Tuesday, 10/3

Workshop Session One: 9:45am – 10:30am

Advocacy in Action

Brigid Riley (Willow Consulting), Amira Adawe (Minnesota Department of Health), Lori Casillas (Buell Foundation), and Judith Herrman (University of Delaware) 
Public Policy & Social Change
Advocacy and activism. Lobbying and public policy. Educating and information. What mix of activities can we take on as adult voices for the issues that affect young people? In this workshop, we will share what we have learned from our experiences in nonprofits, as part of local and state governments, and as board members. Come with questions and leave with a clearer understanding of the critical role you can play in supporting the causes that matter to you. 

Sustaining Programs That Serve Expectant and Parenting Youth

Subuhi Asheer (Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.)
Foundations of Practice
This session will present an overview of the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Adolescent Health’s (OAH) sustainability study of former federally funded programs. This study is exploring what it takes for funded programs to be sustainable beyond the grant and the ways in which grantees and funders can improve the likelihood of sustainability. Former grantees who have successfully sustained their programs and services will share key strategies and lessons learned. An interactive exercise will allow attendees to use a toolkit developed by OAH to brainstorm strategies that could help their organizations in sustaining their programs.

AMAZE: Sex Ed for the YouTube Generation (10-14 Year Olds)

Ashley Benson and Brittany McBride (Advocates for Youth)
Amaze is a new, free video-based sexual health resource for very young adolescents designed to break through the debates about sexuality education and provide honest, accurate information to youth directly where they are, online. Through short, professionally created animated videos, sexual health is broken into micro-topics and presented with a good dose of humor, occasionally songs, and above all, honesty. This workshop will allow participants to learn about the rationale for creating Amaze, the range of videos that currently exist, and ways that professionals can use them to help educate youth ages 10-14 about sexual health.

Creating Cultural Competency through Pop Culture (Roundtable)

Michelle Hope (MHSexpert)
This training is designed for youth services providers who are looking to create culturally competent content that respects intersectionality with the use of pop culture and tech. The session will teach facilitators how to infuse pop culture and technology, so students can explore their own intersectionality deeper through pop culture. The discussion will allow for participants to explore their own biases around pop culture trends and cultural biases.

Stay Sexy, Stay Healthy? Using Design to Remove Barriers to STI Testing for Youth

Becky Slogeris (MICA Center for Social Design) and Suzanne Greib (Johns Hopkins Center for Child and Community Health Research)
With funding from a three-year CDC grant, the Johns Hopkins Center for Child and Community Health Research, Baltimore City Health Department, and the Center for Social Design at Maryland Institute College of Art have been working collaboratively to design, implement, and test design solutions to increasing access to STI testing and normalizing STI testing for Baltimore youth. This session will showcase design research methodologies from the project, explore the challenges and success of collaborating across the disciplines of design and public health and provide participants with design tools to use in their own work.

Cultivating a Legacy of Leadership Development

Monica Armendariz and Jenifer DeAtley (EngenderHealth, Inc.)
Leadership & Organizational Development
Within every organization and every community, cultivating new leaders is critical for the long-term success and sustainability of organizations and meeting the needs of youth. In this session, participants will learn tools and strategies from the field to build leadership pipelines and pathways that address critical needs within their programs, organizations, and communities. Participants will identify the most critical needs for leadership development in their own organizations or communities and create a plan to meet these needs. The presenters will share examples from organizational legacy planning, community leadership development programs, and staffing and program needs forecasting.

Presenting the Good Father: Teen Mothers’ Assets View of Their Baby’s Father’s Involvement in Family Life- A Wise Approach to Encouraging Growth as a Family (Roundtable)

Sarah Bekaert (Oxford Brookes University)
Public Policy & Social Change
Research suggests that teen mothers have an assets view of their baby’s father’s involvement in family life. This counters the absent father stereotype, challenges a narrow “father as breadwinner” role by valuing the varied support offered by the young men, and encourages transformation through fatherhood such as leaving gang life and seeking training and work opportunities. The young women’s assets approach encompasses more challenging aspects such as tolerating her baby’s father’s other sexual relationships or violence. How can professionals working with young families mirror the assets approach that the young women demonstrate, yet gently challenge disrespect or abuse?

