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Can the Sexual Education Gap be Filled with the Internet?

Student Health Advocates

Oct 25, 2019

One would expect for societal norms in sexual education to be responsive of the needs of current generations. However, that is not the case. In the Journal of Health Communication through the article “Is the Internet Filling the Sexual Health Information Gap for Teens? An Exploratory Study” it is that, “... the percentage of 15-19 year olds receiving any formal instruction...

Interview with OSBHA's New Board Co-Chair

OSBHA

Sep 16, 2019

OSBHA is so happy to welcome Sarah Fast as our new Board Co-Chair. In this interview, she explains what brought her to this work and where we're going from here.    Please describe your background and how it brings you to OSBHA. I have dedicated the majority of my professional career to working with youth across the Portland Metropolitan Area to help them (and their...

School Health Services Planning Grant

OSBHA

Aug 27, 2019

We are proud of conceptualizing and advocating for legislation that funded the School Health Services Planning Grant (RFGP 4855-0), issued by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). This funding will support up to 12 school districts or ESDs to evaluate the need for school-based health services in their respective communities and will then fund up to 6 new school-based health centers and up to 4 sites...

HPV Update from our Youth Programs Intern

OSBHA

Aug 16, 2019

This blog post is by Annie Jiang, OSBHA's Summer Youth Programs Intern. Annie is a student at Reed College. As an education lover, she strives to make education more accessible and fun to students so that students are able to enjoy the rewarding nature of knowledge.  Cancer, the disease that everyone fears, is not curable yet. However, scientists and medical practitioners have...

Creating a Model for Youth-Driven HPV Prevention

Student Health Advocates

Aug 14, 2019

This blog post is by Megan Feely, a former member of the OSBHA Student Health Advocates.  For the last few months, OSBHA Student Health Advocates have been developing youth-led HPV prevention education based on evidence and best practices. Education sessions will be provided to high school students as part of our feasibility study project, funded by the Knight Cancer...

Oregon HPV Vaccination Week & Youth Voice

OSBHA

Aug 13, 2019

At OSBHA, we believe youth voice is critical to healthcare programming, policy, and advocacy. We strive to center the youth voice in everything that we do, and we are actively engaging in practices that redistribute, share and build power with youth to change systems of inequity. When OSBHA Student Health Advocates were invited to submit a proposal to present at the 2018 Oregon HPV Summit,...

YAC and YouthLine: The Importance of Integrating Mental Health and Wellness in YAC’s to Progressively Advocate for Healthy Lifestyles

Student Health Advocates

Jul 3, 2019

  This blog post is by Trace Terrell, a member of La Pine High School Youth Action Council  Hello everybody! My name is Trace Terrell, im 15, and I am involved with YouthLine: a free, confidential, teen-to-teen crisis help support hotline for teens, and in my schools YAC (Youth Action Council). This blog post represents my personal views, not those of the YAC or YouthLine...

Creating Engaging & Powerful YAC Projects Pt. 2

Student Health Advocates

Jun 12, 2019

YAC projects provide opportunities for students to collaborate, build skills, and advocate for their communities. Engaging projects are also essential for retention of YAC members. In this follow-up to last year’s webinar, you will hear from youth and YAC Coordinators who are creating powerful YAC projects in their communities. The Oregon School-Based Health Alliance (...

Funneling Anger Constructively: A Beginner’s Guide to Contacting Your Representatives

Student Health Advocates

May 16, 2019

  This blog post is by James Biggers, a member of OSBHA Student Health Advocates.  If you’re anything like me you have a lot of opinions. Many of those opinions relate to the well-being of ourselves, our friends and family, and our society as a whole. As a result we feel passionately and struggle with frustration if we feel as if there is nothing we...

Finishing The School Year Strong!

Student Health Advocates

May 14, 2019

This blog post is by Destiny Ogbeama, a member of OSBHA Student Health Advocates.    As the school year comes to a close students everywhere are struggling to have the motivation to finish strong. Everything seems to be happening so fast and youth have trouble taking it all in at once. Without finding the proper way to address their needs they end up taking unhealthy...

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