Looking for a Career in the Health Care Field?

October 6th, 2011

Opportunities abound in the health care industry! If you have ever thought about becoming a nurse, dentist, pediatrician, social worker or other health worker, participation in the Youth Health Service Corps is definitely for you! You will learn about all different types of health careers, and have the opportunity to shadow, observe, and work in a variety of health care settings while earning community service hours! If you’d like more information about this, please attend an informational and enrollment meeting on Tuesday, November 1 in Room 18 from 2:45 to 3:45. You can also contact Program Coordinator Patricia Egwuatu at 206-441-7137, or stop by the Teen Health Center and ask Nurse Robin!

Q-TIHP Meets U-Help

May 12th, 2011

Q-TIHP members at the University of Washington meet with their peer health educator mentors and colleagues

Q-TIHP members visit UW Peer Health Educators!

May 12th, 2011

Franklin Q-TIHP member Lily Tesfaye brainstorms health teaching ideas with U-Help Peer Educator Tiffany Hou

Zenebu Gebre and Soreti Shasho talk with U-Help mentor Connor Moseley

Rainier Health & Fitness to Start Low-Cost Community Clinic for Kids

April 5th, 2011

The RHF Kids’ Clinic is bringing LOW COST Pediatric care ($10 donation suggested) to Rainier Health and Fitness on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays in March and April from 9am – 1pm for children ages 1 – 16. Click on the link for more information and/or to make an appointment.

NW African American Museum Features Exhibit on Black Health

March 29th, 2011

By Lily Tesfaye
Co-founder, Quaker Teens Improving Health Problems

The Northwest African American museum is a museum that was established more than 100 years ago. It is mainly focused on Africans and African Americans living here in North America. African Americans came from a variety of countries, representing an assortment of religions, a staggering array of occupations, a multitude of co-workers, neighbors, friends, and families, and an ever evolving community that continues to shape and reshape the human experience in the Pacific Northwest. Although the NW African American museum has three main exhibits, we mainly focused on the Black health exhibit during Q-TIHP’s field trip.
The Black health exhibit mainly focuses on diseases which affect African Americans more than other populations. Common diseases include heart attacks, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Our tour guide told us that this is mostly happening because of an improper diet. As our guide explained it, it is because the excitement they get when they get the tasty fast food for cheap prices which they didn’t have when they were in their home country. And it is a fact that African American peoples die more of these diseases than many other peoples.
Secondly, In NWAA’s Black health exhibit, it shows the problems that African and African-American women have when they give birth. Most African American women die above the average than other women, and give birth to babies with lower birth weights. A lower birth weight is bad because it means that child may have health problems later on in life. This exhibit also shows doctors’ recommendations for how African American women can have healthier pregnancies.
Furthermore, we also saw another exhibit in the museum that focuses on the area of 23rd Avenue East and East Union Street, the heart of the Central Area. This area has had a bad reputation for decades because of some of the violence that has happened there. It also has a rich history of being home to Jewish and Black communities, and being a focal point for rallies for peace and justice. One of the questions the museum asks is: “Will this area be marked as the bad area forever, or will it change?”
In conclusion, this museum is a good museum where we can learn a lot of things about Africa and African peoples. And the people in this museum are very friendly and willing to teach you more about what is going on in the museum and in the lives of Black communities. So I would recommend this museum for everybody to go and see its exhibits.


Better sleep = improved health and better grades!!

March 25th, 2011


Q-TIHP Members Featured on KING 5 Healthlink!

March 1st, 2011

Teens take suicide prevention program to peers

by JEAN ENERSEN / KING 5 HealthLink
Bio | Email | Follow: @jeanenersen
Posted on February 26, 2011 at 10:00 AM

Updated Saturday, Feb 26 at 2:03 PM

“In 1992 a young boy by the name of Trevor Simpson died by suicide,” said Lily Tesfaye as she stood in front of fellow students at Franklin High School.

Tesfaye is a founding member of an after-school health club called the Franklin High School Q-TIHPS. It stands for Quaker Teens Improving Health Problems. The club members have begun reaching out to fellow students during scheduled presentations, hoping to prevent teen suicide.

“This is real. It’s just not a funny thing to laugh around or joke around or just act like it’s not even there. It is there. I’ve had friends that have committed suicide,” said club member Sophomore Jonathan Owen.

Using a research based curriculum the students talk about causes of suicide, and give tips for talking to someone in trouble, and for getting help. Franklin school nurse Robin Fleming organized the club.

“Suicide is a very serious issue. Two kids complete suicide in Washington State every week, and many many more consider an attempt,” she said.

Club members asked their audience to think about suicide warning signs. Those include a teen talking about suicide, and preoccupation with death, also giving away prized possessions and increased alcohol or drug use. Classmates are often the first to see those signs.

Dr. Robert Hilt, Director of Psychiatric Emergency Services at Seattle Children’s described the problem of too little mental health treatment for children who need it.

“The state has one child psychiatrist for every 820 children with serious emotional disturbance, which is not a good ratio for providing services,” he said.

Robin Fleming added that school nurses are stretched too thin as well.

“I have about 1,600 to 1,700 kids on my caseload,” she said.

She explained that research shows a peer education approach is very effective in reaching teens.

“They’re very engaged when their peers are talking to them about topics. And they retain the information. And they use the information. And they will go back to those kids and talk to those kids if they have questions,” she said.

The Q-TIHP health club members say they’ll keep spreading the word.

Lily Tesfaye explained saying, “I want to help people. I don’t want another generation to die. Like, maybe those people who die might be the person who could change the world.”

