414ALL: Peer to Peer Safer Sex Health Promotion

414ALL is a condom distribution campaign that focuses on making condoms accessible, available, and acceptable for youth in Milwaukee to reduce STI transmission and unplanned teen pregnancy. During this workshop, we will explore the impact and benefits of utilizing youth community health promoters, outreach events, and social marketing strategies as they pertain to sexual health messaging. We will also discuss effective programming styles and curricula implementation that can be used to build individual leadership skills, promote teamwork, and increase knowledge of sexual health related issues. (Kofi Short and Mark Silva, Diverse and Resilient, Milwaukee, WI) [Track: Emerging Practices in Health Communication]

Addressing Barriers for the Integration of Routine HIV Screening within Clinical Settings: Beliefs, Behaviors, and Cultural Change

The impact of HIV stigma within health care settings creates a barrier that discourages patients from fully addressing their health needs. The integration of routine HIV testing as medical practice for everyone 13-64, allows systems to change and create an environment that fosters a sense of security for all patients. However, when mobilizing providers, personal issues must be addressed to ensure adoption of routine testing as well as to create affirming environments for gay, bisexual, and transgender (GBT) individuals of color. This session will demonstrate and discuss materials created through the Protecting Our Patients (POP) campaign which are used to motivate providers to adopt routine HIV testing and to decrease personal discomfort and bias in order to create affirming environments for individuals who identify as GBT and deliver quality care to all patients. (Laura Roche and Saúl Zepeda, Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago, Chicago, IL) [Track: LGBTQ Health]

Adolescent Financial Literacy...So Much More Than Just About Money!

The overall lack of Financial Literacy is exploited more by the media and corporate America than by any educational system in place. But financial literacy is about so much more than money!  It’s about attitudes, beliefs, and a willingness to become comfortable discussing subjects that may be avoided in many families.  Adolescence is the stage in life when young people are developing their attitudes, beliefs, and decision making skills. Wisconsin Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) has implemented financial literacy as an “adult preparation” subject with over 3,000 teens along with evidence-based pregnancy prevention curriculum. Financial Literacy education positions adolescents to have a positive impact on their own future success. (Nancy Hahn, Medical College of Wisconsin, Jeff Sroka, Asset Builders of Wisconsin and Kaye Tucker, Silver Spring Neighborhood Center, Milwaukee, WI) [Track: Emerging Practices in Health Communication]

Asking Tough Questions: The Sexual Health History

Taking a sexual health history can often feel like a daunting task - What should I ask? Who should I ask? When should I ask? How should I ask? What should I do with the answers? This workshop will answer these questions and more by providing the information you need to take a comprehensive sexual health history, demonstrating techniques to make you and your patients feel more comfortable with the process, and reviewing current recommendations for sexually transmitted infection risk, screening and follow up. (Cate Guggino, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, Madison, WI) [Track: Supporting Healthy Sexuality in Health Care Settings]

Connecting the Dots Between Mental Health And Healthy Sexuality for African American Youth

African American youth have higher rates of poverty, exposure to violence, limited educational resources, and lack support from traditional networks. Join us as we illustrate the link in how racism, classism, sexism, and environmental stressors contribute to the mental health of African American youth, and how these factors affect their ability to express healthy and risky sexual behavior and coping strategies. Come learn some of the tools needed to promote healthy decision making and coping strategies in our community. (Adrian Jones, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, Madison, WI) [Track: Supporting Healthy Sexuality in Health Care Settings]

Dimensions and Interactions of Diversity: Realities in Cross Cultural Healthcare Amongst Providers and Between Providers and Patients

Often the beliefs we know to be true about others are actually assumptions and beliefs that have little to do with the “realities” of that other person. Many life aspects go into making up each one of us and colors the way we interact with one another. As healthcare providers it is especially necessary to recognize the world you, the professional provider and person, come from is different than the world of the persons you are working with and serving. Maintaining a safe respectful environment adds to a healing environment. Explore how cultural realities can and do affect the quality of service. (Jan Singer, Life Adventure Therapies, Theinsville, WI) [Track: LGBTQ Health]

Do Black (Gay) Lives Matter?

