Virtual conference

Reproductive Health Equity Project 2023 Virtual Conference: Share your program, practices or research!

Deadline: Oct 14, 22

The Reproductive Health Equity Project (RHEP) is seeking speakers and presenters for its third annual conference supporting the healthy sexual development of youth in foster care.

Share your program, practices or research with an interdisciplinary audience of over 500 professionals and young people at the 2023 Reproductive Health Equity Project (RHEP) conference!

#RHEPCON23 will bring together an interdisciplinary community to share research, advocacy strategies, tools, stories, arts and best practices designed to support the healthy sexual development of youth in foster care. Sexual and reproductive health intersects with and influences all aspects of a young person’s life in foster care, including their overall socio-emotional well-being. No matter what sector you come from – education, labor, housing, child protection, health or advocacy – knowing how to normalize and support the healthy sexual development of young people is an essential aspect of their support.

The 2023 conference will take place virtually on February 16, 2023.

Session themes
  • Head Sessions: These sessions will provide an opportunity to learn about current research, data, law, policy and advocacy related to supporting healthy sexual development, sexual and reproductive health and access to education, and family building for young people in foster care. While all submissions are welcome, submissions focused on California law, policy, and advocacy will be given preference.
  • Hands-on Sessions: These sessions will provide an opportunity to learn about new programs, services, training and other innovative tools and supports. Sessions can focus on supports for adults and systems working with young people or for young people.
  • Heart Sessions: These sessions will provide an opportunity to reflect on and revisit traditional narratives about what it means to support healthy youth sexual development and family building. They provide opportunities to hear the perspectives of traditionally marginalized communities and to reflect on the stereotypes, myths and stories that influence who RHEP is and what RHEP does. Proposals that center the expert perspectives of young people from traditionally marginalized communities and/or with lived experience in foster care will be given preference.
Types of sessions
  • A session in small groups is a 60-minute presentation that may include interaction and/or discussion with the audience. Breakout sessions should enhance the skills and knowledge of a multidisciplinary audience. RHEP hopes to provide a mix of introductory and advanced content. Sessions that incorporate youth voices and young presenters are strongly encouraged.
  • An artist session is a 10-30 minute performance or presentation that includes an artistic medium (music, visual arts, poetry, spoken word, etc.). This session may include a discussion, but it is not mandatory. The purpose of artist sessions is to provide a healing and safe space for participants to decompress, process and/or be inspired.
  • A session on the main stage is a short presentation or performance for the entire conference audience. Do you have a powerful and engaging story or perspective to share that aligns with the RHEP conference themes? RHEP encourages you to submit a proposal to be one of its keynote speakers by offering a main stage proposal.
Topics of particular interest this year include (but are not limited to)
  • Experiences, needs and interests of young people who identify as LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, young parents, immigrants or victims and survivors of violence or trafficking, and programs/policies/practices designed to meet their needs.
  • Youth-focused policies, programs and practices.
  • Healing policies, programs and practices.
  • How to foster trusting and healthy relationships and communication between adults and young people.
  • Reproductive health access for systems has involved young people in a changing sexual and reproductive health legal landscape.

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