Presented by: Quenesha Watson, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin
Sexual violence impacts women everyday across the globe. In America, women of color face rape in combination with other oppressions as a result of their race, gender, and other factors at the same time. Those simultaneous oppressions further increase the oppression they face. Often these women suffer in silence and rarely receive justice. The criminal justice system neglects these women and the violence they endure. There is also a rape kit backlog that spans across the nation. In this workshop, participants will explore the experience of rape for women of color through testimonials, statistics, public perception and political commentary. In addition, there will be deeper explanation of the legal, societal, and historical impacts of rape for women of color.
Presented by: Jessi Corcoran and Nestic Morris, Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Through intensive technical assistance from the Women of Color Network, Inc., the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault has taken its first steps towards becoming an anti-racist organization. WCASA has chosen to intentionally center women of color in our work – but why, and what does that look like? Join us for an in-depth workshop that will help to explain how racial oppression is connected to sexual violence; how white folks can be better aspiring allies in their personal and professional lives; and what WCASA is doing to center race in the office and in the sexual violence movement in Wisconsin. This is a two part session.
Presented by: Beth Tadesse and B. Deonn Strathman, Planned Parenthood of Illinois
This workshop provides an overview of the development and implementation of Planned Parenthood of Illinois’ two adolescent sexual health prevention programs that address STI disparities and access to birth control by leveraging both education and medical services: Chicago Healthy Adolescent and Teens (CHAT) and the My Body. My Story campaign. It will highlight the importance of innovative models of service delivery, community collaboration, and importance of centering the youth voice in development of all materials. (Session E-2)
Presented by: Mia Noel, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin
Data and Statistics can further marginalize groups already suffering from the societal impacts of discrimination. Sexual health educators have a role in advocating with and for the marginalized groups in their community. This presentation will address the use of data and statistics from the perspective of groups that are often inappropriately discussed in public health. There will be the opportunity to analyze some of the troublesome aspects of data and statistics and participants will establish clear guidelines on how to conscientiously present data to increase individual efficacy, mitigate the effects of discrimination and advocate for systemic change.
Presented by: Seema Menon, The Medical College of Wisconsin
The association between contraception access, pregnancy planning, and healthy pregnancy outcomes has generated a great deal of enthusiasm in increasing the use of effective methods, particularly the implant and intrauterine device. This workshop focuses on developing contraception counseling skills that allows for the dissemination of accurate contraception knowledge while helping health care workers eliminate elements of coercion. The audience will be asked to participate in activities that highlight the difficulty of balancing enthusiasm with influence pertaining to contraception counseling.
Presented by: Jennifer Balistreri and Cathy Schulz, Aurora Cancer Care)
This workshop provides basic information about HPV education and describes how to approach younger generations regarding this topic. The presenters will review connection between HPV and cervical cancers of the head and neck as well as vaginal and anal cancers. They will share best practices they have used when educating high school students about this important topic, and will share some of the anonymous questions and concerns posed by students in their workshops. They will also examine barriers to obtaining parental support and access to the vaccine. Workshop participants will receive printed resources for discussion and education and an outlined curriculum guide.
Presented by: Brittany Broaddus-Smith, The Intimacy Firm
This workshop is designed to empower individuals to embrace sexuality as a natural and healthy part of life even in Christianity. It will address myths and truths as relates to relationships, acceptable sex acts and pleasure principles. Participants will be encouraged to engage in activities around the idea that pleasurable sex isn’t just permitted but promoted. The aim is to empower participants to challenge systemic teachings that perpetuate oppressive narratives and resulting risky sexual behaviors, discuss bodily autonomy as granted by the sacred text, and script the future discovery, embracing and navigation of physically, mentally and spiritually healthy sexuality.
Presented by: Kirsten Schultz, Chronic Sex
Having sex when you’re disabled or chronically ill isn’t easy. There are many factors to take into consideration, hurdles to fight, and a lot of emotional issues that being ill can bring. This presentation will address those and more! Sexuality and pain disorders will be discussed at length, making it perfect for patients, partners, educators, advocates, or health care professionals. Attendees will participate in an active discussion and come away with a better understanding of how pain affects sexuality, ways to offer support and guidance to those in pain, and more.
Presented by: Maria Barker, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, Melissa DeNomie, Medical College of Wisconsin, Leslie Ruffalo, Medical College of Wisconsin
Despite effectiveness of cervical cancer screening, women often fail to obtain recommended colposcopies, a critical step in cancer screening/prevention. The issue is complicated by ethnic disparities in cervical cancer prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment and survival. To better understand the topic, researchers partnered with Planned Parenthood and a family medicine clinic to conduct interviews to explore colposcopy barriers/facilitators. Presenters will share interview results, focusing on findings that might improve the way attendees communicate with their own clients about HPV, colposcopy, and cervical cancer screening.
Presented by: Kathy Flores, Diverse and Resilient
This workshop will update participants about violence facing LGBTQ individuals, including intimate partner/dating, sexual, hookup and community/hate based violence. Participants will learn about what the data collected at Pride Fests throughout Wisconsin regarding alcohol and drug issues and intimate partner and sexual violence tells us about an individual's ability to stay safe. Participants will learn about safety plans and tips in working with patients who identify as LGBTQ. Most importantly, we will discuss how love and acceptance will lead to our liberation and ending violence. Participants will be introduced to our new music and outdoor visual campaign through a multi-media presentation featuring Milwaukee's Lex Allen.
