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 BREAKOUT SESSIONS #1 

Thursday, June 24th
1:15 - 2:15 PM PST

 Room #1: "¡Hablemos! Hablando con los niñes y jóvenes de la sexualidad

Sally Castillo, Education Coordinator

Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette

Description: Many adults know it’s important to talk about sexuality with young people – but they feel uncomfortable starting the conversation. This can be especially difficult if they grew up in a family or culture where the subject was taboo, or if no one had conversations about sexuality with them. But in order for youth to know about HIV and how to prevent it, the adults in their lives need to be able to talk with them about it! Moreover, youth do want to talk with adults about sex and sexuality, and list adults as important resources for reliable information. And having a trusted adult to turn to when youth have questions about sexuality topics helps them make healthy decisions either now or in the future. “Askable Adult” teaches skills integral to talking with youth about sexuality topics, like healthier relationships, or preventing unintended pregnancy, HIV, and other STIs. In this workshop, participants will learn ways to answer questions or start conversations in ways that are age-appropriate, and open the door to future conversations about sexuality. This workshop is suitable for parents/caregivers and youth service providers, and will focus on conversations around sexuality, although the strategies we discuss can be used to start conversations about a variety of topics.

Objectives: 

  1. Identify qualities of an Askable Adult

  2. Identify times in everyday life people can use to bring up conversations about HIV/HIV prevention

  3. Practice starting a conversation about HIV/ HIV prevention with a young person

 Room #2: "Working with Wellness Practices to Combat Effects of Racism

Stacey Bergland, Bilingual & Bicultural Group facilitator

Lines for Life

Description: An introduction to the Oregon's Helpers Wellness Initiative and Lines for Life multiple groups and crisis hotlines that are available to deconstruct and discuss the effects of racism and reconstruct, through mindfulness practices, meditation, and other Wellness tools, ways to traverse systemic, racialized trauma. The presentation will begin with music, followed by a guided meditation and a discussion with Stacey B. that will conclude with a Cuban son - spiritual song - to remind participants of our cultural tool of un baile, in remaining healthy, practicing de-stressing techniques, and well, having fun.

Objectives: 

  1. Audio tools for quick calming and centering.

  2. Mindfulness as meditation: Going inside to reconnect with Strength/Self

  3. Awareness of the harmful effects of racism as experienced by LatinX community.

  4. Celebrating Our Collective Resilience: Remembering our Strength through collective dance rooted in Afro-Cuban Music.

 Room #3: "Highlighting HIV Prevention & Care Strategies Specific to the Latinx Community" 

Mafe Gonzalez, Latino Services Navigator

Cascade AIDS Project

Description: In this session, we will focus our attention on an often-neglected crisis: the impact of HIV on the Latinx communities in the U.S. Presenters will identify important statistical data regarding the impact of HIV in the Latinx community, both in the national and local level. Furthermore, challenges faced by the Latinx community regarding HIV prevention and care such as language accessibility, HIV-related stigma, access to PrEP and HIV/STI testing, will be identified. Finally, the presentation will focus on creating, maintaining, and strengthening strategies to face those challenges in efforts to close the gap on the impact of HIV in the Latinx community. Some of these strategies include: offering consistent bilingual resources and staff, advocating for clients’ continual access to social service systems, and ensuring sexual health services are normalized, culturally competent, and tailored to the needs of the community.

Objectives: 

  1. Describe the current status of the impact of HIV in Latinx communities in Oregon and Washington States

  2. Address unique challenges faced by the Latinx community regarding access to sexual health care services

  3. Examine strategies, approaches, and ideas to address challenges in sexual health and HIV Prevention and Care faced by the Latinx community

 Room #4: "Facilitating Conversations About Reproductive Health Between Latino Youth and Their Parents

Doris Valenzuela-Araujo, MD, Pediatric Resident

 Jessica Serrano, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics,

Division of Adolescent Health

Oregon Health and Sciences University

Description: Latino adolescents often experience barriers when accessing reproductive healthcare services. These barriers include limited knowledge of available services, language barriers, bicultural stress, not wanting to go against parent wishes, and lack of familiarity with complex medical systems. Lack of access to reproductive healthcare services contributes to Latino teens having disproportionately higher rates of unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. As healthcare providers, we often see the effects of not having these important conversations in a timely matter. In this session, we hope to review the barriers that Latino adolescents face in accessing and using family planning services. We additionally hope to provide both adolescents and parents with tools to develop effective strategies to discuss the topic of reproductive health.

Objectives: 

  1. Review and understand Oregon reproductive health laws

  2. Identify common barriers in accessing family planning services among Latino youth

  3. Identify ways to facilitate equitable access to family planning services for Latino youth

  4. Develop effective strategies to discuss the topic of reproductive health between adolescents and parents