The Center of Excellence for Sexual Health co-lead “Innovative Strategies to Address Sexual Health Disparities” with the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality on Friday, April 28, 2017. With over 60 presenters and participants, the symposium bridged academics, community leaders, sexual health advocates, students, and HIV/STI testing organizations to engage in dialogue for addressing a myriad of sexual health disparities including those related to sex trafficking, HIV, transgender health, adolescent sexual health, LGBTQ+ youth, race & culture. The symposium team leaders included: Dr. Carey Roth Bayer, Daniel Driffin, Dr. Angelica Geter, Dr. Natalie Hernandez, and Allyson Belton from Morehouse School of Medicine, and, Mandy Peters, and Dawn Olewnik from the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality.

Dr. David Satcher reflected on his years in leadership, especially as the 16th Surgeon General responsible for the release of the Call to Action to Promote Sexual Health and Responsible Sexual Behavior (2001), and shared advice for the next generations of sexual health leaders. Language meanings, culture, faith, and family traditions arose as key areas for sexual health conversation during a rich panel discussion on various cultural lenses and sexual health — thanks to Charles Stephens, Dr. Natalie Hernandez, Dr. Terry Humphreys, and Dr. Swagata Banik.

An entertaining Cocktails & Conversations networking reception with Impulse Group Atlanta, raised awareness of the sexual health messages unique to black same-gender loving men in the metro-Atlanta area.

Outstanding Student Poster Award went to Renee Roy for The Role of Trauma-Informed Care in Sexual Health for High-Risk Sex Wrok Populations, and Drs. Christopher Fisher, Jay Irwin, Jason Coleman, Sofia Jawed-Wessel, & Aja Kneip Pelster won Best Overall Poster for Sexual Literacy: A Research-Based Ecological Approach to Improving Sexual Health.

Partners for the event included the Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center for Informing Health Policy and Practice; The Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority; Circle of Friends; Impulse Group Atlanta

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