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Tuesday, June 15 (APP Conference)

2021 Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Grantee Conference. Creating Diamonds During Times of Great Pressure

Tuesday, June 15 

1:00 – 2:10 p.m. EDT

Concurrent Session 2

2:10 – 2:30 p.m. EDT

Break

2:30 – 3:15 p.m. EDT

FYSB Update

3:15 – 3:30 p.m. EDT

Break

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. EDT

Networking Session 1

5:00 – 6:30 p.m. EDT

Exhibitor/Developer Booths Open (optional)

Concurrent Session 2 - 1:00 - 2:10 p.m. EDT

 

Emerging Topics on Adulthood Preparation Subjects

Track

Data, Research, and Evaluation

Presentation Type

Panel

Presentation Overview

The Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) requires programs to incorporate content on adulthood preparation subjects (APSs). APS conceptual models provide grantees with guidance on program design and delivery. This panel will address implementing APSs, building from these conceptual models. One topic will describe how grantees may incorporate programming on financial literacy that is timely, relevant, sequential, and developmentally appropriate. A second topic will discuss how to provide APS content tailored to the needs of pregnant and parenting teens. The third topic will focus on how positive youth development applies to each APS. As part of the panel, participants will have an opportunity to discuss how to apply these emerging topics in their programs.

Presenters

Heather Zaveri

Deputy Director of Learning and Strategy

Mathematica

Katie Eddins

Researcher

Mathematica

Jacqui Crowley

Research Analyst

Mathematica

Mindy Scott

Senior Research Scholar

Child Trends

Audience

  • Project administrators (e.g., project directors and managers)
  • Frontline/field staff (e.g., health educators, program facilitators)
  • Evaluators

Level

  • Multilevel

 

Ever New: Gender-Affirming Care for Trans and Nonbinary Youth

Track

Innovative Approaches and Emerging Issues

Presentation Type

Workshop

Presentation Overview

A 2019 study found that 30.4% of youth in foster care identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual, and 5% identify as transgender compared with 11.2% and 1.17% of youth not in foster care. A 2001 survey of LGBTQ+ youth in out-of-home care in New York City found that 78% of LGBTQ+ youth were removed or ran away from their foster placements as a result of hostility toward their sexual orientation or gender identity. In response to these facts and the experiences of system-involved youth, the Colorado Sexual Health Initiative partnered with the Division of Child Welfare and the Division of Youth Services (juvenile justice) to ensure gender-affirming caregiving to young people in the state's care. We will share our partnerships, learning, projects, and products.

Presenters

Theodore Isoz

Training Specialist

Colorado Sexual Health Initiative – CDHS

Anna Wendt

Training Specialist

Colorado Sexual Health Initiative – CDHS

Zoa Schescke

Program Manager

Colorado Sexual Health Initiative – CDHS

Audience

  • Project administrators (e.g., project directors and managers)
  • Frontline/field staff (e.g., health educators, program facilitators)

Level

  • Multilevel

 

From Flintstones to the Jetsons: Using Tech in Your Programs

Track

 Innovative Approaches and Emerging Issues

Presentation Type

Workshop

Presentation Overview

Is your curriculum from the Stone Age, but your students are more like Elroy Jetson? Then this is the workshop for you. Grantees will obtain the knowledge to modernize the prehistoric relics of their curriculum into the innovation of today's generations.

Presenters

Shannon Miller

Health Worker

Bee Busy Inc.

Danne Hughes

Community Health Education Specialist

Bee Busy Learning Academy

Audience

  • Frontline/field staff (e.g., health educators, program facilitators)

Level

  • Multilevel

 

Gender Literacy for Inclusive Education

Track

Program Implementation

Presentation Type

Workshop

Presentation Overview

Many educators wish to be inclusive of students of all genders but do not know the best ways to do so. Others find that the language and terminology seem to grow and change so quickly that it is hard for them to keep up. In this workshop, participants will learn how to be more gender inclusive in their education, thus increasing the chances that the information they share will reach transgender and nonbinary students. By the end of the workshop, participants will understand common gender terminology, learn about trans micro aggression, and learn to modify their language and curricula to be gender inclusive.

