Celebrate National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

Crossposted from the Health and Human Services Office of Adolescent Health Every May, the nation turns its attention to teen pregnancy prevention for a full month. National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month (NTPPM) highlights the historic declines in the rates of teen births in the United States. Significant declines have occurred in all 50 states and…

News Release: State officials urge action on youth mental health trends

Crossposted from: Washington Department of Health State officials urge action on youth mental health trends OLYMPIA — Recently released Healthy Youth Survey data show a high and increasing number of Washington youth reported feeling so sad or hopeless they stopped a usual activity or seriously considered suicide in the past year. The number of students who reported feeling…

May is Mental Health Month

For the last seventy years, Mental Health America has celebrated May as Mental Health Month. To celebrate in your School-Based Health Center, visit their website and explore their toolkit. Download fact sheets, posters, key messages, and articles that you can distribute through your school’s various communication outlets. Have photos of how your SBHC is celebrating Mental…

Students Can’t Learn When They’re Not Healthy. Here’s What Schools Can Do to Help.

Crossposted from Education Week and the School-Based Health Alliance Children with chronic health concerns can’t learn when their poorly managed conditions keep them out of class. Students traumatized by unstable living conditions or chronic disadvantage can’t focus on homework or engage their peers. Parents working full-time jobs for minimum wage cannot afford the same extracurricular,…

School Attendance and Health of the Rise with Hawai’i Keiki Program

Crossedposted from The Community Guide Summary Hawai‛i Keiki, a program formed through the partnership between the Hawai‛i Department of Education and the University of Hawai‛i at Mānoa, used The Community Guide to substantially improve student attendance and promote health equity. They provided schools with trained nurses and established CPSTF-recommended school-based health centers (SBHCs) to offer treatment…

April is STD Awareness Month!

Crossposted from the American Sexual Health Association Each April ASHA recognizes STD Awareness Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): There are 20 million new cases of sexually transmitted diseases (also referred to as sexually transmitted infections) in the U.S. every year The medical costs for these new cases are $16…