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What happens when a regular high school decides no student is a lost cause?

By Lillian Mongeau

August 11, 2017

Reporter Lillian Mongeau spoke to former CAHC Director Dr. Alison Chopel about ACEs and wrote an article for The Hechinger Report.

“Trauma-informed education is spreading from alternative high schools to comprehensive ones, and it’s not always an easy fit.”

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Breastfeeding study aims to break barriers

By Alex Rosenberg, UC Newsroom

February 17, 2017

An innovative study — funded by the California Breast Cancer Research Program with the help of donations from state tax filers — aims to address that issue and boost breastfeeding rates among young moms. 

“It could really make a difference on the public health level,” said co-investigator Alison Chopel. “If we find ways to increase breastfeeding, we’ll see future savings to taxpayers.”

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When I Needed Support as a Teen, One Adult Could Have Made a Difference

Former CAHC Director Dr. Alison Chopel’s guest blog for California Partnership to End Domestic Violence

“I’m 99.9% sure that if an adult had told me that the behaviors were unhealthy and that there was support I could access if I wanted to leave, I would have suffered less. Even if my friend had been asked about relationships by a trusted adult, and had the opportunity to learn to differentiate healthy and unhealthy relationship behaviors, perhaps she would have been equipped to change the course of my life through that conversation.”

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Why Teens Are Smoking Less, In Their Own Words

By Kellen Browning, KQED News

July 5, 2017

Also featured in the Los Angeles Daily News

“California is kind of leading the nation in terms of declining rates of cigarette smoking. I think part of that has been the tax, and … the age availability definitely makes a difference,” Chopel said. “Any way that you can restrict access is definitely going to be helpful.”

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The Common Sense Move That Reduced California's Teen Pregnancy Rate

By Chris Peak, NationSwell

April 27, 2015

“The problem isn’t the across-the-board teen birth rate in California, it’s the inequities that are revealed when you look at the rate,” Alison Chopel, senior program manager of the California Adolescent Health Collaborative and champion of the effort, says. “Why are black girls and Latina girls having babies younger than white girls? It’s because of the opportunity landscape that’s available to them.”

Dramatic decline in California's teen birthrates over 22 years

By Theresa Harrington

Bay Area News Group, Mercury News

July 22, 2014

Also featured in the Oakland Tribune and Contra Costa Times

“It has to do with a lot of social and economic factors, including parental communication and openness about sex,” she said. “There’s a small portion that has to do with teens delaying first intercourse, but the vast majority is contraceptive use and policies related to comprehensive, medically accurate and age-appropriate sexual education.”

Some counties have “hot spots” with higher teen birthrates, which tend to be pockets of higher poverty, Chopel said. At 60 teen births per 1,000 teens, Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood is very high compared with the rest of Alameda County. Similarly, some areas of West Contra Costa County and East Contra Costa had about 50 teen births per 1,000 teens.

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The science of tired teens: Less sleep, more problems

By Julia Paskin, 89.3KPCC

May 15, 2017

"The reduction of rates of ADHD, obesity is reduced... Occupational injury, clinical depression, suicide… Car accidents, and also graduation rates go up among high school students when we have healthy school start times," said Alison Chopel, Director of California Adolescent Health Collaborative, in her testimony to the Senate Education Committee. 

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Teen dating abuse and how schools can help prevent it

By Kelsey Clark, Deseret News

January 26, 2015

Also appeared in Futurity

“Prevention of relationship abuse among adolescents requires a range of strategies from educating youth and adults about the extent of the problem; connecting youth to relevant supports and services; and engaging schools, parents and other influential adults to talk about healthy relationships,” researcher Alison Chopel, of the Public Health Institute’s California Adolescent Health Collaborative, said to Futurity.