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Sessions By Day: Friday, May 18

SESSION D: 10:15-11:30 AM

 

D1. Queer & Trans Youth: Affirming Health Policy that Leads to Living Your Best Life

This session explores topics in queer adolescent health policy, including definitions and transgender and nonbinary gender identities, North Carolina’s general environment for LGBTQ policy, and ramifications for queer adolescent health from a holistic, intersectional lens. The general policy environment discussion covers health policy aspects of restroom policy in North Carolina, health disparities generally for LGBTQ North Carolinians, and the importance of harm reduction and anti-violence strategies. We will then delve into mental health policy issues for adolescents, namely school bullying violence, teen dating violence, and substance use disorders. We end with community response to this environment, and strategies for resilience.

Presenter: Ames Simmons, JD, Director of Transgender Policy, Equality North Carolina

Session Approach: Lecture; Discussion

Content Level: Intermediate

 

D2. Sexuality in Context: Exploring the Cycle of Socialization

Using the Cycle of Socialization (Harro,1982) and the Circles of Sexuality (Dailey, 1981) as foundations, this interactive session will help participants gain an understanding and offer a review of the way in people are socialized to perform specific roles, how people are affected by issues of oppression, and oppressive system based upon power must be discussed in sexual health. Understanding the socialization process will allow participants to reflect on the Circles of Sexuality to gain new insights on sexual behavior, sexual development and their ability to work effectively in the sexual health.

Presenters: Tanya M. Bass, MS, MEd, CHES, Cultural and Community Health Initiatives Program Consultant, NC Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities; Shaneka Grimes, Bilingual Program Consultant, NC Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities

Session Approach: Small Group Activity; Discussion

Content Level: Intermediate

 

 D3. #TestingTuesday: Sexual Health, Music, and Social Networking

Many educators rely on popular trends to convey positive messages to their youth. Sexual health education can confirm facts and provide memorable experiences through music in a way that draws youth attention. Mnemonic tunes have been known to make learning simpler; the brain can be trained to find the pattern in the music or information and make meaningful association. Youth can then cross-reference information provided in the song and apply the behavior concepts to real world sexual health decision-making. This practice will be discussed in this session and examples of this work on various social media platforms contributing to increase HIV testing will be presented.

Presenters: Tamra Morris, MPH, Teen & Young Adult Health Educator, Cumberland County Department of Public Health; Kamiya Dancy, BSW, Health Educator, NCYC Contractor; JT Williams, M.Ed., Community Health Navigator, LGBT Life Center

Session Approach: Lecture; Small Group Activity

Content Level: Intermediate

 

D4. “Not Just The Lucky Ones”: Integrating Equity into Sex Education

Sex education is often introduced at the same time and taught the same way, using a standard, evidence-based curricula. But just as essential as the tools and medically accurate facts is what’s not mentioned: race, background and past abuse. Educators must not only be better informed about the connection between personal history and sexual health but incorporate a trauma-sensitive and equity-based lens in their curricula. When they do, educators are in a better position to ensure that sex education works for all kids, not just the lucky ones.

Presenter: Elizabeth M. Johnson, MA, Trauma Educator, Spark Equity

Session Approach: Lecture; Small Group Activity; Discussion

Content Level: My session is appropriate for any level provider.

 

D5. It Takes a Village: A Collaborative Approach to Partnering with Schools to Build Successful Sexual Health Education Programs

Are you interested in involving students as a vital part of promoting healthy decision-making and preventing pregnancy? Learn how to the build and engage the right stakeholders in your community that will be critical to developing and sustaining a peer led, school based or community model. We will help you think through who needs to be at the table and how to engage a variety stakeholders including students, parents, and community leaders.

Presenters: Melissa Reagan, MA, Program Manager, Center for Supportive Schools; Joyce Loveless, M.Ed., NC Executive Director, Center for Supportive Schools

Session Approach: Lecture; Small Group Activity; Discussion

Content Level: Beginner/Intro; Intermediate; Advanced

 

SESSION E: 11:45 AM-1:00 PM

 

E1. Blurred Lines: Communicating the Importance of Consent and Checking In

 “I hate these blurred lines! I know you want it!” But the real question is, how do you know I want it?  When communicating consent, some individuals state that there are blurred lines or “gray areas” regarding a sexual act.  To prevent these gray areas “checking up on it” is an important component to communicate consent effectively. In this interactive workshop, participants will practice and explore tips and strategies for communicating enthusiastic consent, checking in and exploring sexual boundaries between partners. Join us by making consent real and sexy!

Presenters: LeKara Simmons, MPH, Trainer and Technical Assistance Coordinator, Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential; Kysha Parker, MPH, CHES, Trainer and Technical Assistance Coordinator, Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential

Session Approach: Small Group Activity; Discussion

Content Level: Beginner/Intro; Intermediate; Advanced

 

E2. The Pornification of Youth

Limited sex ed in schools and homes plus the pervasive presence of pornography online leads young people to use porn as a “sex ed” resource. Over the past 2 decades, the porn industry has grown rapidly, changed drastically, and now permeates our culture in both subtle and obvious ways. This session will help adults understand the impact of porn on youth and our society, and help them guide youth as they navigate both unintentional and intentional exposure to pornography.

Presenters: Melisa Holmes, MD, Co-Founder, Girlology and Associate Professor of Ob-Gyn & Pediatrics, University of SC School of Medicine Greenville, Greenville Health System; Sarah Hinton, MD, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine & Pediatrics, University of SC School of Medicine Greenville, Greenville Health System             

Session Approach: Lecture; Small Group Activity; Discussion

Content Level: Beginner/Intro; Intermediate

 

E3. The Talk: Passing the Torch

Today, it seems that no one is reaching back to pay it forward in meaningful ways, that everyone wants to focus on themselves, and that today’s youth are lost and stagnant. This discussion will prove these assumptions to be untrue. Young people are reaching forward, and those who assist them are eagerly guiding them and passing the torch. During this open group discussion we will hear the messages, ideas, and needs of young people who want to be the next generation of ambassadors for a healthy lifestyle, and explore the language, attitudes and political/social climate of participants’ generations and how they have influenced what sexual health looks like today.

Presenter: Deja Garlin, BS, Program Manager, Families First-NC, Inc.

Session Approach: Lecture; Small Group Activity; Discussion

Content Level: Beginner/Intro

 

E4. Breaking Bad: Improve Classroom Behavior Without Losing Your Cool

Do you go home hoarse? Do your students erupt into giggles whenever you say “vagina”? Do you dread that one group at the end of the day? Learn to apply lessons from behavioral and cognitive psychology that will combat disruptive behaviors and encourage kindness and cohesion. Expect simple techniques that can be applied in any setting, with any group, using any curriculum. Be prepared to share your struggles, as well as your wisdom.

Presenter: Carter Shotwell, MSW, Wise Guys Educator, Children’s Home Society of NC

Session Approach: Lecture; Small Group Activity; Discussion

Content Level: Beginner/Intro; Intermediate

 

E5. Setting up Camp: How a Multi-Agency initiative supports adolescents in receiving and accessing adequate sexual health education

North Carolina Youth Connected (NCYC) is a community-wide, teen pregnancy prevention initiative with the overall goal of decreasing teen pregnancy in project communities by half by 2020. This breakout session will explore how NCYC utilized Mobilization, a major project pillar, to partner with school districts, health clinics, and community agencies to promote systems-level change in communities.

Presenters: Janae’ Roberts, MPH, NCYC Program Specialist; Amanda Fritts, MSPH, NCYC Community Coordinator – Cumberland County

Session Approach: Lecture; Discussion

Content Level: Beginner/Intro