179970 Sex education in the Southwest

Wednesday, October 29, 2008: 11:30 AM

Dahlia J. Ward , Reproductive Freedom Project, American Civil Liberties Union, New York, NY
While the federal government continues to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on ineffective abstinence-only-until-marriage programs that censor vital health care information, governors and other political leaders in the Southwest have taken important stands to support comprehensive sex education. Governor Napolitano of Arizona, Governor Richardson of New Mexico and Governor Ritter of Colorado have all turned down the federal dollars earmarked under Title V of the Social Security Act for abstinence-only-until-marriage programs in their states. In addition, each state is working to improve the type of sex education teens receive in the classroom. Learn how public health advocates worked to achieve these victories and what they are doing to continue to improve sex education in their states. A case study of each state will be presented. Lessons learned and successful strategies will be shared. How to achieve similar positive changes in other states will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:
Participants will: - identify strategies that public health officials and advocates have used to improve sex education in their states - compare the implications of comprehensive sex education programs with the implications of abstinence-only-until-marriage programs - learn successful strategies that can be used in other states for similar advocacy

Keywords: Teen Pregnancy Prevention, Health Education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have worked as a state strategist with the ACLU in an effort to persuade state governors to reject federal funding for abstinence-only-until-marriage education programs.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.