Safe Healthy Strong 2013 - Workshop Descriptions

Answering Tough Questions
Whether just starting out or having worked in the field for a long time, we've all been on the receiving end of tough questions related to sex and sexuality, values or personal experiences. Questions from youth or adults may be information seeking, permission seeking, shock, etc. Participants in this session will learn about different types of questions, get tips for answering difficult questions in a culturally competent way that is unbiased and free from personal value as well as have an opportunity to practice their skills. INTERMEDIATE (Julie Rothwell, United Way of Greater Milwaukee) 

The ART * of Cultural Competency (*Assisted Reproductive Technology)
How are babies made? In sexual health lessons, educators usually focus on a man with sperm, a woman with eggs and a bed with intercourse. In fact, we rarely mention assisted reproduction technologies (ART)--that is, until the questions about ‘Octomom’ start. However, classrooms are increasingly filled with students whose own birth is the result of ART or who plan to use ART to make their own family. This session will help educators develop the skills to be culturally competent when teaching reproduction so that students will hear their own story in the classroom, whether their parents are single, LGB, straight, transgendered, biological, adoptive or otherwise. Participants will learn ART lingo, gather resources and activities for the classroom and become comfortable talking about ‘where babies come from’ in a way that works for every kind of family and every kind of kid. INTERMEDIATE (Kimberly Q. Kim, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland) 

Audience Insights: Using Marketing Tools to Understand Your Priority Population to Design & Deliver High-Impact Programs & Services
Businesses know how to develop products and services that will sell, because they make the effort to really understand their target audience through careful research, planning and testing. These tools have been adapted to work for social change and health promotion, and have been used successfully for decades in Canada and Europe. You can use these tools to understand audience preferences and barriers related to a target behavior, and then guide the development of programs to make behavior change attractive to them—on their terms. If your organization wants to improve volunteer recruitment and retention, better attract your target audience, and develop higher impact programs or interventions, you can adopt this systematic, tested approach. This workshop introduces basic “social marketing” principles and techniques, looks at case studies, and delves into planning tools and resources that will allow you to better understand and work with your clients’ needs and perspectives. INTERMEDIATE (Christina Kantor, Community Health & Development Consulting) 

Building Capacity for Primary Prevention of Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence
Intimate partner and sexual violence are significant public health issues that threaten the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities. This workshop will provide information on best practices regarding primary prevention of intimate partner and sexual violence including engaging men and boys and bystander intervention. There will be discussion about how to build capacity within your community to address prevention, including exploring strategies to for identifying allies and potential partners, measuring the impact of your efforts and planning for sustainability. The presenter will share lessons learned from Wisconsin’s multi-year project with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) focused on reducing the incidence of intimate partner and sexual violence. INTRODUCTION (Molly Zemke, Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS)) 

Creating Inclusive Classrooms & Curricula for LGBTQ Youth in Schools
This workshop will explore not only current research and arguments for creating school curricula that are LGBTQ inclusive, but will include interactive opportunities to apply best practices at all grade levels. Links will be made to student connectedness and drop-out prevention, so that participants can effectively advocate for this approach with colleagues and administrators. INTRODUCTION/INTERMEDIATE (Lori Stern, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction) 

A Guide to GSM Inclusion: Marrying Medical Services and Education
In looking at the reality of a changing health care environment, it is essential to recognize health care needs for special populations, including gender and sexuality minorities (GSM). As an organization delivering both medical and educational services, Planned Parenthood of Illinois is in the process of working to create an atmosphere that is inclusive of all sexual identities. In this workshop, participants will get information as to what falls within the prevue of being a GSM individual. They will learn how to develop and train staff to be culturally sensitive to this this population. From there, participants will explore other ways their organization can make the administrative changes necessary to be inclusive throughout that patients entire experience. The goal of this workshop is to display how education and medical services can work in collaboration to provide quality services to patients regardless of their identity. INTERMEDIATE (Corbin Knight-Dixon and Brandi Steck, Planned Parenthood of Illinois) 

