Virtual Summit Presenters

Sex, Love, and Intimate Connections in the Midst of the Coronavirus Pandemic: Findings from a U.S. Nationally Representative Probability Survey

Thursday, June 4, 2020, 4:00 pm – 05:15 pm CDT

Debby Herbenick, PhD, MPH and Devon J. Hensel, PhD, MS, FSAHM 

When the new coronavirus pandemic spread to the United States and stay at home orders went into place, many in the media and within healthcare professions began speculating that such measures would lead to a pandemic-related “Baby Boom.” Using a U.S. nationally representative probability survey of 1000+ Americans ages 18+, we sought to explore this and other issues related to people’s sexual and reproductive health. We assessed people’s pregnancy intentions, intimate relationships, condom and contraceptive access, masturbation and partnered sexual behaviors, as well as how their sexuality and relationships are associated with social distancing, stay at home orders, economic stability, and their perceptions of coronavirus risk.

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe changes in solo and partnered sex, pre- and post-pandemic.
  • Identify the three most common ways that Americans chose to strengthen their intimate connections while social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Understand pregnancy intentions during intense periods of the coronavirus pandemic as well as associations with those intentions.

    Core Knowledge Areas: H

Confronting the Crisis: Creating Sexual Liberation Through Social Justice Work

Friday, June 5, 2020, 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm CDT

Mandy Carter

Mandy Carter, a Black lesbian activist, has been working for social justice and sexual liberation for over 50 years. She brings to AASECT a world of experience, knowledge, and a heartfelt desire to build bridges with sexuality professionals toward a society which includes sexual freedom for all inclusive of gender expression, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, disability, age any other aspect of difference that ordinarily marginalizes individuals and communities.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss one aspect of the intersection between sexual liberation and social justice and
  • Identify one way for sexuality professionals to engage in social justice work.

Core Knowledge Areas: C

Beyond the Bottom Step: Exploring the 2020 National Standards for Sex Education

Friday, June 5, 2020, 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm CDT

Jennifer Driver

It has been nearly 10 years since the first edition of the National Sex Education Standards: Core Content and Skills, K­–12 was created and released. Research continues to be conclusive on what supports students’ wellbeing but as we learn more about the impact of trauma and health inequities, education professionals called for a re-visit of the best practices in sex education. Therefore, 2020 brings a new edition of the National Sex Education Standards. This new edition takes into account lessons learned from implementation by states and school districts around the U.S. and reflect recent developments, research advancements, and current thinking on a number of topics. The updated NSES have been written with a trauma-informed lens; call attention to overt and covert discrimination; reflect a focus on conscious and unconscious bias; address social determinants of health and how these can lead to inequitable health outcomes; and, take an intersectional approach.

This workshop is designed for education professionals and will provide a detailed evaluation of the new standards, describe the changes and the impacts of these changes, and provide participants with an opportunity to ask questions  and discuss the application of the newly revised standards in their community.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this session, participants will:

  • Discuss the updated NSES indicators including the rationale to improve focus on power and oppression
  • Demonstrate three ways to incorporate the NSES to advance sex education for young people

Core Knowledge Areas: B, D