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Safe Healthy Strong Postponed

After much consideration, in consultation with our public health partners, and based on the advice of our medical director, we have decided to postpone next week’s Safe Healthy Strong Conference out of an abundance of caution due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We hope to reschedule the conference for later this year and will keep you posted with that information. If you have any questions or concerns about the postponement of the conference, please contact me at [email protected] or 608-345-7277.

2020 Safe Healthy Strong Workshops

Wednesday, March 18



Session A

Wednesday, March 18
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM

A-1   Sex Trafficking Prevention: The Need, the Challenges, the Successes  

Samantha Collier and Katherine Sieger, Neu-Life Community Development

In this workshop participants will learn about a new human trafficking program geared towards at-risk youth, ages 12-18, living in the Milwaukee area. The program has been created to address the growing challenges facing the community, which has been dubbed the “Harvard of Pimp Schools.” Presenters will review common themes within trafficking cases and the “game” predators play to lure their victims. This workshop will also review challenges related to implementing a prevention program of this nature, and a lesson on the “spheres of influence” will be demonstrated.

A-2   Fabulous and Thriving: Wellness in the Land of Fat Phobia

Cindy Alves

The purpose of this workshop is to center Fat people/People of Size/Larger Bodies in a world that often devalues them. Healthcare is paramount for overall wellness and must prioritize the needs of the patients/clients/participants. Cindy Lee will facilitate an interactive workshop offering tools, along with personal anecdotes, to help folks understand what it's like to navigate through this fatphobic world. Fatness will also be discussed as it intersects with system-impacted identities. Participants will leave the workshop better equipped to support folks with larger bodies and affirm their whole, authentic, sexual selves.

A-3   Dialogues on Safe Sex: An Intersectional Perspective 

Nikotris Perkins, UBUNTU Research and Evaluation

Research based dialogues around safe sex with youth are plentiful and powerful. Many times, however, engaging people around their identities makes it more complicated. This workshop offers information, self-reflection, and tools from an intersectional perspective especially around age, race, and gender. Explore definitions, facilitation habits, and curriculum modifications that can make all the difference in youth understanding and standing in their power.

A-4   Juntos Podemos Hacer El Cambio: Transformando El Estigma Del Aborto

Maria Barker, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin

Aunque el aborto es una experiencia bastante común, el estigma que lo rodea es muy generalizado y se manifiesta en muchos nive-les, como los medios de comunicación, las leyes y las políticas, las instituciones, las comunidades, las relaciones y las personas. El estigma del aborto se experimenta a través de: a) actitudes, sen-timientos y comportamientos negativos relacionados con el aborto, y b) un estado de inferioridad experimentado por las mujeres que buscan abortar o que han tenido abortos, proveedores que realizan abortos y otras personas involucradas en la atención del aborto. Este estigma contribuye al secreto, la desinformación y la falta de apoyo para las mujeres y sus parejas, y puede crear barreras para acceder a servicios de aborto seguro y de alta calidad. Este taller se enfoca en la atención del aborto en Estados Unidos y ayudará a los participantes a comprender cómo transformar el estigma, la vergüenza y el silencio sobre el aborto en visibilidad, apertura y empoderamiento.

Session B

Wednesday, March 18
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

B-1   “Logging off” Isn’t the Answer: Domestic Abuse, LGBTQ Victims, and the Internet 

Matthew Lewis, Medical College of Wisconsin and Lorenzo Edwards, Jr., Legal Practitioner

This presentation will enhance participants’ understanding about how LGBTQ people experience domestic abuse both in the digital and physical worlds by exploring what it means to come of age against the backdrop of legal and social stigma and discrimination against this population. Those experiences often make them especially vulnerable to abuse and harassment. This presentation will raise practitioner awareness of the most common technological means used by perpetrators when exacting abuse and harassment in the digital world, the impact it has on victims and how LGBTQ victims of domestic abuse and harassment may experience significant barriers to obtaining adequate protections under existing laws.