Impacts of Sexual Trauma in the Sexual Relationships of Survivors
Sexual abuse and assault are public health issues that occur at high rates for women (1 in 4) and men (1 in 6), and that may cause a variety of detrimental impacts on the sexual self-concept and sexual behavior of survivors. This workshop is a “view from the frontlines,” examining the nature of the impacts (including other public health risks) and some avenues of sexual trauma healing work that have been shown to help survivors heal their “sexual being” and improve their relationships. This workshop will also help attendees understand various stigmatized behaviors, such as promiscuity and prostitution, through a nonjudgmental, trauma-informed lens. Unidentified and untreated trauma continues to have negative impacts on teens and adults, and too often we focus on "what's wrong with you" instead of "what has happened to you." Understanding the underlying issue(s) increases the likelihood of appropriate interventions and responses. INTRODUCTION / INTERMEDIATE (Melinda Hughes, The Healing Center) 

In Case You’re Curious: A Sexual Health Textline for Teens
Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains will host an interactive information session about a new sexual health textline for teens, ICYC: In Case You’re Curious. There are many ways to run a textline and PPRM has a specific set of text practices that have been extremely successful, including ways to reach teens where education is not available. Regardless of their race, socio-economic status, religion, orientation, gender identity, age, or ability, all teens need a way that is useful and practical to them to access medically-accurate information about sexual health. Because texting is such an accessible and relevant means of communication for teens, it is a great way to reach those who are unable to access information on sexual health otherwise. Throughout the development of this new, innovative process, ICYC has discovered many of the secrets to success for an effective text messaging hotline. ADVANCED (Rebecca Engel, Responsible Sex Education Institute at Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains) 

Is It OK To Be Gay? Discussing Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity with Elementary Aged Students
This interactive workshop presents a set of tools/activities designed to help sexual health professionals and educators/community members broach the taboo subject of LGBTQ issues with elementary aged students. After completing the workshop, they will receive the necessary information including classroom activities needed to build and foster a healthy and safe environment for LGBTQ youth and allies. Workshop participants will receive hard and electronic copies of handouts, activities, and worksheets in English and Spanish for use with their groups. INTERMEDIATE (Alma De Anda and Rosanna Cacace, Planned Parenthood Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley) 

Making Informed Adaptations of Evidence-Based Curricula
Workshop attendees will learn what it means to implement a curriculum with fidelity, what it means to make informed adaptations and why adaptations are made. The presenter will describe general rules on making informed adaptations while preserving the core competencies of the evidence based curricula. Participants will put into practice what they are learning by making informed adaptations to activities from the Making Proud Choices! curriculum. Presenter will share adaptation resources. INTERMEDIATE (Julie Rothwell, United Way of Greater Milwaukee) 

Our Bodies Behind the Scenes: A Quick Tutorial Loaded with Fun Facts in Reproductive Anatomy and Physiology
Ever been stumped by a question while conducting a community education exercise? Come learn fun facts about the male and female reproductive system. Gain insightful tips that will educate our community in a way that will allow them to have effective doctor’s appointment. Engage in this brief in depth learning session including the role of hormones in normal as well as abnormal body systems, how we advance from puberty to adulthood and old age, learn in detail how different birth controls work, how the immune system works differently on the three different categories of STIs. This information will add confidence to the educator and allow them to answer more involved questions on the human body. INTRODUCTION (Beverley Hutcherson, UW-Madison) 

Performing for Healthier Lives
Performing for Healthier Lives is a peer education program that provides opportunities for teens and young adults to empower others through performance. In 2012, Options Clinic of LaCrosse, WI set out to create the first of a series of sexual health educational videos that are in conjunction with local sexuality education curricula. Teens and young adults from a diverse background brought their experiences and knowledge together to brainstorm scenarios, cast the parts, develop story boards and produce two 15 minute videos focusing on contraceptives. This workshop will discuss the various steps involved, from beginning to end, that helped create and implement this youth led project and lessons learned in the youth-adult collaboration. INTERMEDIATE / ADVANCED (Karolee Behringer and Kelli Gilley, Options for Reproductive Health) 

Providing Culturally Relevant Sexuality Education to Native Communities in the Northland
Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota’s (PPMNS) American Indian-focused education and outreach programs in northern Minnesota serve women, men and youth who are members of Fond du Lac, Leech Lake, White Earth and Red Lake tribal communities in and around Duluth and Bemidji. PPMNS provides intensive community education, youth programming and HIV testing, and partners with over 35 American Indian-serving organizations. PPMNS staff will share experiences writing curricula, piloting existing curricula, refining approach, and implementing a broad range of education and outreach services specifically designed to support health in American Indian communities while honoring culture and history. Workshop attendees will develop their understanding of the Ojibwe people, barriers communities often face in accessing reproductive health care and will leave with a toolkit of activities and resources for use in future sexual health programming efforts. This workshop will be highly interactive with small and large group discussion opportunities and participant engagement in fun sexual health activities that are favorites with our program participants. INTRODUCTION (August Galloway and Anna Goldtooth, Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota & South Dakota) 

