Unjust Series: Summary Report on LGBTQ Youth Incarcerated in the Juvenile Justice System


Unjust: LGBTQ Youth Incarcerated in the Juvenile Justice System examines how LGBTQ youth who are incarcerated in juvenile detention and correctional facilities face bias in adjudication, and mistreatment and abuse in confinement facilities. LGBTQ youth also lack supportive services when leaving the criminal and juvenile justice systems, often forcing them back into negative interactions with law enforcement.

Given that nearly 40% of incarcerated girls in identify as LGB and 85-90% of incarcerated LGBTQ youth are youth of color, it is crucial that any effort to change the way youth in the United States engage with the juvenile justice system must consider the unique experiences of LGBTQ youth. This spotlight report highlights the experiences of LGBTQ youth incarcerated in the juvenile justice system.

Read their informative findings in this report



July 10, 2017 at 11:28 am Leave a comment

Webinar- Depression in Mothers: More Than the Blues Toolkit

The Rural Behavioral Health Initiative recently displayed a webinar titled Depression in Mothers: More Than the Blues Toolkit. The initiative is a partnership between the American Institutes for Research (AIR), the Mental Health Promotion Branch, Center for Mental Health Services, at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and Affirma Solutions Inc.


Description: This webinar will highlight Depression in Mothers: More Than the Blues Toolkit, developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in partnership with experts in the fields of mental health and maternal and child health. This user-friendly toolkit offers background information about depression. It also offers ideas that providers can use when helping mothers, and their families, who may be suffering from depression. It will be especially useful to Women Infants and Children Program (WIC) staff, home visitors, and Healthy Start workers already working with families to raise awareness and understanding about maternal depression.

Objectives: Participants in the webinar will:

  • Learn about the framework and components of the toolkit;
  • Learn how the toolkit can be used when helping mothers and their families from diverse backgrounds living in rural communities.


•  Yanique Edmond, Ph.D., Senior Public Health Advisor, Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

•  Deborah F. Perry, Ph.D., Director of Research and Evaluation, Research Professor, Center for Child and Human Development, Georgetown University.

•  Phuonglan Nguyen, MSW, Young Child Wellness Specialist, Maternal Wellness & Early Childhood Unit, Children, Youth and Families Branch, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.


Karen B. Francis, Ph.D., Principal Researcher, American Institutes for Research (AIR)

Access the webinar here!  


July 7, 2017 at 9:35 am Leave a comment

2017 APHA-SA Annual Meeting Scholarship Application


The 2017 APHA-SA Annual Meeting Scholarship Application is OPEN. Apply by July 9th at 11:59pm EST to win one of the 50 available scholarships! The scholarship covers early bird registration for the 2017 Annual Meeting and the 2017 National Student Meeting as well as a $250 stipend to used on travel expenses for the Annual Meeting.

The APHA-SA Annual Meeting Scholarship (formerly the Leadership Challenge) was established in 2011 by M. Lyndon Haviland, DrPH, MPH to encourage APHA leaders to give matching funds to award scholarships for student APHA members to attend the Annual Meeting. Since its inception, Ayman El-Mohandes, MBBCh, MD, MPH joined Haviland to increase the match from $5,000 to $20,000.

Applicants must be a current APHA student member and either enrolled in a college or university or have or will graduate during the 2017 calendar year.

Scholarship recipients will be responsible for:
1. Attending a pre-Annual Meeting webinar explaining the terms of the scholarship
2. Attending the APHA Student Assembly National Student Meeting on Saturday November 4, 2017 beginning at 9am EST
3. Attending the Hotlanta – Come Chill With Us session on Sunday November 5, 2017 beginning at 4pm EST
4. Attending the APHA Student Assembly Business Meeting on Tuesday November 7, 2017 beginning at 6:30 pm EST
5. Attending at least one oral or roundtable scientific session and three poster presentations and taking a photo at each to submit with the post-Annual Meeting survey and
6. Bringing two hand-written thank you note addressed to Dr. Lyndon Havilland and Dr. Ayman El-Mohandes to be presented to them at the Awards Ceremony during Hotlanta – Come Chill With Us! for their leadership in establishing these scholarships.
7. Submitting a post-Annual Meeting survey giving feedback about their experiences at the APHA Annual Meeting and be available for an interview after the Annual Meeting ends. Surveys will be due November 30, 2017.
8. Engaging in an approved APHA component activity. Winners will receive training on what qualifies prior to the Annual Meeting and will have to provide proof of activity on the post-Annual Meeting survey.
You cannot save and return to your application once started, therefore it is highly recommended that you review the scholarship guidelines, the application rules and regulations found on the application, compile the necessary documents and your essay, and then go online to submit your application. The scholarship application should take approximately 60-90 minutes to complete.


