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Summer Institute | 2019

Friday, July 12, 2019

By: Fact Forward

Fact Forward (formerly the SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy) held its 20th Annual Summer Institute June 4-6, 2019 at the North Charleston Marriott.  More than 200 youth-serving professionals from 11 states were in attendance. In addition to this, 37 of South Carolina’s 46 counties were represented at this year’s Institute. With the theme, Commitment to Keeping Young People Healthy, the conference celebrated South Carolina’s 70% teen birth decrease while emphasizing the need to push for more progress across the state and nation. Especially considering the national landscape regarding funding and effective approaches to reproductive health services, the conference used the theme to highlight the best strategies for sustainability, awareness and education. The keynote speaker was national child advocate, lawyer and television personality, Judge Glenda Hatchett. A dynamic speaker, Judge Hatchett encouraged participants to engage and support our most vulnerable adolescents. National consultant and author, Dr. Elizabeth Schroeder, spoke throughout the conference about male engagement, being inclusive and finally, during the closing keynote, about helping young people navigate media and social influences like pornography. Carol Singletary, left and Kristen Fouts, right

Each year at summer institute we give two awards to dedicated professionals in our field. The Murray L. Vincent Outstanding Prevention Professional Award is the highest and most distinguished award given by Fact Forward. In memory of Dr. Murray Vincent, the award recognizes an individual who has significantly impacted the prevention of adolescent pregnancy in South Carolina while exemplifying the characteristics of the award’s namesake. This year’s winner of the Murray L. Vincent Award is Kristen Fouts, Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program Director in Anderson School District Three. Carol Burdette, former Fact Forward board member and longtime CEO of the United Way of Anderson County, has credited Kristen Fouts as being the "foundation" of Anderson County's Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program. Ms. Burdette stated, "There are very few people in South Carolina that measure up to what Murray Vincent had in mind for teen pregnancy prevention. One of those few people is Kristen Fouts."

A member of our team was also recognized for going above and beyond within and outside of the organization with the Suzan D. Boyd Excellence Award. This year’s winner is Carol Singletary. Her nominator said the following, “[Carol’s] commitment and ability to raise awareness around teen pregnancy prevention across the state of South Carolina is unmatched. Over the last few years [we have] faced an extraordinary amount of uncertainty, yet Ms. Singletary has remained steadfast and focused. She has constantly kept this topic on the minds of non-traditional and political partners throughout the year, including during Let’s Talk Month and Teen Pregnancy Prevention Awareness Month. Another example is her ability to consistently engage 30-50 donors for our signature fundraiser at Pearlz Oyster Bar.  Ms. Singletary is a wealth of untapped knowledge and experience.”

At the end of the closing keynote, Summer Institute 2019 wrapped up by sharing its new name, Fact Forward. The announcement included a video celebrating the organization’s past 25 years of service and the importance of its ongoing commitment to adolescent reproductive health moving forward.

Summer Institute 2020 will be held at the North Charleston Marriott on June 2-4. Registration will open early 2020!

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Contraceptive Leadership Summit 2019

Join over 100 health care leaders from across South Carolina for our 4th annual Contraceptive Leadership Summit. This Summit will address challenges and build on progress to establish systems to support healthcare providers in addressing the contraceptive needs of adolescents and young adults. We will offer CME’s and General CEU. 

Highlighted Sessions Include: 

  • Contraceptive Counseling
  • Recommendations for HIV Care for family planning
  • Working with Sexual Assault Survivors in Reproductive Care
  • Minors Rights and Reproductive Health Care

**Travel assistance for lodging and milage is available for South Carolina residents. Read full Travel Assistance Policy below.**

Registration ends October 15th!

 

 

 

Agenda at a Glance: 

Friday, October 25, 2019 

8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration 

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Power Sessions 

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Keynote, Eric Rowles, The Secret Life of Bees

3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Keynote Speaker, Wendy Nakatsukasa-Ono, Shared Equity in Contraceptive Care

4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Keynote: Tanya Bass, MPH, CHES, The Historical Context of Health Bias

4:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. Keynote Session, Cornell Wright, MPA, Addressing Health Disparities in Contraceptive Care Delivery 

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Networking Reception 

Saturday, October 26, 2019 

8:00 a.m. - 10 a.m. Registration 

8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Opening Remarks 

8:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Integrating HIV Prevention Update: Sponsored by Gilead & HPV Vaccine Education Tips: Sponsored by Merck 

9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Concurrent Sessions

11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

Questions? Contact healthservices@factforward.org or 803.771.7700. 