The teens hope to expand their audience beyond Franklin High School, to community centers and clinics in the near future.


New Teen Health Club at Franklin

December 16th, 2010

by Khadija Diallo
Q-THIP is a teen club that stands for Quaker Teens Improving Health Problems. The club literally means what it stands for. Franklin Quaker teens are trying to improve the major health problems like self-image, suicide, and peer pressure, that teens go through every day. The club meets every Thursday at Franklin High School, during second lunch at room 205. The kids that join the club this year will be its founding members. For more information on Q-THIP, come to room 205 one Thursday, during second lunch.


April 27th, 2010

Teen Health Center Registration FormTeen Health Center Registration Form


April 22nd, 2010

Violent crime in Seattle is one of the lowest for cities of its size.  And “Stranger Danger,” one of the most frightening types of reports in the news, is actually one of the rarest types of crimes.  With that said, there are no guarantees that you will never become a victim of violent crime.  However, there are some basic, sensible and easy to follow precautions that can lessen your chances of this type of encounter.


  • Follow your intuition.  Pay close attention to the uncomfortable feelings that often warn us of potential danger.  “Trust your Gut.”  If you feel that a situation is not right, move out of the situation.  Trusting your own instincts that a situation feels “wrong” can be the best personal safety tool you have.  Don’t be afraid to cross the street, return to a business or ask for help based on that “funny feeling.”  You may be right.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.  In social situations, be alert to places and situations that make you vulnerable.  Know who is nearby or who may be following you.
  • Walk confidently and alertly.  Avoid walking alone and using shortcuts.
  • Walk with others and stay on paths that are well lit where you can easily see and be seen.
  • Carry your valuables safely.  Don’t display items (e.g., I-pods, cash, phones), when walking to and from your destination.


  • Maintain situational awareness on the bus, train and at transit stops.
  • While waiting for public transportation, keep your back close to a wall (or pole) so that you cannot be surprised from behind.
  • Don’t use or flash valuables like IPODS on the bus or train.
  • If there is a problem on the bus or train, notify the driver and/or call 911.
  • If someone is bothering you on the bus or train, notify the driver
  • If few people are on the bus or train, sit near the driver.
  • Use the transit schedules to minimize the length of time waiting for the bus or train.
  • Keep your purse, shopping bag, backpack, packages, etc., in your lap, on your arm, or between your feet — not by themselves on an empty seat.
  • Don’t let yourself doze off on the bus or train; it can make you an easy target.
  • If you feel uneasy about getting off at your usual stop, stay on until the next stop.
  • Guard transit passes like cash or other valuables (the school is not entitled to give you a new one if your is lost or stolen).


  • Know your routes.  Notice lighting, alleys, abandoned buildings, and street people.
  • If you are being followed or you see a person or group further down the street that makes you feel uncomfortable, cross the street, walk in another direction, or ask other people walking if you may walk a short distance with them.
  • Pick out places that you consider safer, places where you can either make a stand or reassure yourself that you are not being followed (i.e., lit porches, bus stops, stores, etc.).
  • Walk near the curb and away from buildings, trees, and shrubbery, which can hide potential threats.
  • When walking to your home or apartment, carry your house keys in your hand.  Don’t stand in a doorway and fumble in your purse or pocket for your keys.  Have them ready to use.
  • Always dress so that your movements are not restricted.


  • It may seem like a good idea to tell a robber that you have no money, but this technique may backfire. It is safer to give up a few dollars. Carry a little money separate from your other funds in an accessible place.
  • If someone demands your property and displays or implies in any way that they have a weapon, don’t resist.  Physical property isn’t worth getting injured or killed over.
  • If someone tries to grab you, make a scene. Scream, kick, fight . . . do what you can to get away and attract attention.


The frequent results of youth and guns are assault, injury and murder.  You can change that. 

  • If you ever see someone carrying a gun or has a gun on school campus – report it immediately.
  • If you find a gun – do not handle it.  You and the other students must stay away from it.  Report what you have seen immediately to school security, a teacher or school staff.
  • If you see a person with a gun – quickly and quietly walk the other way.  Report it immediately.  Call 9-1-1 and/or text CrimeStoppers anonymously.


  • First, know that your safety should be your number one priority.
  • Learn and practice ways of settling conflicts, disagreements and arguments in non-threatening, non-violent ways.
  • Be respectful of others.
  • Report all crimes and suspicious activities to school staff and police.



Call 9-1-1 . . .

  • When you have a police, fire or medical emergency.
  • To report a crime.
  • When there is a situation that poses an actual or potential danger to life or property.
  • When there is suspicious activity.


  • Seattle Public Schools Safe Schools Anonymous Hotline: 206-252-0510
  • Seattle Public Schools Security Office: 206-252-0707


  • If you know of a crime, call or text the information 24/7. 
  • Tipsters remain completely anonymous.
  • Here is how to text the information you have about a crime:
    • Send text to “C-R-I-M-E-S” or “2-7-4-6-3-7”
    • Begin your message by typing “T-I-P-4-8-6”
    • Type your message about the crime.
    • Press “SEND” when completed.
  • Within 15 seconds, you will receive a pin number confirming receipt of the information.
  • Be assured that tipsters remain completely anonymous and continue to remain anonymous even when receiving a pin number on your cell phone that confirms receipt of the information.
  • If your tip leads to an arrest and filing of charges, you may qualify for a reward.
  • Further picture and audio instructions on how to use the Text-a-Tip hotline are available at www.crimestoppers-ps.com

This article was generously provided by Mark Solomon, Crime Prevention Coordinator of the Seattle Police Department’s South Precinct