2016 Conference Sessions

The 2016 conference sessions are categorized by track and content levels. 

2016 Breakout Session Tracks:     

  • Program Implementation                                            
  • Access to Sexual Health Care Services          
  • Partnerships & Collaboration  
  • Emerging Trends & Using Data
  • Advocacy
  • Leadership & Organizational Development    

2016 Breakout Session Content Levels:

  • Beginner/Intro (audience is new to the topic)
  • Intermediate (audience is moderately familiar with the topic)
  • Advanced (audience is well-versed in the topic)

NEW! Deep Dive Sessions:

These sessions are an opportunity to meet with an expert in a given area to take a more in-depth and comprehensive view of a single topic, discuss issues and solutions, and generate ideas around that topic. They provide the conference participant with a more intimate environment, with a maximum of 30 participants in the session. 

Continuing Education Units:

We will be providing Northwest AHEC Contact Hours. Many licensure boards accept contact hours, including social work, nursing, counseling, psychology, and marriage and family therapy. Contact your licensing board for specific questions regarding acceptance of contact hours. If you would like to receive CEU credits, you must pay the $20 fee, either at the time of registration or on-site during the conference. Participants are responsible for signing daily rosters and completing and turning in the required attendance forms available in their packets.

Pre-Conference (May 11, 2016): Legal Issues in Adolescent Health Care has been awarded 3.5 contact hours (0.35 CEUs) from Northwest Area Health Education Center (NWAHEC), a program of Wake Forest School of Medicine and a part of the NC AHEC System.

Day 1 (May 12, 2016) of the SHIFT NC 2016 Statewide Conference, Small Steps, Giant Leaps: Propelling Adolescent Sexual Health Forward, has been awarded 5.5 contact hours (0.55 CEUs) from Northwest Area Health Education Center (NWAHEC), a program of Wake Forest School of Medicine and a part of the NC AHEC System.

Day 2 (May 13, 2016) of the SHIFT NC 2016 Statewide Conference, Small Steps, Giant Leaps: Propelling Adolescent Sexual Health Forward, has been awarded 3.5 contact hours (0.35 CEUs) from Northwest Area Health Education Center (NWAHEC), a program of Wake Forest School of Medicine and a part of the NC AHEC System.


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Thursday, May 12

Friday, May 13


Wednesday, May 11, 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Legal Issues in Adolescent Health Care Abigail English, J.D., Director, Center for Adolescent Health and the Law; Jill D. Moore, MPH, J.D., Associate Professor of Public Law and Government, School of Government, UNC Chapel Hill

This pre-conference will address laws affecting adolescent health care, with an emphasis on consent to health care, confidentiality of health information, and special considerations with adolescent populations. We will consider national trends and look closely at the laws of the state of North Carolina. Topics to be addressed include minors’ consent laws, confidentiality of minors’ health care information, trends in laws affecting minors’ health care, and current hot topics in adolescent health care and confidentiality. Content Level: Beginner/Intro; Intermediate

Thursday, May 12

Breakout Session A: 10:15-11:30 AM

A1. A New Way of Thinking About Grant Writing [DEEP DIVE, Part 1. You must also select B1 and C1.] Dr. Paul N. McKenzie, Director, Southeast Center for Strategic Community Development

Hate writing grants? Tired of rejection letters? Maybe you’re thinking about it all wrong. This workshop will teach you a new way to think about writing grants that has been used to secure over $80 million in funded proposals. This high-energy and fun workshop will transform the way you write proposals. Whether you’re a novice or experienced, come spend the day and learn specific strategies to increase your agency funding. Session Content Level: All Levels Session Tracks: Partnerships & Collaboration; Leadership & Organizational Development

A2. Volt: Energizing Our Field Around Adolescent & Young Adult Men’s Health [DEEP DIVE, Part 1. You must also select B2 and C2.] Bob Reeg, MPA, CVA; Program Development and Public Policy Consultant; Healthy Teen Network

Adolescent and young adult (AYA) men are under-represented in health education participation and health care utilization. As we strive for health equity for all, let’s not forget about the boys and men! This session will help adolescent sexual and reproductive health professionals increase AYA men’s participation in health education programs to connect their male beneficiaries to primary and sexual health care. The session will include opportunities to learn and share effective strategies for reaching AYA men and retaining them in programs and services, as well as delivering effective health education and care messages. We will also practice educational techniques with young men directly, utilizing a suite of Healthy Teen Network materials geared to assist the adolescent sexual and reproductive health sector in including adolescent and young adult men in health and wellness services. Session Content Level: All Levels Session Track: Access to Sexual Health Care Services         

A3. Trauma Informed Care Among Adolescents and Emerging Adults Dr. Kelly Graves, Associate Professor, North Carolina A&T State University and the Kellin Foundation

 Session A3 is closed.                  

