What is SHAP?
The Sexual Health Ambassador Program (SHAP) is a peer education program that invites Latino/a/x leaders, caregivers, parents, and members of the Worcester community. The mission of SHAP is to improve the sexual and reproductive health outcomes of the Worcester community. Through education, professional development, and community building our ambassadors are prepared to disrupt health disparities and promote the importance of health equity.
The History of SHAP
The Sexual Health Ambassador Program (SHAP) was created in the fall of 2019. Since being launched in the winter of 2020 our SHAP program manager has coached various cohorts with several Latino/a/x ambassadors. Each cohort has conducted one-to-one conversations with members of the Worcester community and developed capstone projects from addressing sexual health stigmas to reproductive health care accessibility.
The six-month long program is designed in three phases, orientation, capacity building, and capstone project. Each phase includes sexual and reproductive health education, discussion groups, and journaling.
These sessions take place in a 3-week time period, for 8 sessions for 2 hours.
- SHAP Overview
- Services Overview Presentation & HIPPA
- Managing Suspicious Encounters & Anti-stigma
- Askable Adult
- Sexuality 101
- Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity
Capacity Building Sessions
These sessions take place in a 6-week time period, each week for 1 ½ hours.
- 1:1 Conversations and Documentation
- Professionalism and Conduct
- Effective Communication
- Constructive Conversations
- Reproductive Rights and Justice
- Protection Methods
- STIs and Stigma
Our Capstone Projects!
Cohort 1: Sexual & Reproductive Health Stigma Toolkit
Meet the ambassadors from cohort one and hear their stories that combat stigma associated with sexual and reproductive health. Watch video here.
Cohort 2: STI Stigma Reels
Meet the ambassadors from cohort 2 and hear their stories that combat stigma associated with sexually transmitted infections. Click on the links in the attached document.
Cohort 3: Abortion Access & Roe v. Wade
The SHAP program will be looking for applicants for the next cohort planning to start in early July 2022!
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