact card here, and our poster here.

By Laura Perkins, MLS
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Tags: ATOD, Marijuana, ETR products
Remote Workers Engage! 6 Ways to Stay Connected
September 10, 2018

Remote Workers Engage! 6 Ways to Stay Connected

By Tracy Wright, MAEd | September 10, 2018
Project Director, ETR

Trees, mountains, sky. That’s what I see from the window of my home in Golden, Colorado. I love it. Being able to live and work here is one of the splendid benefits of being a remote worker.

By Tracy Wright, MAEd
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Tags: Distributed workforce, Workplace wellness
ETR: A Family Business
August 28, 2018

ETR: A Family Business

By Shawn Del Carlo | August 28, 2018
Warehouse Senior Supervisor, ETR

ETR is a non-profit. In some ways, we’re also a sort of family business. I’ve worked here for 21 years, and during that time, we’ve hired lots of employees’ kids, nieces, nephews and friends.

Sometimes people come for temp jobs, and sometimes they’re hired in standard positions. This has been good. I think it’s built a closer sense of connection among staff.

By Shawn Del Carlo
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Tags: Healthy organization, Families, Workplace wellness, ETR staff
Sexuality Education, Seventh Edition: Now That's a Powerful Book!
August 23, 2018

Sexuality Education, Seventh Edition: Now That's a Powerful Book!

By ETR | August 23, 2018
 

Most books, even textbooks, don’t make it to a seventh edition. This one did. What’s so special about ETR’s new offering, Sexuality Education: Theory and Practice?

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Tags: Sex education, Sexual and reproductive health
California Tobacco Control Program: An Outstanding Partner Shares an Exciting Opportunity
August 16, 2018

California Tobacco Control Program: An Outstanding Partner Shares an Exciting Opportunity

By Vignetta Charles, PhD | August 16, 2018
CEO, ETR

ETR is privileged to work with outstanding partners. In fact, one of the best things about working here is the opportunity to collaborate with people and programs whose mission, like ours, is to make a genuine difference.

Today the California Tobacco Control Program (CTCP) is particularly on our minds. 

By Vignetta Charles, PhD
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Tags: Tribal communities, Tribal nations, Health equity, Tobacco prevention

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