A4. We’re Educators, Not Entertainers: Strengthening Facilitation Skills for Sexuality Education Elizabeth Schroeder, EdD, MSW, Sexuality Educator, Trainer, and Consultant, Elizabeth Schroeder Consulting

Session A4 is closed.                           

A5. Improving the Transition Process from Pediatric to Adult HIV Care in North Carolina: A Patient- and Family-Centered Perspective Systems Dynamics Model Dr. Sue Lynn Ledford, Public Health Division Director for Wake County Human Services

Transitioning HIV care and health services is only one of many transitions that adolescents with HIV face. Adolescence is a time of tumultuous change even when there are no complex health concerns to address, but when the adolescent’s journey to adulthood is compounded by a complex chronic disease such as HIV the child and their caregivers are often overwhelmed by a multifaceted array of issues. This presentation will assesses how best to facilitate a transition that is as free of barriers as possible and thus enables improved health and social outcomes for youth and young adults with HIV. Content Level: Intermediate; Advanced Session Track: Advocacy               

A6. The Road to Graduation: Title IX and NC State Statute 115C-375.5 and the Educational Rights of Pregnant and Parenting Students Kathy Putnam, MSW, Social Work Consultant, Partners in Development; Patricia Yancey, BS, Director of Public Education, SHIFT NC; Donna L. Williams, M.Ed., Retired Director of Student Support Services, Orange County Schools

This session will provide an overview of the challenges pregnant and parenting students face, review federal (Title IX) and state (G.S. 115C-375.5) laws that protect the educational rights of such students, and identify school policies and practices that support pregnant and parenting students’ academic success and graduation from high school. Participants will examine case examples related to access and nondiscrimination, attendance, homebound instruction, and quality of instruction. Among the highlights will be strategies that help school officials follow the mandates of the existing laws and promote academic excellence for pregnant and parenting students. Finally, participants will be given an opportunity to share the policies and practices that their schools employ to help these students achieve their potential in school and beyond. Session Content Level: Beginner/Intro; Intermediate Session Track: Partnerships & Collaboration                                                                                   

Breakout Session B: 2:00-3:15 PM

B1. A New Way of Thinking About Grant Writing [DEEP DIVE, Part 2]

You must also select Session A1.

B2. Volt: Energizing Our Field Around Adolescent & Young Adult Men’s Health [DEEP DIVE, Part 2]

You must also select Session A2.

B3. Confronting the Idea of “Opposite Sex”: Understanding the “T” in LGBTQ  Elizabeth Schroeder, EdD, MSW; Sexuality Educator, Trainer, and Consultant, Elizabeth Schroeder Consulting

Far too often, adult professionals will use “LGBTQ” in an effort to be inclusive of all sexual orientations and gender identities – without using educational materials, resources or language that are inclusive of transgender, gender queer and gender non-conforming individuals. But sexual orientation is different from gender – and “gender” means far more than identifying as “male” or “female.” The language we use in classrooms and community-based organizations, however, still does not reflect these realities. This workshop will ensure that there is a shared understanding of LGBTQ, differentiate between sexual orientation and gender identity, and provide concrete suggestions for how to ensure that sexuality education programming and sexual health resources are inclusive of all genders in ways that match the politics and values of individual communities. Session Content Level: Beginner/Intro Session Track: Program Implementation                                          

B4. Pregnancy Prevention Messaging to Adolescent Males in Clinic Settings Karen Schlanger, PhD, MPH; Consultant, CAI

Session B4 is closed.