Black gay men are only 0.2% of the total U.S. population, but they account for one in four new HIV infections nationally. One in three black gay men are currently infected with HIV. More locally, in Milwaukee young black men who have sex with men accounted for one-third of all HIV diagnoses in 2014, and HIV diagnoses more than doubled in this population between 2005 and 2014. While these numbers are shocking, efforts to address the HIV epidemic among black gay men have been inadequate, and this presentation will provide recommendations aimed at reducing disparities, including initiatives by Milwaukee’s own community-based organizations serving black gay men. (Ricardo Wynn, AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI) [Track: LGBTQ Health]

Expedited Partner Therapy: The What, When, Why, and How for Healthcare Professionals

Expedited partner therapy (EPT) is an alternative mechanism of partner notification and partner treatment for STIs when sexual partners are unlikely to present for testing and treatment. Index patients are provided medications or prescriptions for delivery to their sexual partners without requiring their partners to undergo diagnostic screening. Research suggests many healthcare providers feel unequipped to provide this mechanism of partner treatment. This workshop aims to improve provider knowledge and training with EPT in an effort to remove an uptake barrier. A focus on the What, When, Why, and How will provide accurate information on EPT research and practice. (Steven John, UW Zilber School of Public Health and Paul Hunter, City of Milwaukee Health Department, Milwaukee, WI) [Track: Supporting Healthy Sexuality in Health Care Settings]

Gaming Sex (Education)

This presentation will provide attendees with new ideas for how to invigorate the same old sexual health talk with fun, exciting and interactive games. Two LGBT-friendly games will be demonstrated and instructions provided for replicating. Presenter will also discuss the basics for thinking out of the box in order to design/create your own games, as well as tips for getting youth involved with game creation. (Kat Sieger, Milwaukee, WI) [Track: Emerging Practices in Health Communication]

Graphic Content: Lessons from Not Your Mother’s Meatloaf: A Sex Education Comic Book

Not Your Mother’s Meatloaf: A Sex Education Comic Book (NYMM) was published in 2013 and includes comics by 50 different artists. The workshop will explain NYMM’s evolution from grassroots project to published book. NYMM pushes sex education to the next level by privileging voices traditionally left out of the conversation in an accessible medium. Engaging students in comic making can be a valuable addition to any classroom. The workshop includes a series of hands on activities attendees can implement with their students. These activities can help deepen students understanding of sexual health topics and connect to material on a personal level. (Liza Bley, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, Albuquerque, NM) [Track: Emerging Practices in Health Communication]

I'm Too Young for This!: Body Image and Sexual Health Challenges in Young Women with Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, with over 250,000 new diagnoses annually in the U.S. alone. While it is generally thought of as a disease of the older adult, about 25% of these diagnoses are in women under the age of 50. This workshop will focus on the unique sexual health challenges that young women who receive a breast cancer diagnosis face, including the impact that diagnosis and treatment have on body image, physical sexual functioning, and intimate relationships. Additionally, we will explore interventions to prevent and reduce the burden of these sexual health challenges, and discuss evidence-based recommendations for further support of these young women. (Marloe Esche, Milwaukee, WI) [Track: Supporting Healthy Sexuality in Health Care Settings]

LGBTQIA2 Inclusivity for Healthcare Providers

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people face significant health challenges. Many healthcare workers, from receptionists to physicians, are not accepting of or trained to work with LGBTQ people. The lack of understanding or hostility faced by LGBTQ patients, contributes to a large disparity in health access. National data show that 29% of LGB adults and 48% of transgender adults delay or avoid medical care compared to 17% of heterosexual adults. LGBTQ people seeking healthcare encounter medical forms that don’t acknowledge their gender identity, concerns that their gender identity or sexual orientation will not be held in confidence and no idea if the healthcare provider and staff will treat them with respect and dignity if they disclose their sexual orientation. This presentation will provide best practices in working LGBTQ patients and offer strategies to create a safe and welcoming environment. (Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel and Dana Stueling, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, Des Moines, IA [Track: Supporting Healthy Sexuality in Health Care Settings & LGBTQ Health]