B-2   There's Bound to Be Someone Into Kink: An Intro to Kink for Educators, Health Care Professionals, and the Curious 

Elizabeth Wolfe, Planned Parenthood of the North Central States

This workshop is an introduction to the world of kink. Kink terminology and practices will be discussed in the context of consent, free of shame and judgment. This fun and interactive workshop encourages group discussions and small group activities. Participants will leave with a better understanding of basic terminology, how consent relates to kink, recognize the differences between healthy and unhealthy kink relationships and a resource guide in hand for further research.

B-3   Teen Council: Empowering Peer Education and Teaching Sex Education in the Community

Emily Aytes, Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky

Teen Council is a nation-wide peer led sex education program, sponsored by Planned Parenthood, the covers inclusive, medically accurate sexual health while also teaching high school aged participants to be educators so that they can go back into local schools to teach their peers. Teen Council presentations often cover consent, healthy relationships, STIs, safe sex practices, and birth control methods. This workshop will explore this program and focus on ways to engage youth in learning and teaching sex education in their communities. This workshop will also look at creative ways to engage youth in learning various sex ed topics.

B-4    ¡No Somos Uno, No Somos 10, Somos Millones – Cuentanos Bien!

Maria Barker and Livia Rowell-Oritz, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin

Las personas impulsadas por la misión a menudo reciben mucha información sobre lo que una organización está haciendo en general, pero rara vez se les dan los eventos que los entusiasman a actuar y participar. Este año, los promotores de salud de Planned Parenthood de Wisconsin y los Voceros de Voces, lideran los esfuerzos para garantizar que las po-blaciones latinas se cuenten en el censo de 2020 y nuestras voces se registren a través de las elecciones de 2020. Ven y aprende cómo puedes apoyar estos esfuerzos y trabajar codo a codo con los voceros y promotores de salud para planificar y facilitar eventos, talleres, encuestas e ideas vibrantes que pueda tener son bienvenidos.

Session C

Wednesday, March 18
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

C-1   Patriarchy in Medicine: Restoring Our Autonomy 

Katherine Reinemann and Payton Udo, University of Wisconsin

This workshop uses storytelling to educate participants on violent and coercive practices that take place in medical spaces and link these practices to the broader system of patriarchy. Using the medium of video, we will share stories from community members who have faced violations of their bodily autonomy in medical spaces. We will use historical evidence to examine systems of patriarchal oppression that make medical coercion and violence prevalent in the US. Finally, we will use reproductive justice philosophy and a nursing care model to reimagine medical care in a way that preserves bodily autonomy for all people.

C-2   Providers and Teens Communicating for Health

Erika Koepsel and the PATCH Teen Educators, PATCH

Health care professionals (including counselors, social workers, nurses, and many more) can play a key role in the health and development of youth. However, there are unique challenges that young people face in accessing and receiving high-quality, youth friendly health services. During this innovative teen-led workshop, trained PATCH Teen Educators will share their accurate and authentic insights into the concerns, preferences and realities that impact the healthcare experiences of today’s youth. Their intent is to educate, engage, and empower health care providers on ways to better connect with teens and prioritize the needs of young people.

C-3 Public Allyship: My Journey to Advocacy

Elle Hill, Public Ally, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin

In this presentation, Elle Hill will highlight her learning and impactful experiences from the community engagement, direct service, outreach, policy and development, media/social media engagement, and HIV prevention she did working with numerous organizations around Milwaukee in the past several years. Through a presentation that incorporates info-graphics, video, pictures and discussion, participants will be lead through Elle's personal and professional development as an advocate with the objective of sharing programming models that can become opportunities for other people who wish to grow in a similar fashion, especially QTPOC and LGBTQ+ individuals.

C-4   Hablemos DE Sexo: Más Allá De Las Aves Y Las Abejas

Sonia Tellez, Promotoras de Salud, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin

El objetivo de este taller es promover comportamientos seguros, saludables y bien informados en relación con el sexo y la sexualidad. Los participantes explorarán y debatirán estrategias para participar en prácticas sexuales seguras y desarrollar actitudes saludables hacia el sexo y la sexualidad. Se fomentará la participación del público a través de la colaboración práctica y la discusión de herramien-tas y productos para la mejora de la vida sexual. Los participantes recibirán consejos sobre cómo disfrutar de la intimidad, restaurar y fortalecer las relaciones sexuales.

