Dr. Michelle Dang, School of Nursing, partnered with homeless youth to conduct a youth-participatory action research (YPAR) project to address the disparities in STI and HIV rates among homeless youth. The study, “A Youth Participatory Project to Address STIs and HIV among Homeless Youth,” recently was published in Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Nursing. The project is one of the few published YPAR projects that explicitly involved youth as co-investigators and co-authors. The youth investigators in this project co-developed the study’s instruments, collaborated in the study’s design, and co-analyzed the data. Dr. Martha Moon, retired faculty in the School of Nursing, also contributed to the data analysis and is a co-author. Results from the study highlight the importance of youth-centered services and interventions related to sexual health and the feasibility of having youth as co-investigators.

Dean Dr. Jenni Murphy, College of Continuing Education, has been selected as the new chair of the Girl Scouts Heart of Central California (GSHCC) Board of Directors, which serves 18 counties. Dr. Murphy has been a longtime supporter of the Girl Scouts starting as a troop leader, joining the board in 2014 and currently serving as vice chair. Dr. Murphy starts her new role in February, at time when GSHCC “is expanding its offerings to local Girl Scouts including new spaces for Girl Scouts in STEM and an expanded outdoor program,” according to a council news release. “GSHCC is devoted to building girls of courage, confidence and character in Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Mariposa, Merced, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tuolumne, Yolo and Yuba counties.”