May I Kiss You? A Workshop on Consent in Rural Communities

This workshop will explore what consent looks like in a conservative, rural community. When it comes to sex, consent is the best-kept secret, especially in a rural community. In this workshop, PPNCNY puts in plain words the nuances of consent: from a thorough definition of consent to tools for practicing consent, and much more. All through the workshop are humorous interactive discussions and valuable exercises that keep everyone energized and involved. (Amelia Gelnett and Dierdre Loftus, Planned Parenthood of the North Country, Watertown, NY) [Track: Sex Outside the City]

Peer Education in the Land of Enchantment

This workshop will cover a variety of approaches to peer education and concrete strategies for running successful programs. New Mexico’s four peer education programs train high schools students to become expert sex educators, community leaders, and champions for reproductive justice. While peer education is a popular model, executing such programs effectively can be a challenge, especially in rural areas. All peer education prioritizes positive youth development, but each group is unique and often isolated from the work others are doing across the field. During this workshop, presenters will address how they worked through common challenges and developed more successful programming. (Liza Bley, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, Albuquerque, NM and Chloe Hall, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, Santa Fe, NM) [Track: Sex Outside the City]

PrEP: Pre-exposure Prophylaxis for HIV Prevention

This workshop will focus on a biomedical approach to HIV prevention, PrEP, Pre-exposure prophylaxis, a daily pill taken by HIV negative individuals to prevent HIV infection. Participants will learn about the basics of PrEP - what it is, how it works, and how the disproportionate rates of HIV among African American men who have sex with men in Milwaukee warrant the need for additional prevention methods. We will discuss the results of a community readiness assessment and how they inform the next steps for implementing PrEP in Milwaukee. (Erica Christenson, Ronnie Grace and Kofi Short, Diverse and Resilient, Milwaukee, WI) [Track: Supporting Healthy Sexuality in Health Care Settings]

Prevalence, Rates, Statistics, Oh My! Making Sense of Public Health Data

This workshop will increase the participants’ ability to understand, interpret, and communicate basic public health data found in reports and the published literature. Using actual sexual and reproductive health data (for example HIV, sexually transmitted infections, Youth Risk Behavior Survey), participants will learn about common data concepts used to describe the impact of disease on populations, health disparities, and the effectiveness of interventions designed to improve outcomes. Participants will also practice interpreting and describing public health data with their peers and will learn about methods to effectively communicate data with the community. (Katarina Grande and Casey Schumann, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Madison, WI) [Track: Supporting Healthy Sexuality in Health Care Settings]

Pro-Voice 101: Abortion and Ethical Storytelling

Pro-Voice is a model for engaging in ethical and respectful dialogue across highly polarized political topics, like abortion, in order to bring empathy and mutual understanding to sometimes volatile conversations. Using my own story about my personal experience with abortion as a jumping off point, the audience and I will transform the way we talk, listen, and engage with others. Together we will deconstruct our personal identity politics and explore ways in which we can communicate more effectively both in person and online, reducing stigma, shame, aggression, and allowing room for vulnerability within these conversations. (Natalia Koss Vallejo, Milwaukee, WI) [Track: Emerging Practices in Health Communication]

Reducing Sexually Transmitted Infections Through Sexual Health Education

The Wisconsin Winnebago County STI task force piloted a middle school level sexual health curriculum based on the National Sexuality Education Standards (NSES). Its purpose was to measure its impact on student sexual health knowledge and risky sexual behavior in comparison with current sexual health curriculum. The goal was to show evidence that a comprehensive sexual health education will increase students’ knowledge about STI prevention, reducing STIs, reducing first time initiation of sexual intercourse, and reducing number of partners. (Cindy Draws and Lori Duclon, Winnebago County Health Department, Oshkosh, WI) [Track: Sex Outside the City]

Safe Dates: Supporting Healthy LGBTQ Teen Relationships

LGBTQ youth are at greater risk of experiencing violence in their dating relationships when compared to their heterosexual peers. In this workshop, we will explore Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), myths and facts, and the impact of power and control in LGBTQ teen relationships. We will also address unique challenges and barriers that LGBT youth face around IPV. We will explore one strategy Diverse & Resilient has implemented across the state over the past two years to address the issue of IPV in LGBTQ youth relationships. (Katie Abbot, Diverse and Resilient, Milwaukee, WI) [Track: LGBTQ Health & Sex Outside the City]