Presenter

Logan Sand

Program Manager

Lutheran Social Service of MN

Audience

  • Project administrators (e.g., project directors and managers)
  • Frontline/field staff (e.g., health educators, program facilitators)
  • Evaluators

Level

  • Beginner/Introductory

 

Hip Hop, African American History, and Mindfulness Tools

Track

Program Implementation

Presentation Type

Workshop

Presentation Overview

The hip hop culture has been criticized for its glamorization of sex; violence; and alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. These negative influences set the stage to have current and future negative impacts. This interactive workshop will teach innovative strategies for practical applications to effectively engage and support youth in realizing positive outcomes that lead to healthy futures. Participants will take away contemporary, cultural, and age-appropriate skills to integrate into their Sexual Risk Avoidance Education, Personal Responsibility Education Program, and youth development programming.

Presenters

Tarita Johnson

Project Director

Wholistic Stress Control Institute, Inc.

Kelvin Walston

Associate Director

Wholistic Stress Control Institute, Inc.

Audience

  • Frontline/field staff (e.g., health educators, program facilitators)
 

Level

  • Beginning/Introductory

 

Leadership Fatigue? Staying Encouraged Through Difficulty

Track

Sustainability, Program Management, Organizational Capacity, and Infrastructure

Presentation Type

Workshop

Presentation Overview

Let's be honest, leadership can be overwhelming and downright lonely. As organizations encounter various trials, leaders are expected to be steadfast and focused, even if they aren't! This workshop helps leaders recognize warning signs of burnout and provides practical steps to ensure they are ready for challenges they may face.

Presenters

Breanne Hunt

Executive Director

Lifeline Pregnancy Help Clinic, Inc.

Audience

  • Project administrators (e.g., project directors and managers)

Level

  • Multilevel

 

Let's Talk: Prevention Services for At-Risk Youth

Track

Engaging Families, Schools, and Communities

Presentation Type

Workshop

Presentation Overview

In 2019, 60% of youth were at home when they reached out to the National Runaway Safeline (NRS) for help. Youth identified family dynamics, peer pressure, and mental health as the main causes of their crisis. These overwhelming life situations make youth consider running away or resort to other unsafe and risky behaviors.  This interactive session will discuss the many issues youth are facing today and how the NRS incorporates prevention into their work through early intervention. The presenters will share the latest data on youth in crisis as well as introduce the FREE evidence-based prevention curriculum, Let’s Talk. This resource is designed to build life skills and educate youth about alternatives to unsafe and unhealthy behaviors.

Presenter

Maria Taylor

Prevention & Youth Engagement Coordinator

National Runaway Safeline

Jeff Stern

Chief Engagement Officer

National Runaway Safeline

 

Audience

  • Project administrators (e.g., project directors and managers)
  • Frontline/field staff (e.g., health educators, program facilitators)

Level

  • Beginner/Introductory

 

Listen Up! Meaningfully Engaging Youth

Track

Program Implementation

Presentation Type

Workshop

Presentation Overview

Having a systematic process for soliciting and acting on youth voice ensures a program is responsive to the needs of the youth it is meant to serve. Between 2017 and 2019, the Office of Population Affairs (OPA) conducted a Youth Listening Sessions (YLS) Project in collaboration with grantees to increase their intent and capacity for systematically soliciting and incorporating youth feedback. As a result, OPA developed the Listen Up! Youth Listening Session Toolkit. This interactive workshop will focus on the “how” and “what it takes” to implement an effective project focused on centering youth. Participants will collaborate in teams to develop new skills and build a youth engagement action plan for their own organization.

Presenters

Jaclyn Ruiz

Replication Team Lead

Office of Population Affairs

Elizabeth Laferriere

Innovation and Demonstration Acting Team Lead

Office of Population Affairs

Audience

  • Project administrators (e.g., project directors and managers)
  • Frontline/field staff (e.g., health educators, program facilitators)

Level

  • Intermediate

 

Practitioner Perspectives: Human Trafficking Prevention

Track

Innovative Approaches and Emerging Issues

Presentation Type

Panel

Presentation Overview

The focus on human trafficking from a public health perspective has led to a call to deepen the nation’s prevention response and to implement solutions that prevent human trafficking victimization and perpetration before it occurs. This panel discussion will bring together leading experts in the field of human trafficking prevention for a conversation on how they have integrated evidence-based practices into their program design. The discussion will center around methods to engage youth, enhance resilience, and build skills in a culturally appropriate, youth-centered manner. Panelists will describe emerging trends, lessons learned, practical tips, and what factors have contributed to the success of their respective programs.

