Take part “Sistahs, Sexuality, and Mental Health Wellbeing,” a conference that will take place on Friday, April 28th 2017, from 10 am – 2 pm at the Department of Water and Power located at 4030 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles. This project emerged out of partnerships between UCLA, Healthy African American Families (HAAF), Los Angeles Women’s Collaborative on HIV/AIDS, Fox Hills Ladera Healthy Family Association, Oasis Clinic, and I Choose Life in efforts to address the increase in sexually transmitted infections and diseases (STIs/STDs) that are occurring among African American women aged 50+.
The series of dialogue groups (4 groups of 10-12 African American women aged 50+) to discuss topics about sexual health practices and mental health wellbeing as it pertains to aging has been completed. Responses from the groups were transcribed and the data was analyzed to identify specific themes that emerged that are potential areas of attention and intervention. A majority of the women identified difficulty with broaching conversations about sexual health with their physicians and partners and mental health issues as reasons for why older women in our community may engage in risky sexual practices.
The purpose of this conference is to invite you as well as other members of the community to discuss the research findings from these groups as well engage in a conversation about some next steps for community prevention and intervention. A dynamic panel of speakers have been gathered, including Yolanda Whittington, LCSW (Department of Mental Health), Claudia Spears, RN (Holman Methodist Church), and Nola Thomas, MA who have specific expertise on this topic. Dr. Velma Union (Founder of One-Light International) will moderate the panel session. Please attend!
Click on this link to register and see the program schedule: https://sas50.splashthat.com/
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