Posts Tagged ‘scholarships’

Teen Stress

December 9th, 2013

Is the teen in your life stressed out? You’re not alone. According to a recent survey conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in partnership with the Harvard School of Public Health and National Public Radio, almost 40% of parents say their high-schooler is having stress from the demands of achieving good grades in honors and advanced placement courses. There can be considerable pressure, some self-imposed, to get 4.0 and higher grade point averages in order to increase their chances of getting into highly ranked colleges and getting scholarships. A number of high school students discuss spending 12 hours or more a day on school work.  A survey by the American Psychological Association also found that doing well in school was the most common source of stress for teens (43%), followed by family financial difficulties (31%). 

Signs that a student is stressed or stressed out may include suffering from headaches, stomachaches and tiredness from lack of sleep. It’s important that students have balance in their lives. Parents can help them achieve this by: 1) watching for signs of school-related stress; 2) teaching their children time management and organizational skills; 3) looking at whether your child is overscheduled; 4) promoting getting adequate sleep, physical activity and family time; and 5) making sure that parental pressure isn’t contributing to student stress. 

Check out our Power Me A2Z website for tips for young women, and a fact sheet developed by the John Hopkins Center for Adolescent Health on teen stress.  If you’d like to find out more about helping teens who may be experiencing extreme stress or other related mental health challenges, check out our Mental Health First Aid program.

Making a Public Health Difference

November 20th, 2012

In public health, we don’t gather data just for the sake of gathering data.  Our goal is use that data to see what kind of issues there are, look for programs that are proven to reduce bad outcomes and help the communities implement them. One key area we watch is Maternal and Child Health because making changes in that can help improve the health of the next generation.  But like all important professions, we need more people working in the field. 

That’s where the U of A’s Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health Graduate Certificate program in Maternal & Child Health Epidemiology comes in. What’s even better is that federal funds will provide 10-15 scholarships to professionals working with American Indian and underserved communities nationally.  The scholarships (valued at over $11K) will be awarded for the 2013-14 school year, but you can apply now. The deadline is March 1, 2013.


Public Health Scholarship Opportunity

January 27th, 2012

The U of A’s College of Public Health has a new (HRSA) grant that’s offering up to 10 scholarships to enroll in their Graduate Certificate program in Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology. In addition to getting the certificate- the credits are transferable to graduate programs in public health. The deadline for 2012 intake is March 1.  Details and the application are located at

Let’s Get Kids Off to a Healthy Start

July 19th, 2011

We know from research that the first five years of a child’s life are incredibly important. The brain is still being formed, and we have the chance to impact a kid’s whole life by building a strong foundation.  One of the best places for public health to get involved is through child care. At ADHS, the Office of Child Care Licensing and Public Health Prevention partnered to springboard Empower.  This educational incentive encouraged physical activity and nutrition while helping programs with licensing fees.  First Things First has also been working to improve care at child care centers. 

 In 2009, First Things First launched Quality First – the first statewide voluntary quality improvement and rating system for some programs serving children from birth through five. The idea is to have kids ready to begin school safe, healthy, and ready to succeed.  Last month, they moved the program to the next level- approving the Quality First Star Rating System.  The new Quality First Rating Scale will let parents easily know how a program ranks by the number of stars.  For example if a program is a “1 Star” – it demonstrates a commitment to quality beyond licensing requirements- while a “5 Star” has more teachers per student that our licensing requirements, more highly qualified staff and curriculum that aligns with state early education standards.  Quality First also has financial incentives for programs to participate and there are scholarships for workers to continue their education and grants or bonuses to help pay for licensing fees.