Presented by: Lacette Cross, Will You Be Whole
Sex and faith are two of the hardest topics to talk about. And yet we still find ourselves needing to discover safe, healthy and productive ways to have the conversation. This workshop will equip participants with the tools they need to be the sexual resource in a spiritual space and a spiritual resource in a sexual space. Participants will define key terms relevant to the sex and faith intersection, explore sexuality messages received from spiritual belief systems and create a sex and faith lesson activity that can be used in their own context. The workshop is open to people of all faith backgrounds, including persons who do not identify with a faith but have an understanding and respect for spirituality. This is a two part session.
Presented by: Nicole Mortenson and Isabella Stokes, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaiian Islands
Teens share that caregivers are major influences on healthy decision making. This workshop will focus on LiFT, a program that encourages families to discuss existing values systems and strengthens communication. Family connection helps teens achieve their goals, avoid unwanted pregnancies and STIs, and reduces drug use and depression. By the end of the workshop, participants will understand the family connection framework and how to apply it and gain skills to frame sexual education in a way that is inclusive of all values systems in the room, including faith, while encouraging family communication around sexuality.
Presented by: Genevive Bern, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland
During this workshop, participants will explore how lube works, what lube ingredients are not body-friendly, and new approaches to lube education. The first half of the presentation provides up-to-date scientific information about four types of lube: oil, hybrid water, and silicone-based. The second half of the presentation is interactive, focusing on strategies health educators can use to understand/remember pertinent lube information and to educate on lube in an unbiased, research-informed manner. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on current teaching methods and practice their newly learned approaches to lube education.
Presented by: Jennifer Garcia and Nicky Glaser, Aurora Healing and Advocacy Services
The #MeToo movement brought to light the fact that many people have been impacted by sexual violence throughout their lifetime. The presence of sexual violence in the media has led to triggered victims, increased disclosures, and challenging conversations. Attendees of this workshop will review sexual violence and neurobiology of trauma, along with how to engage in conversation, how to build a mental health first aid kit, and how to have an impact on those around you.
Presented by: Jocelyn Mason-Saffold, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin
Women, most specifically women of color, are disproportionately affected by lack of bodily autonomy as it relates to sexual and sexually-related emotional health in staggering numbers in Christian/western faith-based spaces. With large numbers of POC moving away from Christianity and organized religion altogether due to instances of shame, trauma, lack of inclusivity and representation, it is time to reshape the discussion sexuality within the faith many of our nearest ancestors held so dear. This interactive workshop gives participants the opportunity to share dialogue and approaches to facilitate comprehensive sexuality education to youth and adult Christian faith-based audiences in anti-shaming, sexually inclusive way. The group will explore how to collaborate on ways the [Black] church.
Presented by: Lucky Tomaszek, The Tool Shed
This session will explore sexuality during the childbearing year through two different lenses. We’ll talk about the anatomical and hormonal changes that take place throughout those 12-ish months. We’ll also review the results of an informal survey on birth and sexuality to see how parents feel about their own sexuality following childbirth. This session will also briefly discuss sexual dysfunction, some solutions, and when to refer for more extensive care. Participants will receive two handouts. One will be a guide to all of the hormones discussed in the session. The other will be a summary of the responses to an informal survey conducted on this topic. (Session D-2)
Ruthie Burich-Weatherly, Riverside Consulting, LLC
PrEP for HIV prevention is a new and emerging biomedical intervention that is gaining steam in the Midwest. Approved in 2012 by the FDA, PrEP gives an individual increased control over their ability to prevent HIV acquisition. This workshop will help attendees understand the history of PrEP development, who benefits from PrEP, how to get PrEP and ongoing CDC healthcare recommendations for individuals taking PrEP. This presentation will discuss both Provider tools on how to manage PrEP patients as well as PrEP adherence skills for those taking or considering initiating PrEP.
Presented by: Amy Perez, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin
Participants in this workshop will develop a deeper understanding of the Reproductive Justice framework, which encompasses a wide range of issues including reproductive freedom, immigration, gender expression, sexual education and bodily autonomy. Shape your own understanding of how to apply the Reproductive Justice lens in your work. Using the Reproductive Justice lens allows individuals to make connections between people and communities affected by reproductive oppression. The use of storytelling will be considered as a tool to change culture and public narrative.
Presented by: Hannah Feinstein, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin
This workshop will discuss an ever-present debate: should non-medical spaces be required to give medically-accurate information or should they be allowed to choose based on freedom of speech? Both arguments in this debate will be detailed, including potential legal hurdles they may encounter. Crisis Pregnancy Centers and school sex education policies will be examined, and how they could be affected by potential legal action. This workshop hopes to raise awareness of this conflict, educate on the effects health care providers and educators may see in their spaces, and what can be done to potentially impact a resolution to this debate.
Presented by: Grant Heffelfinger and Kristin Stern, IndependenceFirst
Folks with disabilities are often pulled out of their health class in school to get assistance in other subjects. This has left many with disabilities to find their own way to educate themselves on sex and sexuality. There are a number of misconceptions and myths around people with disabilities and sex. In this workshop, we will deconstruct those myths and show how one Independent Living Center is offering comprehensive sex education to youth with disabilities. This workshop will discuss the history of people with disabilities, the disability rights movement, and how that has shaped attitudes and stereotypes of people with disabilities with regards to sex and sexuality.
Presented by: Jay Botsford, Wisconsin Trans Health Coalition and Diane Love, Public Health Madison and Dane County
This workshop is intended for sexual health care providers to improve the sexual and reproductive health care of trans and gender diverse (TGD) clients. In this workshop, we’ll share our process for creating a sexual health clinic environment that is welcoming and inclusive of trans and gender diverse clients. The Wisconsin Trans Health Coalition created and delivered a 3-part curriculum for our public health department staff. We’ll share lessons learned, our vision of best practices, and some ideas for implementing a more TGD-inclusive environment tailored to your health center.
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