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2019 Workshops

Session A

Wednesday, March 20

Pleasure as Prevention in Clinic Spaces: A Case Study and Recommendations

Katie Childs, DePauw University

As a graduate intern, presenter Katie Childs served as a consultant to Public Health of Madison-Dane County, which was looking for ways to incorporate pleasure-positive prevention messages into their work. This workshop will review the data collection and evaluation methods used and the recommendations given. Participants will have the opportunity to consider how similar strategies could be used in their own work.

Faithful Solutions

LaToya Bates-Barnes, Wounded Wings Association for the Betterment of Women and Girls

Assuming and avoiding are not useful tools to address the growing population of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) people in faith organizations. All faith communities need a basic understanding and a standard to follow so that everyone can worship and participate in their faith in a safe and welcoming space. This workshop will help participants identify needs, develop supportive tools, and discuss ways to create a safe space for LGBTQ and other members of their faith organization.

Bridging the Gap: Black Women and Reproductive Health

Neeka Lewis, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin

Research has shown that lack of accurate information, lack of access, and cultural differences not only impact the way Black women perceive their reproductive healthcare options, but often prevent them from seeking reproductive healthcare at all. This workshop will focus on the experience of Black female patients and the barriers they experience when trying
to access adequate healthcare. Learn about the myths, inaccuracies
and misinformation many Black women have, as well as how healthcare providers can address those inaccuracies to provide holistic, culturally responsive care.

Degendering Sex Education

Len Meyer and Megan Scoville, Planned Parenthood of Illinois

This interactive session will explore ways to create genderless sex education to ensure ALL people are included when providing information and education about sexuality. The facilitators will guide participants through ways to modify existing curricula by using language that doesn’t exclude or erase people in the LGBT community. They will also discuss changes that can be made to reflect people whose bodies don’t conform to typical anatomy or societal norms. It’s easier than you think!

Estigma: El Asesino Silencioso

El estigma alrededor del sexo y el VIH / SIDA ha tenido mucho poder dentro de las comunidades marginadas y ha afectado a las personas de muchas maneras, como no hacerse la prueba del VIH y resultados negativos de la salud cuando se les diagnostica el VIH. Las personas que viven con VIH (PLWH) también enfrentan el estigma social debido a la falta de conocimiento sobre el VIH. El estigma equivale a una muerte segura en algunas comunidades. Los presentadores abordarán algunos de los estigmas encontrados dentro de las comunidades marginadas y cómo sortear las barreras que surgen del estigma, para que todas las personas puedan tener una vida sexual saludable. [This workshop will be presented in English in Session F-2]

Session B

Wednesday, March 20

An Intersectional Examination: The Impact of Racism on Family Planning for Black Women

Jill Denson, UW-Milwaukee Zilber School of Public Health

This interactive workshop will explore how caricatures of Black women’s identities were formed during the antebellum period and continue to be perpetuated. Participants will have the opportunity to explore how racism, sexism and classism have affected Black women’s interaction in the health care system, particularly in family planning and obstetrics.

Sex and Faith (SEXuality)

Elle Halo, Cameron Overton and Jonah Overton, Zao Church Milwaukee

In this session we will discuss the intersection of sexuality and faith, particularly faith in sexual minorities and how to balance one’s sexual identity and traditional Faith. We will also explore #churchhurt and sexuality as a part of one’s faith walk. Building inclusivity from faith leadership and how to engage in more sensitive outreach will be discussed. All of these topics will be explored through a lens of body and sex positivity.

Sex, Dating and Disability: Making Relationship Education Accessible to All

Ellen Merker, Heart Consulting LLC

People with intellectual disabilities (ID) are often left out of important conversations regarding dating and sex that could increase safety. In this hands-on and engaging workshop, participants will discuss the prevalence of sexual and domestic violence in the disability community, explore barriers to service, and discuss how to engage individuals with ID in services, community conversations and outreach.

Multiple Rape Cultures: From Colonialism to Capitalism

In recent years popular hashtags such as #MeToo (#YoTambién) #NotOneLess (#NiUnaMenos) #SexualHarrassment (#AcosoCallejero) have represented and inspired global movements that continue to raise awareness about sexual violence. However, these atrocities still occur in an environment that blames victims and protects perpetrators. Called the “silent epidemic”, 50% of Latinas have experienced sexual assault, and 77% of Latinas have suffered sexual harassment at work because of toxic social norms that perpetuate a “culture of rape” and accept sexual violence as “part of life” or simply “how things are.” The Center Against Sexual Violence recognizes that we can change this “culture of rape“ and recover from or prevent sexual violence to live healthy, safe, free and happy lives. To begin this process, it helps to recognize how our historical trauma of power and privilege has contributed to cycles of abuse between colonialists and colonized people, between citizens and immigrants, between machismo and marianismo. We will focus on the four roots of “the culture of rape”: the socialization of gender, objectification and hypersexualization, the normalization of violence, and limited concepts on health and sexuality. [Esta sesión será presentada en español en la sesión E-5]