Presenters

Kimberly Casey

Communications and Prevention Specialist

HHS Office on Trafficking in Persons

Aria Flood

Director of U.S. Prevention

Love 146

Kyle Mushkin

Director of Prevention

My Life My Choice

Carolina Fuentes

Clinician

DePelchin Children’s Center

Audience

  • Project administrators (e.g., project directors and managers)
  • Frontline/field staff (e.g., health educators, program facilitators)

Level

  • Intermediate 

 

Research and Evaluation Spotlight Session 1

 

Lessons Learned in Implementing Innovative Programs and Serving High-Risk Youth

Track

Program Implementation

Presentation Type

Research & Evaluation Spotlight Session

Presentation Overview

Twelve Personal Responsibility Education Innovative Strategies (PREIS) grantees awarded in 2016 have spent nearly five years implementing adolescent pregnancy prevention programming in communities across the United States. The session will provide an overview of the PREIS grant program and summarize some lessons learned about program implementation from the cohort of PREIS grantees, including the ways in which programs incorporated innovative or unique strategies. The session will then focus on the experiences of one PREIS grantee, James Madison University (JMU), which included developing and implementing virtual programming and recruiting youth in juvenile justice settings, and their successful strategies for overcoming challenges.

Presenters

Betsy Keating

Researcher

Mathematica

Audience

  • Project administrators (e.g., project directors and managers)
  • Frontline/field staff (e.g., health educators, program facilitators)
  • Evaluators

Level

  • Multilevel

 

Sharing Lessons Learned from Tribal Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) Grantees

Track

Program Implementation 

Presentation Type

Research & Evaluation Spotlight Session

Presentation Overview

Eight Tribal PREP grantees awarded in 2016 have spent nearly five years implementing adolescent pregnancy prevention programming in tribal communities across the United States. The session will provide an overview of the Tribal PREP grant program and summarize some lessons learned about program implementation from the cohort of Tribal PREP grantees, including the ways in which programs incorporated culturally and linguistically appropriate content. The session will then cover the implementation experiences of Tewa Women United, a Tribal PREP grantee, including barriers they faced and their strategies for overcoming them. Topics covered may include developing and implementing a culturally appropriate intervention, fostering relationships with partners, staff training, recruiting and retaining youth, and managing programming during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Presenters

Betsy Keating

Researcher

Mathematica

Audience

  • Project administrators (e.g., project directors and managers)
  • Frontline/field staff (e.g., health educators, program facilitators)
  • Evaluators

Level

  • Multilevel

 

Research & Evaluation Spotlight Session 2

 

Innovative Strategies and Lesson Learned: Virtual Recruitment, Consent, and Data Collection During the First Semester of an Evaluation of a School-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program for Latino Youth

Track

Data, Research, and Evaluation

Presentation Type

Research & Evaluation Spotlight Session

Presentation Overview

We are conducting a rigorous, federally-funded evaluation of El Camino, a school-based goal-setting adolescent pregnancy prevention program for Latino high school youth. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all data collection was done virtually. This presented numerous challenges given the limited resources of the student population. The strong collaboration between the evaluators and the implementers enabled a successful transition to virtual recruitment, consent, and data collection. We will share innovative strategies, methods of adoption, and lessons learned from this experience so that other grantees can incorporate these lessons into future evaluation efforts.

Presenters

Sahra Ibrahimi

Ph.D. Student and Graduate Research Assistant

University of Maryland

Martha Yumiseva

PhD Student

University of Maryland, Department of Family Science

Krystle McConnell

PhD Student

University of Maryland, Department of Family Science

Christopher Gates

Program Manager

Identity, Inc.

