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    The Top 5 Worst Reasons Why…

    We help providers, professionals, and parents, identify and reduce risk behaviors among youth and young adults. So you might imagine that in our line of work that we’ve “heard it all.” And yes, we’ve heard a lot, but it’s not the stories and information that young people share that...

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    Lack of resources from university health centers are turning away students from seeking mental health

    One in 4 college students deal with some kind of mental health issue. Colleges across the country say they’re there to help, but the TODAY show’s six-month investigation from 22 students at 10 different universities revealed that students are getting kicked out of college for seeking help. Could the...

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    36 seconds.

    According to a JAMA Pediatrics study, that’s how long the average conversation lasted when teens were asked about sexual health during their last annual health maintenance exam. Even more disappointing, the topic was not discussed with 1 out of 3 teens. I could continue on with more data that...

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    Spotlight: RAAPS 2.0!

    Happy New Year! At Possibilities for Change, we couldn’t be more thrilled about all the exciting developments 2016 has in store! For our first blog post of the new year we’d like to share with you the new and improved RAAPS 2.0. In the spirit of continual improvement, we...

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    Continual Quality Improvement – For You! (And the youth and young adults you work with.)

    Health and wellness professionals are in constant pursuit of quality improvement. And we’re here to support your efforts.  Possibilities for Change – the parent company for RAAPS – is implementing several new improvements to help make the identification and reduction of risk behaviors even easier and more effective: Coming...

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    Summer Lovin’ = Sun screen + Sex screen

    In reality – every day is a good day to screen teens for high risk sexual behaviors.  But this summer why not include sexual health screening along with your usual season-specific preventive advice? We know identifying high risk sexual health behaviors and successfully intervening can be a challenge in...

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    Make a Stronger Impact on Adolescent Health in Your SBHCs!

    How can you make critical programming and funding decisions, if you can’t access – and analyze – the actual risk data from the youth receiving care in your school-based health centers? Several states have decided to put an end to the guessing and implement an affordable, cloud-based health risk...

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    Making a Difference! The State of Michigan is using RAAPS to both identify and REDUCE Adolescent Risk

    While risk statistics provide invaluable insight into population behavior – all of us are dedicated to making a difference one individual at a time. And School Based and Linked Health Centers (SBLHCs) in the State of Michigan are making that difference – and then some. Michigan SBLHCs were able...

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    Teen Risks: What you don’t know (and what they aren’t telling you) can hurt them.

    Data from over 39,000 risk assessments completed by adolescents from 2011 through 2013 reveal startling new trends in teen risk behaviors and surprising changes – both positive and negative. Please download the latest RAAPS infographic:  Teen Risks: For Better or Worse  and READ, SHARE, & ACT on this critical...

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    21,000 youth speak as one! Are you listening?

    New 2013 data from RAAPS risk assessments of over 21,000 American youth – most from underserved areas – reveals startling  (and often hidden) risks that threaten the health and safety of our teens.  For example: 25% of surveyed adolescents struggle with anger management 1 in 5 were bullied or...

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