IU School of Public Health-Bloomington receives grant to create Healthy Schools Corps program

School districts throughout South Central Indiana will now have an additional resource when it comes to keeping students healthy.

The Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington was recently awarded a three-year AmeriCorps grant from Serve Indiana to support a new Healthy Schools Corps program.

School of Public Health-Bloomington

The IU School of Public Health-Bloomington.

Through a partnership with the School of Public Health and IU Health Bloomington, the Healthy Schools Corps program will place AmeriCorps members in 10 Indiana counties starting this fall.

“This is another way Indiana University is being proactive by partnering with IU Health and our local school systems to further promote health and wellness,” said Linda Henderson, community relations specialists for the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington.

The AmeriCorps members will assist with recruiting and organizing volunteers on local wellness teams; completing school-based community needs assessments; and drafting coordinated school health plans.

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Tips for managing stress during the back-to-school rush

Change, even positive change, can be difficult.

That’s why the beginning of the school year — with its new routines, increase in activities and, in some cases, a new environment — can be a stressful time for both students and parents.

Nancy Stockton

Nancy Stockton

“Many people do not do well with transitional periods,” said Nancy Stockton, director of IU’s Counseling and Psychological Services. “Instead of viewing them as opportunities for trying new things and growth, people experience a great fear of change and become anxious about the unfamiliar.”

According to the 2014 Stress in America survey by the American Psychological Association, millennials and Gen X’ers (age 18-49) felt more stress than the average American. Women, parents and young Americans reported higher levels of stress than other groups, according to the survey, and parents and young people were more likely to point to financial concerns as a source of stress.

While some stress can be positive, such as feelings of anxiousness before a big test or performance, Stockton said, too much stress can cause serious mental and physical issues such as chronic headaches, fatigue, an inability to concentrate, irritability, depression and coronary disease.

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IU professor is co-editor of handbook on men and masculinities

Guest post by Steve Hinnefeld, who normally writes at the Policy Briefings blog:

What does it mean to be a man? Not long ago most people would have answered with clichés about courage, assertiveness and responsibility. But in recent years researchers have produced a more complex picture, suggesting that gender stereotypes can be harmful to men as well as women.

Joel Wong

Joel Wong

The “APA Handbook of Men and Masculinities,” co-edited by Indiana University professor Joel Wong and published this summer by the American Psychological Association, brings together theoretical, empirical and practical research on the psychology of men and masculinities.

“This is the first comprehensive attempt to synthesize, summarize and evaluate the entire field of study,” said Wong, associate professor of counseling and psychology in the IU School of Education. “The area is relatively new, and this is the first handbook in our field.”

Addressing how men and boys are shaped by biological, psychological, sociological and cultural factors, the volume includes sections on historical, theoretical and methodological issues; specific populations of men; and topics such as sexism, stereotypes, violence, fathering and sport.

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The legacy of Paul Gebhard

Post courtesy of IU Communications colleague, Milana Katic:

When I was asked to film Paul Gebhard in August 2014, I wasn’t fully aware of the unique opportunity I had been given.

Like me, most people wouldn’t recognize his name right off the bat. However, everyone seems to know the name of his former employer and colleague: Dr. Alfred Kinsey.

Gebhard was one of the original four interviewers who helped Kinsey gather research for what would become some of the first empirical studies of sexuality in the United States. The sexual histories that would be gathered by Kinsey and Gebhard, along with Clyde Martin and Wardell Pomeroy, would later be compiled into the Kinsey Reports, ultimately changing how human sexuality would be studied for years to come.

“I felt like a little boy that fell into a candy shop,” Gebhard said in one of our on-camera interviews, all of which can be seen on the Kinsey Institute’s website. “After sex being hushed up, suddenly I was in the middle of it.”

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Video highlights issues in accessing health care for transgender people

Guest post by Steve Hinnefeld, who normally writes at the Policy Briefings blog:

Visiting a doctor can be unnerving for anyone. But for people who are transgender, it can be a lot worse. From one-size-fits-all medical forms to health care providers who are confused or insensitive about diverse gender identities, issues abound that can make the experience traumatic.

A video written and directed by an IU School of Public Health-Bloomington graduate student aims to help change that. “The Waiting Room: Transgender People and Health Care” is being used in classrooms to raise awareness of transgender issues. And it will debut this month on WTIU, IU’s public TV station.