ThisGEN: Young Activists Calls to Action to End Gender-Based Violence

Lindsay McDaniel Mapp (Raliance / PreventConnect)
Public Policy & Social Change
This workshop will present the “Calls to Action” platform developed by 80 young activists from 25 states at ThisGEN: Youth Summit in Washington DC in March 2017. The platform outlines a strategy to use four platforms to end gender-based violence: media, sport, policy advocacy, and grassroots activism. During the session, you will learn more about the platform, discuss lessons learned from ThisGEN: Youth Summit, and identify ways to further support youth activism to catalyze change. If you support youth activists or adult allies who support and work with young activists, this is the session for you!

El Camino: A Road to Education and Pregnancy Prevention

Jennifer Manlove, Sam Beckwith, and Selma Caal (Child Trends, Inc.)
Research to Practice
This workshop will introduce the audience to El Camino, a newly developed pregnancy prevention program targeted towards Latino high school students. El Camino aims to help participants develop knowledge, attitudes, behaviors, and relationships that support their ability to identify links between teen pregnancy and achieving their educational goals. This interactive workshop will take attendees through the process of how research findings were utilized to develop the structure, core components, and key messages of the El Camino program. Attendees will take part in several El Camino activities to gain a deeper practical understanding of this innovative program and expereince the final stages of the research-to-practice process.

Supporting Youth and Sustaining Your Organization: Approach Matters (Roundtable)

Pat Paluzzi and Gina Desiderio (Healthy Teen Network)
Leadership & Organizational Development
Join Healthy Teen Network for a roundtable discussion to explore how to move your organization toward a more sustainable approach that better serves young people. Designed for organization leaders and strategic planners, we will discuss a continuum of strategic activities, such as moving from a disease prevention to health promotion frame, through adopting a systems-wide holistic approach which incorporates the social determinants of health. Come share your thoughts, experiences, concerns, and questions.

Workshop Session Two: 10:45am – 12:15pm

Consent: What’s Empathy Got to Do with It?

Melanie Lucash (The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health)
Foundations of Practice
If there’s one thing I want students to take away from sexuality education, it’s not what the newest birth control method is, or even what the epididymis does—it’s empathy. Teaching empathic communication is a crucial part of relevant, nuanced lessons about consent. This workshop will armor you with innovative tools, useful strategies, and delightful games that will make you and your students empathy experts! Join me for a workshop on sex, dating, and #allthefeels.

Increasing Accessibility of Professional Development: An Emerging National Model for Core Skills Training in Sex Education

Daniel Rice (Answer)
Foundations of Practice
Answer and Cardea have partnered to design, implement, and evaluate “Foundations: Core Skills Training for Sex Education, an evidence-informed model to enhance the skills of sex education professionals nationally. Foundations aims to ensure school-based sex education is delivered in safe and supportive environments by skilled professionals who are responsive to the unique needs and backgrounds of their students. In this session, we will reveal some of the early successes and challenges of the model, demonstrate a skill-building activity from the training, and expand upon ways participants can help scale the model to increase access to affordable, high-quality professional development.

Serving the Individual: An Exploration of High Quality Sexual Health Education and Safe and Supportive Environments by Youth Experts

Brittany McBride, Shane ShananaquetStella Shananaquet (Advocates for Youth), and Kim Westheimer (Gender Spectrum)
Foundations of Practice
The workshop offers participants the opportunity to hear directly from youth experts on how social norms and culture impact their health and well-being. Youth-serving professionals will gain perspective directly from their intended audience and benefit from the opportunity to strategize with young people on how to enhance their promotion and delivery of sexual health education and safe and supportive environments. The presentation will incorporate the personal stories of the youth panel to provide practical application of the Social Ecological model and how each level affects the sexual health of young people. Participants will engage in small/large group discussions, interactive activities, and directly communicate with the panel to apply the content from the presentation in their current practices.

