Strategic Communications Working Group is in the initial planning stages of a joint town hall with The Wall Las Memorias and Bienestar to ignite awareness around the dire need for more resources to increase STD education and testing, including the devastating impact that the pandemic has had on STD prevention and treatment efforts. Stay tuned for more details as we solidify the focus area and aim toward a town hall event featuring local elected officials this fall! Although the Strategic Communications Working Group is not meeting regularly at this time, once the town hall strategy has been set, periodic meetings will resume discussing outreach and communications efforts.
Youth and Young Adults Working Group is continuing to highlight the amazing work partner organizations do with youth. For the month of July, Aareka Davis from Black Women for Wellness shared her best practices for creating social media content. In August, Chelsea McElwee, Prevention Program Director with Community Carver Community Center, shared her work with youth. Additionally, our SIL Interns shared SIL conference updates, they have decided the dates (October 9 and 16 from 10 am to Noon) and created a save the date flyer. Join us to hear about the work being done with the community and SIL conference updates!
Interfaith Working Group is creating a Sexual and Reproductive Health Toolkit to provide guidance and support to faith leaders on how to incorporate STD prevention into their places of faith. The curriculum is the centerpiece of the Toolkit and provides step-by-step instructions and resources to guide discussions with youth and young adults about the prevention and treatment of STDs. The Toolkit is meant to help faith-rooted leaders and young people navigate conversations regarding STD prevention and healthy relationships by creating an atmosphere of self-love, respect, compassion, and open communication. Currently, we are piloting the curriculum with youth between the ages of 14 – 17 years old. Coming up, we will be speaking with the faith community at a faith-based symposium in the fall on the importance of ending the HIV and STI epidemics. If you are interested in joining the Interfaith Working Group, being a part of the piloting process, and finding out more about the symposium, please contact Interfaith Working Group Member Asha Moore at [email protected]
Project Fierce Working Group held its second virtual meeting on August 25 from 3 pm – 4:30 pm. During this meeting, we reviewed survey data regarding barriers impacting sexual and reproductive healthcare of young women of color, discussed the social determinants of health that CAB members are interested in, and begin initial discussions regarding a near-future planning meeting. Stay tuned for details about the September meeting!