Audience

  • Evaluators
  • Project administrators (e.g., project directors and managers)

Level

  • Multilevel

 

 

Research & Evaluation Spotlight Session 3

 

Highlights from Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) 2019–2020 Performance Measures, with a Focus on Responses to COVID-19 Challenges

Track

Data, Research, and Evaluation

Presentation Type

Research & Evaluation Spotlight Session

Presentation Overview

This session will summarize nationwide findings based on PREP performance measures for the 2019-2020 reporting period. First, the session will describe key measures of structure and support; attendance, reach, and dosage; and participant characteristics and program experiences. Next, the session will present information on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on PREP program operations and participant survey administration. The sessions will present comparisons of numbers of youth participants, settings, and staffing measures before and after the pandemic disruptions. The session will conclude by addressing questions from participants about the presentation content and the collection and submission of performance measures.

Presenters

Lara Hulsey

Principal Researcher

Mathematica

Lauren Murphy

Researcher

Mathematica

Audience

  • Project administrators (e.g., project directors and managers)
  • Evaluators

Level

  • Multilevel

 

Results from a Randomized Trial of a Brief Video Intervention on the Sexual Behaviors of Black and Hispanic Adolescent Females

Track 

Data, Research, and Evaluation

Presentation Type

Research & Evaluation Spotlight Session

Presentation Overview

Teen birth rates in the United States are higher than those in other high-income nations, with black and Latinas disproportionately affected. Brief, low-resource effective interventions are needed to reduce risky sexual behavior in these at-risk populations. Between 2015 and 2020, we developed an innovative sexual and reproductive health entertainment-education (EE) video about health intervention called Plan A. We evaluated the efficacy of Plan A using an individual randomized controlled trial. Study findings demonstrate that Plan A is a low-resource and brief EE intervention for Black and Latina female adolescents that is having significant or borderline significant effects on protective sexual health behaviors and behavioral antecedents.

Presenter

Catherine Henley

Lead Research Analyst

The Policy & Research Group

Audience

  • Project administrators (e.g., project directors and managers)
  • Frontline/field staff (e.g., health educators, program facilitators)
  • Evaluators

Level

  • Multilevel

 

The Impact of COVID-19 Restrictions on Adolescents' Intimate Relationships and Access to Essential Sexual and Reproductive Health Services

Track

Data, Research, and Evaluation

Presentation Type

Research & Evaluation Spotlight Session

Presentation Overview

With limited information currently available about adolescents’ intimate behaviors and access to sexual and reproductive health services during the global pandemic, we present cross-sectional analyses of data collected in October and November 2020 from 112 9th and 10th grade students as part of an ongoing longitudinal study in California. The outcomes of interest included changes in adolescent intimate relationships, sexual behaviors, and access to services during school shutdowns. We will discuss some potential gaps in sexual health services brought on by the school closures, as well as some other unexpected findings related to youth romantic and sexual relationships.

Presenters

Rebecca Houghton

Project Manager

Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington

Eric Walsh-Buhi

Department Chair and Professor, Applied Health Science Department

Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington

Pamela Anderson

Senior Research Associate

ETR Associates

Karin Coyle

Chief Science Officer

ETR Associates

Arthur Owora

Assistant Professor

Indiana University

John Ferrand

Doctoral Student – Health Behavior

Indiana University

Nicole Crocker

Research Assistant

Indiana University

Audience

  • Project administrators (e.g., project directors and managers)
  • Frontline/field staff (e.g., health educators, program facilitators)
  • Evaluators

Level

  • Multilevel

Networking Session 1 - 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. EDT

During this session, participants will have the opportunity to engage in dialogue and connect with other colleagues on topic areas of interest. Please visit the Expo area inside the conference platform and choose a topic of interest to you.

Address Trauma & Mental Health

Adulthood Preparation Subjects (APS)

Advancing Racial Equity

Emerging Needs - Post COVID-19

Engaging Stakeholders (Youth, Parents/other caring adults, Community Partners)

Evaluation 101 - Beginners

Evaluation 201 - Advanced

Innovative Practices from 2020

Packaging and Disseminating

Partnerships Post COVID-19 (Creating, Maintaining, and Leveraging)

Program Planning (Fall 2021 and Beyond)

Program Sustainability

Recruitment and Retention

Self-care for Frontline staff

Virtual Implementation A (Facilitation Skills)

Virtual Implementation B (Youth Engagement Tips)

 

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