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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.

Featured Speakers

Cindy Lee Alves

Cindy Lee Alves is an award-winning sexologist, educator, and writer with over a decade of experience in facilitating challenging conversations with both adults and young people. She has taught thousands of people on topics including comprehensive sexuality education, youth development, pleasure, gender, and social justice. As they take their expertise on the road, Cindy Lee travels for workshops, keynotes, and professional development; they also host the podcast, “On Shuffle with Cindy Lee”. 

Fabulous and Thriving: Wellness in the Land of Fatphobia

Lori Amsterdam, MPH

Lori Amsterdam, MPH, is the Epidemiology Coordinator for the Wisconsin Division of Public Health STD Control Section, where she manages the SURRG Program to “Strengthen the US Response to Resistant Gonorrhea”, oversees the statewide STD Alliance Team (SALT), and coordinates statewide screening, treatment, and prevention programs for Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhea infections. Lori works closely with counterparts from other states and with health agencies within Wisconsin to develop, implement and evaluate prevention interventions. She received a Master’s in Public Health for Infectious Disease Epidemiology from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from Indiana University. 

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

Emily Aytes

Emily Aytes is an educator with Planned Parenthood of Indiana & Kentucky who teaches inclusive, comprehensive sex education to youth in Indianapolis, Indiana. She is also the facilitator of the Indianapolis Teen Council program, which empowers local high school students to learn how to become sex educators so they can teach their peers. 

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

Davette Baker

Davette Baker is a community organizer and activist born and raised in Milwaukee and now living in Madison, WI, where she is a political organizer. She attended UW-Whitewater, where she received a BA in Women’s Studies. She also holds a master's degree in Mental Health. Before moving to Madison, she worked to change the lives of those who struggle with mental illness as well as criminal justice issues in Milwaukee county. She most recently played a role in assisting with the effect of electing a new state leadership team for the state of Wisconsin while working with the Human Rights Campaign. Davette is co-owner of Grrrrl Gang Consulting. She and her partner Jill facilitate trainings that center on transformative leadership and discussions about race, gender and sexuality.

Rights Not Rescue: Empowering Sex Workers and Eliminating Sex Trafficking

Sasha Bariffe

Sasha Bariffe is an Afro-Latina mother, partner, midwife, and lover of her indoor plant garden. Inspired by Milwaukee’s community doulas, she has made it her mission to do her part in making community midwifery accessible to folks of color, of any gender, folks of size, and any citizenship status.

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

Maria Barker

Maria Barker is the Director of Latinx Programs and Initiatives for Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. She is a bilingual (English/Spanish) sexuality educator who facilitates reproductive health education. She is recognized for training and using lay community workers (Promotores de Salud) to reach the Latino Community. 

Together We Can Make Shift Happen (Spanish-Language)

LaToya Bates-Barnes

LaToya Bates-Barnes is the Director of Educational Programming and Outreach at Wounded Wings: Association for the Betterment of Women and Girls, an interfaith organization whose mission is to better the lives of women and girls through educational opportunities and support systems. LaToya is a founding leader of the Milwaukee Chapter of the Sex Workers Outreach Program. She holds a Bachelor of Business and Management with support areas in adult education and psychology, and a master’s of adult education and organizational development from Alverno College.  LaToya also earned her Master of Pastoral Studies from Cardinal Stritch University.

Rights Not Rescue: Empowering Sex Workers and Eliminating Sex Trafficking

Laura Brundage

Laura Brundage has their Master of Social Work (MSW) and is currently a sexual health educator with the Responsible Sex Education Institute of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. Laura has a rich background working on reproductive and social justice issues, especially those regarding LGBTQ+ identities and rights.

Intimate Partner Violence in LGBTQ+ Monogamous and Polyamorous Relationships

Samantha Collier

Samantha Collier is founder and creator of TeamTeal365, a small grassroots organization devoted to empowering, educating, advocating and supporting ALL survivors of sexual assault. TeamTeal365 partners with various agencies in the Milwaukee area and is currently working with Neu-Life Community Development to implement a human trafficking prevention program.

Sex Trafficking Prevention: The Need, the Challenges, the Successes

Alex Corona

Alex Corona is on the Board of Directors for the Sex Workers Outreach Project and serves as its Communications committee chairperson. She also works as the Transgender Resource Coordinator for the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center and does HIV awareness/prevention work for the WI HIV Project’s Statewide Action Planning Group and LetsPrEPWI. As a transgender person who has engaged in survival sex work in Chicago and Milwaukee, Alex has insights into how these communities intersect and how to advocate for sex workers and trans/non-binary/gender nonconforming people. She is passionate about boosting the voices of marginalized communities and the decriminalization of sex work. Last year, Alex was chosen to represent SWOP-USA at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston’s We Move Forward: Diverse Perspectives on Sex Work conference.