**Travel Assistance Policy**

 To be eligible, participants must request travel assistance, and complete registration form by September 30, 2019.

  • Fact Forward encourages organizations to send multiple staff members to its meetings and conferences, however Fact Forward will provide travel and lodging assistance for a maximum of two people per organization per meeting/conference. The travel assistance is not guaranteed for every applicant. This policy helps ensure that Fact Forward's limited funds support meeting and conference attendance for as many member organizations as possible.
  • Travel assistance recipients are responsible for working with Fact Forward's Health Services Specialist, Yajaira Maldonado, for any approval documents and reimbursements. All receipts and documentation will need to be submitted to Yajaira Maldonado no later than November 28th 2019 in order to get reimbursed. Mileage will be reimbursement according to the IRS $0.58 per mile. Fact forward will not provide reimbursements for the following items: food, travel insurance, flights, baggage fees, hotel early check out or cancellation fees, incidentals, parking, mileage reimbursement to and from airports, or traveling in an official company vehicle.
  • Travel assistance will cover recipient’s hotel accommodations which will be provided by Fact Forward group block. Hotel information will be provided in your registration confirmation email after application for assistance its approved. All registrations and travel assistance applications should be completed by September 30th 2019. No travel assistance applications will be reviewed after September 30th 2019. Fact Forward reserves the right to deny any travel and/or lodging assistance after the application deadline.
  • Travel and lodging recipients who fail to attend the meeting/conference will be responsible for reimbursing Fact Forward for the full cost hotel fees, including cancellation fees, no-show penalties, or early check out fees. Travel and lodging recipients will also be responsible for the costs in any reservation changes they request. 

Please direct any questions regarding travel assistance to Yajaira Maldonado Health Services Support Specialist at ymaldonado@factforward.org

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Youth & Resiliency Training Series Kick-Off

Join us at the screening and discussion of "for ahkeem," hosted by United Way of the Midlands.  

 

About the Film: 

After a school fight lands 17-year old Daje Shelton in a court-supervised alternative high school, she's determined to turn things around and make a better future for herself in her rough St. Louis neighborhood. But focusing on school is tough as she loses multiple friends
to gun violence, falls in love for the first time, and becomes pregnant with a boy, Ahkeem, just as Ferguson erupts a few miles down the road. Through Daje's intimate coming-of-age story, For Ahkeem illuminates challenges that many Black teenagers face in America today, and
witnesses the strength, resilience, and determination it takes to survive. 

Register here: 

resilientrichland.org

Location: 

United Way of the Midlands, 1818 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC 29201

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Making Proud Choices for Youth in Out-of-Home Care Training of Facilitators

Event Description: 

This adaptation of the Making Proud Choices! 5th Edition program is a 10-module curriculum designed to empower in-care adolescents with greater knowledge and self-respect that will encourage them to protect themselves against unintended pregnancies and HIV/STD infection. Many young people entering the system have experienced traumas, including neglect and abuse, that impact their psychosocial and sexual development and increase the likelihood that they will engage in behaviors that place them at risk of early pregnancy and STDs. The curriculum acknowledges that abstinence is the most effective way to eliminate these risks, but also encourages the practice of safer sex and condom use, and gives youth in foster care the confidence they need to choose and negotiate safer-sex practices.

Event Objections:

As a result of participating in this training, participants will be able to:

1. Understand the objectives, content, activities, and unique features of the Making Proud Choices! For Out of Home Youth (MPC+) Curriculum.

2. Understand the theoretical foundation of the MPC+ Curriculum and how they are applied in program activities.

3. Understand the teaching methodologies used in the MPC+ Curriculum.

4. Learn basic information relating to HIV, STDs, adolescent pregnancy prevention, adolescent sexual development and trauma informed care.

5. Demonstrate teaching condom use, problem solving, and negotiation skills.

6. Identify personal values and the impact of those values on their ability to effectively teach about adolescent sexuality issues.