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Student volunteers drive campaign against mental illness stigma

Guest post by Steve Hinnefeld, who normally writes at the Policy Briefings blog:

IU students with Glenn Close

IU students involved with U Bring Change 2 Mind have their picture taken with Glenn Close. From left are junior David Haggerty, sophomore Lauren Smith, Close, junior Elliott Hudson and freshman Hannah Powers.

The U Bring Change 2 Mind initiative to combat the stigma associated with mental illness is backed by serious star power in the person of award-winning actress Glenn Close.

But the project has something else that may be even more essential to its success: student power.

Dozens of IU Bloomington students signed on to help when U Bring Change 2 Mind announced its formation last fall and started to roll out its Campus Toolbox Project, aimed at developing activities that will change the way people think about mental illness.

Dozens more made presentations this week for a competition to help create anti-stigma public awareness campaigns — presentations that were judged by Close and Pamela Harrington, executive director of Bring Change 2 Mind, the foundation Close started in 2010.

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Urban farmer-activist to speak Friday at IU School of Public Health-Bloomington

Guest post by Steve Hinnefeld, who normally writes at the Policy Briefings blog:

Will Allen’s official biography describes him first as a farmer and second as CEO of Growing Power, a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve access to health food by helping people grow, process, market and distribute food in a sustainable manner.

Keep reading, and you’ll learn he has also been a professional basketball player, worked in corporate sales and marketing, been awarded a McArthur Foundation “genius grant” and, not to mention, remained a powerful advocate for small-scale agriculture and its ability to transform urban communities.

Will Allen

Will Allen

Allen will be at IU Bloomington Friday to deliver the Reynold E. Carlson Lecture sponsored by the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington. The lecture will be at 1 p.m. in the school’s Mobley Auditorium.

It’s the Milwaukee-based activist’s second visit to Bloomington in the past year. He was here in April 2014 to give the Ben Brabson Lecture for Sustainable Ideas, a preview event for last fall’s Themester 2014: “Eat, Drink, Think: Food from Art to Science.”

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IU student addiction recovery program OASIS wins grant

Post by IU Communications colleague Milana Katic:


OASIS director Jackie Daniels counsels an IU student in recovery.

Did you know an estimated 500 students on the Indiana University Bloomington campus identify themselves as being in recovery from substance abuse?

Maybe you didn’t know, but fortunately OASIS does.

OASIS is IU Bloomington’s campus-wide alcohol and drug prevention, education, intervention and counseling service. Since 2012, OASIS has dedicated its services to helping students in need of any type of support related to substance abuse.

OASIS director Jackie Daniels says it’s the program’s clear commitment to students that sets it aside from other counseling services provided by the university.

“There is a lot of counseling support at IU, but students want multiple avenues of support,” Daniels said. “On campus, what was really missing was an active network of students supporting each other in their recovery, so we’re trying to widen that avenue by finding other people who can help.”

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IU sociologist appointed to National Academy of Sciences committee

Post by IU Communications colleague Milana Katic:

As we all learned from the shocking death of Robin Williams last summer, mental health disorders are often hidden in plain sight.

According to the World Health Organization, depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reports that only 39 percent of people with mental health disorders actually get treatment.

So why is such a widespread health issue so kept so silent? Perhaps it’s due to the equally as widespread stigmatization of mental health disorders.

Bernice Pescosolido

Bernice Pescosolido

Bernice Pescosolido, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences, has dedicated a large portion of her research to finding an answer to why mental health stigma is such an issue and how it develops.

Recently, her work has earned her a spot on the National Academy of Sciences and the National Research Council’s Committee on the Science of Changing Behavioral Health Social Norms, dedicated to assisting the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in communicating ways to change attitudes and behaviors about mental health disorders in the U.S.

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IU students take a first-hand look at public health advocacy and policy-making

Post by IU Communications colleague Milana Katic:

IU Students' "Day at the Capitol"

On Jan. 29, a group of IU Master of Public Health students gathered at the Indiana Statehouse for the American Cancer Society’s “Day at the Capitol.”

A delegation of Indiana University master’s degree students from the School of Public Health-Bloomington and the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI participated in the American Cancer Society’s “Day at the Capitol,” on Jan. 29 in Indianapolis.

The day was organized by the society’s Cancer Action Network to communicate with Indiana lawmakers about making cancer prevention a public policy priority. IU students travelled to the Indiana Statehouse (made easier by the new Campus Commute shuttle) to experience advocacy coalition building and legislative engagement first-hand.

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