Sex and a Sandwich

This session will allow participants to learn about and experience the Sex and a Sandwich, (SAAS) project. SAAS is a web-based video and social media project that aims to engage adults to learn about sexuality and be inspired to act in ways that promote sexual health for themselves and the world. Seeking to make discussions about sexuality mainstream, sexuality educators, who are naturally witty and smart, gather to eat sandwiches and chat about...what else? Video snippets are produced and distributed weekly, and invite views to take actions in their own lives to promote sexual health. (Kathleen Baldwin, Tell Kathleen Anything, LLC, Indianapolis, IN) [Track: Emerging Practices in Health Communication]

Sex IS an Independent Living Skill

People with disabilities are often left out of conversations about sexuality or denied access to sexuality education programs. This session will give participants the opportunity to talk about sexuality and disability and learn why it is so important to include people with disabilities in sexuality education. Participants will leave this session with ideas for making sex ed accessible, ways to reach people with a variety of disabilities, and concrete activities and adaptations that can be made for any program. Sex is an independent living skill! Come find out why and how. (Alie Kriofske Mainella, IndependenceFirst, Milwaukee, WI) [Track: Emerging Practices in Health Communication]

Take it like a Man: Strategies in Combating Societal Pressures Young Men Face Growing Up

He wears a mask and his face grows to fit it.” – George Orwell

In his essay “Shooting an Elephant,” Orwell uses this metaphor to describe transformation. It means that if a person forces himself to act a certain way to be a certain person, eventually they will run the risk of actually becoming the person they created. Join us in shock, tears, and laughter as we take a look at how societal views and pressures about masculinity affect the development of young men growing up. Through discussion, activities, and film we will gain the tools each one of us needs to both better ourselves and the communities we work in. (Jon Watts, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI) [Track: Emerging Practices in Health Communication]

Teen Sexual Abuse: What Professionals Need to Know for Prevention & Response

Teen sexual abuse impacts many youth across Wisconsin. This workshop will give professionals who work with teens the knowledge and tools they need to be part of the solution. To understand the current context of teen sexual abuse, common myths about teen sexual abuse will be shared and depicted through recent media cases. Five tangible suggestions of how to respond to teen sexual abuse will be presented, with an emphasis on trauma-informed solutions. Lastly, six ways professionals can contribute to prevention will be shared and discussed. (Kelley Moe Litke, Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Madison, WI) [Track: Supporting Healthy Sexuality in Health Care Settings]

Trans Health Care

The presenter of this workshop describes herself as “a woman that was born in the wrong body.” In this workshop for health care provider exams, she will discuss those issues that health care providers sometimes wonder, “Should I ask?” She will also address how transgender persons would like to be treated by medical staff. (Ann Marie Hoeppner, LGBT Community Center of the Chippewa Valley, Eau Claire, WI) [Track: Sex Outside the City & LGBTQ Health & Supporting Healthy Sexuality in Health Care Settings]

What To Do With All This Text? Skill-Building to Demystify Qualitative Analysis

Many professionals want to learn more about their program and are tasked with showing results. Mixed methods and qualitative analysis can provide valuable information, but can also be time-consuming. In this workshop participants will practice three techniques they can use to analyze open-ended or qualitative data in a timely fashion. These techniques include a general coding process and two mixed methods that quantify or add numerical value to responses. While listed as an “advanced” workshop due to the emphasis on evaluation, this skill-building workshop is intended for participants with limited or no experience in qualitative analysis for program evaluation. (Rose Hennessy, Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Madison, WI) [Track: Supporting Healthy Sexuality in Health Care Settings]

Youth Voices: Building Youth Adult Partnerships

This workshop provides a conceptual framework as well as concrete suggestions for implementing a youth-friendly approach through recognizing adultism, identifying what makes an ally as well, and reviewing how the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health (ICAH) worked in partnership with youth to create Sex Ed Saves: Amplifying Youth Voice Through Sex-Positive Education curriculum! Participants will also understand best practices for ensuring youth comfort and accessibility, gain tools to implement youth-friendly program provision, define adultism and ally-ship to explore implications in their relationships with youth, and role-play youth experience scenarios while struggling to access quality care in school, family and healthcare contexts. (Aisha Chaudry, Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health, Chicago, IL[Track: Supporting Healthy Sexuality in Health Care Settings]

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