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The 2015 U. S. National Sexual Health Conference (NSHC) was held on July 13-14, 2015 in Keystone, Colorado with approximately 400 participants from around the country in attendance.  The two-day program brought together sexual health experts from various disciplines and locations across the United States.

With 7 Planning Agencies and 30 Supporting National Partners, the 2015 NSHC received input and support across the 2015 spectrum of sexual health.  Dr. John M. Douglas, Jr., Executive Director of the Tri-County Health Department and former Chief Medical Officer of the National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was the 2015 Conference Chair.

Evaluation of the 2015 Program showed that over 91% of participants were satisfied or extremely satisfied with their overall conference experience.  Nearly 93% of participants agreed or strongly agreed that they could apply what they learned at the conference!


2015 NSHC Plenary and Concurrent Plenary Sessions:

  • Advancing Sexual Health in the United States – John M. Douglas, Jr., MD, Executive Director, Tri-County Health Department
  • Sexual Health and Health Equity  – Cynthia Gomez, PhD – Director, Health Equity Institute, San Francisco State University
  • Female Sexual Anatomy: Supporting Women’s Sexual Health Across the Lifespan – Patty Cason, RN, MS, FNP, Assistant Clinical Professor, UCLA School of Medicine
  • Modern Issues in LGBTQ Health – Kristin Keglovitz-Baker, PA-C, AAHIVS, Chief Operating Officer, Howard Brown Health Center
  • Linking Social Determinants of Health and Sexual Health – Pat Paluzzi, PhD, President and CEO, Healthy Teen Network
  • The Intersection of Sexual Health with Mental Health and  Substance Abuse – Douglas Braun-Harvey, LMFT, Co-founder, The Harvey Institute
  • The State of Sex Education in the U.S. – Leslie Kantor, MPH, Vice President of Education, Planned Parenthood National Federation
  • Sexual Satisfaction Across the Lifespan – Debby Herbenick, PhD, MPH, Associate Director, Center for Sexual Health Promotion Indiana University School of Public Health
  • The PrEP Paradigm – Embracing Pleasure, Intimacy and the Capacity for Joy in HIV Prevention – Jim Pickett, BA, Director of Prevention Advocacy and Gay Men’s Health AIDS Foundation of Chicago
  • Putting Sexual Health into Primary Care – Jenene Washington, MD, MBA, Director, Clinical Quality Center, National Association of Community Health Centers; Karen McCraw, BA Director of Social Services,  Family First Health; Evette Patterson, RN, BSN, Director of Corporate Compliance and Quality Piedmont Health Services
  • Medical School Education and Sexual Health – A Report on Progress from Two National Summits – Eli Coleman, PhD, Professor and Director of the Program in Human Sexuality, University of Minnesota
  • The Intersection of Gender Identity and Race When Discussing  Sexual Health – David Malebranche, MD, MPH, Staff Physician, Student Health Services, University of Pennsylvania
  • Sexual Health in Older Adults – Pepper Schwartz, PhD, Professor, Sociology Department, University of Washington

