EDC is facilitating a policy development project to promote mental health assessments and improve access to mental health services for youth suspended or expelled from California schools. After an analysis of current school district policies on suspension and expulsion from data and focus groups, EDC will determine policy and program recommendations that enable students to receive necessary mental health services in an effort to reduce dropout rates and disparities in access to services.
EDC is writing a manual on pandemic preparedness for schools in an effort to protect the health of students, staff, and families across the globe. It will be distributed through the World Health Organization. The manual is intended to help administrators and teachers with pandemic planning and response in schools. It emphasizes the need for school-based efforts to prevent the spread of influenza.
EDC is developing a web-based course on pandemic preparedness and response for communities. The primary audience is local decision-makers and practitioners, with additional modules for specific audiences.
WWhile research has identified a number of effective suicide prevention strategies, many have not been put into practice. Through this project, EDC will create two toolkits with easy-to-use educational materials and interactive resources that will also focus on institutional and personal barriers that prevent suicide from being addressed in each setting, and provide motivation to create more positive environments.
EDC will produce two new 10-15 page publications—one specifically targeted for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and the other for their families. They will be based on the VA National Center for PTSD’s successful publication for war veterans, “Returning from the War Zone”.
The MetroWest Youth Risk Behavior Survey is a 10-year initiative of the Massachusetts-based MetroWest Community Health Care Foundation to better understand and address the health needs of adolescents in the region.
Surveys are conducted biannually with middle and high school students and focus on issues such as:
Leading causes of morbidity and mortality among adolescents
EDC has produced a dissemination package for Safe in the City, a brief video-based HIV/STD prevention intervention for STD clinics. In a large, multi-site efficacy trial, Safe in the City was found to be effective in reducing new cases of STDs among clinic patients. The intervention has been selected for national dissemination through CDC’s Diffusion of Effective Behavioral Interventions program. EDC was a collaborating partner in the development and evaluation of this intervention.
TEACH-VIP is a comprehensive violence and injury prevention and control curriculum, developed by the World Health Organization and a global network of experts, covering a wide range of topics, designed to be delivered as face-to-face training. To make this curriculum more widely available, EDC created an instructional design approach for conversion of the face-to-face exercises and materials into an electronic, self-paced format with interactive lessons for the World Wide Web and CD-ROM.
With the recent heat waves across the nation, parents and caregivers are reminded that leaving young children unattended in vehicles can be deadly. EDC offers several recommendations for keeping children safe.
A new website and teaching tool ( www.tbepidemic.org ) developed by EDC was unveiled during a Senate briefing on Capitol Hill for World TB Day. The briefing is one of several events being held to draw attention to tuberculosis, a disease that affects nearly one-third of the world’s population and kills nearly 2 million people each year.
Amy Aparicio Clark visited Brawley, California, to get feedback on El sexo puede esperar (Saving Sex for Later), a program that promotes positive
parenting practices among families with young adolescents.
While African Americans make up only 13 percent of the U.S. population, they represent more than half of the new HIV infections each year.
In Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, which has the highest HIV and AIDS rate of any community in New York State, a new program is helping young black men ages 18–30 fight back. Called Keep It Up, the program combines health promotion and HIV prevention to help participants learn to take care of their health.
EDC collaborates with the University of California, Berkeley, to develop youth worker safety training materials for students, teachers, and businesses that hire teenagers. Chris Miara conducted trainings in New Jersey, the Virgin Islands, and Georgia on youth and workplace hazards.
Safe in the City, a program designed and evaluated by EDC has been chosen by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for inclusion in The 2008 Compendium of Evidence-based HIV Prevention Interventions.
EDC’s Tribal Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center is a federally funded agency that works across the self-governing American Indian communities throughout the United States to improve juvenile justice systems and health programming for youth.
Larry Lewis rarely appears in the limelight. Sometimes he gets written up in a local Michigan newspaper, but he certainly doesn’t seek it out. Ask him about his work, and he’ll tell you that the truly inspiring work is being done by his wife, who has been a clinician for as long as he’s been a community organizer. Try to steer him back to his work, and he names everyone on his team and describes them all as indispensable.
EDC’s Adult Literacy Media Alliance (ALMA) has developed “Health Smarts While You Wait,” a volunteer-based health literacy program implemented in clinic and hospital waiting rooms to help patients improve their health literacy and manage their healthcare more effectively.
Underage drinking affects not only teens, but their families and the community-at-large. An ongoing project in EDC’s Health and Human Development Programs (HHD)is working to change the social norms that contribute to dangerous teen drinking in Revere, Massachusetts, an urban community of 47,000 just north of Boston.
Hunger and undernutrition, as well as obesity,
plague schoolchildren around the world. Along with vitamin and mineral
deficiencies, nutritional problems can obstruct a child’s ability to
enroll, attend, and thrive in school. While the inextricable link
between health and learning has long been recognized, the most
effective way to improve health for students has been less apparent.
Written for public health practitioners and students, Injury Prevention and Public Health: Practical Knowledge, Skills, and Strategies works from the premise that in most cases “injury is not an accident”—not the result of unpredictable or unavoidable occurrences. Instead, most injuries are foreseeable events with known causes and risk factors—and are therefore preventable.