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  MARCH 01, 2013
ASPH NEWS OF NOTE
Public Health Reports Webinar on Understanding Sexual Health: March 12

PHROn March 12, Public Health Reports will host a webinar on its supplement, Understanding Sexual Health. Guest editor Dr. John Douglas and contributing authors Dr. Edward Hook III, Dr. Susan Kirby, and Mr. Robert Nystrom, will present a webinar on the science and practical applications of sexual health, an important health promotion concept with the potential for improving population health in a broad range of areas related to sexual behavior, including, including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), viral hepatitis, teen and unintended pregnancy, and sexual violence.

The 2001 Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Sexual Health and Responsible Sexual Behavior recognized the need to promote sexual health across the lifespan to enhance population health in the United States and emphasized the importance of beginning a mature and thoughtful discussion about sexuality and sexual health in all sectors of society.  This theme has been recently emphasized by the National Prevention Strategy, with its vision to move “the nation from a focus on sickness and disease to one based on prevention and wellness” and in its designation of “Reproductive and Sexual Health” as one of its seven highest priorities.

The webinar speakers will discuss the importance of addressing the concept of sexual health, with the premise that promotion of sexual health has great potential to complement traditional disease control and prevention efforts for a range of conditions of public health importance. They will describe new insights into research, program practice, and broader perspectives that can influence our understanding and progress on the topic of sexual health

Speakers will discuss:

Dr. John Douglas, Jr. (chief medical officer, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention):  An overview of public health issues related to sexual behavior, national efforts to address sexual health, and the main themes of the supplemental issue.

Dr. Susan Kirby (president, Kirby Marketing Solutions, Inc):   Current research on sexual health communication, including the exploration and development of frameworks and messages for stakeholders from diverse perspectives for effectively discussing sexual health.

Dr. Robert Nystrom (section manager, Adolescent, Genetics, and Reproductive Health Center for Prevention and Health Promotion, Oregon Public Health Division):  Programmatic applications of sexual health through the example of the Oregon Youth Sexual Health Plan. This program addresses prevention of teen pregnancy and other health outcomes by focusing on the broader framework of positive youth development and youth sexual health.

Dr. Edward Hook III (professor of medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, department of epidemiology and microbiology):  The importance of improved training and education of health care providers and the general public in human sexuality and sexual health to help address the stigma that often surrounds and impedes public health efforts, especially in the areas of STD and HIV prevention, and thereby to improve health outcomes.

To learn more and to register for this webinar on March 12th at 1 p.m. Eastern, click here. Please note there are only 1001 spots available, and registration fills quickly.