2015 NSHC Workshops:

  • Poverty as a Determinant of Sexual Health and Well-Being – Rico Figueroa, Vice President, The Center for Relationship Education
  • Who’s Science? Who’s Faith? Unifying the Field of Sexual Health Through Radical Inclusivity – Christian J. Thrasher, M.A., CSC, Director, The Center of Excellence for Sexual Health,  The Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Advances in the Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention of STIs 2015 – Kees Rietmeijer, MD, PhD, Denver Prevention Training Center/Denver Health
  • Sexual Health Risk Assessments Can Save Trans People’s Lives: Are We Prepared To Discuss This With Our Clients?  – Danielle Castro, MA, MFTI, Director of Research for the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health, UCSF
  • Help! A Young Person Just Came Out To Me – Kari Kuka, MS, CHES – Supervisor, Health Education Program, Denver Health
  • Sex, Fear, and Pre-exposure Prophylaxis – Robert M. Grant, MD, MPH, University of California, San Francisco
  • Community Planners Map Pathways for Successful Implementation of  Antiretroviral-Based HIV Prevention– Jim Pickett, BA, AIDS Foundation of Chicago
  • Increasing Condom Use among Young Men – Tara Melinkovich, MPH & Erin Girardi, MPH, Denver Health
  • Sexual Wellness among People with Psychiatric Disabilities – Nicole Pashka, MS, CRC, CPRP & Lisa Razzano, PhD, Threshholds, Inc.
  • Beyond the Clinic: Mobilizing Advocates to Promote Female Condoms to Peers and Communities – Sara Semelka, MPA, AIDS  Foundation of Chicago
  • Who’s Making the Decision? Strategies for a Client-Centered Reproductive Life Plan – Patty Cason, RN, MS, FNP, Assistant Clinical Professor, UCLA School of Medicine
  • The End of Hepatitis C as We Know It – Sarah Rowen, MD, Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, Denver Public Health
  • Taking a Proper, Comprehensive, Culturally Responsive Sexual Health History – Kristin Keglovitz-Baker, PA-C, AAHIVS, Chief Operating Officer, Howard Brown Health Center
  • Trauma-Informed Sexuality Education: A Positive Perspective – Lisa Schergen, MA, Monica Faulkner, PhD, LMSW, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Online Professional Development & Comprehensive Sexuality Education: Creating and Maintaining Safe School Climate for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning (LGBTQQ) Youth – Anne Marie Silvia, MPA, JSI Boston
  • Sexual Abuse Prevention Education for Parents and Children – Lorna Littner, MS, MSW, Private Practice, New York
  • A Consensus Model-Informed, Values-Based Curriculum for Parent-Child Communication About Sexuality – Sharon Rachel, MA, MPH, CSE & Christian Thrasher, MA, CSC, Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence – Janet Mickish, PhD, Manager, Staff Development, Colorado Department of Human Services
  • Culture as an Entryway to Conversations about Sexual Health and Sexuality – Ashwini Hardikar, MPH, CHES, Director of Adolescent Sexual Health, Grand St. Settlement & Erica Hart, BA, Case Manager & Outreach Coordinator, Project Speak Out Loud
  • Integrated Reproductive Health and Safer Conception – Shannon Weber, MSW, Director, HIVE, UCSF
  • Human Trafficking – Patrice Zink, MA, Training Director, JSI Research & Training Institute
  • In Case You’re Curious – Providing Sex Education to Teens at Their Fingertips – Rebecca Engel, BA, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains
  • Developing a Statewide Sexual Health Plan: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Promoting Positive Sexual Health – Karen Hagos, MPH, New York State Department of Health
  • Digital Training Strategies to Meet the Needs of Family Planning Clinics – Denise Raybon, MPH, Jennifer Rogers, MPH, Altarum Institute
  • Linking Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSM) to HIV/STD Prevention Messages through Dating Sites and Applications – James Berglund, MPH, AIDS Arms, Inc.
  • The White Paper Blues: Effecting Structural Level Change to Address Stigma and Discrimination & Promote Sexual Health & Social Justice – Christopher Grano, BA, Director of Community Outreach, Hep-C Connection
  • Let’s Talk About It: Navigating Abstinence-Based Systems – Angel Brophy, BA, Senior Health Education Specialist, Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation
  • Increasing LARC Utilization: New Approaches Involving the Entire Healthcare Team – Tara Thomas-Gale, MPH, Family Planning Administrator, Denver Health Community  Health Services & Brandy Mitchell, ANP, WHNP, Family Planning Clinical Coordinator, Denver Health
  • Love, Intimacy and Affection – Debby Herbenick, PhD, MPH, Associate Director, Center for Sexual Health Promotion, Indiana University School of Public Health
  • Development of a Quality Family Planning Mobile Application for Reproductive and Sexual Health Care Providers – Jacki Witt, JD, MSN, WHNP-BC, SANE-A, FAANP & Viannella Halsall, MPH, CHES, School of Nursing and Health Studies, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • The WHO?: Prioritizing Teacher Preparation to Shift Adolescent Sexual Health Outcomes – Andie Lyons, MTS, Colorado Youth Matter
  • Then Move the Mountain: Eliminating Barriers to STD/ HIV Screening and Treatment for DC Adolescents – Veronica Urquilla, MSW, LCSW, Education and Outreach Manager, Washington DC Department of Health’s HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD and TB Administration

