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Tuesday, January 12

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Community Midwifery and Non-Traditional Family Structure 

Lucky Tomaszyk, Transitions: Birth Services for Every Body 

Accessing routine healthcare when you are a member of the polyamorous or LGBTQ+ community can be a daunting task. Trying to navigate the heavily gendered, heterocentric and cisnormative world of obstetrical and gynecological care can actually be a barrier to appropriate and necessary care. In this session, we’ll define community-based midwifery and discuss the reasons why it may be more welcoming environment for queer folks and people in non-traditional family structures. We’ll discuss the importance of receiving care from providers who have similar lived experiences and backgrounds. And we’ll explain who is eligible for midwifery care and what is included with midwifery care. 

12:30 – 2:00 PM  
"Preferred" Pronouns: Moving Beyond the Inclusion Checkbox 

Laura Brundage, Inclusivity & Diversity Consultant and Professional Trainer 

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. 

Wednesday, January 13

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM 
Intimate Partner Violence in LGBTQ+ Monogamous and Polyamorous Relationships 

Laura Brundage, Inclusivity & Diversity Consultant and Professional Trainer 

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. 

1:00 – 2:30 PM 
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. 

5:00 – 7:00 PM 
La atención médica asexual: una introducción 

Sara Jetson 

Esta presentación examinará las identidades, experiencias y dificultades de personajes asexuales cuando buscan atención médica. Los participantes van a definir términos claves relacionados con la asexualidad, identificar obstáculos de pacientes asexuales, y aprender a aplicar comportamiento inclusivo a la asexualidad en sus prácticas. 

Thursday, January 14

12:30 – 2:00 PM 
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. 

2:30 – 4:00 PM 
Providers and Teens Communicating for Health 

Erica 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. 

Note: This session will not be recorded for later viewing. The presenters are teens so the policy is not to record them. 

5:00 – 7:00 PM 
La Violencia Deja Huellas: Prevención y Educación 

Carmen Maysonet, UMOS 

Cuando las personas se enteran de una violación, a menudo asumen 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 parejas 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. 

Tuesday, January 19

10:30 AM  – 12:00 PM 
TRANS Advocacy and the Reproducitve Justice Movement in Wisconsin

Livia Rowell-Ortiz, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin 

Access to gender affirming hormonal therapy (GAHT) in Wisconsin for trans persons has been hard fought by a community across professions and genders for better basic care. As Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin begins to offer GAHT statewide, the ways we as members of the reproductive justice movement continue to support the movement for gender equality needs a renewed outlook. How does our understanding of Abortion access need to change in a moment where the choice is culturally seen as belonging to cis-Women? What about the laws that require dramatic surgery for those born in Wisconsin, in effect requiring sterilization for recognition of identity? And how do these issues affect our ways of thinking of gender in the broader movement for intersectionality? As advocates, we must understand the differences that trans persons face inside the reproductive justice movement and find opportunities for change. This workshop explores how trans advocacy fits into the reproductive justice movement, the specific laws and policies that deeply impact trans residents of the state and identifies the strengths that can be found within intersectional work.  

12:30 -2:00 PM  
Path to Power: The Theory of Change 

Steven Webb, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin 

As we create a strong culture of civic engagement, commit to ensuring that all people have access to the full range of comprehensive reproductive healthcare, and develop pipeline leaders -- we will empower our people with the political strength, infrastructure, and resources needed to elect representatives that share our progressive ideals and create adverse outcomes for those who might threaten our sexual and reproductive freedom. 

Wednesday, January 20

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM 
Sex in the Time of COVID

Meghan Benson, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin 

The COVID-19 pandemic and our response to it has significantly altered almost all aspects of our lives -- including our sex lives and our relationships. Additionally, this public health crisis has only served to exacerbate existing health inequities as communities of color have been disproportionately impacted by not only the disease itself, but also the socioeconomic impact of the pandemic response. Join a presentation and interactive discussion that will explore the impacts of COVID-19 on various issues related to sex and sexuality, including COVID-19 risk-reduction education related to sexual behaviors; challenges faced when dating or hooking-up; changes in access to sexual and reproductive health care services; increasing relationship violence; and more.

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM 
(Concurrent Session 1) Neurodiversity and Sex – For Muggles! 

Grayson Schultz, Chronic Sex 

Using examples inspired by the beloved book series Harry Potter, Grayson 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. 

1:00 - 2:30 PM  
(Concurrent Session 2) Path to Power: Scale with Soul – Building Relationships and Strong Teams

Steven Webb, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin 

Leadership begins with understanding yourself: your values, your motivation, and your story. But leadership is about enabling others to achieve purpose in the face of uncertainty. The foundation of this kind of leadership is the relationships we build with others, most significantly, others with whom we can share leadership. We will discuss how to build community as well ashow to identify, recruit, and develop leadership in order to turn community resources into power. 

5:00 – 7:00 PM 
La Justicia Reproductiva 

Rachel Bloom-Pojar, Aisha Troy, Amy Perez, and Ana Karina Cuellar Montes

Justicia reproductiva es el derecho humano a mantener la autonomía corporal personal, tener hijos, no tener hijos, y criar los niños que tenemos en comunidades que están seguras y sostenibles. (SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective) 
Este taller va a tener presentaciones sobre el rol de organizaciones y promotores de salud en la lucha para justicia reproductiva, especialmente en comunidades de inmigrantes Latinx. Las presentadoras van a discutir la importancia de confianza para este trabajo en las clinicas y las comunidades. También hablarán sobre las responsabilidades de organizaciones de salud como PPWI para apoyar a nuestras comunidades más vulnerables.

