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

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.) and Diana Bruce (District of Columbia Public Schools)
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 Grieb (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 Bianca Faccio (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: 10:45 am – 12:15 pm

The Nine Keys of Excellence: Unlocking Your Organization’s Professional Potential

Shadeen Francis (The People’s Therapy Group; Council for Relationships)
Leadership & Organizational Development
What would happen if our organizations operated at their full potential? How could each of us show up as our best selves to serve support and take action? The most impactful organizations have discovered how to tap into the potential of their team to achieve extraordinary success. This session will share nine research-based opportunities for organizational excellence, while also giving attendees the opportunity to explore their unique capacity for personal growth and leadership. Attendees will leave with actionable strategies to use in creating cultures of excellence for themselves and their organizations.

Reflecting Women’s Reproductive Health Needs in Correctional Policies & Procedures

Jennifer Kirschner, Shelly Choo, and Angela Vaughan Lee (Baltimore City Health Department)
Public Policy & Social Change
Women’s reproductive health needs do not disappear after arrest or during incarceration. Rather, correctional systems provide a unique opportunity for education and health care delivery. To be effective, correctional policy and procedure must be well-known, non-coercive, and follow the latest best practices for women’s reproductive health care. Come learn about current and former efforts to promote family planning and other reproductive health issues inside U.S. jails and prisons, including a reproductive health needs assessment conducted in the Baltimore City Women’s Detention Center.

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 (Advocates for Youth), Kim Westheimer (Gender Spectrum), Scout Bratt (Chicago Women’s Health Center), and Shane Shananaquet
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 (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 Kirkland, 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 3:00 – 5:00 pm (click for titles & descriptions)