7. Identify guidelines for answering sensitive questions regarding sexuality, HIV, STDs, and adolescent pregnancy prevention.

8. Identify potential barriers to implementing the MPC+ Curriculum and describe strategies for overcoming those barriers.

 

Event Trainers:

Katrina Upton, M. Ed., RN, and Kandace Cave

Event Details

Location & Address:

McWaters Columbia Customer Expereince Center, 1104 Shop Road Columbia, SC 29201

Cost:

$400.00 (out-of-state) $600.00 (in-state) discounts available for funded partners. Discounts available for funded partners. 

Registration Deadline:

October 2, 2019

Late registration must be approved by the training manager, Shannon Lindsay (training@teenpregnancysc.org or 803-771-7700), and is subject to a $25 late registration fee.

Curriculum: Participants must bring a copy of the Be Proud! Be Responsible! Curriculum (5th edition) as these are not provided. The curriculum can be purchased by visiting https://www.etr.org/store/product/making-proud-choices-out-of-home-youth-basic-set/.

NOTE: Registration begins at 8:00 am and the session starts at 8:30 am.

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If you are interested in additional information about this training and the possibility of having one in your area please contact our Training Manager, Shannon Lindsay, at slindsay@teenpregnancysc.org or 803-771-7700.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations made by 3 full business days will be fully refunded. No shows will forfeit all registration costs.

Inclement Weather Policy: The SC Campaign follows the City of Columbia for weather closings. We monitor and adjust as necessary. We make all efforts to connect with registrants via email to advise of office closing and delayed starts. In case of cancellation of training due to weather, we will refund registration fees and make all efforts to reschedule in a timely manner.

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Be Proud! Be Responsible! Training of Facilitators

Event Description: 

This training will introduce participants to a research proven curriculum – Be Proud! Be Responsible! Strategies to Empower Youth to Reduce Their Risk for HIV/AIDS – and will provide the skills necessary to implement the curriculum with youth. The curriculum consists of six, one-hour modules targeting adolescents of all socio-economic and racial backgrounds, ages 14-18 who attend high schools and youth-serving community based programs. Be Proud! Be Responsible! takes a comprehensive approach to adolescent SEX and HIV/STD education, including both information on abstinence and condoms. Throughout this two-day training, participants will learn how to become effective facilitators of the curriculum while learning tips for answering sensitive questions and how to identify potential barriers to implementing this evidence based program.

Event Objections:

As a result of participating in this training, participants will be able to:

1. Understand the objectives, content, activities, and unique features of the Be Proud! Be Responsible! Curriculum.

2. Understand the theoretical foundation of the Be Proud! Be Responsible! Curriculum and how they are applied in program activities.

3. Understand the teaching methodologies used in the Be Proud! Be Responsible! Curriculum.

4. Learn basic information relating to HIV, STDs, adolescent pregnancy prevention, and adolescent sexual development.

5. Demonstrate teaching condom use, problem solving, and negotiation skills.

6. Identify personal values and the impact of those values on their ability to effectively teach about adolescent sexuality issues.

7. Identify guidelines for answering sensitive questions regarding sexuality, HIV, STDs, and adolescent pregnancy prevention.

8. Identify potential barriers to implementing the Be Proud! Be Responsible! Curriculum and describe strategies for overcoming those barriers.

 

Event Trainers:

Meredith Talford MPH, CHES, and Shannon Lindsay, MS

Event Details

Location & Address:

McWaters Columbia Customer Expereince Center, 1104 Shop Road Columbia, SC 29201

Cost:

$400.00 (out-of-state) $600.00 (in-state) discounts available for funded partners. Discounts available for funded partners. 

Registration Deadline:

September 18, 2019

Late registration must be approved by the training manager, Shannon Lindsay (training@teenpregnancysc.org or 803-771-7700), and is subject to a $25 late registration fee.

Curriculum: Participants must bring a copy of the Be Proud! Be Responsible! Curriculum (5th edition) as these are not provided. The curriculum can be purchased by visiting https://www.etr.org/store/curricula/be-proud-be-responsible/.

NOTE: Registration begins at 8:00 am and the session starts at 8:30 am.

_____________________________________________________________________________________

If you are interested in additional information about this training and the possibility of having one in your area please contact our Training Manager, Shannon Lindsay, at slindsay@teenpregnancysc.org or 803-771-7700.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations made by 3 full business days will be fully refunded. No shows will forfeit all registration costs.