Feel free to email Student Assembly Chair, Rachael Reed, at rmitchapha@gmail.com, if you have any questions.

Good luck!

July 3, 2017 at 1:35 pm Leave a comment

Making Lifelong Connections: MCH Leadership Training


The Making Lifelong Connections meeting brings together trainees in an interdisciplinary setting with the specific intent of enhancing networking and leadership skills, and providing professional development beyond the boundaries of a specific training grant setting. These activities provide reinforcement to the Maternal and Child Health Leadership Competencies and provide a real-world application of leadership skills for trainees as they prepare to enter the MCH workforce, and for former trainees in early stages of their careers.

One our very own scholars, Miranda Pollock, attended and presented at this meeting. Follow this link and read her presentation on A Whole Community Approach to Health Disparities and Social Determinants, as well as other MCH trainee presentations

June 30, 2017 at 10:31 am 1 comment

Webinar Series: Preventing Risk Behavior by Building Resilience Among Youth


Join ASTHO and the CDC to learn how state health agencies can collaborate with educational and tribal health agencies to implement programs that increase youth protective factors to prevent youth health risk behavior.

The 2017 ASTHO President’s Challenge highlights that increasing protective factors is a key primary prevention strategy to prevent risk behavior such as substance misuse.

The Healthy Youth Development Prevention Research Center at the University of Minnesota is implementing Partnering for Healthy Student Outcomes, a two-part program that increases educational attainment and reduces risk behavior for middle school students though in-class, evidence-based social-emotional learning and teacher professional development. Presenters will discuss how increasing protective factors through programs improve health and academic outcomes and how states can incorporate protective factor measures in state surveillance systems.

The Oregon Health and Science University Center for Healthy Communities and Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board are collaborating to disseminate and evaluate Native STAND (Students Together Against Negative Decisions), an evidence-based program that improves decision-making skills to prevent early pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections  and substance use for Native American high school students. Presenters will describe strategies for engaging tribal health agencies to develop programs for Native American youth.

Date: June 15th, 2017

Time- 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

 Register for this webinar HERE

June 14, 2017 at 10:04 am Leave a comment

WEBINAR- Rethinking Young Fathers: Policy and Practice Recommendations for Child Welfare Systems


Join the Center for the Study of Social Policy

on Wednesday, June 21 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm EST


About the Webinar:

How can we support child welfare system change so that young fathers are recognized as critical members of families? How can we improve outcomes for children and families by supporting young fathers in their role as parents? The Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) recently released a report highlighting a set of policy recommendations for child welfare systems to better engage, support and serve young fathers, their children and families. This interactive webinar will feature jurisdictions that have implemented some of these policy recommendations. New York City’s Administration for Children Services and the Children’s Institute Inc. of Los Angeles  will discuss their implementation efforts, challenges and lessons learned. The National Fatherhood Initiative, the Fathers and Families Coalition of America and the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse will present resources in support of implementation efforts. Additionally, there will be an opportunity for peer sharing and exploration of future directions for child welfare system change in support of young fathers and their families.

Register for the webinar here: 



June 9, 2017 at 9:58 am Leave a comment

USAID Global Health Newsletter : Human-Centered Design


“Human-centered design (HCD) is a way of thinking that places the people you’re trying to serve at the center of the design and implementation process. HCD was developed in the private sector to integrate business and technology around human needs. While these methods and principles have been applied for decades in global health, HCD is now being increasingly applied in more targeted and deliberate ways to the health sector and for good reasons.”

“A defining characteristic of the human-centered design (HCD) process is that it prioritizes talking to and collaborating with the people who are most likely to be affected by the development of a new health intervention or program. The process seeks to better understand a health challenge from the human perspective, including how it looks and feels to real people and how it applies to the environment and context in which they live.”

Read more on human-centered design (HCD)

June 8, 2017 at 8:30 am Leave a comment

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