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 BREAKOUT SESSIONS #1 

Thursday, June 24th

1:15 - 2:15 PM

 Room #1: "Askable Adult: Talking about Sexuality with Youth" 

Sally Castillo, Education Coordinator

Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette

Content focus area: Risk and harm reduction/Reproductive health and family planning

Other: “Healthy communities and families – talking with youth"

Proposal Category: Skill building

Presentation style: Activity

Language: Spanish

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. Using popular education techniques, participants will explore what makes an adult “askable” and practice one way they can bring up HIV prevention in a conversation with a young person in their lives. They will leave feeling more confident in their ability to have conversations about sexuality and HIV with young people. This workshop is suitable for parents/caregivers and youth service providers, and will focus on conversations around HIV, 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

Amalia Canua Cardoza, Equality Support Line Bilingual Specialist

Stacey Bergland, Bilingual & Bicultural Group facilitator

Lines for Life

Content focus area:  Social determinants of health (SDH)

Proposal Category: Community Program Delivery

Presentation style: Panel

Language: English

Description: This workshop will begin with an invitation for conference attendees to engage in a mindfulness practice - soothing sounds of Tibetan singing bowls, guided mindfulness meditation, accompanied by guided breathing exercise. Topics discussed will include the impacts of racism on mental health with an emphasis on the negative sexual stereotypes that plague the Latin community. The presenters will discuss ways in which Lines for Life can help the Latino population by utilizing its Oregon’s Helpers Wellness Initiative program as well as the Racial Equity Support Line. The workshop will close with another invitation for attendees to practice a mindfulness exercise.

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

Axel Ramirez Alcaraz, Bilingual Benefits Navigator

Cascade AIDS Project

Content focus area:  Social determinants of health (SDH)/ Stigma/ HIV/ STI prevention/Accessibility/ Latinx LGBTQ+ Perspective/ Living with HIV/ support/Community and combating sexual health disparities

Proposal Category: Community Program Delivery

Presentation style: Lecture

Language: English

Description: The main purpose of this presentation is to 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: "Working with Wellness Practices to Combat Effects of Racism

Amalia Canua Cardoza, Equality Support Line Bilingual Specialist

 Stacey Bergland, Bilingual & Bicultural Group facilitator

Lines for Life

Content focus area:  Social determinants of health (SDH)

Proposal Category: Community Program Delivery

Presentation style: Panel

Language: English

Description: This workshop will begin with an invitation for conference attendees to engage in a mindfulness practice - soothing sounds of Tibetan singing bowls, guided mindfulness meditation, accompanied by guided breathing exercise. Topics discussed will include the impacts of racism on mental health with an emphasis on the negative sexual stereotypes that plague the Latin community. The presenters will discuss ways in which Lines for Life can help the Latino population by utilizing its Oregon’s Helpers Wellness Initiative program as well as the Racial Equity Support Line. The workshop will close with another invitation for attendees to practice a mindfulness exercise.

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.