¿Y Que de Los Hombres? Lecciones del Campo Sobre Como Involucrar a los Hombres Latinexs en La Salud Sexual y Reproductiva

Karen Ortiz and Daisy Walker, Planned Parenthood of New York City

La educación sobre la salud sexual y reproductiva es una necesidad humana fundamental, pero ¿cómo superamos barreras sistémicas para alcanzar miembros de la comunidad que tradicionalmente han sido ignorados? La meta de este taller es aportar lecciones aprendidas cuando se trata de involucrar a los hombres inmigrantes Latinxs en la salud sexual y reproductiva con recursos, apoyo, y servicios médicos que desean pero no siempre reciben. Participantes aprenderán sobre estrategias de alcance, recibirán ejemplos de materiales, y también participarán en una actividad grupal, todo diseñado con un enfoque en proveer educación sexual y reproductiva para los hombres inmigrantes Latinxs. comunidad, y donde conseguir las poblaciones claves.

Session C

Wednesday, March 20

Racism in Sexual Health: How Implicit Bias Impacts Sexual Health Care and Education

Diana Love and Zakiyya Sorenson, Public Health Madison and Dane County and Michaela Berry, Harambee Village

This workshop for sexual health care providers and educators will help them think about the ways in which implicit bias frames the perceptions, judgment and valuation of clients of color. After reviewing the history of sexual and reproductive healthcare in the United States, participants will discuss the psychology of implicit bias and learn strategies that can be used to overcome their biases. This workshop incorporates stories from the field to help participants recognize the importance of biases on current practice and how preconceptions can merge into racist structures that undermine the principles of reproductive justice for clients of color and other minority groups.

Your Values Are for You

Samantha Carwyn, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland

Good educators find ways to support the growth of their participants while honoring their unique identities. In recognizing how their life experiences affect their values and beliefs, they can better allow youth to form their own values and motivation without bias. Participants will explore the difference between “universal values” and the “values of the majority,” and to discuss how to focus on understanding a spectrum of beliefs. A review of case studies will provide skills needed to address challenging scenarios that may arise. The workshop will specifically address working in faith communities and where there may be a variety of belief systems in the room.

Law and Order? How Framing Sexual Violence Within Legality Misses the Mark for Survivors and Perpetrators

Lizzie Small, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains

Every relationship has unique power dynamics. If abuse of power is reduced to legality, the question “who committed the crime?” misses the opportunity to address legal abuses of power, and nuances of the larger conversation are lost. What does it mean for a 30-year-old to be dating an 18-year-old? If both people were drunk, who raped whom? Instead of the threat of punishment as the consequence, conversations can be reframed as risk of harm to another. This workshop examines the need for educators and advocates to move beyond reliance on laws as deterrents to sexual violence, shifting instead to an empathy-based model.

Youth Development in Political Engagement by Centering Mobilization and Organization for Reproductive, Racial and Social Justice

Gabby Aranda and Samantha Crowley, UW Madison

While there has been an increase in youth political engagement in many communities, it is still difficult for marginalized youth to become involved and understand the steps they need to take to initiate change. This workshop aims to not only educate the general population of young people about the importance of political engagement, but also to center marginalized youth who are at a disadvantage when trying to make their voices heard. We will focus specifically on advocating for a variety of reproductive justice issues. Participants will get tools to help develop both leadership and advocacy skills needed to effect political and social change.

Amor a Traves de Folclor Latinx

Nataly Quintero and Lauren Salgado Cortez, Planned Parenthood of the North Central States

Los participantes en este taller tendrán la oportunidad de examinar algunos cuentos folclóricos latinoamericano populares y analizar los temas que surgen alrededor del amor y las relaciones. A través de este proceso, los facilitadores ayudarán a la audiencia desarrollar una comprensión crítica sobre lo que hace que una relación sea saludable ... o no. El taller incluirá narración de cuentos, discusiones y diálogos sobre cómo los valoressobre el amor son influidos por los medios y la cultura. (This workshop will be presented in English in Session E-4.)

Session D

Thursday, March 21

Creating an Inclusive Clinic Experience: From Intake Forms to Décor

Ren Grabert, Sex Health Info and Kirsten Schultz, Chronic Sex

With recent cuts to funding for sex-positive spaces, providers may feel as though there are very few changes that can be made to help all their clients feel welcome. Thankfully, there are small steps that can be taken to help guests feel comfortable, included and represented. Using knowledge gained from patient activism and sex education, Ren Grabert and Kirsten Schultz will present actionable changes that can be made quickly – from paperwork to artwork. Participants will leave with a tangible list of ways to make spaces inclusive as well as resources and guides to help them on their way.

