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Evidence-Based Living blog joins the BCTR


Jane Powers

The BCTR is proud to welcome the Evidence-Based Living blog to the center. Started by Karl Pillemer and Rhoda Meador (now director of the Ithaca College Gerontology Institute) in 2010, the blog is now managed by Jane Powers (Director, ACT for Youth) in the BCTR and posts continue to be written by Sheri Hall with input from BCTR staff.

The blog is based on one key principle: Now more than ever, people need help separating the good scientific information from the bad. We are all about assessing the scientific evidence on human problems and looking at how to use it every day.

The blog's post topics are diverse, including parenting, health, aging, and other issues that directly impact people's daily lives. Look for alerts about new Evidence-Based Living blog posts in the BCTR news feed and on our Facebook page.

Here is the Evidence-Based Living blog post explaining the transition to the BCTR.

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ACT for Youth conducts focus groups on family planning services


This June under the direction of Jane Powers, ACT for Youth staff are conducting focus groups across New York State to better understand young people's views about, and access to, family planning services. This research is sponsored by the New York State Department of Health as part of its ongoing effort to incorporate youth voice into sexual health initiatives. Between 2005-2009, there was a decrease in the number of youth under 18 using services at Title X family planning clinics. The reasons for this decline are unclear; focus groups provide a mechanism for tapping into the perspectives of young people on the issue. The focus groups are expected to reach 200 adolescents (age 14-17) and young adults (age 18-21) across ethnically diverse groups both upstate and downstate. Special outreach will be made to LGBT and immigrant youth. Comprehensive Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention grantees throughout the state are contributing to the effort. Key BCTR staff members on the project include Chris Batman-Mize, Sara Birnel, Jennifer Parise, Amanda Purington, and Heather Wynkoop.

Jane Powers discusses teen pregnancy prevention on “Public Health Live!”


On March 15, ACT for Youth's Jane Powers and Kristine Mesler, Associate Director of the Bureau of Maternal and Child Health, New York State Department of Health, appeared on the Public Health Live! webcast. Their discussion on teen pregnancy prevention in New York State also featured interviews with ACT for Youth partner Dr. Richard Kreipe as well as youth and program providers in Rochester, New York. The show is produced by the School of Public Health, University at Albany.

Video of the webcast can be viewed here and handouts and further information are available here.

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