Positive Action is an evidence-based, coherent social-emotional learning program that addresses the entire school eco-system: the school, the family, and the community. In this episode, Dr. Kathy Burkhardt discusses Positive Action, it’s tremendous positive impact on students, and how schools and families can utilize the services offered through the Positive Action grant. Dr. Burkhardt is the Positive Action Grant Coordinator with NKCES, Senior Director of NaviGo Career and College Prep with Learning Grove, Adjunct Professor at Northern Kentucky University, and retired Superintendent of Erlanger-Elsmere Independent School District. She comes with a wealth of experience in developing and implementing programs that address the needs of the whole student.
Approximately 20% of U.S. high school students and 5% of middle school students use e-cigarettes (CDC, 2020). In the 2018 Kentucky Incentives for Prevention (KIP) survey, 58% of 10th graders in Northern Kentucky reported using e-cigarettes in the past 30 days. With the upsurge of e-cigarette use among students, schools have been actively searching for ways to address the youth vaping epidemic. In this episode, Dr. Damodhar Suresh, Executive Medical Director of the Heart & Vascular Institute at St. Elizabeth Healthcare, shares how the youth vaping epidemic got out of control so quickly and ways that schools, parents, and other caring adults can intervene to address and prevent youth vaping.
A recent KIP survey revealed that only 8% of tenth graders had never tried vaping before. In response to alarming statistics like this, the Northern Kentucky Cooperative for Educational Services has received grant funds to create the Northern Kentucky Institute for Strategic Prevention. This Institute is working hard to be a hub of information on substance abuse and prevention for our young people. Learn how Kristen Haddad and Ashleigh DuBois are leading this work and tackling this widespread problem in our region.