Good God, Good Sex

LaToya Bates-Barnes, Wounded Wings Association for the Betterment of Women and Girls

Good sex enhances relationships and keeps the home fires burning. As society’s understanding of sexuality changes, so do sexual norms. This workshop is designed to explore what “good sex” really is, as well as how to have more of it. Participants, including faith leaders, will learn new ways to open communication lines so that sex is no longer considered taboo, while affirming that sexual expression is a gift from God.

#MeToo and Fostering Activism

Lizzie Small, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains

Young people have a lot of questions and a lot to say about the #MeToo movement. Educators need to be prepared to have confident conversations with young people that not only help them understand the nuance of rape culture but empower them to change it and support survivors. It can be intimidating to talk to students about sexual violence, or even say the word “rape” in a classroom. #MeToo pushes us to have these conversations. Disclosures about Weinstein to Perry to Ansari can be the fodder in the classroom to dig deep while still honoring trauma informed care.

Transforming Mindsets Regarding Self-Image

Larry Ponder, Grown Ups

This interactive workshop stresses the importance of personal growth for the purpose of community empowerment. Participants will explore topics such as sexual health education, gender identity, sexual trauma as it relates to HIV/AIDS, communication/negotiation skills while reflecting on the differences between social and personal perspectives. Using film clips,handouts and questionnaires, participants will take part in interactive exercises and group discussion. The group will collectively create options for viable personal enhancement and end with a presentation to review what was covered in the session.

Usando Servicios de Interpretacíon Para “Realmente” Comunicarnos

Maria Barker, Planned Parenthood of WI, Rachel Bloom-Pojar, UW-Milwaukee y Alejandra Godina-Guajardo, Intérprete para Servicios Médicos

Desde el 1964, los Estados Unidos implementó la póliza de Civil Rights Compliance Act, donde nos asegura igualdad en nuestras oportunidades de empleo y también acceso a servicios en el idioma que entiendo mejor. Aunque la póliza existe desde el 1964, no fue hasta como el 2003 que el gobierno empezó a pedir planes actuales de como organizaciones cumplirán con la parte de la ley que exige ofrecer servicios de interpretación sin ningún gasto para el cliente. Aquí fue cuando organizaciones empezaron a ofrecer servicios de interpretación por medio de teléfono o en persona. Ahora que clientes tienen acceso a servicio de interpretación, como sabemos si esta ley y servicio deberás le está sirviendo a la gente para que pueda comunicarse y entenderse con sus proveedores de salud. [This Session will be presented in English during session F-3]

Session E

Thursday, March 21

Ethical Non-Monogamy and Polyamory

Samantha Carwyn, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland

This workshop will provide attendees with terms, concepts and definitions to gain a better understanding about polyamory/ethical non-monogamy. We will explore the intersectionality of race, sexual orientation and gender identity within non-monogamy. The information provided will assist attendees in building a foundation for inclusive language and having open conversations with individuals exploring non-monogamous relationships or those who are already members of this community.

The Intersection of Spirituality, Abortion and Chaplaincy

Denise Cawley, Unitarian Universalist Association, volunteer Chaplain for Planned Parenthood

Spiritual well-being is often not considered a part of abortion health, but chaplaincy is a part of other, less controversial and non-politically monitored healthcare. The intersection of religion and abortion grows more contentious daily, making emotional and spiritual care an important aspect of decision-making for those seeking to terminate a pregnancy. Honoring people’s full selves in their decisions regarding pregnancy is just and loving. Participants will learn how to remove the justification rationale from language describing abortion, ways to honor people’s spirit in supporting their decision making process and hear stories about how chaplaincy can be used, regardless of faith, to accompany them in the abortion process. A resource list, language suggestions and tips for advocating for spiritual support will be included.

Contraceptive Equity

Meghan Benson, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin

While unintended pregnancy rates are at an all-time low in the US, they remain higher than global rates of unintended pregnancy, suggesting an opportunity for further improvement. Teens and women of color experience the highest rates of unintended pregnancy in the US, indicating the need for improved equity in pregnancy prevention efforts. In this session, participants will explore “contraceptive equity,” which encompasses not only equitable access to contraception, but equitable contraceptive education and counseling. By recognizing and resisting coercive counseling practices, providers can provide consistent, high-quality and evidence-based education to every contraceptive patient. Discussion will include ways to provide client-centered counseling that is tailored to meet individual needs with the goal of supporting effective contraceptive use.