Why Can’t We Call It Sex? Comprehensive Sex Education Curricula Must Incorporate All Experiences including Those of LGBTQ+ Individuals (Roundtable)

Ashley McLemore (New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene)
Foundations of Practice
This roundtable begins to look into the ways in which “comprehensive” sex education isn’t always inclusive for everyone. The questions being posed for discussion during the roundtable have been controversial in the past and haven’t typically been a part of the social culture for a room of professionals to discuss with learning ears. This session incorporates the sexual and reproductive justice framework, gender neutral language, and the importance of bodily autonomy from a comprehensive sex education perspective. This session is intended to spark intrigue and plant the seed for a unique, yet simple, intersectional human rights framework to be incorporated into current programing and services. Who is this for? It’s for everyone, intentionally wide ranging for any conference participant such as parents, educators, and other professionals who are on the fence (or not) about their comfort level with inclusive comprehensive sex education for youth as early as pre-K.

A Holistic Approach for the Office of Adolescent Health’s (OAH) Pregnancy Assistance Fund (PAF) Program: Expanding Access to High Quality Supportive Services for Expectant and Parenting Young Families

Mousumi Banikya-Leaseburg and Lisa Zingman (Office of Adolescent Health)
A holistic approach targeting the health, educational, economic, and social needs of the expectant and parenting population is an acceptable, appropriate, and effective way to fulfil the unique needs of this population. Honoring relevant positive experiences from the field and evidence on what young families need to thrive, OAH redesigned its PAF program to embrace this holistic approach and set the stage for a new norm for serving expectant and parenting young families. Attendees will learn about this approach, hear grantee examples, and take home some best practices from the field to implement in their programs.

Putting Crush to the Test: Evaluation Findings from a Randomized Controlled Trial

Genevieve Martinez-García and Yewande Olugbade (Healthy Teen Network)
To effectively disseminate medically accurate and comprehensive information to youth is reaching them where they are, on their mobile phones. Healthy Teen Network developed Crush, a mobile app with the aim to reduce pregnancy among Black and Latina adolescent women. We put Crush to the test through a randomized controlled trial with a national sample of 1,220 14-18 year old women. We will discuss how Crush impacted sexual behavior among participants and its implications for using mobile apps and new media as intervention platforms. We will share lessons learned in designing an online-based study, including recruitment through social media and participant engagement and retention through a texting system.

The Innovative Junior Community Health Worker (CHW) Program in Action

Gina Weisblat, Chelsey Bruce, and Anita Iveljic (Northeast Ohio Medical University)
The Junior Community Health Worker (CHW) program gives high school aged youth the opportunity to identify and act upon a health concern in their community while preparing them to obtain the state CHW certification after graduation. The Junior CHW program understands the importance of youth-led community solutions; understands how the CHW curricula partners with current power structures; and provides the opportunity for the students to share what they have learned with their community. The program is intended for professionals interested in supporting high school aged youth to learn more about the social determinants of health. We will share our experience piloting a Junior CHW curriculum at Lincoln West High School in urban Cleveland, Ohio and the one that is coming soon to Appalachian Marietta, Ohio.

Eugenics. It’s Still a Thing: How Past Practices Influence Current Sexuality Education

Erin Basler (The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health)
Public Policy & Social Change
In medically beneficial, societally harmful, and ethically specious ways, eugenics-based practices are still being used in the U.S. This workshop aims to educate session attendees on eugenics history, contemporary practices, and how the history of eugenics is intertwined with our work as sexuality advocates. This workshop starts conversation about eugenics-based practices, so we can remove the stigma from the word while honoring its complex reach in reproductive and sexual justice and recognize harmful eugenics-based practices in action. This workshop contains discussion of coercive reproductive practices; racial-, gender-, and ability- based discrimination; white supremacy; and cis/heterosexism.

Memory and Learning: A Formula for Lasting Impact

Tracy Wright, Debra Christopher, and Kathy Plomer (ETR Associates)
Research to Practice
Professionals delivering adolescent sexual and reproductive health programs know that just delivering a training or lesson does not necessarily translate into the transfer of learning. Even well intended programs will fail unless the instructional design and the learning “culture” include critical ingredients to engage learners. In this highly interactive session, facilitators will highlight key findings from current cognitive- and neuro-science research and link those findings to practical application in training sessions and in the classroom. Facilitators will provide participants with a set of proven, innovative strategies that enhance learner engagement and boost memory for both youth and adult learners.

