#HealthyTeen21

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Tuesday, October 19

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Challenging and Expanding Your Understanding and Practice of Inclusivity

Healthy Teen Network welcomes you to help push our field further by challenging and expanding your understanding and practice of inclusivity.

Our President and CEO Janet Max will kick off the conference with a welcome and will then hand things off to our three speakers. During this first session, Dr. Tanya Bass, Stuart Getty, and Vanessa Geffrard will encourage you to widen the lens you use to approach your work, broaden the language you use each day, and grow your skillset to best meet the needs of all clients, students, and patients.

 

Leveling Up: Providing Culturally Relevant Sexuality Education

If you are working as a sexuality professional, it is time to “level up.” Paraphrasing Fredrick Douglas, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken adults.” Dr. Tanya Bass will share the value and importance of providing culturally relevant sexuality education across the lifespan. We live in an intersectional world, and it is imperative for sexuality education and sexual health professionals to address the concepts of privilege, power, and oppression, and how they impact our sexual development and worldviews.

While it is encouraging to have the National Sexuality Education Standards as a guide in grade-appropriate education, it is critical that the educator is a culturally responsive “teacher” with a full grasp of the concepts of intersectionality, implicit bias, and the historical context of racism. They should also have a moderate level of comfort and feel capable of discussing such topics with peers and students. It is definitely time we “level up” and do our best to teach in the most inclusive manner.

Tanya Bass
Tanya Bass, PhD, MEd, MS, CHES, CSE
About Tanya

Dr. Tanya M. Bass (she/her) is an award-winning sexuality educator and a mental health advocate that is committed to advancing health equity through culturally responsive and inclusive professional development. Dr. Bass is passionate about teaching sexuality to professionals and community members and her goal is to provide culturally responsive and sex-positive professional development opportunities.

While maintaining an inclusive worldview, her work is shaped by her experience as a Black woman navigating systemic oppression. She has assisted in developing strategies to foster and facilitate the development of cultural and gender-appropriate services in areas such as sexual health including HIV and sexually transmitted diseases prevention, pleasure, adolescent sexual health, and reproductive health.

How Not to Be a White Savior in Sex Ed

The job of a life-affirming educator is fun, exciting, complicated, and of course, life-changing for ourselves and our students! Some of the things that can be challenging in our roles as sex educators and/or reproductive health practitioners are answering the difficult questions that come our way, balancing classroom management, honoring the identities of all of our students, all while examining our values and dismantling biases that uphold systems of inequality, oppression, and discrimination that keep our clients, students, and patients from getting the support they need.

Join Vanessa to start to examine the root of your own biases as it relates to your students, the role we all play in upholding white saviorism, and starting your process to unlearn and undo it all.

Vanessa Geffrard
Vanessa Geffrard, MPH
About Vanessa

Vanessa Geffard is the founder of VagEsteem™. Created in 2014, VagEsteem was founded as a platform for sex education for folks looking to understand and build up the “esteem” of and in their vulvas. In 2016, VagEsteem launched a podcast to encourage folks to engage in courageous conversations about sex, love, relationships, and everything in between. Child of Haitian immigrants, Vanessa is a life affirming sex educator whose mission is to creating new generation of life affirming sex educators, consent and boundaries, body confidence, healthy sexuality, teen pregnancy and abortion stigma, healthy relationships, and LGBTQIA+ inclusion.

How to They/Them

“They” is just a pronoun (for folks who don’t identify as either male or female) but for so many, it wreaks havoc on their grammar and gender beliefs, and leaves them scared to even try.

In this session, we will use the importance of nonbinary pronouns as a way to open up the world of gender freedom and expression beyond a binary we made up in the first place. (Just in time, too, as half of Gen Z believes that the gender binary is outdated.) Create more inclusive and expansive education by learning about gender fluidity and the world of nonbinary pronouns…because the world is actually demanding it!

Stuart Getty
Stuart Getty
IDEO | The Getty Brothers
About Stuart

Stuart Getty (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker and artist. By day, they work as a consultant at global design company IDEO, as brand strategist, sr. design lead, and workshop facilitator. Their main focuses are designing for: inclusion, play, and branding with purpose. On the side, they write books (first one How to They/Them, 2020, Sasquatch books) and make films (thegettybrothers.com) and also do speaking engagements about gender, identity, and all things ‘they’ (Creative Mornings, South by Southwest, Pecha Kucha, etc). But pretty much, Stu is on this planet to have a good time finding the authentic stories in all of us. Everywhere.

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How You Can Build a Brand and Change the World

Whether for a service, program, campaign, or product, powerful brands spark action. They change behavior. And in our line of work, they change the world. And you—yes, you—play a crucial role in crafting them.

