Recorded On: 04/03/2020

April 3, 2020 - 3:00pm ET


Moderator: Paula Jayne, PhD, MPH 

Sexual Health Education for Transgender Youth: What Youth Need and How Schools Can Help
Leigh Szucs, PhD, CHES® and Paula Jayne, PhD, MPH 

CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health’s Emerging and Ongoing Research, Evaluation, and Surveillance Priorities to Inform Program Implementation
Catherine Rasberry, PhD 

Learning Objectives: 

1) Describe the experiences of TG youth with SBSHE, how it impacted their health and resilience, and the specific elements TG youth wished their SBSHE had included. 

2) Understand how schools at a variety of capacity levels better support TG youth can through continuing to invest in evidence-informed and best practice approaches to sexual health education overall, incorporating media literacy skills, and considering the provision of trans-specific information or more inclusive curricula. 

3) Describe at least three emerging or current research priorities for CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health. 

4) Identify at least two tools, publications, or other resources available from CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health that can support research and practice for public health education professionals

Paula Jayne, PhD, MPH

Senior Technical Advisor, ICF

Leigh Szucs, PhD, CHES®

U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Leigh Szucs, PhD, CHES is a Health Scientist in the Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) at the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Her research focuses on implementation and evaluation of school-based health education programs, specifically sexuality education to prevent STIs, including HIV, and unintended pregnancy among adolescents. Through this portfolio of work, Leigh also provides technical and capacity building assistance to local education agencies (LEAs) using evidence-informed strategies that address adolescent sexual health outcomes, but also protective factors to support the social, emotional, and learning needs of youth. Leigh earned a Master of Education in Health Education at Texas State University and PhD in Health Education at Texas A&M University. For more information about CDC DASH’s work to equip adolescents with the functional knowledge and skills to promote healthy behaviors -- check out the website: https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyou...    

Catherine N. Rasberry, PhD

Health Scientist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Catherine Rasberry, PhD, MCHES, is a Health Scientist in the Division of Adolescent and School Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  In this position, she conducts adolescent and school health evaluation and research synthesis activities, and she oversees evaluations of programs and policies to address HIV, STD, and pregnancy prevention outcomes among adolescents.  She has authored multiple peer-reviewed research papers and has presented research and evaluation data at professional conferences across the country.  Dr. Rasberry earned a doctorate in health education from Texas A&M University, a master’s in health promotion from Purdue University, and a bachelor’s degree in health promotion from Arkansas State University.  She is also a Master Certified Health Education Specialist.

Lisa C. Barrios, ScM, DrPH

Dr. Lisa Barrios has served as Chief of the Research Application and Evaluation Branch in the Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) since April 2004. In this position, Dr. Barrios directs research synthesis, evaluation, and application activities that provide education and adolescent health professionals the tools they need to promote environments where teens can gain fundamental health knowledge and skills, establish health behaviors for a lifetime, connect to health services, and avoid becoming pregnant or infected with HIV or other STDs. Dr. Barrios served as DASH’s subject matter expert on injury and violence prevention from 1997-2004. Dr. Barrios received a Doctorate of Public Health in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of North Carolina School of Public Health, a Master’s of Science in Behavioral Sciences degree from the Harvard School of Public Health, and a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Rochester.  

Chris Stewart, CHES®

Sector Director, American Lung Association

Chris Stewart has worked in the school sector of public health for over 15 years. He is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and has served as a Board member for the Georgia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance. He has served on the Georgia Department of Education standards review committee for the Georgia health education standards. Chris has served as a PSE subject matter expert in helping to create a competency based training system to support SNAP-Ed networks. In his current role, he oversees the implementation of the Elementary HealthMPowers multi-year program in over 100 schools across Georgia. Chris provides guidance and oversight to school health teams for the improvement of nutrition and physical activity programming. His current work includes providing technical assistance and training to schools to successfully implement PSE changes. 

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