Poster Session: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Bronx Teens Connection’s Clinic Linkage Model: Connecting Youth to Quality Sexual and Reproductive Health Care (Poster)

Deborah O’Uhuru (New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene)
Many public health interventions to reduce unintended teen pregnancy rely heavily on efforts to increase teens’ access to sexual and reproductive health care (SRH) such as increasing community awareness of available services and encouraging agencies to improve SRH referral practices. The Bronx Clinic Linkage Model (BCLM) used a more targeted approach to facilitate teens’ access to SRH by formalizing the relationships between primarily nonclinical organizations (such as schools and foster care agencies) and local clinical resources. This workshop will discuss the development of the BCLM, highlight implementation results, and provide recommendations for other municipalities or organizations that seek to employ a similar linkage model.

Learning from Someone Who Knows: Formative Research and Design of an Intervention to Encourage Teens’ Social Communication about Birth Control (Poster)

Edith Fox (University of California, San Francisco)
Friends are a valued source of contraceptive information. Innovations to promote such social communication can help young people choose an effective birth control method. We conducted 24 interviews and two focus groups with adolescents to explore their preferences for social communication about birth control. Participants preferred face-to-face conversations or texting with peers about contraception over communication on social media. An approximately equal proportion preferred to share information in pamphlets as preferred digital resources. We incorporated results into the design of an intervention to encourage users of the IUD and implant to talk to peers about their contraceptive method.

Ready to Re:MIX? An Innovative Youth Sexual Health Education Program (Poster)

Jennifer Manlove (Child Trends, Inc.), Jenifer DeAtley (EngenderHealth, Inc.), and Kate Welti (Child Trends, Inc.)
This poster introduces Re:MIX, a comprehensive in-school sexual health education and youth development curriculum for adolescents. Young parents serve as peer educators and teach alongside professional health educators to deliver information via non-traditional approaches, including game-based tools, technology and storytelling. Re:MIX challenges participants to re-think traditional gender norms regarding masculinity and femininity and genders’ impact on reproductive health outcomes, including unplanned teenage pregnancy. Re:MIX establishes an environment that is inclusive of all young people’s experiences and provides them information necessary to stay safe and healthy. The poster will describe the curriculum, student characteristics, the randomized-control trial design, and preliminary implementation findings.

Testing Pulse: Preliminary Results from a Randomized Controlled Trial (Poster)

Jennifer Manlove, Elizabeth Cook, Makedah Johnson (Child Trends) Genevieve Martinez-García, Milagros Garrido, Yewande Olugbade, and Nick Sufrinko (Healthy Teen Network)
Pulse is currently being tested via a two-armed randomized controlled trial with 1,500 young women. This poster will share preliminary results from the trial and will share lessons learned on recruiting and retaining participants in an online study.

Stay Sexy, Stay Healthy? Using Design to Remove Barriers to STI Testing for Youth (Poster)

Becky Slogeris (MICA Center for Social Design) and Suzanne Greib (Johns Hopkins Center for Child and Community Health Research)
With funding from a three-year CDC grant, the Johns Hopkins Center for Child and Community Health Research, Baltimore City Health Department, and the Center for Social Design at Maryland Institute College of Art have been working collaboratively to design, implement, and test design solutions to increasing access to STI testing and normalizing STI testing for Baltimore youth. This session will showcase design research methodologies from the project, explore the challenges and success of collaborating across the disciplines of design and public health, and provide participants with design tools to use in their own work.

Sustainable Support: Building Partnerships between Education Agencies and Public Health Partners to Improve Adolescent Sexual Health (Poster)

Samantha Ritter (National Association of County and City Health Officials [NACCHO]), Brittany McBride (Advocates for Youth), and Lillian Pinto (National Coalition of STD Directors)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) funds several national organizations—Advocates for Youth (Advocates), National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD), School-Based Health Alliance (SBHA) and the National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO)—in a new initiative to strengthen collaboration among national organizations and their affiliates to increase implementation of school-based approaches for sexual health education, sexual health services, and safe and supportive environments. The funded national organizations support local action planning to bolster relationships between education and public health. The poster will provide an overview of the partnership’s structure and methodology for local action planning.

