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They’re back!

Across the nation students are back-to-school… in person, virtually and every combination in between! Now that we’ve survived the busy, chaotic first few weeks of “The Return” – what’s next? Now is the time to ensure that each valuable interaction you have helps to: Identify youth that are struggling...

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Digital Empathy – increasing the “EQ” of your tech talk.

Sure, technology is smart – but can it also be emotionally intelligent? Why are youth willing to share everything on Instagram and SnapChat, or even post videos and Tik-Toks that might be as personal as sexual activity, yet they won’t give truthful answers to doctors, nurses, and educators when...

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Mastering Motivational Interviewing for College Students

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a well-established communication and coaching method for effectively engaging adults and youth in risk reduction and behavior change discussions.  Many times young adults are overlooked in MI discussions, yet MI strategies are a perfect fit for the unique needs of college students.  College students are...

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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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