In this session designed for all, you’ll experience real-world examples of sexual health brand-building in action. You’ll see how to form your own brand with tested strategies to ensure it connects with audiences on deep, emotional levels. You’ll discover how to create guidelines that effectively communicate your brand stances and suspicions with the designers and copywriters who will bring it to life. Finally, you’ll leave with a deeper appreciation for the magic of brands and the role sex educators, clinicians, and advocates alike all have in building them—and in changing the world.

2:15 PM ET
Why #SexEdForAll?
(and why May is no longer Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month!)

Have you heard that May is Sex Ed For All Month? Yes, no, maybe? Or yes, but you don’t quite get it? It’s okay…that’s actually what this session is all about.

Since 2019, May has been recognized as Sex Ed For All Month. This initiative has marked a dramatic turn away from the stigmatizing and problematic messaging often embedded in what was formerly known as Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month.

Sex ed is about so much more than risk reduction and disease prevention…sex ed can promote critical thinking, communication, decision-making, consent, self-esteem, and self-efficacy, and provide young people with equitable access to the education and care they need and deserve.

Unfortunately, too many young people in the U.S. do not receive the education and care they need (and have a right to have). Sex Ed For All Month is an opportunity to raise awareness on this issue and call for an investment in high-quality sex education. It’s also an opportunity to adjust the lens through which we all too often view adolescent sexual and reproductive health.

Join us to reflect on how we can improve our messaging to be more inclusive and affirming of all young people and focus on the sex education and care they deserve. And, get a head start on planning to celebrate May 2022 Sex Ed For All Month.

This session is brought to you by the Sex Education Collaborative—representing 24 national, regional, and state-based organizations with extensive experience training educators to deliver school-based sex education.

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Gina Desiderio, MA
About Julia

Julia is the Director of Digital Education and Learning Strategy at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She brings sex education expertise to PPFA digital education products, communications, media, and brand campaigns, and other strategic initiatives. She has been at PPFA for nearly a decade, ensuring national programs incorporate public health and sex education best practices.

Julia holds a BA in Psychology from Barnard College and an MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.

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Diana Thu-Thao Rhodes, MA
About Diana

Diana Thu-Thao Rhodes is the Vice President of Policy, Partnerships, & Organizing for Advocates for Youth, where she oversees youth organizing, policy advocacy, and abortion access strategies, as well as supports the strategic partnerships efforts for the organization. Her issue expertise centers on a wide range of reproductive and sexual health/rights/justice issues that affect young people. Her work at Advocates continues to be working with coalitions, advocates, and youth activists on policy analysis, policy advocacy strategy, grassroots campaigns, and youth engagement and organizing. Diana has been working in social justice movements for nearly 15 years—with both grassroots and grasstops stakeholders—primarily around issues that affect women, young people, communities of color, and the LGTBQ community. She holds an MA from George Washington University in Public Policy with a concentration in Women’s Studies, as well as a BA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in Sociology and Women’s Studies.

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Combatting Anti-Fat Bias in Sex Education

In this workshop, we will explore the many ways in which weight stigma, sizeism, and anti-fat bias can impact sexual health services and education. We will start by exploring biases about size and how they can show up in classrooms and in healthcare settings, including addressing myths about health and size. Specifically, we’ll talk about how conversations about size inform different topics in sex education.

We will discuss what we can do as educators to make sure we’re not only including information about all body sizes in sex education, but also actively working to combat anti-fat bias. Lastly, we’ll briefly examine how body image intersects with sexuality and race. This session is meant to be an introduction, uplifting existing research and activism to encourage educators to explore anti-fat bias and how it shows up in our work.

Maria Penas
Maria Peñas

Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains

About Maria

Maria began working as a Health Center Assistant at Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains in 2019. As a Health Center Assistant, she worked directly with patients to provide birth control counseling, STI testing and treatment, abortion care, and other sexual health services. She currently works as an Advanced Program Specialist for the Responsible Sex Education Institute, where she provides sexual health education to students in the Denver metro area. She has recently been working on creating spaces for educators within the 4-state affiliate to learn from each other virtually.

Yesi Llerenas Danie
Yesi Llerenas Daniel

Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains

About Yesi

Yesi Llerenas Daniel has been an educator with Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains in Santa Fe, New Mexico for almost 4 years. As an Education Program Manager for the Responsible Sex Education Institute (RSEI), Yesi manages and delivers bilingual comprehensive sex education programming in schools and in the community to participants of all ages. An educator and community organizer who strives to be a catalyst for social change, Yesi brings 9 years of professional experience working with social justice advocacy, education, and community-based programs. A self-identified queer trans masculine nonbinary Latine person of color, Yesi previously served as the Southern New Mexico Field Director for Equality New Mexico in Las Cruces.