Getting Conservative Christian Parents on Board with Consent Education (Poster)

Catherine Smith (American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists [AASECT])
Research to Practice
This presentation addresses the objections that many conservative Christians have to comprehensive sex education, including an objection to teaching consent. Many parents who identify as conservative Christians believe that their children—particularly their daughters—should not be given control over their bodies but rather should leave decision-making to their fathers. This presentation suggests approaches and frameworks that might make the topic of consent more acceptable to this community, so that their children can have access to consent education. This presentation is based on data from an ethnographic case study in a conservative Protestant community in rural Pennsylvania.

Bronx Parents’ Knowledge and Perceptions of Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (Poster)

Maria Olivia Egemba (New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene)
Research to Practice
The authors aim to present the findings of The Bronx Adult Opinion Poll (AOP), a telephone-based survey of adults 18 years of age or older conducted in 2012 in Bronx County to ascertain parents’ beliefs, attitudes, and knowledge around adolescent sexual and reproductive health. This session will highlight the important findings from the AOP including: parents’ perceptions of teen pregnancy; parents’ thoughts on teen sexual activity; parents’ role in preventing unintended pregnancies, STDs, and HIV; parents’ knowledge and support of teens accessing healthcare services; and, parents’ knowledge and support of comprehensive sexual health education in schools.

“If You Don’t Ask, I’m Not Telling You Anything”: What Works When Engaging in Real Talk with Foster Youth around Dating and Sexual Behaviors? (Poster)

Elizabeth M. Aparicio (University of Maryland, College Park) and Rhoda Smith (Springfield College)
Public Policy & Social Change
Qualitative methodology examining communication with millennial foster alumni confirms social workers’ and foster parents’ unique positions for conversations about dating and sexual behaviors. Building upon system themes of lifelong connection and inclusiveness and personal themes of trust and family, we will engage participants in brainstorming ways to establish a foster care culture where safety and sex education are more normative than exceptional. A strengths-based perspective will leave participants excited regarding the ‘new normal’ for foster youth transitioning to adulthood. Strategies to formulate policies to support and encourage necessary conversations to facilitate relevant and practical transfer of information for foster youth will be explored.

Sex in the Mobile World: Formative Process to Develop a Sex Ed Mobile App for Youth (Poster)

Genevieve Martinez-García and Yewande Olugbade (Healthy Teen Network)
The Crush mobile app was developed with strong youth involvement. This poster will describe the modalities used for the formative research and youth’s involvement throughout the conceptualization, production, and testing phase of the mobile app.

A Multigenerational Odyssey: A 28-Year Follow-Up of Teen Mothers and Families (Poster)

Lee SmithBattle (Saint Louis University)
Research to Practice
The objective of this poster is to describe a multigenerational, qualitative study that has followed teen mothers and their families for 28 years to examine how lives are shaped by life events, family relationships, and social contexts. Families were first interviewed when teens’ infants were eight months old and interviewed again every 4-6 years. Ten families and 40 members (mothers and their parents, partners, and children) participated at in the final interview. Family cases will illustrate major findings including the role that mothering has played in redirecting their lives over time and the impact of social disparities on long-term maternal-child outcomes.

Neighborhood-Level Factors Associated with Declines in Teen Pregnancy (Poster)

Lauren Okano (Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health)
Baltimore experienced a 30% reduction in teen births between 2009 and 2013. Yet, the current teen birth rate remains much higher than the national average and disparities within the city persist. As part of the Baltimore Youth and Wellness (YHW) Strategy to reduce teen births, this study examines variation in changes in teen birth rates across all neighborhoods. In addition, we identify neighborhood-level factors that explain why some neighborhoods met or exceeded the 30% reduction, while others remained unchanged or increased during this time. Findings will inform YHW efforts to reduce disparities in teen births across Baltimore by informing the dissemination of evidence-based interventions to reduce teen births at the neighborhood level.

