2013 Teen Pregnancy Institute Workshops
Workshop Session A — 9:30 am - 11:00 am
A1. Federal and State Funded Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Adulthood Preparation Programming in Massachusetts High Teen Birth Rate Communities
Paula Doherty, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
This workshop will provide an overview of and update on state funded TPP and federally funded PREP primary prevention programming overseen by the MDPH Office of Adolescent Health and Youth Development. We’ll describe program models, highlight special initiatives and partnerships, and select data will be presented to illustrate outcomes
A2. Quality Improvement for Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programming
Maeve Conlin and Jeff Desmarais, Institute for Community Health
Quality Improvement is a deliberate and defined process that focuses on continuous improvement of service delivery. Quality improvement (QI) is increasingly becoming an important part of public health as a way to optimize services with limited resources. During this workshop we will introduce the “Plan, Do, Study, Act” (PDSA) quality improvement framework, and present how to apply the PDSA cycle to improving teen pregnancy prevention initiatives. The workshop will be interactive and will provide participants with a variety of tools which they can then use in their practice.
A3. Delivering Sexual Health Education with Confidence
Kelly Fox, Health Imperatives
Participants should be prepared to use interactive, engaging, innovative strategies to help build the skills and confidence of those responsible for delivering sexual health education. Participants will have an opportunity to examine their own attitudes and values around sexual health education while learning lessons to incorporate into their own settings. Participants will have opportunities to build their confidence in the facilitation of sexual health education.
A4. Victimology: Sexual Violence and Teen Pregnancy
Heidi LeBoeuf, Pathways for Change
Sexualized violence is one of the most underreported crimes especially amongst the teen population where all too often survivors internalize the same victim blaming beliefs that our culture perpetuates. Why is it that the victims are blamed for sexual violence that is committed against them by the perpetrator? Teens will bring to light how sexual violence and teen pregnancy intersect as well as provide a snapshot into how society views gender and how media plays a role in desensitizing us on the consequences of violence.
A5. Sexuality Educators and Parents: Friends Not Foes
Shira Lipman and Mindy Craver, Planned Parenthood of Massachusetts
Working effectively with parents/caregivers can be a tough task as a sexuality educator. Join two Planned Parenthood trainers as they guide you through activities and strategies that have created evaluative success, and worked to help bridge the communication gap, when teaching the Get Real: Comprehensive Sex Education that Works curriculum.
A6. Check Yourself: How to Remove Bias from Working with High-Risk Youth
Lindsee Redmond and Lola Akintobi, ABCD Health Services
Teen Pregnancy prevention grants, research and services are often geared toward serving populations referred to as “high risk.” Which begs the question: how should we be addressing the needs of the youth who are a part of that “high risk” population versus youth who are not? To help us answer this question, we will be exploring ideas around personal biases, youth development and needs assessment.
A7. Beyond the Basics: Supporting LGBTQI Youth in Pregnancy
Tiffany Cook, Reproductive Health Access Project and Joanna Gattuso, Cambridge Health Alliance
This workshop focuses on supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans youth in pregnancy and parenting. Participants will alk away with an awareness of the different needs of LGBTQ youth during pregnancy and parenting, the ability to appropriately find and refer to inclusive care providers, and the ability to identify practical steps in making youth-serving community and health spaces LGBTQI inclusive.
Workshop Session B — 11:15 am - 12:45 pm
B1. Beyond the Birds and the Bees: Empowering Teen to be the Voice for "The Talk"
Sandra Scribner, Corporation for Public Management Young Parents Program
This workshop will cover important elements needed for “the talk” that go beyond anatomy and biology. Through activities and discussion participants will learn the “jargon” teens are using regarding sex. Participants will learn how to empower teens to be the “voice” among their peers to make safer sexual decisions.