Inclement Weather Policy: The SC Campaign follows the City of Columbia for weather closings. We monitor and adjust as necessary. We make all efforts to connect with registrants via email to advise of office closing and delayed starts. In case of cancellation of training due to weather, we will refund registration fees and make all efforts to reschedule in a timely manner.

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The South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Rebrands to Fact Forward

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

By: Fact Forward

We are Fact Forward.

June 6, 2019 - Columbia, S.C.: The South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy is now Fact Forward. After 25 years of commitment to South Carolina, we have recognized the need to encompass all that we do in our new name. Our new name better reflects everything we do: more than just preventing teen pregnancy, we empower adolescents with evidence-based strategies for healthy reproductive choices.

The name change gives room for future evolution and growth. 
While we continue to celebrate a 70% drop in the teen birth rate since the early 1990s, other challenges like rising STI rates and unintended pregnancies among young adults force us to consider even more creative and effective strategies to engage communities across the state and nation. Our new name provides a strong framework for addressing new challenges today and in the future.

New name, Same Commitment
We still have the same priorities: training people who work with adolescents and promoting policies and initiatives that improve reproductive health outcomes. We are excited about the state’s continued progress and want to keep effectively moving forward while expanding our reach.

 

Why did you choose Fact Forward?
The name Fact Forward establishes us as THE fact-based resource for those who want to move the conversation about reproductive health forward. The name implies the progress we’re striving toward while reinforcing the data and subject matter expertise that we’re known for. The tagline, “Advancing Reproductive Health,” gives additional context to our new name. Together, the name and tagline create a pretty clear picture of who we are and what we do in just a few short words.

“We are excited about our state’s progress over the past 25 years, but we also understand the importance of looking forward to reach our most vulnerable adolescents,” Beth De Santis, CEO, Fact Forward, said. “Our name may have changed, but our priority will always be young people. We know that this broader lens of reproductive health will allow us to have bigger reach among adolescents.”  

 

About Fact Forward: 
We promote easy access to reproductive healthcare, from counseling to contraceptives. We train and educate people who work with young adults. We partner with a variety of organizations - public, private, school, and community-based - to promote policies and initiatives that improve reproductive health outcomes throughout the state.

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Reproductive Health Education Series

Event Description: 

Are you new to sex education? Or has it been awhile since you've covered this content? Or would you just like to brush up our knowledge and skills? Join us for a series of learning sessions designed to help new and experienced health educators grow and refine their skills.

Day 1: Foundations: Core Skills Training for Sex Ed<BR>Foundations: Core Skills Training for Sex Ed, is a national model for training teachers to implement high-quality sex education. It aims to ensure that all sex educators are equipped with the skills needed to effectively facilitate student learning, create safe and inclusive environments and provide opportunities for meaningful skill-building and values exploration, regardless of the specific curriculum they teach. It consists of one full day training covering climate setting, sex education policies, facilitation skills, values clarification, managing personal disclosure and answering difficult questions.

Day 2: We will be offering two half day modules that cover LGBTQ inclusion and trauma-informed approaches. The two half day modules are only available to participants that register for the full day of Foundations: Core Skills Training for Sex.

Day 3: Reproductive Health 101 provides the participant with a general overview core concepts related to reproductive health as it relates to teen pregnancy prevention in South Carolina. Topics covered include Reproductive Anatomy and Physiology, Adolescent Growth and Development, HIV/STis, Contraceptive technology, and provides strategies for teaching comprehensive sexuality education that meet the standards set forth by the Comprehensive Health Education Act (CHEA).

Event Objections:

As a result of participating in this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe strategies that can be used to create a safe and supportive learning environment for teaching sexuality education
  2. Define comprehensive sexuality education
  3. Describe and apply the continuum model for addressing values laden statements
  4. Demonstrate the ability to utilize the five-step process for answering challenging questions
  5. Define common terms of reference in the LGBT community
  6. Describe the differences between gender identity and sexual orientation
  7. Explain the risks and barriers faced by LGBT individuals and the impact on health disparities
  8. Describe at least three strategies for creating inclusive learning environments
  9. Describe the prevalence and impact of trauma in the lives of teens in their classrooms and programs.
  10. Examine the relationship between trauma exposure, high-risk sexual behaviors, and pregnancy.
  11. Adapt personal and programmatic interventions such that they fall in line with the key principles of a trauma-informed approach.