Reproductive Justice 101 & 102
The intersectional theory of Reproductive Justice (RJ) is described as the complete physical, mental, spiritual, political, social, environmental and economic well-being of women and girls, based on the full achievement and protection of women’s human rights. Its framework is grounded in organizing women and girls to change structural power and inequalities. RJ builds the engagement and leadership of the women who experience the greatest reproductive health disparities, including women of color, low-income, young, rural, immigrant, and incarcerated women, and LGBT people. It asserts that an effective movement requires a base and leadership that reflects the diversity of our communities; and that the leadership and expertise of those most impacted by reproductive injustice is essential to winning policy change that benefits those with the greatest need. INTRODUCTION & INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED (Sarah D. Noble, The Reproductive Justice Collective)

SOLD! The Cost of Human Trafficking
Human trafficking, often referred to as "modern day slavery," is a multi-billion dollar criminal industry, and is the third most profitable illicit activity after illegal drugs and arms trafficking. Due to the nature of the crime it is hard to estimate exact numbers of trafficked victims, but 80% of trafficked persons are female and children. This presentation will provide an opportunity to better understand this complex topic including interactive learning activities that may have you looking at personal interactions with individuals in a whole new manner. INTRODUCTION (Sharon Miller, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland) 

Timing Your Life: Asking Teens to Make Decisions that Get Them What They Want!
Let’s move the conversation from “don’t have a baby” to “when is a better time for you to have a baby?” Some teens say “never,” while others say, “I’d like to wait until I finish school.” In both cases, youth need to make decisions now in order to reach those goals. This workshop will help youth workers identify the alternative empowerment that comes with making the decision to wait. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their own decision making process during adolescence. Exploring their own narratives helps youth workers become more impactful when delivering and sustaining the message. There is no doubt that young people live in the here and now. It is our job to highlight the link between choices they make now and how those decisions may impact their future. INTERMEDIATE (Michelle Brock, Milwaukee Health Services, Inc.) 

Wisconsin Adolescent Health Care Communication Program
To ensure a healthy future generation, adolescents must be able to engage in open, honest and medically accurate discussions about sexual health with their health care providers. Yet in reality, providers and teens don't always speak the same language. The Wisconsin Adolescent Health Care Communication Program (WAHCCP) is an intervention designed to bridge the communication gap between adolescents and their health care providers. Keeping It Real with Your Patients is a workshop directed at health care providers and other adult allies. With hand-outs, skits, and group discussions, Teen Educators respond to the providers' questions and dispel misconceptions about what adolescents want and need at the doctor's office. The interactive workshop helps the providers develop stronger relationships with their adolescent patients by teaching them about the importance of confidentiality, a non-judgmental attitude, and body language and speech that resonate with teens. Adolescents who feel comfortable will be more forthcoming about their health concerns and more receptive to a providers' counsel, enabling more effective care. INTRODUCTION (Amy Olejniczak and the WAWH Teen Peer Educators, Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health) 

Working With Youth of Color
Explore culturally competent techniques for working with youth of color. This course examines how youth workers use knowledge of culture and ethnicity in a respectful, relational practice with youth. Participants will engage in an interactive exploration of cultural diversity and critically evaluate their role in managing a youth program that appropriately considers ethnic identities and human diversity. Join us in an exploration of how youth worker practices can make a difference in the lives of youth of color. INTRODUCTION (Gevon Denuah, Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare)


 Workshop Levels

  1. Introductory level workshops provide information at the “101” level for individuals who are just beginning to expand their capacity in these topics. Introductory workshops focus on increasing participant knowledge and understanding of a topic. 
  2. Intermediate level workshops assume participants have a good grasp of “101” information and focus on how to apply this knowledge in their work. These workshops include skills-building components. 
  3. Advanced level workshops assume a firm grasp of the topic being explored; many participants in these sessions may be experts. These workshops focus on analysis and evaluation of methods and best practices, the creation of novel programs and coalition building.

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