Thursday, March 19



Session D

Thursday, March 19
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

D-1   Intimate Partner Violence in LGBTQ+ Monogamous and Polyamorous Relationships

Laura Brundage, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains

Conversations around domestic violence and intimate partner violence have traditionally excluded LGBTQ+ people. While there has been a shift within the past several years to include LGBTQ+ individuals in these conversations, many trainings and resources still fail to address types of abuse found exclusively in the LGBTQ+ community beyond the threat of being outed. With a trauma-informed lens, this workshop will examine specific types and layers of abuse found in the LGBTQ+ community that are rarely addressed, including the appropriation of social justice language to perpetuate abuse and abuse in queer polyamorous relationships, as well as steps towards restorative justice and community healing.

D-2   Neurodiversity and Sex – for Muggles!

Kirstin Schultz, Chronic Sex

Using examples inspired by the beloved book series Harry Potter, Kirsten Schultz  -  neurodiverse themself - will guide people through the neurodiverse and neurodivergent world. Attendees will apparate into a brief history of the movement, learn how neurodiversity can affect sexual health and expression, and how best to support neurodiverse people in their sexual health journey.

D-3   From Flats to Heels. Am I Really Ready?

Linda Guijosa, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands and Nataly Quintero, Planned Parenthood of the North Central States

This workshop will dissect Latin American coming of age traditions highlighting the Quinceañera. We will also look deeper into male coming of age traditions among others. How have these traditions changed, if at all? What are the expectations of those going through this process and how does it affect family dynamics and expectations in the present time? The workshop will include some storytelling elements, discussion on coming of age symbolisms and rituals and thought-provoking dialogue. 

D-4   Asexual Healthcare: An Introduction

Sara Jetson, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin

This presentation will explore the identities, experiences, and challenges of asexual people when accessing healthcare. Participants will define key terms related to asexuality, explore unique barriers facing asexual patients, and learn to apply asexual-inclusive behaviors in their own practice. This workshop will be presented in Spanish.

Session E

Thursday, March 19
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

E-1   Rights Not Rescue: Empowering Sex Workers and Eliminating Sex Trafficking (Panel)

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

Sex work dates back before Biblical times as has the controversy surrounding it. Legal in several countries and Nevada, the movement to decriminalize sex work is growing. Simultaneously, sex trafficking has come out of the shadows as communities fight to end this modern-day slavery. What is the difference between sex work and sex trafficking? For professionals, what are the reporting requirements?  How do we conduct an intake or investigation? This session provides an in-depth look at sex trafficking and the argument for sex worker rights. Participants will learn strategies for health and social service professionals working with these populations.

E-2   Asexual Health Care: An Introduction

Sara Jetson, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin

This presentation will explore the identities, experiences, and challenges of asexual people when accessing healthcare. Participants will define key terms related to asexuality, explore unique barriers facing asexual patients, and learn to apply asexual-inclusive behaviors in their own practice.  

E-3   Centering Birth Equity: Impacts of Community Midwifery on Birthing Families of Color

Sasha Bariffe, Prism Birth Services and Lucky Tomaszek, the Tool Shed

Milwaukee is the most dangerous place in the country for black birthing families. Many of the issues stem directly from lack: lack of equitable prenatal and postpartum care; lack of hospitals providing maternity care; lack of culturally sensitive staff training; lack of an adequate social safety net for Milwaukee’s most vulnerable residents. But even when none of these things are an issue, black women and babies are still at risk. The stress of living while black in America’s most segregated city also significantly impacts birth outcomes in Milwaukee.  This session will explore community-based midwifery and look at the ways it addresses each of these issues as well as importance of receiving care from providers who have similar lived experiences and backgrounds.