Event Trainers:

Rachel Kaplan and Susan Locke

Event Details

Location & Address:

Aiken County School District Office 1000 Brookhaven Drive, Aiken SC 29803

Cost:

$900.00 (out-of-state) $600.00 (in-state) discounts available for funded partners. Funded partners should speak with their program coordinator or their grant manager for a discount code. Lunch will be provided each day.

Registration Deadline:

July 22, 2019

Late registration must be approved by the training manager, Shannon Lindsay (training@teenpregnancysc.org or 803-771-7700), and is subject to a $25 late registration fee.

NOTE: Registration begins at 8:00 am and the session starts at 8:30 am.

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If you are interested in additional information about this training and the possibility of having one in your area please contact our Training Manager, Shannon Lindsay, at slindsay@teenpregnancysc.org or 803-771-7700.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations made by 3 full business days will be fully refunded. No shows will forfeit all registration costs.

Inclement Weather Policy: The SC Campaign follows the City of Columbia for weather closings. We monitor and adjust as necessary. We make all efforts to connect with registrants via email to advise of office closing and delayed starts. In case of cancellation of training due to weather, we will refund registration fees and make all efforts to reschedule in a timely manner.

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NU-Culture Training of Facilitators

Event Description: 

Nu-CULTURE (Cultivating Urban Leaders Through Unique Relationship Education): a classroom-based relationship education program for grades 6-8. The curriculum helps students understand the risk associated with early sexual activity and develops skills necessary to make healthy decisions and avoid risky behaviors. It emphasizes increasing skills and self-efficacy in communication and refusal skills using through age appropriate, medically accurate information about teen pregnancy prevention, sexually transmitted infections, and other sexual health topics The Nu-CULTURE curriculum consists of eight 50-minute sessions each in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades, for a total of 24 sessions over the course of three years.

Event Objections:

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the objectives, content, activities, and unique features of the Nu-Culture curriculum.

  2. Understand the theoretical foundations of the Nu-Culture Curriculum and how they are applied in program activities.

  3. Understand the teaching methodologies used in the Nu-Culture Curriculum.

  4. Apply teaching methodologies used in the Nu-Culture curriculum through Teach Back Sessions.

Event Trainers:

Amanda Leeson and Denise Marcano

Event Details

Location & Address:

Aiken County School District Office 1000 Brookhaven Drive, Aiken SC 29803

Cost:

$600.00 (out-of-state) $400.00 (in-state) discounts available for funded partners. Funded partners should speak with their program coordinator or their grant manager for a discount code. Lunch will be provided each day.

Registration Deadline:

July 22, 2019

Late registration must be approved by the training manager, Shannon Lindsay (training@teenpregnancysc.org or 803-771-7700), and is subject to a $25 late registration fee.

Curriculum: Session attendees will need to bring a laptop computer to this training as we will be reviewing the curriculum materials that are accessed online. Each participant should have their school login and password so they can login to the NU-Culture online site. In addition, a printed copy of the curriculum would be helpful. Copies can be downloaded from the NU-Culture website.

NOTE: Registration begins at 8:00 am and the session starts at 8:30 am.

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If you are interested in additional information about this training and the possibility of having one in your area please contact our Training Manager, Shannon Lindsay, at slindsay@teenpregnancysc.org or 803-771-7700.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations made by 3 full business days will be fully refunded. No shows will forfeit all registration costs.

Inclement Weather Policy: The SC Campaign follows the City of Columbia for weather closings. We monitor and adjust as necessary. We make all efforts to connect with registrants via email to advise of office closing and delayed starts. In case of cancellation of training due to weather, we will refund registration fees and make all efforts to reschedule in a timely manner.

Catrina C. James

Katrina joined Fact Forward in June 2019 after serving as Health Educator and Assistant Choose Well Program Coordinator for Family Health Centers, Inc. Katrina currently serves as the Health Services Specialist providing capacity building and technical assistance for health centers across South Carolina in the Collaborative for Reproductive Education and Wellness.

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