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2018 Keynote Speaker  

 Sofia Jawed-Wessel, PhD, MPH

While teen pregnancy prevention has traditionally been framed as a solution to a problem, it is important to consider the impact this perspective has on young people, especially when programs do not address trauma or disparities. The messages we choose have the power to support, or impede, the wellbeing of youth. We will consider these alternatives and how prevention programs can integrate with justice frameworks to reduce judgment and shame-based tactics while supporting the health of all young people, including teen parents.

Keynote Speaker Biography:

Dr. Sofia Jawed-Wessel (PhD, MPH) teaches and generates new knowledge in the area of public health as an Assistant Professor at The University of Nebraska at Omaha and the Associate Director of the Midlands Sexual Health Research Collaborative. Her research focuses on understanding and improving the sexual health of women and couples as they transition into parenthood by documenting sexual behaviors, sexual function, relationship adjustment, and overall sexual changes during pregnancy and after childbirth. Dr. Jawed-Wessel’s teachings utilize a sex-positive and pleasure inclusive approach to providing medically accurate, comprehensive sexuality education to undergraduate students as well as in the local Omaha community. Dr. Jawed-Wessel also fights for women’s rights and reproductive justice and has successfully argued in favor of comprehensive sex education in Omaha Public Schools. She is a 2017 Ten Outstanding Young Omahans recipient as well as a 2017 Women’s Center for Advancement Tribute to Women Honoree and received the 2017 Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Women Outstanding Achievement Award. Her 2016 TEDxOmaha talk “The lies we tell pregnant women” was promoted by and has being viewed over 3 million times.

Extra Information: You can read more about Dr. Jawed-Wessel’s work here  

2018 Conference Agenda

For breakout descriptions, view the detailed agenda here



9:00 – 10:30 am              KEYNOTE

10:30 – 10:40 am            BREAK/EXHIBITS

10:40 am – 11:55 am       MORNING BREAKOUT

a.     Rewriting the Trauma Narrative: Opportunities for Individuals, Communities, and Systems, Nancy Spargo

b.     Expanding Teens’ Sexual Self-Efficacy: Sexchatting, Susan Stiritz

c.      So You Think You Need Stats? MOPHIMS: A New Health Data Platform, Whitney Coffey & Andrew Hunter

d.     PrEP 101, Dr. Katie Plax and Lawrence E. Hudson-Lewis, LCSW

11:55 am – 12:50 pm       LUNCH/EXHIBITS

12:50 – 2:05 pm             AFTERNOON BREAKOUT – SESSION 1

A.    Building Resilience, Sara Evancho

B.    Sex Ed: More Than Just the Parts, Ashley Kuykendal

C.    Supporting Pregnant and Parenting Teens Through Quality Home Visiting, Kim Collins and Dallyda Tatchi-Banda, Parents as Teachers

2:05 – 2:15 pm               BREAK/EXHIBITS

2:15 – 3:30 pm               AFTERNOON BREAKOUT – SESSION 2

A.    Building Braveness: Empathy Skills-Building as a Prevention Tool, Kelsey Saragnese

B.    Human Trafficking and Teen Sexual Health, Carmen Guynn

C.    STI Data, Craig Highfill

3:30 – 4:00 pm               CONFERENCE RECAP AND EVALUATION

This program meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 6 AASECT CE Credits. These CE Credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification.

The Conference Planning Committee has also applied for Social Work Continuing Education Credits and Missouri Childcare Clock Hours. 

Thank you to our 2018 Conference Sponsors!

TPPP welcomes sponsors and exhibitors to support this valuable professional development event. Please contact Meg Boyko, Executive Director for a complete sponsorship package.

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