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The birds & the bees are back – take “the talk” to the next level

As vaccination rates increase so do the interactions between teens…along with an increase in sexual health risks! We know it’s never easy to engage teens in conversations about sex. And that might be one of the reasons sexual health screening and counseling isn’t provided to 1/3 of youth seeking...

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#NPHW: How Screening for SDOH Can Help Advance Racial Equity

2021 has public health in the spotlight more than ever. With this year’s National Public Health Week theme of “Advancing Racial Equity,” we wanted to discuss the profound effects discrimination can have on youth. One in five youth will have a serious mental health disorder at some point in...

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Risk Screening: Beyond the Pandemic

One year ago, COVID-19 shut down most of the world and brought public health to center stage. And even now as we start to glimpse the light at the end of the tunnel, we’re only now beginning to see the full physical, mental, and social effects of the pandemic. ...

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#LoveYourLungs: Helping Teens Quit Nicotine with Virtual Health Coaching

Valentine’s Day may have come and gone, but teens’ love of vaping is still going strong. According to the 2020 National Youth Tobacco Survey, 38.9% of current high school e-cigarette users use e-cigarettes on 20 days or more per month, up from 34.2% in 2019. While the dangers of...

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Empowering Youth with MITEY Change

Falling asleep on hour long webinars? Video calls becoming a routine exercise in multitasking? Take a quick break with us instead! Just in time for the New Year, we’re excited to offer new 20-minute Brief Opportunity Of Supportive Training (BOOST) speed sessions designed to give you a quick knowledge BOOST, without...

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‘Tis the Season for Family Support

The holidays look a bit different this year. In the absence of travelling to see loved ones, we’ve been gifted the opportunity to rediscover the importance of family, to intentionally focus on our households. As lovely as this may be for many, isolation does not come without its trials...

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Bridging the Gap with Virtual Health Educators

With COVID-19 cases once again on the rise, health engagement with youth is changing. Dealing with risk factors that can derail students’ health and educational success, like unprotected sex and substance use, is leading health professionals to look for innovative ways to continue providing services from a distance. And...

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Improving Youth Health Literacy with Technology

Nearly 36% of adults in the U.S. have low health literacy. Individuals with low health literacy experience greater health care use and costs compared to those with proficient health literacy. One of the most effective ways we can help improve the health literacy in our communities is to start...

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Giveaway: Let RAAPS Help You Support Youth

Nearly half of all youth who commit suicide visited a health care provider during the month prior. How can we help ensure we are asking the right questions in the right way? Encouragingly, 89% more youth disclose thoughts of self-harm when completing risk screening via a technology platform with...

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Returning to School Safely: How You Can Support Students and Families

The new school year is fast approaching and figuring out how to best meet the needs of students, staff and your community, while adhering to state and national guidelines, may feel challenging. One common recommendation: screening can help ensure students and families have the support they need. Mental health screening...

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