Love Through Latinx Folklore

Nataly Quintero and Lauren Salgado Cortez, Planned Parenthood of the North Central States

Participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to examine some popular Latin-American folklore and analyze the themes that emerge around love and relationships. Through this process the facilitators will help the audience develop a critical understanding about what makes a relationship healthy...or not. The workshop will include storytelling, discussion, and thought-provoking dialogue around how values about love are influenced by media and culture. [Esta sesión será presentada en español en la sesión C-5]

Las Multiples Culturas de la Violacíon: Desde el Colonialism Hasta Capitalismo

Natalia Hildner, Rape Crisis Center, Dane County

En los últimos años “hashtag” populares como #yotambién #niunamenos #acosocallejero han representado e inspirado varios movimientos globales que siguen aumentado la conciencia en nuestra sociedad sobre la violencia sexual. Sin embargo, estas atrocidades siguen ocurriendo en un ambiente que sigue culpando a las víctimas y protegiendo los perpetradores. Llamado el “epidémico silencioso”, 50% de Latinas ha experimentado asalto sexual en sus vidas y 77% de Latinas que han sufrido acoso sexual en el trabajo porque todavía existen normas sociales toxicas que perpetúan una “cultura de la violación” que acepta la violencia sexual como “parte de la vida”, inevitable o simplemente “como son las cosas.”Aún que este cultura se manifiesta en formas distintas in cada región y comunidad, el Centro de Contra la Violencia Sexual reconoce que podemos cambiar esta “cultura de la violación” y también se puede prevenir y recuperar de la violencia sexual para vivir vidas sanas, seguras, libres y felices. Para empezar este proceso ayuda reconocer como nuestro trauma histórico de poder y privilegio a contribuido a ciclos de abuso como entre los colonialistas y los colonializados, entre los ciudadanos y los inmigrantes, entre el machismo y el marianismo. También, nos enfocaremos en las cuatro raíces de “la cultura de violación”: la socialización del género, la objectificación y hypersexualización, la normalización de la violencia,y los conceptos limitados sobre la salud y la sexualidad. [This session will be presented in English in Session B-4]

Session F

Thursday, March 21

Psychological Perspectives in Abortion Care

Erica Motz, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin

“Psychological Perspectives in Abortion Care” is a handbook developed using existing research about patients’ experiences of abortion, psychological theories of development, and anecdotal experiences working in abortion services. The objective is to use this information to understand and assuage common patient concerns about abortion, establish trust with patients so that they feel comfortable revealing these concerns, and to make abortion into a positive, enriching experience for patients — whether this means affirming those who already feel this way or trans-forming the experience for those who find it stigmatizing and frighten- ing. Participants will leave with a copy of the handbook containing their own notes, and they can receive a blank PDF via email if they choose. This workshop is intended for those who are involved in any aspect of pregnancy options counseling, or for pro-choice healthcare providers who want to get better at talking about abortion with their patients and colleagues.

Stigma: The Silent Killer

Abigail Gonzalez and Socorro Perez, 16th Street Community HealthCenters

Stigma around sex and HIV/AIDS has a lot of power within marginalized communities, and it affects people in their not getting HIV tested, increased negative health outcomes when they do get diagnosed with HIV, and more. People living with HIV also face societal stigma due to the lack of knowledge around HIV. Stigma equals certain death in some communities. The presenters will address some of the stigma found within marginalized communities and discuss ways to work around the barriers that arise from stigma, so that all people can have a healthy sex life. [Esta sesión será presentada en español en la sesión A-5]

Using Translation Services to ‘Really’ Communicate

Maria Barker, Planned Parenthood of WI, Rachel Bloom-Pojar, UW-Milwaukee and Alejandra Godina-Guajardo, Intérprete para Servicios Médicos

In 1964 the United States implemented the Civil Rights Compliance Act, which ensures equality in employment opportunities and access to services in the language you understand best. Although the policy has existed for 55 years, it was not until about 2003 that the government began asking organization to provide an actual plan on how they would comply with the law that states interpretation services must be provided at no cost to the client. This was when organizations began to offer interpretation services by telephone or in person. Now that clients have access to interpretation services, how do we know if this law and service is actually benefitting people to the level of being able to communicate and understand their health care providers? [Esta sesión será presentada en español en la sesión D-5]

This Body is Mine

Katherine Reinemann, UW-Madison

This workshop will examine the idea that people are the owners and caretakers of their own bodies. Attendees will consider the stressors, expectations, limitations and violence their bodies may be subjected to and build an awareness of how intersecting identities affect people’s connection with their own bodies. They will have the opportunity to learn about and practice skills that work to improve the SAFETY of our bodies as we move through the world, the reproductive and overall HEALTH of our bodies, and the STRENGTH of our connection with the body that we live in. Participants will leave with instructions on how to lead the activity, and a resource list about the topics discussed.