B2. Poetry is Not a Luxury: The Essential Lessons Poetry Has to Teach Young Moms
Tzivia Gover, The Care Center
“Poetry is not a luxury,” said poet Audre Lorde. In this hands-on workshop participants will learn why poetry matters and how author and educator Tzivia Gover has been using poetry for 13 years with young mothers in Holyoke, Mass. Studying classic and contemporary poetry, and writing poems of their own, can help young mothers living in poverty to increase academic, leadership, and workplace skills. In addition, poetry helps young women to become more creative thinkers, better problem solvers, and better readers and writers. Teaching strategies and learning materials including lesson plans for integrating poetry into the classroom will be provided during this informative, fun, practical, and creative session.
B3. Hear Our Stories: Diasporic Latino Youth for Sexual Rights and Justice
Aline Gubrium and The Care Center Youth Advisory Board Representatives
In this presentation we present the Ford Foundation funded Hear Our Stories project, which uses new media to reveal how diasporic Latino youth experience and negotiate sexual health disparities. We prioritize uprooted young parenting Latinas, whose material conditions and cultural worlds have placed them in tenuous positions, both socially constructed and experientially embodied. We will describe the digital storytelling process and present digital stories produced during four research workshops. The Hear Our Stories project brings together a team of social science researchers, young parenting women, sexual and reproductive justice advocates and strategic communications experts to create synergies for community mobilization, leadership and policy development.
B4. Dads Are Parents Too
Richard Claytor, Massachusetts Fatherhood Initiative
This workshop is designed to assist staff in the planning and coordination of activities that encourage male parental involvement. Program staff who are struggling with providing services to “Dads” will be encouraged to assess the issues facing the parents in their programs and begin to offer services that are relevant to their needs. There will be examples of interagency collaborations and other options for delivering support services for fathers who are in need of jobs, parenting skills and other assistance.
B5. Teens and Medical Care: Confidentiality, Privacy and Consent
Jamie Sabino, Judicial Consent for Minors Lawyer Referral Panel
This workshop will explore issues around the provision to teenagers of medical care in general and sexual health care in particular. Questions of when teens can self-consent to care for themselves and for their children and what rights they have to confidentiality and privacy will be discussed. Specifically addressed will be provision of contraceptives, parental consent/judicial bypass for abortion and questions regarding mandated reporting of underage sexual activity.
B6. You Can't Cause a Paradigm Shift in Two Days Six Weeks, 25 Kids and the Birth of the Strong Pregnant Heroes Team
Aiyana Potts and Eleni Solomos, The Council of Spanish-Speaking Organizations
When a group of 25 teen summer work program participants in Philadelphia, PA selected the topic of “teen pregnancy” as the focus of their six-week-long service learning project, the program’s primary designers chose to direct the students’ exploration of the subject beyond simply talking about “prevention,” instead pushing teens to confront the ways in which race, socioeconomic status, age, ingrained and inaccurate societal assumptions, and other factors influence the way people talk about teen pregnancy and treat pregnant and parenting teens. Committed to activating and actualizing the students’ personal opinions and using their observations to spur this change in the dialogue, the process of developing and undertaking such a program grew into a whirlwind of excitement, constant readjustment, self-assessment, reflection, and ultimately triumph, as students, immersed in a culture of collaboration with an emphasis on equity, became advocates—online and in person—for increased respect, support, and the promotion of positive outcomes for pregnant and parenting teens.
B7. Contraception: What's New, What's Surprising
Dr Katharine White, Baystate Medical Center
Information about birth control – new and old methods alike – seems to be everywhere, but it can be hard to separate good information from rumors and misconceptions. In this session, we’ll discuss the new methods of birth control that have become available in the past few years, as well as discuss the safety (and surprises) about older methods.
B8. Positive Educators Reaching Youth (PERY): HIV + Education
Megara Bell, David Faulcon and Cindy Owens, Partners in Sex Education
Positive Educators Reaching Youth (PERY) is a dynamic, interactive and effective HIV prevention program for youth. Listen to our panel of HIV+ educators delivers their inspirational message of prevention, education and hope. These educators frankly detail how choices made during adolescence can influence the contraction of the virus in both the present and future; the speakers also reveal the realities of a day-to-day HIV-positive existence. Rather than receiving the traditional, banal descriptions of the disease contained within health books or outdated videos, this personal connection to HIV/AIDS allows students to see this disease as a true threat to their health and well-being, thereby resulting in a more effective prevention strategy. Hearing a living story about the impact risky behavior can have on someone’s life breaks through typical barriers to reaching adolescents, including their perceived invulnerability. Find out how you can support HIV education with your youth.