B5. On the Bench: Working with Judges and other Court Staff on Teen Pregnancy Prevention Becky Griesse, MPH, CHES; Senior Manager of State Support, The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy

Teens in foster care are at substantially higher risk of pregnancy than their peers not in foster care. It is also the case that four in 10 girls in foster care experience two or more pregnancies by age 19. This session will provide participants with a background on why working with foster care youth is important in reducing teen pregnancy, and new strategies on how to reach this audience with a particular focus on engaging juvenile and family court judges and their staff. Session Content Level: All levels Session Track: Partnerships & Collaboration

B6. Meeting the needs of older adolescents: Relationship and sexual health promotion using media literacy education Dr. Tracy Scull, Research Scientist; Elyse Keefe, MSW, MPH, Research Specialist; and Dr. Christina Malik, Research Scientist, innovation Research & Training

Media literacy education (MLE) represents an innovative and accessible way to teach comprehensive sexual education for older adolescents/young adults. This presentation will discuss the process and lessons learned from the development of a new, web-based MLE program for improving older adolescents’ sexual health and media literacy outcomes—Media Aware (Sexual Health Program for Young Adults). Attendees will participate in lively interactive discussions of media examples and will learn innovative strategies for health promotion in order to reach older adolescents/young adults. Results from focus groups, evaluations of the program, and findings about the health status of this population in North Carolina will be presentedSession Content Level: All levels  Session Tracks: Program Implementation; Emerging Trends & Using Data

Breakout Session C: 3:30-4:45 PM

C1. A New Way of Thinking About Grant Writing [DEEP DIVE]

You must also select Sessions A1 and B1.

C2. Volt: Energizing Our Field Around Adolescent & Young Adult Men’s Health [DEEP DIVE]

You must also select Sessions A2 and B2.

C3. Safe Schools NC: Advancing Equality in Education Nan Pincus, MAT, Teacher, Durham Public Schools; Blake F. Wiggs, MAT, Instructional Coach, NC New Schools/Breakthrough Learning

Safe Schools NC is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to creating a safe and positive learning environment for all students and educators in North Carolina, with an emphasis on actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity. As an all-volunteer based organization, Safe Schools provides resources for students, staff, and families to support LGBTQ students and make schools a safe environment. Presenters will share an overview of the organization and highlight key resources to use within the classroom. Participants will learn how intersectionality is a particularly relevant consideration when engaging LGBT teens in sex education. We’ll also talk about trans inclusivity and what it would look like in a sex ed curriculum. Session Content Level: Beginner; Intermediate

C4. The Young Advocates Institute: Building the Next Generation of Social Change Agents Tracy D. Wright, MS, National Resource Sharing Project Technical Assistance Provider, North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault

The session will profile the NC Coalition Against Sexual Assault’s social justice-themed summer camp for aspiring advocates, with an emphasis on communities of color. We will examine the lessons learned from this camp and its merging of pop culture and social justice, and define the role of adult allies in youth engagement work. Content Level: Beginner/Intro Session Tracks: Advocacy; Leadership & Organizational Development

C5. Whoops-Proof Birth Control: Insights from Consumers Katherine Suellentrop, MPH, Senior Director of State Support, The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy

Session C5 is closed.

C6. LGBTQ-Inclusive Pregnancy Prevention Counseling for Adolescents Karen Schlanger, PhD, MPH; Consultant, CAI

Session C6 is closed.

Friday, May 13

Breakout Session D: 10:00-11:15 AM

D1. Dating and Sex: Working with 21st Century Teen Boys (PART 1 of 2. You must also select E1.) Andrew P. Smiler, PhD, Therapist & Author, Evaluation & Education Services, LLC

Session D1 is closed                                       

D2. Overview of Childhood Trauma and the Impact of Trauma on Children Donna B. Newberne, MA, LPCS; Quality Assurance Manager and SPARCS Master Trainer; Center for Child and Family Health

This workshop will give participants a better understanding of chronic stress, childhood trauma, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Participants will learn about the impact of childhood trauma, chronic stress, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder on the various facets of the lives of teens, including but not limited to relationships and decision-making. At the end of the presentation, those that attend will learn about the various types of evidence-based mental health treatment available to help reduce the symptoms generally associated with the above diagnoses or experiences. Session Content Level: Beginner/Intro Session Track: Partnerships & Collaboration

D3. Catching the Cool Wave: Communicating to Young People About Sexual Health Dawn Crawford, BS, President and Owner, BC/DC Ideas

Communicating to teens isn’t complicated, it’s just always shifting. In this session, you’ll get tips on how to reach young people with approachable, effective sexual health messages. Get easy ways to gather and test sexual health messages for your target market. Take the pulse of which communications tools and social media platforms are most used by young people today. Learn from case study examples of tactics that resonated with young people. Session Content Level: Intermediate Session Track:  Program Implementation