Thursday, January 21

12:30 – 2:00 PM 
Fabulous and Thriving: Wellness in the Land of Fatphobia

Cindy Lee Alves, M.Ed 

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. 

2:30 – 4:00 PM
Transforming Abortion Stigma: Together We Can Make Shift Happen

Amy Doczy and Rachelle Hoehnen, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin 

Although abortion is a common experience, the stigma surrounding abortion is strongly pervasive and manifests itself in many levels, including media, law and policy, institutions, communities, relationships, and individuals. Abortion stigma is experienced through: a) negative attitudes, affect, and behaviors related to abortion, and b) inferior status experienced by women who seek abortions or who have abortions, abortion providers, and others involved in abortion care. This stigma contributes to secrecy, misinformation, and lack of support for women and their partners, and can create barriers to high quality, safe abortion services.  This workshop focuses on abortion care in the United States and will help participants understand how to transform abortion stigma, shame and silence into visibility, openness and empowerment.  

5:00 – 7:00 PM 
Los Prejuicios Asociados con el Aborto

Maria Barker, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin & Ana Quiroz, Centro de Información y Servicios de Asesoría en Salud – CISAS

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.  

Tuesday, January 26

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM 
Learning Institute on Racial Equity Part 1

Cindy Lee Alves, M.Ed 

Healthcare providers have been at the forefront of facilitating challenging conversations and cultivating spaces of support, information dissemination, and skill-sharing. This training focuses on racial equity, highlighting intersectionality, reproductive justice, and the need for us to examine our own power and privilege within the systems we work in. If our sexuality education leaves out People of Color - Black and Brown folks in particular - is it truly comprehensive? If our clients/patients/participants feel invisible and/or shamed, are we providing "quality" health care? Are our agencies "diverse, equitable, and inclusive" if our staff interactions are rooted in stereotypes and misinformation? Presenter Cindy Lee Alves will address these questions and more as we discuss action steps on what "doing the work" can look like. 

12:30 – 2:00 PM  
Learning Institute on Racial Equity Part 2

Cindy Lee Alves, M.Ed 

This is a continuation of the Learning Institute on Racial Equity from 10:30 – 12:00 PM. 

12:30 – 2:00 PM 
(Concurrent Session) Path to Power: Developing Your Strategy 

Steven Webb, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin 

Building relationships and teams are how we begin to organize our resources and shared interest in the Power we need to organize. Strategy is the way we decide to focus and deploy that Power. During this session, participants will learn effective methods for building a strategic plan, develop a strategy using the Midwest Academy Strategy Chart and using creative tactics, and build a useful campaign timeline.  

Wednesday, January 27

11:00 AM -12:30 PM
Black & Brown Bodies in the holding of Queer Reproductive Liberation

Darlene Johns and Yante Taylor

Black Trans/Queer Birth work/ Doula care has been woven from the abundant love, the visible anguish of "invisible" people, under representation and community care,  to often counteract the world we live in. For decades, black & brown Trans bodies, have been the connector between radical abundance and survival.

This interactive workshop will begin the exploration of Reproductive health and Full spectrum birth work in the lens of queer black abolitionists. 

We will gather to transform our views on:

  •  Identifying & implementing radical Reproductive justice 
  • Trans birthing body informed care (diving into the form of care providers) 
  • Identifying the connection between black Trans & Queer liberation work and advocacy as a form of harm reduction. 
1:00 PM  – 3:00 PM 
(Concurrent Session 1) Difficult Discussions: The Conversational Approach 

Tia Ranier, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin 

In our political and social climate, engaging our networks in difficult conversations is equal parts daunting and crucial. Using the Conversational Approach, we’ll reconsider our assumptions about what a supporter looks like, acknowledge that people may have conflicted feelings, and still find ways to convey why Planned Parenthood matters to us. This interactive training is a valuable resource for those who are seeking to dig deeper when talking to friends, have the difficult conversation at your next family holiday, or simply feel comfortable engaging others to support your cause. Rooted in psychology, this approach gives you the tools essential for any advocate or activist! 

1:00 – 2:30 PM 
(Concurrent Session 2) Path to Power:  On the Ground Work to Lobbying and Advocacy

Courtney Hayward and Janet Serrano, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin 

Description Pending 

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM  
Alianza 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.

Thursday, January 28

12:30 – 2:00 PM 
Asexual Health Care: An Introduction 

Sara Jetson 

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. 

2:30 PM – 4:00 PM 
Public Allyship: My Journey to Advocacy

Elle Hill 

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. 

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM  
El Trabajo de Promotores de Salud en Tiempos de Covid

Mayra Degraff, Ernesto Gonzalez, Ángeles Soria, & Gaby Torres 

Los tiempos de Covid ha presentado muchos retos y barreras para el trabajo de educación comunitaria. Con un programa que está especializado en tener fiestas caseras y diálogo con familias en persona, los promotores de salud de PPWI han tenido que ser creativos en sus maneras de educar y ayudar sus comunidades. Este panel de Promotores va a contar sobre sus experiencias de trabajo en los tiempos de Covid. Entre los temas están las fiestas caseras virtuales, como motivaron a la comunidad a registrarse para el voto, como han apoyado a comunidades afectadas de Covid, llamando por teléfono a alentar a cuidarse del Covid, como hacerlo, y a seguir las indicaciones de las autoridades, educar en el tema de la vacuna del Flu y como hay recursos gratuitos para las personas latinas, con papeles o sin papeles. 

La segunda hora va a estar dedicada a discusión sobre que podemos aprender de estos tiempos y como van a afectar el futuro del trabajo de promotores de salud.