Conference Tracks & Objectives

Social Norms & Culture: Honoring Experiences & Perspectives


To increase the capacity of conference attendees to improve their professional performance by thinking critically about the influence of social norms and culture on their work.


At the conclusion of this conference, attendees will be able to:

  1. Explain at least three ways social norms and culture influence an individual’s experiences and perspectives;
  2. Identify at least two ways to honor social norms and culture; and,
  3. Identify at least two areas of improvement for their work.

All workshops and roundtables at Social Norms & Culture: Honoring Experiences & Perspectives are categorized into tracks based on session content.

Track 1: Innovation
Conference sessions in this track will feature cutting-edge programs, strategies, interventions, and research that demonstrate ingenuity, spark intrigue, and provide a glimpse into how the field of adolescent sexual and reproductive health continues to explore unique approaches to increasing the health and well-being of adolescents, including young people who are pregnant/parenting and their families. Innovation often offers the opportunity to incorporate relevant social norms and culture into programs and services. The Innovation Track encourages attendees to consider how to integrate innovation into their current efforts and improve their outcomes.

Track 2: Research to Practice
Practitioners can improve their practice by staying current on relevant research in their field. Sessions in this track will expand their knowledge of programs, strategies, interventions, and research—old and new—that are proven effective.  Attendees will get an up-close look at these approaches, including any supporting materials, and learn how these approaches are implemented in practice. These sessions are sure to ignite excitement.

Track 3: Public Policy & Social Change
Supporting the health and well-being of adolescents goes beyond the clinic and classroom. Support belongs in the streets as well as legislative chambers across the country. Sessions in this track will spotlight ways in which public policy and social change are inextricably linked. Presenters will share how policy and social change impact our work and the lives of the young people, as well as what more can be done to increase support for adolescent sexual and reproductive health such as access to high-quality health care, medically accurate human sexuality education, and services that meet the unique needs of young people who are pregnant/parenting and their families.

Track 4: Foundations of Practice
Sessions in this track will provide youth-supporting professionals—those who work with adolescents, young adults, and young people who are pregnant/parenting, and their families—the opportunity to learn essential content and skills to improve their practice. By laying a solid foundation of knowledge and skills, and by having support from veterans in the field, professionals attending sessions in this track receive the high-quality professional development critical to nurturing the future leaders of our field.

Track 5: Leadership & Organizational Development
How are we developing future leaders in the field of adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH)?  Why are some organizations focused on ASRH stronger and more sustainable than others? What more can we do to continue the development of our field and the professionals within it? Sessions in this track will address these questions while giving attendees concrete and effective ways to develop ASRH professionals and organizations.

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