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Office of Faculty Affairs & Professional Development - School of Medicine - Wayne State University

The Wayne State University School of Medicine Office of Faculty Affairs & Professional Development welcomes all members of our community to join us for a Special Interactive Discussion:

"Between Me & You(th): The Importance of Cultural Humanity, Intersectionality and Sex Positivity in Youth Healthcare"

This is part two in our webinar series on the importance of including sexuality and sex positivity as part of routine primary care.

When: Thursday, January 14, 2021

Time: 12 - 1 p.m. 

More frequently, service and healthcare providers are recognizing the importance of cultural competincy/cultural humanity when it comes to providing care for diverse populations.  However, many of us still struggle with understanding how adultism (the marginalization of youth) shows up in our work and impacts our ability to deliver safe, effective, affirming and inclusive care for young people.  The data shows us that it's more critical than ever that we understand how a lack of youth-friendly/affirming approaches and failure to factor in intersections of race, gender, identity, orientation, class and ability harm young people and impact their access to quality care.  

This webinar will explore ways we can reduce disparity, dismantle barriers and improve health outcomes for youth by implementing practices and policies that are youth-friendly, youth-affirming and sex-positive. 

Speaker: Natasha Thomas-Jackson (she/her) is a proud feminist, racial justice/gender/youth advocate, cultural worker, creator and the Genessee County Coordinator at the Michigan Organization on Adolescent Health (MOASH).  In the latter role, she helped to create and facilitate the first ever statewide Youth Advisory Council on HIV & AIDS (YACHA), organized the first statewide HIV & You(th) Summit and works with schools throughout Genesee County to develop Gender & Sexuality Alliances (GSAs) and Sex Education Advisory Boards (SEABS).  As a writer, creative and former founder/executive director of RAISE IT UP! Youth Arts & Awareness (RIU), Natasha's work has been featured in Teen Vogue, National Public Radio (NPR), PBS, NowThis, Huffington Post, Blavity, NYMag, Mashable, Yahoo, Buzzfeed, The Hollywood Reporter and more.  As an activist/performer/speaker, she has shared the stage with Stevie Wonder, Kimberle' Crenshaw, bell hooks, Janelle Monae, Dave Matthews, Carlos Santana, Angela Davis, Ryan Coogler, Sonia Sanchez, Jessie Williams, John Legend and more.  


  • To increase knowledge about how youth-friendly/affirming, intersectional and sex-positive approaches to care can positively affect youth health 
  • To increase understanding of youth health disparities and how identity and social location impact them 

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this webinar participants should:

  • Understand the concepts "cultural competency", "intersectionality", "sex positivity" and "youth-friendly/affirming"
  • Identify a minimum of 4 disparities that might be reduced to adopting intersectional/sex positive/youth friendly/affirming policies and practices
  • Identify at least 3 risk factors that contribute to LGBTQ health disparities
  • Share at least 3 ways intersectional/sex positive/youth friendly/affirming policies and practices can be implemented in their work