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What’s Next? The Empowered Professional Career Roadmap

2020 left many people time to pause and reflect on their career trajectory, realizing that they wanted more out of life but unsure of how to change their path. The Empowered Professional Career Roadmap is a series of conversations to help women analyze their professional story and arm themselves with the tools needed to execute desired changes.

Participants will learn a five-step process to pivot internally and externally; the secret to transitioning without starting over; and how to create a productive personal change strategy. After the session, Andrea will be available for 30 minutes to answer audience questions.

Andrea Holyfield
Andrea Holyfield, MS, MBTI, CBC

The Wealthy Well Woman

About Andrea

Andrea Holyfield, MS, MBTI, CBC is a transformative career management and transition coach with more than a decade of coaching, consulting and training experience. She is a sought-after facilitator on topics such as brand management, networking and navigating change. Throughout her career Andrea has helped thousands of people find rewarding work and facilitated hundreds of branding and career related trainings. Her diverse background includes experiences in non-profit, corporate outplacement and higher education.

Wednesday, October 20

1:00 pm et
Where Sex, Health, and Education Are Headed (According to the Gen Zers Shaping the Future)

GenZers are taking the sex ed world by storm, creating their own enterprises to innovate and evolve what we think is possible. Join this podcast, where Sarah Axelson from Power to Decide will talk with Felicia Gidsoni, Kenzie Butera, and Liesel Vaidaya about their paths to becoming entrepreneurs and where they see the future of our field heading.

Sarah Axelson
Sarah Axelson, MSW
About Sarah

Sarah M. Axelson, MSW, (she/her) is the Interim Head of Programs at Power to Decide, where she combines her passion for sexual health with her commitment to finding innovative ways to improve health outcomes for youth, families, and communities. She supported over 60 innovators through Power to Decide’s Innovation Next program, a federal grant to catalyze innovation in teen pregnancy prevention. Her investment in using design to improve health began over a decade ago, when Ms. Axelson brought design thinking to PREP grantees from across the country while serving as a Project Officer for the Family and Youth Services Bureau. She also participated in HHS Ignites, an innovation accelerator program designed to spur innovation in the federal sector. In addition to her full-time role, Ms. Axelson is an Adjunct Faculty member at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work and Nonprofit Leadership from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an undergraduate degree from James Madison University, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Public Health, with a concentration in Health Behavior. When she isn’t working or teaching, you can find her developing innovative reproductive health teaching/training tools and products or walking her dog.

Felicia Gidsoni
Felicia Gidsoni
About Felicia

At 21 years old, Felicia founded Sex and Self with the support of the Mary H. Brown Endowment Fund after recognizing a gap in education for vulva-owners concerning their sexuality and bodily autonomy. Originally starting as student-run sex education initiative at McGill University in May 2019, Sex & Self has revolutionized the sexual health industry through their programming, including comprehensive sexual education seminars and workshops for young people across Canada, and Bodies A-Z, an intiative catering to both high school and middle school curriculums in Montreal and surrounding areas. Felicia’s podcast, Ladies Let’s Talk About Sex, is an accessible space to hear from experts and give a platform to real people to speak on their experiences. Sex and Self as a whole provides a safe space for individuals to reclaim their sexual narrative without trauma intervention and combats the vast extent of misinformation and stigma surrounding sexuality that is present in society and school curriculum.

Kenzie Butera
Kenzie Butera
About Kenzie

In 2019, Kenzie Butera, and co-founder Lilly Mittenthal, launched maro, an app to help parents and guardians navigate tough growing-up conversations around mental & reproductive health, empathy & diversity with children K-8th grade, as the tool they wished their parents had. Maro is a parent’s companion for the hardest parts of growing up. Kenzie and Lilly created maro, in order to center the conversation around the “now” and not focus entirely on the to focus on the after-the-fact when it comes to mental wellness, reproductive health or relationships. Maro is proving that preventative education is powerful enough to incite transgenerational impact and decrease wide scale rates of unplanned pregnancy, suicide, sexual assault, depression, anxiety, bullying and more among youth.

Liesel Vaidaya
Liesel Vaidaya
About Liesel

Liesel Vaidya, along with her co-founder Madison Campbell, founded Leda Health in 2019 in response to discovering that 77% of sexual assaults are not reported and that there is an inadequate number of sexual assault nurse examiners in the nation. They also considered how survivors may feel physically and mentally, and the impact this could have on reporting. Leda Health is a company built for survivors, by survivors. Leda Health views sexual health through a survivor-focused lens. They have developed resources such as self-administered DNA collection, sexual health testing, and support groups in order to meet the needs of sexual assault survivors. It seeks to not only revolutionize forensic evidence collection and testing with modern technology, but also to connect survivors with professionals and supportive communities to aid them in their recovery process. Leda Health is determined to support the effort to raise the national reporting rate, minimize the backlog of 200,000 sexual assault examination kits that currently exists in the country, and provide survivors with the holistic care they need.

