The Prevention Institute and St. Joseph Community Partnership Fund announced the launching of the Intersections Initiative
, a model for health system transformation. Funded partners will address community factors that shape health, safety, and wellbeing—and provide a model for other healthcare systems that want to go beyond the exam room and into the community to address the underlying causes of illness and injury.
Tobacco Use and Vaping
Tobacco-Use Prevention Education Program Outcomes
According to a UCSD study
of 58K students in 117 schools, schools funded by the California Department of Education’s (CDE) Tobacco-Use Prevention Education (TUPE) Office have lower rates of tobacco use than other schools. The findings were based on two statewide surveys, the 2016 California Student Tobacco Survey and the 2016 California Educator Tobacco Survey.
E-cigarettes, or vaping, are incredibly addictive and particularly appealing to teens. This abc7news article
discusses the rise in use of e-cigarettes (or vaping), their appeal to teens, and how product developers are responding to research and public criticism that they are addictive and harmful. Research shows the percentage of 12th graders who reported vaping nicotine in the past 30 days has nearly doubled.
The Smoke Free Schools Act of 2018, a measure introduced this month, instructs the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to partner to "study best practices for schools to implement policies to address e-cigarette use among students.” Read more
Special Education Strategies
A special education teacher has developed worksheets to help all students identify and manage their stressors. The four-step process for building resilience
includes teaching students to identify their stressors; identify what students do when stressed; brainstorm alternative ways to respond to stressors; and apply and maintain the coping skills.
Many high school students believe their schools aren't adequately preparing them for challenges they will face in college, career, and life, a new survey,
administered on behalf of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning, of current and recent students finds. The report's authors concluded that better school environments and better integration of social and emotional development into schools' core work could help address some of those factors.