Rights Not Rescue: Empowering Sex Workers and Eliminating Sex Trafficking

Yesi Llerenas Daniel

Yesi Llerenas Daniel has been an educator with Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains in Santa Fe, NM for a little over two years. Yesi manages and delivers bilingual comprehensive sex education programming in schools and in the community to participants of all ages.

Proactive LGBTQ Allyship

Amy Doczy

Together We Can Make Shift Happen

Lorenzo Edwards, Jr.

Lorenzo Edwards, Jr. is a legal practitioner with extensive experience and interest in family law, including domestic violence and harassment injunctions. He takes a special interest in researching and studying dynamics of domestic abuse and child safety in families.

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

Linda Guijosa

Linda Guijosa is a sex educator and facilitator of the Linking Families and Teens (LiFT) program in Mason County, Washington, where she supports families and teens in establishing effective communication strategies that result in strong family-teen connections and positive adolescent sexual health outcomes. A seasoned facilitator and trainer, Linda is committed to culturally responsive partnerships and programming, and establishing service strategies specific to rural, Latino and traditionally underserved communities. As a Technical Assistant with PPGNHI Global Programs, she supports the development of a digital support network for Fortaleciendo el Autodetermination de Madres Adolescentes (FAMA) a study designed to improve the health outcomes of adolescent mothers and their babies, as well as reducing teen pregnancy rates in the Dominican Republic.

From Flats to Heels: Am I Really Ready?

Helen Hermus

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

Rachelle Hoehnen

Rachelle Hoehnen is Manager of Organizational Development at Planned Parenthood of WI. She is passionate about working to improve both patient experience and employee engagement through abortion stigma reduction and education.

Together We Can Make Shift Happen

Elle Hill

Elle Hill is a Black woman of trans experience, dedicated to equity, visibility and inclusivity of all LGBTQIA/QTPOC. She is currently placed as a Public Ally at Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, serves on the Advisory Boards of two Wisconsin Department of Health Services agencies, and is a member of the National Black AIDS Institute Ambassadorship of Biomedical Prevention. She is also a member of The Board of Directors at Diverse and Resilient. Elle is a recipient of the 2019 Rising Star Award for Volunteerism Recipient Black Trans Advocacy Coalition (BTAC), is a 2019 Milwaukee Pridefest Individual of the Year Award recipient, and a Transfaith Bobbie Jean Baker & Gender Reveal podcast Grantee. Her mother is Evangelist Veronica Sears; Elle’s community work honors her mother’s example of unconventional community leadership. 

Sara Jetson

Sara Jetson works as a bilingual (Spanish/English) staff member at Planned Parenthood of WI health centers. She is passionate about providing inclusive healthcare to all patients regardless of their language, gender, race, sexual orientation, and all other identities.

Asexual Health Care: An Introduction

Erica Koepsel

Erica Koepsel is a program manager for the Providers and Teens Communicating for Health (PATCH) Program. As a sexual health educator, she’s been working to improve health education for adolescents for over 10 years.

Providers and Teens Communicating for Health

Manjeet Khubbar

Manjeet Khubbar, MSc, Microbiology & Clinical Laboratory Science, has served City of Milwaukee Health Department Laboratory for almost 2 decades. She is the CDC laboratory resource personnel for the “Strengthen the US Response to Resistant Gonorrhea” project. Manjeet leads the high-complexity testing functions of the downtown laboratory in technical, regulatory and supervisory roles.  Manjeet is currently collaborating on research projects geared towards improving enhanced GC resistant surveillance and molecular characterization for better understanding and prevention of spread of resistant Gonorrhea. 

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

Matthew Lewis

Matthew Lewis currently works as the Clinical Program Coordinator for the Ryan White, HIV Prevention, and Inclusion Clinic programs in the Division of Infectious Disease at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

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

Carmen Maysonet

Carmen Maysonet is a Bilingual Group Educator/Substance Abuse Counsel at the UMOS Latina Resource Center, which provides comprehensive and holistic support services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Carmen believes that through education, people can learn how to make healthier decisions for themselves and their families to build stronger, healthier communities.

Power and Control in Sex and Relationships

PATCH Teen Educators

The PATCH Teen Educators are high school students from many diverse backgrounds who are experts on the concerns of young people. They use storytelling and guided discussion to share their health experiences and advocate for youth-friendly changes within health care systems.

