Youth Blogs

Health News You Can Use : Vaccines. One Less Shot

Haylee Williams

Nov 14, 2016

Health News You Can Use : Vaccines. One Less Shot   There’s at least 10 vaccinations the CDC recommends for youth 7-18 years old. That’s at least 10 shots! Keep in mind some require multiple doses. Eeek so many!     But There’s Good News! The CDC (Center for Disease Control) has now reduced that load by one. That’s right the...

Birth Control Linked to Depression

Haylee Williams

Oct 31, 2016

(CNN)Taking hormonal birth control might be associated with an increased risk for depression compared with those who don't use contraception, according to a new study published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. [...] it is not very surprising that also external artificial hormones acting in the same way and on the same centers as the natural hormones might...

They Did What On Facebook!?

Haylee Williams

Oct 20, 2016

The Brookings Harbor High School YAC Takes Advocacy to Facebook The Brookings Harbor High School YAC wanted everyone to know why SBHCs are so important to the community. They also wanted the district and their fellow students to know exactly what services are available at the SBHC. They wanted to take their advocacy to the next level so….   In partnership...

They say not all superheroes wear capes but can we get neon green tights? No seriously Aquaman looked America’s Next Top Model ready in a pair of those

Haylee Williams

Sep 12, 2016

Who are these people that want neon green tights?   Well “these people” are actually the Statewide Youth Action Council aka Superheroes of Health as we dubbed ourselves at this year's Awareness Day. Sounds exclusive? In a way it is-- superheroes of health are youth health advocates. (More on how you can join the squad later). We are the Statewide Youth Action...

OHEA Mend the Gap Report Released

admin

Nov 17, 2015

The Oregon Health Equity Alliance has released a new report called Mend the Gap to address health care deficiencies for hundreds of thousands of Oregonians.  Today in Oregon, 383,000 people remain uninsured, threatening the prosperity of every county and the economic future of our state. Communities of color, LGBT communities, rural Oregonians, immigrant communities, women and low-...

Healthy Youth Relationship Summit Recap

James Biggers

Jun 1, 2015

On May 9 in beautiful Eugene, Oregon right in the middle of allergy season, I got the opportunity to help facilitate the Oregon School Based Health Alliance’s first ever Healthy Youth Relationship Summit. The summit had a total of ninety young people and adult coordinators and allies from over twenty different schools, organizations, and other agencies in attendance. Speaking from my...

Youth Advocates in Action at the State Capitol

Tobias Rubel

Apr 9, 2015

On February 26, I woke up, hopped into my white 1986 Cabriolet, and drove from my home in Portland, Oregon, to the state’s capital, Salem, for Awareness Day 2015. The capitol building was sleepy when I arrived—I was alone as I made my way up the marble steps into the building. Downstairs in Room 50, the largest rentable space in the building, the Youth Action Council of the Oregon...

Eye to Eye: Discussing Sensitive Topics with Youth

Tobias Rubel

Sep 29, 2014

There is a flurry of activity at the Oregon School Based Health Alliance lately as our  Youth Action Council prepares for our 2014 School Health Conference pre-conference workshop: Eye to Eye on Thursday, October 9th from 1-4 PM. We attended the July national School-Based Health Alliance Convention in Seattle and we also went down to Eugene to partner with Planned Parenthood Southwestern...

"It Will Never Happen to Me" (but what if it does?)

Ketchura Antoine

Jul 16, 2014

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend the Adolescent Sexuality Conference in Seaside, Oregon. Of the many workshops I participated in, the most memorable was It Will Never Happen to Me led by four young mothers as a senior final project, each young woman told us about the broad range of changes and struggles they face as teen mothers. They led us through their individual experiences from...

Relationships and Social Networking: Why You Should Block Your Significant Other on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Vine

James Biggers

Jul 7, 2014

Nearing the end of my Sophomore year of high school I began dating Jane. Her name isn’t Jane but that’s not important to this story. Jane and I met through following each other on Twitter and we began our relationship sometime around mid May of 2012 and things were great. We’d hang out and watch Gossip Girl or Teen Wolf or Vampire Diaries because I’m not one to argue and I...