UNDER THE CURRENTS

The Professional Learning Standards for Sex Education Are Here!

Date: April 15th, 2019
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Valerie Sedivy

Have you ever wondered why we have student standards for sex education in schools, guidance for pre-service teachers, but no standards to help existing sex education teachers become more effective? We wondered that too, and that’s why we decided to serve on a team of training organizations to address this gap. Our team[i] is part…

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Because Where We Learn Matters

Date: April 2nd, 2019
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Today is National Healthy Schools Day, sponsored by Healthy Schools Network to raise awareness of issues of environmental health at school. Healthy Schools Network promotes reform in three core areas defining environmental health at school: Environmental public health services for children at risk or with suspected exposures at school. Child-safe policies for housekeeping and purchasing…

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Sexual & Reproductive Health Is a Social Justice Issue with Public Health Impacts #NPHW19

Date: March 28th, 2019
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Healthy Teen Network

Next week is National Public Health Week 2019, or #NPHW19, sponsored by the American Public Health Association (APHA). We believe that adolescent sexual and reproductive health is a social justice issue with public health impacts. These impacts are confounded by how and where youth live, learn, and play and require a holistic, or Youth 360⁰,…

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How to Prioritize Your Mental Health in College: Tips from a Senior

Date: March 21st, 2019
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Guest Blog Post by Arsha Pinson I never imagined how fun but challenging college would be, but now being in my final semester of undergrad, I can honestly say it’s been one of the best experiences of my youth. In college, students have many chances to meet new friends and figure out who they are.…

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5 Tips to Help Your Child Set Good Healthcare Habits

Date: March 14th, 2019
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Alex Eisler

The habits we develop when we’re young set the tone for our habits as adults. Many of us could improve how and when we go to the doctor…let’s face it: preventative care could save many people a lot of heartache. Get your child on the right track: Talk early and often about accessing health care.…

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What is Endometriosis?

Date: March 8th, 2019
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Allison Tomai Felsen

Endometriosis, often referred to as “endo,” is a common health problem that can affect anyone with a uterus. The name comes from the word endometrium, which is the tissue that normally lines the uterus and sheds during a period. Endometriosis happens when this tissue grows outside of the uterus and on other areas in the body…

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3 Ways to Talk about Consent with Your Teen

Date: February 28th, 2019
By:

Genevieve Martínez-García

Any good sex talk between parent and teen must include a discussion about sexual consent. If it makes you feel uncomfortable, know that you may be protecting them from sexual violence, as either a victim or perpetrator. Tell them that they have control over who they allow to touch their body, for what, and for…

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Five Ways to Support Sex Education Facilitators Outside the Training Space

Date: February 21st, 2019
By:

Valerie Sedivy

Training is a great way to build comfort and competence among sex education facilitators. But a single training doesn’t always leave everyone feeling fully prepared to deliver sex ed. This is understandable when you consider the wide range of skills needed to be a fully competent facilitator. It’s great to share your contact information in…

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The foundation of sex education? Enthusiastic consent.

Date: February 11th, 2019
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Guest Blog Post by Alison Macklin We all want people to have consensual and pleasurable sex. Of course, not everyone agrees when and how that should be taking place for teens and youth, in general. Some people may add various qualifiers based on their personal values like, “when they are older” or “once they have…

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Five Quick Tips to an Effective Poster that Tells Your Story

Date: February 5th, 2019
By:

Mila Garrido

I want you to imagine walking in an over-air-conditioned, loud, congested room with horrible lighting filled up with side-by-side posters with intricate titles and crammed text where one is more jam-packed and confusing than the next. All of a sudden, you see a visually attractive, attention-grabbing poster that is calling you to get closer and…

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