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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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Parenting During a Pandemic: How You Can Help

Whether schools in your community are going back in person or virtually this fall, one thing is certain: parents need support. One of the best ways you can support parents is by giving them tools to communicate with their teens to build strong relationships (instead of breaking down) during...

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Protective Factors: Youth Risk Kryptonite

For as much time as professionals spend screening and addressing risk factors in youth, the same is not always given to identifying youth protective factors, with one of the most important being identifying a trusted adult. These two factors—risk and protective—play major roles in the health and wellbeing of...

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The Long-Term Effects of Discrimination

Talking with youth about topics like racism and discrimination can be difficult, especially when we as adults are still working on our own knowledge and understanding. But these conversations are critical. Part of being a medical professional is being an ally to youth, and that means understanding the social...

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Mental Health and Youth Risk

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. With routines upended around the world, everyone’s mental health could use some extra care right now, especially that of our youth. One in five youth will have a serious mental health disorder at some point in their life, and half of all mental...

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Teen Vaping & Tobacco Use: Providing Virtual Support

As Americans continue to focus on health and safety in light of COVID-19, adolescent health needs a spotlight. While the virus does not seem to be impacting the world’s teens nearly as much, the concurrent vaping epidemic could be putting many at higher risk. “People with underlying health issues,...

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#NPHW: Addressing SDOH is More Important Than Ever

Today marks the start of National Public Health Week (#NPHW) in the US (April 6-12). In the wake of the current health crisis with COVID-19, public health is even more in the spotlight. Professionals are working tirelessly to care for their communities, but that care extends far beyond the...

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