Developing Pulse: Adapting Content to an Older Population (Poster)

Genevieve Martinez-García and Milagros Garrido (Healthy Teen Network)
Pulse mobile app was adapted from the mhealth intervention Crush to cater to the older adolescent female population. This poster will share the adaptation process including using findings from formative research, incorporating LGBTQ+ inclusive language, and updating medical information on previously produced videos and media.

Experiences during Adolescence in a Sample of Individuals with Attraction to Children (Poster)

Maggie Ingram (Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health)
Public Policy & Social Change
In this session, we will introduce novel concepts regarding the impact of attraction to children on adolescents who have recently become aware of their attraction. The Help Wanted Project, which consisted of qualitative interviews with 30 individuals with attraction to children, was designed by the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse in order to inform the development of an online intervention for adolescents who are attracted to children. My analysis of the data showed that many participants experienced adverse outcomes related to their attraction to children, including anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation and behavior, and social isolation.

Support Relationships: Role in Psychosocial Outcomes for Teen Mothers and Their Children (Poster)

Towanda Street (University of Maryland)
Research to Practice
The poster examines the relationship between social support and strain in key support relationships on symptoms of depression in teen mothers and behavior outcomes in their children over time. Using a patient-centered medical home model, teen mother-child dyads received intensive social work and mental health services incorporated into this primary care setting. Participants will learn the extent to which social support and strain are associated with maternal depression and child behavioral outcomes in urban, low-income, African American teen families.

Reproductive and General Health Knowledge in Jamaican Teen Mothers: Identifying the Gaps in Knowledge (Poster)

Katherine Haigh and Judith Herrman (University of Delaware)
Public Policy & Social Change
The focus of this research was to identify gaps in knowledge regarding health care for young mothers in a Jamaican residential home with the intention of informing future educational materials targeted to the needs of this vulnerable population. To be eligible to participate, young women needed to be residents of the setting, aged 12-17, and either pregnant and/or parenting. Thirteen teen mothers participated, all of whom were either currently in school or planning to attend once their child was old enough. Data were then analyzed for content with frequency of responses used to construct themes.

Positive Potential: A Longitudinal Evidence-Based Sexual Activity Risk Avoidance and Risk Reduction Middle School Program that Also Promotes Positive Youth Development and Reduces Other Risky Teen Behaviors (Poster)

Donna Golob (A Positive Approach to Teen Health [PATH, Inc.])
Research to Practice
There are a limited number of evidence-based middle school programs that delay onset of sexual activity and other risk behaviors and promote positive youth development (PYD). This poster will introduce the Positive Potential program, a newly developed innovative evidence-based program for students in grades 6-8 that intends to delay the onset of sexual intercourse, promote PYD; reduce substance use, viewing pornography, and engaging in peer violence; and, increase attitudes, knowledge, and skill and behavior intentions to avoid and reduce sexual activity. Join us as we share the results of our study and tell you more about how Positive Potential focuses on holistic health promotion, PYD, social determinants of health, and the social-ecological model. 

Expanding Access to High Quality Supportive Services for Expectant and Parenting Teens, Women, Fathers, and Their Families (Poster)

Mousumi Banikya-Leaseburg and Lisa Zingman (Office of Adolescent Health)
Research to Practice
The Pregnancy Assistance Fund (PAF), established in 2010 as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and administered by the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is a competitive federal grant program for states and tribal agencies to support expectant and parenting teens, women, fathers, and their families. This poster will provide an overview of the PAF Program and highlight OAH’s work to address the diverse needs of expectant and parenting teens, women, fathers, and their families. Specifically, the poster will describe the needs of young families, characteristics and outcomes of participants, and the new holistic program approach and grantee cohort. The poster will also highlight key data and lessons learned from the past cohorts.

Putting Crush to the Test: Final Results from a Randomized Controlled Trial (Poster)

Genevieve Martinez-García and Yewande Olugbade (Healthy Teen Network)
The Crush mobile app study has enrolled over 1,200 adolescents ages 14-18 to test its efficacy in a two-armed randomized controlled trial. This poster will highlight key outcomes from the study.


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