SHIELD Updates

Leadership Program: Summer Leadership Institute for School and Public Health Nurses

      Boston University School of Public Health’s Population Health Exchange (PHX) and the School Health Institute for Education and Leadership Development (SHIELD) are collaborating to offer our second annual Leadership Program for School and Public Health Nurses beginning in June, continuing through the year*, and culminating with an advanced leadership  program the following summer. Course topics are tailored to learners and may include: Developing Your Leadership Strengths Communicating for Impact Using the Power of Data to Tell a Story (Story Mapping) Community Assessments w/ an Emphasis on Equity *The team will meet for four additional workshops and a culminating event over the course of the year In addition to providing deep learning opportunities in leadership, this program provides the skills needed to assess for, and effectively communicate about, a community health disparity to initiate change. Audience: School and Public Health Nurses Fee: $1,000 for summer workshop;$2500 for full year **NEW! Due to a generous private scholarship donation, we are able to offer a 40% discount... More

Event: Exploring Our Role in Creating a More Just World for Youth

Professionals, volunteers, activists, and community members that work or interact with youth are invited to come together to explore and grow their role in creating a just world for youth. This conference will offer various workshops that use positive youth development approaches to improve health. This conference is intentionally being held for an adult audience.

Event: ‘Nurses Are with You at Every Step of Life’

Posted: March 28th, 2019 Link: https://www.bu.edu/sph/2019/03/28/nurses-are-with-you-at-every-step-of-life/ As the largest group within the healthcare profession, nurses operate as the primary link between the healthcare system and the patients and communities they serve. From traditional RNs to advanced practice registered nurses, the role of nurses has expanded due to an aging population and an evolving healthcare system, both in the United States and abroad. They are involved in every aspect of patient care as they work to preserve and promote health across all patient populations. On Tuesday, April 2, the School of Public Health will hold the Dean’s Symposium, “Nursing and the Health of Populations,” to examine the current state of nursing science and practice, and explore how nurses can continue to impact global population health. The event will feature a keynote speech by Barbara Stillwell, executive director of Nursing Now and a veteran leader in international health workforce issues and health worker migration. Stillwell is heralded for introducing the nurse practitioner role in general practice... More

Webinar: Trauma Informed Care

We are very excited to invite you to our two part series on Trauma-Informed Care to Support Health and Well-Being for Community Health Workers. Part 1 of the webinar series will be held on Tuesday, April 16, from 12:00-1:00pm ET.  It answers the question: How common are trauma experiences and how do they effect the lives of those they touch?  At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:   Describe the “dose effect” findings of the ACES study.  Identify 3 neurobiological effects of toxic stress and trauma can affect the lives of children and adults.  Identify 3 of the long-term consequences of unaddressed trauma. Part 2 of the webinar series will be held on Tuesday, April 23, from 12:00-1:00pm ET. It answers the question: What can you do to help adult survivors avoid the long term consequences of trauma? At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:   Describe the ways in which trauma manifests in adult as adaptations for survival. ... More

Event: Empower~Innovate~Cultivate~Change

Join us for nurses week! Indulge yourself mind, body and spirit.  Let us pamper you with breakfast and lunch, motivational speakers, experiential Yoga sets to reset your nervous system. Raffles and shopping too.  Top it off with contact hours to complete the day.  Let us fill your cup. Only $99 for the general public. New This Year! T-shirts - order your BMC Integrative Nursing t-shirt. They are blue, shortsleeve and cost $20.  You can pre-order on the website and pick it up at the conference. Poster Session Submit a poster on your institution's latest integrative nursing techniques.  For more information, click here Presented by: Boston Medical Center Integrative Nursing Council Sponsored by: Sponsored by the Anna Ross Committee of the Massachusetts Memorial Hospital Nurses’ Alumnae, Inc. and the Boston Medical Center Nursing Department. Julianne Benvie, RN, BSN View Full Bio Erin Taylor, DNP, MSN, RN, CNOR View Full Bio Vicky Dennis, MBA, MSN, RN, CPNP(c) View Full Bio Rebecca Love, RN, BS, MSN View Full Bio Jeff Jones View Full Bio Margaret “Peg” Baim, MS, ANP-BC View Full Bio Leslie Salmon Jones View Full Bio View... More

