We are trusting you are enjoying the remaining days of summer! This notice is a reminder of upcoming Community Advisory Coalition (CAC) meetings, events and general WeCanStopSTDsLA news.
General CAC /WeCanStopSTDsLA News
The CAC will not convene as a full body in September, given our every-other-month schedule. The next CAC meeting is on October 7th from nine to noon at the Exposition Park office of Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. At that session, our knowledge development focus will be on providing resources and information to assist adults in openly communicating with youth and young adults about sex and reproductive health. As you may know, October is National Let's Talk Month. To learn more about this national emphasis, check out CA Family Health Council's Teen Source site for more information.
WeCanStopSTDsLA is a featured Centers for Disease Control (CDC) STD Prevention Success Story! Please see the article featuring our work here posted on the CDC website. Also we have been invited by CDC to present a poster of our work at the 2016 STD Prevention Conference, September 20-23, 2016 in Atlanta, GA. Valerie Coachman-Moore, MPH and Kiana Dobson, MPH of Coachman Moore & Associates, Inc. will represent the group at this conference.
Perhaps word has reached you about the tremendous success of our August 5th CAC workshop, “You are My Other Me - Adult Allies Walking Alongside Youth and Young Adults”. Presenters Eden Silva Jequinto, Kandee Lewis and Lakhiyia Hicks were each amazing and guided us through didactic and experiential learning processes helping attendees to stretch beyond comfort zones and deepen their understandings of adult ally knowledge and skills. Evaluations all underscored the powerful buzz generated by the event and many requested that each presenter return at a future time. Gratitude to the Youth and Young Adult working group for the great production.
The CAC's Interfaith working group is diligently planning its first Circle of Faith breakfast event which will be held in October 2016. Circle of Faith is designed to Educate, Equip, Engage and Empower South LA leaders from multi-faith congregations/parishes/temples so that they are better able to address the overall health and well-being of youth and young adults throughout our community. WeCanStopSTDsLA believes the various communities of faith within South LA are absolutely critical to making an impact in achieving our movement’s vision of youth and young adults in District 2 and South LA living healthy lifestyles in a thriving and supportive community. Planning for this inaugural event is being led by CAC Interfaith co-chair Dr. Kathye Jenkins, an amazing and indefatigable champion for health, faith and justice for our communities. Interfaith and Youth and Young Adult working group members are working hand-in-hand to assure innovative content that ‘appropriately’ uplifts and honors youth and young adult voices.
The goal of the breakfast is to bring together multi-faith leaders from small to medium sized churches, mosques and temples in South LA to:
- Inform them about the healthy adolescent/youth development and the Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) epidemic in South LA;
- Garner their support and advice on actions that can make an impact within communities of faith and the populations they serve; and
- Launch the WeCanStopSTDsLA Circle of Faith, a group of South LA faith leaders focused on advising and taking a stand with WeCanStopSTDsLA to advance health and well-being for youth and young adults in South LA.
More information will be provided about the specifics of this event soon. If you'd like to be involved, please plan to attend the Interfaith working group meeting on September 13th at 10:30-12:30 pm.
Click here for a printable list of other September CAC meetings which are also listed below. Please note that the Logistics & Operations Working Group meeting is cancelled due to the 2016 STD Prevention Conference:
Interfaith Working Group, 2nd Tuesday of the Month
Tuesday September 13, 2016 from 10:00 am - Noon
Exposition Park Office of Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles, 90037
Parking available in the adjacent lot
Prevention & Treatment Services Working Group, 3rd Thursday of the Month
Thursday September 15, 2016 from 10:00 am - Noon
MLK Center for Public Health
11833 S. Wilmington Ave., Los Angeles, 90059
Parking available in lot adjacent to the clinic lot as well as on the street
Systems Change Working Group, 3rd Friday of the Month
Friday September 16, 2016, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Hubert H Humphrey Comprehensive Health Center
5850 South Main Street, Los Angeles, 90003
Parking available in the clinic's lot
Youth & Young Adults Working Group, 3rd Monday of the Month
Monday September 19, 2016 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Planned Parenthood Los Angeles
400 W. 30th Street, Los Angeles, 90007
Parking available in the clinic's lot
Community Partner Announcements and Events
Please don't forget to participate in the Christian Community Development Association's (CCDA) 2016 National conference which is being held in Los Angeles from August 31st - September 3rd at the Westin Bonaventure. This group is doing amazing work and according to Rev. Michael Mata, their convening in Los Angeles is significant.
From August 20th - 30th, CCDA practitioners walked a 150 mile pilgrimage from the border of Mexico and California ––El Camino del Inmigrante–– to share in solidarity with immigrants who are migrating across the world. You can view their blogs, stories, and reflections by clicking here.
WeCanStopSTDsLA will be unable to present at Community Coalition’s 2016 South Los Angeles Power Festival on September 3rd, 1:00 – 8:00 pm, but we encourage everyone to attend and enjoy! You can click on the link to register.
Assembly Member Sebastian Ridley-Thomas will be hosting a telephonic town hall on September 6th at 7:00 pm regarding the Zika virus in California. Information to be covered includes how Zika spreads, how to protect against it, and current efforts for education and prevention being taken by state, county, and local agencies.
The call number is: (855) 756-7520
The access code is: 32872#
The LA County HIV Commission meets every 2nd Thursday of the Month. Their next meeting is on September 8, 2016, 9:00am - 1:00 pm at St. Anne’s, 155 N Occidental Blvd Los Angeles CA 90026. Onsite and street parking is available.
The 3rd Annual Healthy Watts 5K Walk/Run will be taking place on September 10th. To learn more, visit here.
Harvey Mudd College in Claremont is celebrating its community partnerships and showcasing its community engagement activities on September 21st. For more information, see Voices of Engagement: Celebrating Harvey Mudd Community Partnerships.
On September 25th, Rebuild You Laugh will be hosting its First Annual “No Child Left Behind” Stay in School Giveaway and softball game at Denker Park. Please click here or contact Ms. Nakea Brown at 323-779-7598 for more information.
South LA School District representatives, please see the list of upcoming 2016-2017 meetings of the Comprehensive Sex Education (CSE) Network on the attached flyer. These meetings are hosted by the Los Angeles County Office of Education’s (LACOE) Community Health and School Safety Unit in partnership with the LA County Department of Public Health. Supporting implementation of the CA Healthy Youth Act in South LA school districts is a key objective of WeCanStopSTDsLA.
Finally, thanks to all of you for your continued passion and support for South LA youth and young adults.