2015 NSHC Roundtables:

  • Creating Cultures of “Askable Adults” – Andie Lyons, MTS, Colorado Youth Matter
  • Reshaping Medical Education: LGBT, GNC, & DSD Patient Care Competencies – Carey Roth Bayer, EdD, MEd, BSN, RN, CSE, Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Developing the Business Case for Providing Sexual Health Care under the Affordable Care Act – Mitchell S. Tepper, PhD, MPH & Sharon Montes, MD, Emergo Health, Inc, Vancouver, Canada
  • PrEPping for the Role of PrEP Counselor – Ann Schwartz, MPH, University of Rochester’s Center for Health and Behavioral Training (CHBT)
  • Gay Men’s Sexual Harm Reduction in a New Healthcare Landscape – Todd Harvey, MA, National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD)
  • Expanding Access to Integrated Reproductive and Sexual Health Services for People Living With and Affected By HIV – Corinne Blum, MD & Courtney Chambers, MPH, Chicago Department of Public Health
  • What is Mrs. Robinson Doing Now?  Exploring Sexual Health and Sexuality in Later Life – Molly Prues, MA, VistaLynk Solutions, LLC
  • Using Text Messages to Enhance a Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program – Judith Shlay, MD, MSPH, Denver Public Health
  • Practicing What We Preach – Integrating Capacity Building to Promote Integrated Sexual Health Services – Adam Viera, MPH, Altarum
  • Finding the Right Fit: Sizing up the Role of Condoms in an Era of Biomedical Prevention – Jillian Casey, MPH, NASTAD
  • Exploring the Implementation of Antiretrovirals for Prevention in Family Planning Settings – Kimberly Carlson, MPH & Jacki Witt, JD, MSN, WHNP-BC, SANE-A, FAANP, School of Nursing and Health Studies, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • HIV Is Not a Crime. Is Criminalization Really Necessary? – Barb Cardell, BA, Positive Women’s Network
  • Colorado’s Critical Events System:  Rapid Deployment of Individualized Resources for People Facing Highest HIV Risk – Robert Bongiovanni, MA, CDPHE
  • Now for the Hard Part: Institutionalizing Sex Ed in Mississippi – Kenyatta S. Parker, PhD & Tia Sides MPH, CHES, Mississippi State Health Department









2015 National Sexual Health Conference Brochure



2015 National Sexual Health Conference Program



Thank you to everyone that made the 2015 National Sexual Health Conference such a success!

The 2013 Sexual Health Across the Lifespan Conference was held on March 7-8, 2013 with participants 
and speakers representing the spectrum of sexual health services.

Topics included:

  • A Public Health Approach to Advancing Sexual Health in the United States
  • Sexual Health across the Lifespan
  • Intersection of HIV/STI & Sexual Health
  • Reproductive Health across the Lifespan
  • Engaging in Sexuality Education, Health, and Rights Policies
  • Moving Beyond Birth Control with Positive Youth Development
  • Sexual Behaviors in the US
  • Hepatitis Overview: What’s the BFD with ABC & LFT & STD
  • The Impact of Cultural Differences on Sexual Healthcare
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Linkages to Care through Asset Mapping Community Development
  • Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence
  • A Holistic Approach to Gay Men’s Health Beyond the Confines of the Homophobic and Sex-centric “MSM” Label
  • A National Sexual Health Effort and the Role of State Sexual Health Frameworks and Plans
  • Youth Sexual Health: A Call to Action
  • Using Data to Guide Prevention: Biomedical Interventions to Prevent HIV
  • Not Under My Roof: Parents, Teens, and the Culture of Sex
  • LGBT Health Issues
  • The Role of Faith-based Communities in Advancing Sexual Health
  • Taking a Proper, Comprehensive, Culturally Competent Sexual Health History
  • Stigma, Discrimination, and Social Justice: A Media Review
  • Talking with Teens about Sex
  • Opportunities for Integrating Sexual and Reproductive Health with HIV Care
  • HIV Care for the Primary Care Provider
  • Education for a Lifetime: Inclusive, Medically-Accurate, Pedagogically Sound (and Fun!) Approaches to Sexuality Education
  • Tools to Help Patients and Clients Improve Sexual Health
  • Gender Variance in Childhood and Adolescence
  • Health Reform Implementation Update: Opportunities for Addressing Sexual and Reproductive Health Care