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Cervical Cancer Took Our Matriarch

January is Cervical Health Awareness month. Nearly 13,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year.   In 1999 one of those women was my great-grandmother, Elizabeth "Malizabeth" Smith Jones. My great-grandmother was the matriarch of our family. She was known for feeding us good ole country meals, keeping a huge 5-gallon… Continue reading Cervical Cancer Took Our Matriarch

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We Are Still Here: Native Sex Ed

November is recognized as National Native American Heritage Month.  During this time we celebrate our traditions, cultures, and histories, as well as honor our ancestors and Indigenous Peoples worldwide. Last night I had the opportunity to attend The Second Annual American Indian Culture Show hosted by the Carolina Indian Circle. There were so many great… Continue reading We Are Still Here: Native Sex Ed

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Recap: NCSEXCON “Sexual Health Equity”

On September 14th and 15th we had the opportunity to attend the NC Sexual Health Conference (NCSEXCON). This year's theme  "Sexual Health Equity" was inspired by Dr. Cornell Wright's closing keynote speech at last year's conference. He defined sexual health equity as "an approach to the state of physical, mental and social well-being in relation to… Continue reading Recap: NCSEXCON “Sexual Health Equity”

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Confessions Pt. III: The Truth About How I Got Into Sex Ed

     Quite often I get questioned about how I got into the field of sexuality education.  My answer is always, “When I was in undergrad a friend of mine got a sexually transmitted infection (STI) and I wanted to find ways to prevent that from happening to others.” Four and half years later, I… Continue reading Confessions Pt. III: The Truth About How I Got Into Sex Ed

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Why Aren’t We Celebrating the Decline of Black Teen Pregnancy Rates?

"Black teen pregnancy rates are higher than any other race". I have heard this statement over and over again since I've worked as a sexuality educator. Yes, this is true, our teen pregnancy rates are higher than other racial groups. Health disparities are real, I get that, but our teen pregnancy rates are also the… Continue reading Why Aren’t We Celebrating the Decline of Black Teen Pregnancy Rates?