Workshop Session C — 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
C1. Continuing the Conversation About Shame
Young Parent Policy Fellows, Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy
Continuing the conversation from lunch, this extended panel of former teen mothers will discuss their own journey through teen parenthood and answer everything you ever wanted to know about the teens you work with. While this panel will give participants the opportunity to discuss shame and stigma with the keynote panel from lunch, it will also give space to ask newer YPPF members questions like, what can you do to reach the teen parent who doesn’t want help? How can you talk to a teen about sex and protection? How do you get a teen parent to believe they can be more? This panel is a great way to end your day, as it is structured to be casual but honest. Come ask all the questions of young people you can’t ask at work!
C2. Child Support 101
Richard Claytor, Massachusetts Fatherhood Initiative
This workshop will explore the child support system, welfare reform and its societal impact on young, low income parents. We will discuss the complexity of the system and what can be done initially to ensure that both parents understand the importance of financial and emotional support for their children. Many young fathers and the mothers of their children, view paternity establishment and child support enforcement activities with distrust, seeing them as punitive rather than supportive of families. Learn how programs can help families prevent, mitigate and resolve child support issues before the financial obligation is overwhelming.
C3. How Traditional Masculinity Gets in the Way of Adolescent Males Being Sexually Responsible
James Arana and Pascal Akimana, Umoja Now
Experiential workshop focusing on adolescent male health and explores traditional masculinity and the impact of masculine beliefs on the adolescent male’s reproductive health and sexual behavior. Through listening, brainstorming, and sharing, participants will explore methods to design interventions working within a masculinity framework to improve adolescent male’s participation in reproductive health and pregnancy prevention programs.
C4. Innovative Community-Based Strategies to Meet the Needs of Teen Parents: The MPPTI Programs
Sophie Godley and Lissette Gil-Sanchez, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
For the past three years the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has funded five community-based programs through a comprehensive, innovative program strategy to support young parents. MPPTI uses multiple service strategies and a coordinated community approach to build resiliency and strengths in teen parents and their children. This workshop will share lessons learned and explore next steps for MPPTI.
C5. Seamos Honestos: Supporting Education and Communication About Sexual Health Between Latino Parents and their Children
Rochelly Fajardo and Brenda Reyes, Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts
This workshop will discuss the importance of educating and partnering with the Latino community and parents to encourage and support accurate and comfortable sexuality education and communication. The presentation will examine the uniqueness of the Latino community, particularly regarding the topic of sexual education and communication and the issue of teen pregnancy. We will share some of our findings formed from several years of teaching and curriculum evaluation and how we have been able to dispel cultural myths and misinformation to encourage parents to take charge of their youth’s sexual health. Participants will analyze and develop strategies to connect with and engage the Latino community, parents and youth to create a healthier, safer, accurate and more comfortable environment in which to discuss these issues and make informed decisions regarding sexuality. Participants will receive a complimentary book and resource packet.
C6. Sex Mythbusters
Megara Bell and Brian Flaherty, Partners in Sex Education
Myths and legends are stories passed from person to person, that take on a life of their own. Myths about sex are responsible for a good deal of misinformation which – due to the tenacity of the myths themselves – are believed to be true no matter how ludicrous they appear. Sex myths are often inspired by, and perpetuate, gender double-standards, moral panic, and dangerous misinformation. Educators need to know about these myths & how to investigate and debunk them. They also need to know what’s behind them, how they function in communities, and when they can be dangerous.
C7. The Scarlet A of Adolescence
Aida Manduley, Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health
In this interactive workshop we will discuss the role shame, guilt and embarrassment play in sexuality education and identify key demographics marginalized by the current mainstream approaches. Harnessing strategies from alternative sources youth already access, participants will come away with inclusive tools and resources to promote healthy sexual development and discuss a variety of topics such as sexting, porn, pregnancy and STI’s.