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    Mental health professional providing empathetic support to female adolescent who appears nervous during a counseling session. Professional has a clipboard in hand and is conducting targeting screening of eating disorder symptoms.

    Understanding and Addressing Eating Disorders in Youth: A Comprehensive Guide for Professionals

    A Comprehensive Guide for Professionals A 9th grade girl has been referred to the student support team out of concern for a change in affect and appearance. Her homeroom teacher says she has lost a noticeable and concerning amount of weight over the last few months, and lately has...

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    Show Me the Data 📉

    Enhancing Client Outcomes with Data Analytics  In the evolving landscape of youth health, the importance of a comprehensive technology system with a user friendly robust data and analytics suite cannot be overstated. Health technology is the cornerstone of modern healthcare, enabling professionals to deliver more precise, personalized care to...

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    Turning Possibilities Into Reality: Our Annual Review of 2023

    Dear Youth Health Professionals –  As we approach the end of another transformative year, we are filled with gratitude and optimism. We are grateful for the compassion and determination of youth health professionals around the globe, and we are optimistic about the future in light of innovative health technology...

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    Turning the Tide on Youth Substance Use: The Power of SBIRT

    Take a moment to review the youth substance use data below. These percentages highlight a few key findings from the most recent Monitoring the Future report. Each year, a total of approximately 50,000 students in 8th, 10th and 12th grades are surveyed. The data shown in the table below...

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    Unsung Heroes: Empowering Parents to Support Youth – A Professional’s Guide

    Imagine getting both of your teens to agree to join you and your partner for a family night out this weekend. You promise ice cream and something that’s “not lame” in exchange for their presence and good attitudes.  When Saturday evening arrives, you all head out for BBQ and...

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    Unveiling the Shadows: Exploring Risk Factors for Youth Violence

    This story was shared with permission from a member of the Possibilities for Change team.  Last month, my friend Jean invited me to her home for dinner. We had curry chicken and rice, roasted brussels sprouts, and homemade cookies for dessert. Jean is enjoying the slower pace and quieter...

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    Early & Often: Prevention is Key in Youth Sexual Health and Development

    It’s been nearly a year since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in the hallmark Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case. Last June, the landscape of pregnancy care and reproductive health in America changed significantly.  In honor of National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, we’re revisiting the...

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    What Is Trauma-Responsive Health Technology?

    In recent years, society has lightened the stigma around mental health. Do you agree?  Thanks to policy initiatives, marketing campaigns, and celebrity disclosures about their own battles, public perception of mental health is changing. Words like resilience, boundaries, grief, self-care, culturally-responsive, and trauma-informed are becoming part of our vernacular. ...

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    What Is an ‘At-Risk’ Youth? Part 2

    Note: this article is Part II of a series on ‘at-risk youth.’ Read Part I to learn what we mean when we say ‘at-risk youth’ and how to differentiate between risk factors and risk behaviors. Part I also covers the interrelated nature of risks, adverse outcomes associated with increased...

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    What Is an ‘At-Risk’ Youth? Part 1

    It’s 4:18pm and you’re driving home from work. When you notice the time on the dashboard, you feel overwhelmingly tired, and also thankful. As a school nurse, the end of your work day is hours before that of your colleagues who work in inpatient settings. So, you are thankful...

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