Research: US Teens Anxiety and Depression

For boys and girls, day-to-day experiences and future aspirations vary in key ways BY JULIANA MENASCE HOROWITZ AND NIKKI GRAF Link: https://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2019/02/20/methodology-19/ Date: February 20th, 2019 (Getty Images) Anxiety and depression are on the riseamong America’s youth and, whether they personally suffer from these conditions or not, seven-in-ten teens today see them as major problems among their peers. Concern about mental health cuts across gender, racial and socio-economic lines, with roughly equal shares of teens across demographic groups saying it is a significant issue in their community. Fewer teens, though still substantial shares, voice concern over bullying, drug addiction and alcohol consumption. More than four-in-ten say these are major problems affecting people their age in the area where they live, according to a Pew Research Center survey of U.S. teens ages 13 to 17. When it comes to the pressures teens face, academics tops the list: 61% of teens say they feel a lot of pressure to get good grades. By comparison, about three-in-ten say they feel a lot of pressure to... More

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Article: Tool to Identify Adolescent Cigarette Smoking Risk

February 22, 2019 Link: https://www.publichealthpost.org/research/a-screening-tool-to-identify-adolescents-at-risk-of-cigarette-smoking-initiation/  Cigarette smoking typically begins in adolescence. The younger the age of initiation, the greater the risk of daily smoking, heavy cigarette consumption, nicotine dependence and difficulty quitting. Pediatricians and family practitioners are important sources of preventive counseling, but the lack of a screening tool to rapidly identify which adolescents need tobacco counseling is a major barrier in busy clinical practices. My colleagues and I, at the Research Centre of the University of Montreal Hospital Centre in Montreal designed a new tool that quickly and accurately identifies adolescents at risk of starting to smoke in the next year. Our goal is to streamline counseling referrals for those who most need it. We used data from the Nicotine Dependence in Teens (NDIT) study, which investigates the natural course of cigarette smoking in youth. The NDIT cohort includes 1,294 students initially recruited in 1999 at age 12-13 (grade 7) in ten Montreal-area high schools. Students completed in-class questionnaires every three months during the 10-month school year, More

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Article: Bullying & Leaders from Babies Perspectives and the Food & Beverage industry’s role in the NCD pandemic

Bullies and Leaders, According to Babies By Sampada Nandyala, PHP Fellow February 5, 2019 Research Babies may have a more complex perception of their environment than previously understood, picking up on visual and audible cues to make judgements about the people around them. Babies are also making decisions about their own actions. For example, babies who bounced rhythmically and in sync to music with a dance partner were highly likely to help that partner with small tasks, like picking up an object out of reach. Results from a recent study indicate 21-month-old infants may be able to differentiate a bully from a leader. Francesco Margoni and colleagues assessed babies’ reactions to different scenarios involving two types of authority figure: either a respected or feared character. The respected character represented a leader, and the feared character represented a bully. All of the infants first watched two scenes involving characters playing ball before an authority figure arrives. These scenes were used to familiarize the babies with the two... More

Article: A First Grader’s Murder Spurs a Mother’s Crusade to Teach Love

Scarlett Lewis (COM’90): teaching social skills could have prevented Sandy Hook tragedy Date: December 14th, 2018 Link: http://www.bu.edu/today/2018/a-first-graders-murder-spurs-a-mothers-crusade-to-teach-love/ The last photo taken of Jesse Lewis shows the six-year-old squinting into the mid-December sun as he’s dropped off at school. On the nearby family car, he had finger-scrawled “I LOVE YOU” in the frosty coating. Less than an hour later, the first grader was dead. Jesse, along with 19 other children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., was shot to death on December 14, 2012, by 20-year-old Adam Lanza, a former student at the school. As Lanza paused, either to reload or unjam his rifle, Jesse shouted at schoolmates to run while he stood by his teacher. Six made it out. Then Lanza shot Jesse in the forehead. Scarlett and Jesse Lewis a few months before the Sandy Hook shootings. Photo courtesy of Scarlett Lewis It’s six years later, and on a wet and blustery fall day just over an hour north of New... More

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