E-4    Lianza Proactiva LGBTQ

Yesi Llerenas Daniel, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains

Los jóvenes LGBTQ tienen distintas necesidades de salud sexual que a menudo se excluyen de los programas de educación sexual. Ya sea intencional o no, esto ocurre debido a prejuicios y estigmas que influyen en los puntos de vista de quienes enseñan y respon-den preguntas sobre sexo, sexualidad y relaciones. Este taller creará oportunidades para la autorreflexión y discusiones sobre heterosex-ismo, cissexismo, sesgos y microagresiones. Enfrentar y desapren-der estos conceptos contribuye a un cambio de cultura y educación sexual orientado a la justicia que intenta desmantelar la sexualidad opresiva y las normas de género. Los jóvenes LGBTQ exigen que los adultos desaprendan los prejuicios LGBTQ que tienen para poder abordarlos y dejar de esparcirlos en el aula o la comunidad.

Session F

Thursday, March 19
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

F-1 Preferred Pronouns: Moving Beyond the Inclusion Checkbox

Laura Brundage, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains

Research has shown that youth are understanding the complexities of gender and sexuality at higher rates than ever before, yet LGBTQ+ content still isn’t accurately and purposefully included when discussing sexual health. Often LGBTQ+ identities are mentioned in their own separate unit of sexual health or are still left out of the conversation all together. Educators and youth-serving professionals need to be prepared to go further than basic 101 LGBTQ+ information and find moments to include a range of LGBTQ+ identities for every sexual health topic. 

F-2   Lessons Learned: Strengthening the U.S. Response to Resistant Gonorrhea

Lori Amsterdam, Wisconsin Division of Public Health STD Control Section, Helen Hermus, City of Milwaukee Health Department, Manjeet Kubber, City of Milwaukee Health Department Laboratory, John Pfister, EpiLab

Strengthening the United States Response to Resistant Gonorrhea (SURRG) began in 2016 with three goals: 1) enhance domestic gonorrhea surveillance and infrastructure; 2) build capacity for rapid detection and response to resistant gonorrhea through increased culturing and local antibiotic susceptibility testing; and 3) rapid field investigation to stop the spread of resistant infections. The project also aims to gain a better understanding of the epidemiological factors contributing to resistant gonorrhea. Eight jurisdictions, including Milwaukee, collect and analyze data, helping guide national recommendations for the public health response to resistant gonorrhea. During the session, we will discuss the scope of the enhanced surveillance project, findings to date and cutting-edge approaches through genome sequencing and culture independent testing (CIDT) to identify social clusters for targeted public health interventions.

F-3   Together We Can Make Shift Happen: Transforming Abortion Stigma

Amy Doczy and Rachelle Hoehnen, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin

This workshop will focus on abortion care in the united states, and can help participants transform abortion stigma, shame and silence into visibility, openness and empowerment.

F-4 Poder Y Control en El Sexo Y Las Relaciones

Carmen Maysonet, UMOS

Cuando las personas se enteran de una violación, a menudo asu-men que la víctima no conoce al perpetrador. Sin embargo, el abuso psicológico, emocional y físico, e incluso la violación, también ocurren dentro de relaciones establecidas. La mayoría de las pare-jas tienen al menos algunos desacuerdos sobre el sexo, ya sea con qué frecuencia deberían tenerlo, qué tipo de actividad sexual es aceptable o qué es lo que quieren. Muchos nunca hablan entre ellos acerca de sus diferentes necesidades y deseos. El abuso ocurre cuando una persona intimida u obliga a su pareja a tener relaciones sexuales o realizar actividades sexuales que esta última no desea. Sin embargo, no es raro que las personas supongan que some-terse a los deseos de un cónyuge es lo que se espera dentro de las relaciones matrimoniales, por lo que el comportamiento continúa a pesar de que hace que la pareja se sienta infeliz, humillada o incluso traumatizada. Este taller explorará el poder y el control en el sexo y las relaciones y explorará por qué es tan vital que las parejas hablen sobre temas que se consideran tabú para romper el ciclo de la vergüenza y el abuso.