Providers and Teens Communicating for Health

Nikotris Perkins

Milwaukee native Nikotris Perkins is steadfast in helping people see the power they have in their communities and identifying resources to fuel that power. For the last 18 years, Nikotris has worked with individuals, communities, and institutions around creating spaces that value all voices. Nikotris sees language as integral to recognizing human dignity and cultivating community. She is skilled in building capacity around holding spaces that encourage teaching and learning as mentally and emotionally safe.

Dialogues on Safe Sex: An Intersectional Perspective

John Pfister

John Pfister earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Microbiology and a Master of Science degree in Preventive Medicine-Epidemiology with post-graduate work in Population Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He worked for the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene from 1983 until his retirement in 2011. John currently provides epidemiologic and data analytic services to the Wisconsin Division of Public Health’s STD Control Program through his role as a consultant with Health Care Education and Training

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

Nataly Quintero

Nataly Quintero is an Education & Outreach Program Manager at Planned Parenthood of the North Central States. Nataly implements the Safer Sex Intervention program and the adult program, Entre Amigas. She is passionate about community outreach and health education being accessible to all communities and all ages. Before joining Planned Parenthood, Nataly spent many years working as a youth worker and assistant teacher in Minneapolis Public Schools. Nataly earned a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from the University of MN Twin Cities.

From Flats to Heels: Am I Really Ready?

Katherine Reinemann

Katherine Reinemann attends the University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Nursing and has earned a certificate degree in Gender and Women's Studies. She is a trained birth doula and is passionate about anti-racist activism and promoting social justice in birth work and healthcare.

Patriarchy in Medicine: Restoring Our Autonomy

Livia Rowell-Ortiz

Livia Rowell-Ortiz  unites the queer and Latinx passion of her identity to support the prosperity of the Latinx culture and community power can inform the social justice movement in Wisconsin.  She is the Raíz organizer of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin, a position that supports the importance of Latinx community advocacy by Latinxs. In communities across the state she strategizes for gains in quality and equitable healthcare through policy, action, and collaboration in government and in our organizations.  
 
Livia Rowell-Ortiz une la pasión queer y latinx de su identidad para apoyar que prospere la cultura Latinx y el poder comunitario para informar la movimiento de justicia social en Wisconsin. Ella es la organizadora Raíz de Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin, una posición que apoya la importancia de la abogacia de la communidad Latinx por parte de Latinxs.  En comunidades de todo el estado, ella trabaja para obtener ganancias en calidad y equitativa en nuestros sistemas de salud a través de acción política y coalición comunitaria en el gobierno y en nuestras organizaciones. 

¡No Somos Uno, No Somos 10, Somos Millones – Cuentanos Bien! 

Katherine Sieger

Katherine Sieger, PhD, is a sociology instructor and community educator focused on social justice issues related to gender and sexuality. She is currently partnered with Neu-Life Community Development, designing a human trafficking prevention program for youth ages 12-18. The curriculum will be implemented within schools and after school programs in the Milwaukee area.

Sex Trafficking Prevention: The Need, the Challenges, the Successes

Kirsten Schultz

Kirsten Schultz is a writer, sex educator and health activist currently located in Madison, WI. They work to open hearts and minds to conversations about sex, chronic illness, pain, and disability through their website, Chronic Sex.

Neurodiversity and Sex – for Muggles!

Sonia Tellez

Sonia Tellez is a Health Promoter with CCmaS of the Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin education department. She educates the Latinx community about reproductive and sexual health and has guides families and individuals of all ages to be safe, healthy and strong. With over six years of experience, she focuses on healthy sex and restoring intimacy with couples in order to achieve their best sex life.

Let's Talk About Sex: Beyond the Birds & the Bees

Lucky Tomaszek

Lucky Tomaszek is a birthworker, sexuality educator, and writer living in Milwaukee, WI. In addition to her current role as education coordinator at The Tool Shed, she writes the semi-monthly column, "MKE SEX" at MilwaukeeRecord.com, and has contributed to Madison Young’s "The Ultimate Guide to Sex Through Pregnancy and Motherhood."

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

Payton Udo

Payton Udo is a senior nursing student at University of Wisconsin-Madison, with aims of working in public health. She is passionate about health equity, holistic health, and hopes to make alternative medicine more accessible for marginalized people.

Patriarchy in Medicine: Restoring Our Autonomy

Elizabeth Wolfe

Elizabeth Wolfe has been a Health Educator with Planned Parenthood for four years and has worked in Health Education for over eight years. Her favorite topics include creating inclusive spaces for the LGBTQ community, consent, body positivity, pleasure and kink.

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