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What’s In Your Sex Education Starter Kit?

If you’re new to sex education, come take a peek inside our bag of essentials. It includes curated advice that hundreds of facilitators have shared with us about how they handle values-based questions, maintain appropriate boundaries, and manage comments or behavior that threatens an inclusive, affirming environment. You’ll also hear about some short and snappy ways to build your skills if you have limited time to prepare.

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Think!: Sparking Sexual Health Innovation with Human-Centered Design

Involving youth in program design takes a bit more than to simply ask a few questions from them. To really center youth requires developing radical empathy to deeply understand their pain points, needs, and context. This session is a primer to human-centered approaches and techniques.

Come learn how this seemingly messy, nonlinear, untraditional approach to consumer research can help stretch your creativity by thinking out of the box and tinkering with wild ideas. We’ll share the process, key mindsets, and a few tools you can put into practice right away.

 

Milagros Garrido
Milagros Garrido, MS, PMP
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Laura Lloyd, MPH, MS
About Laura

Laura Lloyd has nearly 25 years of experience in public health research and digital innovation, primarily applied in the areas of sexual and reproductive health and HIV/STI prevention. She’s currently an independent consultant, working on a range of research, design, and development projects. Prior to consulting, she spent a decade at Power to Decide, where her favorite days were spent building the contraception-support program, Bedsider, and coaching federal grantees through the human-centered design process as part of Innovation Next. She received a BA in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Colorado, an MPH from Emory University, and an MS in Human-Computer Interaction Design from Indiana University Bloomington. She lives in San Diego with her family, where she enjoys the weather daily, even if she doesn’t get to the beach nearly often enough. 

2:15 PM ET
Communications Planning to Reach Public Policy Common Ground on Adolescent Sexual Health

Let’s face it. No matter where you live or what you or your organization does in the sexual health space, when it comes to working with youth, there is always somebody or somebodies who have concerns…about what you are “promoting,” how much say do parents have, and so it goes.

Sometimes those concerns are raised by people and groups who have a conservative perspective. Let’s get prepared to address their positions!

In this session, we will briefly introduce the five guiding principles of conservatism. We will show how those principles show up during policy and program decision-making at the local and state levels. And, most important, we will introduce you to a “take-home” tool Healthy Teen Network has developed to help you plan your communications to address conservatives’ concerns about the information and services you are providing to youth in your community.

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How You Can Put Knowledge into Action

During the opening session you heard Stu, Tanya, and Vanessa talk about the most pressing issues facing our field today. Now they are back to show us how we can start putting these thoughts into action.

Join us for a dynamic and fast-paced closing ceremony and learn how you can translate these complex ideas into concrete action steps. The speakers will be live after the presentation to entertain the audience questions.

Tanya Bass
Tanya Bass, PhD, MEd, MS, CHES, CSE
About Tanya

Dr. Tanya M. Bass (she/her) is an award-winning sexuality educator and a mental health advocate that is committed to advancing health equity through culturally responsive and inclusive professional development. Dr. Bass is passionate about teaching sexuality to professionals and community members and her goal is to provide culturally responsive and sex-positive professional development opportunities.

While maintaining an inclusive worldview, her work is shaped by her experience as a Black woman navigating systemic oppression. She has assisted in developing strategies to foster and facilitate the development of cultural and gender-appropriate services in areas such as sexual health including HIV and sexually transmitted diseases prevention, pleasure, adolescent sexual health, and reproductive health.

Vanessa Geffrard
Vanessa Geffrard, MPH
About Vanessa

Vanessa Geffard is the founder of VagEsteem™. Created in 2014, VagEsteem was founded as a platform for sex education for folks looking to understand and build up the “esteem” of and in their vulvas. In 2016, VagEsteem launched a podcast to encourage folks to engage in courageous conversations about sex, love, relationships, and everything in between. Child of Haitian immigrants, Vanessa is a life affirming sex educator whose mission is to creating new generation of life affirming sex educators, consent and boundaries, body confidence, healthy sexuality, teen pregnancy and abortion stigma, healthy relationships, and LGBTQIA+ inclusion.

Stuart Getty
Stuart Getty
IDEO | The Getty Brothers
About Stuart

Stuart Getty (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker and artist. By day, they work as a consultant at global design company IDEO, as brand strategist, sr. design lead, and workshop facilitator. Their main focuses are designing for: inclusion, play, and branding with purpose. On the side, they write books (first one How to They/Them, 2020, Sasquatch books) and make films (thegettybrothers.com) and also do speaking engagements about gender, identity, and all things ‘they’ (Creative Mornings, South by Southwest, Pecha Kucha, etc). But pretty much, Stu is on this planet to have a good time finding the authentic stories in all of us. Everywhere.

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