2020 ‘Be the Change’ Youth Program Agenda

Tuesday

 Tuesday, June 23, 7:00-9:00pm

Champions Dinner

‘Be the Change’ participants will kick-off the convention with an evening of fun, all while enjoying great food at a local Denver restaurant. Chaperones are welcomed.

 

Wednesday

Wednesday, June 24, 8:00-9:15am

Opening Plenary

 

Youth A

Wednesday, June 24, 9:45-12:15pm

Health Communication 101: A Skills-Based Approach to Youth-Led Health Promotion 

This workshop will take youth participants through a crash course in the core skills they need to design effective health outreach on any topic and in any setting. Through a series of engaging interactive activities, participants will identify their unique strengths as teen health promoters, learn the basics of health communication strategy, and assemble a basic toolbox of skills they can use to create their own outreach campaigns and make real change in their schools.

Meredith Nechitilo, MPH, Program Manager for Community Health Education, New York  

Melanie Gold, DO, Medical Director, Columbia University, New York  

 

Wednesday, June 24, 12:45-2:00pm

Business Luncheon/25th Anniversary Celebration

 

Youth C

Wednesday, June 24, 2:30-3:45pm

How You(th) Are the Key To Tackling the Stigma on Mental Health

The stigma on mental health, specifically within a school setting, aids in the already challenging task of treating common mental health needs among adolescents. Led by the School-Based Health Alliance’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC), this workshop will provide youth testimonials on SBHC work within this vital treatment area; tools and resources to aid in the development of language and programming to combat the stigma; and discuss how SBHCs are the ideal location for staff and youth to collaboratively address the stigma—leading to greater success in school and in life.

Seleena Moore, MPH, Senior Program Manager, School-Based Health Alliance, Washington, DC 

Brooklyn Waller, Youth Advisory Council, School-Based Health Alliance, Arkansas 

 

Youth D

Wednesday, June 24, 4:00-5:15pm

Using Young Adult Fiction to Spark Public Health Advocacy Among Youth 

The young adult (YA) publishing genre is fast-growing yet is the most banned because it tackles some of the most challenging public health issues with a young audience (13 Reasons Why, anyone?). YA is unafraid to talk about sexual violence, HIV/AIDS, mental health, trauma, and substance abuse. How can we use YA fiction to spark thoughtful and engaging conversations on these topics among young people? How might we use these conversations as a foundation for genuine youth-driven advocacy? 

Anna Gabriella Casalme, MPH, CEO at Novelly, Los Angeles, California  

 

Thursday

Youth E                                         

Thursday, June 25, 8:30-11:00am

Health Care Simulation Activity

What is life without a school-based health center (SBHC)? Presenters will educate youth about the components of the current health service systems available to people nationwide. Through role-play and interaction, young people will better understand the value and benefits of SBHCs, as well as learn language they can use to advocate for peers to obtain the health services they need in a non-SBHC setting. 

Seleena Moore, MPH, Senior Program Manager, School-Based Health Alliance, Washington, DC 

Emma Bittar, Youth Advisory Council, School-Based Health Alliance, Florida 

Andre Armour, MBA, Youth Advisory Council, School-Based Health Alliance, Georgia 

 

Thursday, June 24, 11:15am-12:45pm 

Lunch/Exhibit/Poster Session 

Or  

Yale Focus Group (Optional)  

Parental permission required and space is limited (sign-up is first come, first served). Lunch will be provided and $35 Visa Gift card will be presented upon completion.  

Youth will participate in a focus group with one to two researchers and a group of about four other teens about their understanding of and experiences with opioid use. You will also be asked about what types of things in a videogame might help you make good decisions about certain behaviors, how you view risk, how you make decisions, and how you see your friends as influencing your decisions. 

 

Youth G

Thursday, June 25, 1:00-2:15pm

That’s the Spot: Acupressure for Self-Care and Health Promotion Among Teenagers 

This session will train youth participants in simple acupressure points to relieve common aches and pains, both physical and mental. These points are easy to learn and easy to teach others, making them a great tool for young health promoters. No fancy equipment or expertise needed – your own hands are all you need to get some relief from that nasty headache, neck and shoulder tension, stomach pain, menstrual cramps, stress and anxiety, and even insomnia. 

Meredith Nechitilo, MPH, Program Manager for Community Health Education, New York  

Melanie Gold, DO, Medical Director, Columbia University, New York 

 

Youth H

Thursday, June 25, 2:30-3:45pm 

Youth Program Wrap-Up 

Young people are an essential advocate for SBHCs nation-wide, with the power to shape programs, policy, and out-reach activities that affect the health of students. Join us to share your youth leadership stories, give feedback from the convention, and contribute thoughts on future networking. 

Seleena Moore, MPH, Senior Program Manager, School-Based Health Alliance, Washington, DC 

Nicole Carrillo, Program Associate, School-Based Health Alliance, Washington, DC 

 

Thursday, June 25, 4:00-5:15pm

Closing Plenary

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