D4. Intersectionality: Examining Adolescent Sexual Health from a Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality Framework Sinikka Elliott, PhD, Associate Professor of Sociology, North Carolina State University

Statistics and discourses that identify “at risk” factors around youth sexual behavior can reinforce problematic assumptions about young people’s sexuality at the intersections of race and class. This session will discuss how intersectionality theory—focusing on the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality—can enrich our understandings of adolescent sexuality by troubling raced, classed, and gendered sexual norms and demanding a social justice approach to sexual health. Session Content Level: Beginner/Intro; Intermediate Session Tracks: Advocacy; Emerging Trends & Using Data

D5. Evaluating an Evidence-Based Sexual Health Curriculum to Support Program Expansion Anna Claire Stormzand, MPH, Health Promotion Coordinator, Chatham County Public Health Department

Unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections continue to be of concern in rural Chatham County, North Carolina. In collaboration with the Chatham County Public Health Department, an evaluation of the evidence-based Reducing the Risk curriculum was conducted with one local high school. Results showed that the curriculum was highly effective and should be implemented throughout the county. Furthermore, evaluation efforts strengthened the partnership between the school district and the health department and have led to further efforts to implement effective sexuality education. This session will demonstrate how evaluation can be a powerful tool for local advocacy efforts. Session Content Level: Intermediate Session Track: Program Implementation                                          

D6. Size Doesn’t Matter Merry Angela Gallo, MS, K-12 Health Educator, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Session D6 has been cancelled.

Breakout Session E: 11:30 AM-12:45 PM

E1. Dating and Sex: Working with 21st Century Teen Boys (PART 2)

You must also select Session D1.

E2. Taking Action for Reproductive Justice Alexandra Dest, BA, Program Coordinator, El Pueblo, Inc.; Tania Durán-Eyre, MS, Team Leader for Youth Engagement, El Pueblo, Inc.

Reproductive justice applies a social justice framework to reproductive health and rights and seeks to combat the intersecting oppressions that impede women from being able to make choices for themselves and their families. Come learn about how El Pueblo, Inc. has applied the reproductive justice framework to their work with peer education, capacity building, and advocacy with the Latin@ community. This session will provide participants with a deeper understanding of reproductive justice and ways to incorporate it into their work. Session Content Level: All levels Session Track: Advocacy                                                                              

E3. Pride and Prejudice: Avoiding the Use of Shame When Working With Young Parents Caitlin Georgas, MSW, Adolescent Parenting Program Social Worker, Orange County DSS

This session will explore the impact of shame on young parents, especially young mothers, by drawing from the research of Brene Brown and the stories of Natasha Vianna and other young mothers. We will identify our societal assumptions and prejudices that lead to the use of shame in the current language and methods of working with teens. Participants will learn alternatives to shame as well as brainstorm ideas for empowering young parents. Session Content Level: Intermediate Session Tracks: Program Implementation; Advocacy                                                                                   

E4. Partnering with Schools in Reproductive Health and Safety Education: the Successfully Teaching Health Manuals Terri Mitchell, PhD, Associate Professor, Health Education, Appalachian State University

Session E4 is closed.

E5. Getting Fatherhood to the Forefront: Current Research and Best Practice Recommendations Jeff Quinn, MPH, Director, Community Resources, Center for Child and Family Policy, Duke University

This breakout session will look at current fatherhood research, fatherhood interventions, and current best practices as well as recommendations for service providers that work with families and children. We will discuss 1) current research on best practices on engaging fathers; 2) fatherhood programs, policies, and initiatives that are effective and proper implementation in communities; and 3) other recommendations on how to start or adjust current fatherhood initiatives already going on in communities. Session Content Level: Beginner/Intro Session Tracks: Program Implementation; Partnerships & Collaboration; Emerging Trends & Using Data; Advocacy; Leadership & Organizational Development

E6. Prevention Party! Nia A. Sutton, BS, Health Educator

The “Prevention Party!” breakout session will be fun, interactive, and beneficial for any organization that works directly with youth and young adults. This session will teach you the strategies and skills necessary to plan and implement a Prevention Party. The purpose of a Prevention Party is to teach and/or reinforce safer sex practices, effective condom use, pregnancy prevention, and overall risk reduction among teens through exciting and participatory activities. During this session, participants will play dual roles as party attendees and facilitators to learn the fundamental skills, strategies, and activities. Session Content Level: All levels  Session Track: Program Implementation