Youth Blog: Juuling

Student Health Advocates

May 1, 2019

This blog post is by Madeleine Wheelock, a member of OSBHA Student Health Advocates.  Although they deny it, JUUL as well as many other e-cigarette companies’ widely attract teens into using their products. They market them with bright colors and flavors as well as a lifestyle that’s attractive to youth. As teens get more and more used to the sight of JUULs and other...

Thank you for joining us at School Health Advocacy Day 2019!


Mar 7, 2019

Over 100 Oregon students joined us on February 28 for School Health Advocacy Day 2019. Students facilitated 27 meetings with their legislators to discuss the importance of school-based health services. Our annual School Health Advocacy Day is the only youth-driven advocacy event that supports school-based health services in Oregon. School Health Advocacy Day provides an opportunity for youth...

Youth Blog: Students Want More Informative Health Classes

Student Health Advocates

Mar 6, 2019

This blog post is by Sienna Day, a member of OSBHA Student Health Advocates.  The Milwaukie High School Youth Action Council is currently conducting a Youth Participatory Action Research Project. As the leader of this council, I am proud to present some of our most recent findings. As a group, we have identified the North Clackamas health curriculum as a focus. With this focus,...



Feb 20, 2019

OREGON’S YOUNG PEOPLE ADVOCATE FOR HEALTH AND WELLNESS 2019 School Health Advocacy Day On February 28, 2019, young people from across Oregon will gather to advocate for access to healthcare and to cap School-Based Health Care Awareness Month, which was proclaimed by Governor Kate Brown on February 1 st , 2019. The Oregon School Based Health Alliance’s 2019 School Health...

Youth Blog: Don’t Worry Guys, Gillette Won’t Oppress You

Student Health Advocates

Feb 6, 2019

This blog post is by James Biggers, a member of OSBHA Student Health Advocates.  Hello beautiful readers. The last time I wrote something like this was around five years ago when I wrote about the negative impact social media has on relationships. And by the numbers I actually did a pretty bang-up job. For a time it was the most viewed page on our entire website. In writing that...

Youth Blog: The What’s and How’s of Birth Control

Student Health Advocates

Jan 29, 2019

This blog post is by Jessica Griepenburg, a member of OSBHA Student Health Advocates.  What is birth control? Birth control, simply put, is pregnancy prevention. But there are countless methods and types that help with all sorts of things, including menstruation control and prevention of sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs).   Though birth control use is mostly accepted...

An Interview with Alfonso Ramirez on Trauma Informed Schools


Jan 7, 2019

In 2016, OSBHA worked to pass a bill to pilot trauma informed schools and funds were allocated to support two pilot schools, Tigard High School (THS) and Central High School (CHS) in Independence, OR. This is the third year of the pilot. OSBHA has been providing technical assistance to the two schools, working closely with the Trauma Informed Schools Coordinators’ hired to transform the...

Spotlight on an SBHC: An Interview with Bethel Health Center Director Brooke Cottle


Jan 7, 2019

We are always thrilled to hear about Oregon SBHCs taking innovative approaches to providing care to youth. Bethel Health Center is one of those SBHCs. OSBHA Executive Director Laurie Huffman (pictured right) recently sat down with Bethel Health Center Director Brooke Cottle (pictured left) to discuss community partnerships, youth mental health, and more. Laurie Huffman: Thanks for meeting...

Urgent request to supporters of school-based health: Time is of the essence!


Dec 21, 2018

The 2019 legislative session is fast approaching. Representative Nancy Nathanson put forth a legislative concept that will become a bill. Its goal is to get more children and youth health services in schools statewide. The bill will give communities funding for planning grants, and then provide subsequent funding for a school-based health center, school-based mental health services,...

Youth Blog: Stress In Today’s Youth

Student Health Advocates

Dec 4, 2018

Author Destiny Obgeama
This blog post is by Destiny Obgeama, a member of the OSBHA Student Health Advocates. One of the biggest health concerns for youth today is stress. Stress in youth is often overlooked due to the fact that they are young, and ‘couldn’t possibly have any serious matters to stress about.’ Some adults even try to diminish a young person's feelings because they haven...