Welcome to the Institute Of Women And Ethnic Studies' Quarterly E-Blast. Every November, February, May, and August, look out for this E-Blast to update you on our programs and events.
Thanks for continuing to be a part of the IWES family!
IWES Co-Founder and CEO on the
Melissa Harris-Perry Show
On Saturday, July 6th, Dr. Denese Shervington was featured on a panel about medical care in the African American community during MSNBC's 2013 Essence Festival coverage of the Melissa Harris-Perry Show
.This segment revolved around the fact that Black residents of New Orleans are more likely to have chronic health conditions than White residents. Dr. Shervington, Dr. Aletha Maybank, co-founder of the Artemis Medical Society
, Tonya Lewis Lee, founder of HealthyYouNow.com
, and Julianna Malveaux, economist and president emeritus of Bennett College,
talked with Melissa Harris-Perry
about why this disparity exists and how to close it. Dr. Shervington specifically spoke about the effects of the accumulation of stress on the Black female body, as well as racial injustices in the medical system. To see the full segment, please follow this link
IWES would also like to send a shout-out to Thena Robinson Mock, representing Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools
, for sharing insight and wisdom on the Essence Festival edition of the Melissa Harris-Perry Show on Sunday, July 7th. Follow this link
to watch footage from her segment.
MAP at Free Minds Free People 2013 in Chicago!
MAP Peer Advocates Tyree LeBeau and Daniel Wright
, along with staff members Iman Shervington and Melanie Powers, co-facilitated a media literacy workshop entitled "The 'Me' in Media" at this year's Free Minds Free People conference. The workshop engaged participants in media deconstruction and analysis of popular gender and race-based stereotypes, as well as the consolidation of media ownership and its effects on media products.
The workshop received a wonderful turnout; it quickly became standing room only!
Utilizing activities such as Exquisite Corpse
, word associations (shown above), and a Prezi presentation
discussing minority stereotypes (from the etymology of the word to images in popular media), PAs and staff engaged the over 40 participants for an hour and a half. If you are interested in learning more about the presentation, please email Iman Shervington
. MAP is extremely proud of Tyree and Daniel for their commitment, preparation, and for a job well done!
Youth Magazine Hiring Staff
is a youth-operated magazine founded in 2011 by Bre'Aisha Warren, 18, and Jo'Shanique Anderson, 17. BeReal shows that teens are more than the stereotypical portrayals of them which focus on doing drugs, being violent, and having sex. Through the BeReal movement, youth are allowed to express themselves through art, music, fashion, and words; allowing adults to view teens in a more positive light. BeReal is also committed to helping make the New Orleans community a better place. For example, BeReal recently put on a fashion show, "Strut for a Cause," at Caf� Istanbul
, highlighting different high schools in New Orleans. BeReal has also started an after-school program at Warren Easton Charter High School
which provides youth with guidance for their futures.
BeReal is currently hiring for a range of management, writing, editing, and assistant positions in the areas of:
Beauty and Health
BeReal is seeking youth aged 14-25 to fill these positions. Experience is not necessary; on the job training is available. At this time, positions are unpaid and accepted on a volunteer or internship basis, yet BeReal staff are able to provide recommendations for students. For a complete listing of positions available and/or to submit your resum�, please email the BeReal staff
. Cover letters and work samples are not necessary, yet may be submitted at the applicant's discretion.
If you would like to support BeReal in another way, buy a BeReal t-shirt, available for just $30. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
to purchase a shirt.
Parents Overwhelmingly Support BY!-NOLA!
Throughout the summer BY!-NOLA! staff reached out to approximately 250 parents of youth participating in the program at various New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC) summer camps. Parents were engaged at orientations, through a parent/guardian interview sent home with participants, and via phone calls with parents and guardians of participating youth.
Youth utilized the interview as an opportunity to talk with an adult in their lives and ask various questions such as "What was your favorite love song?" "Who was your first crush?" and "Who talked to you about sex?" A raffle was held at the end of each cohort for all parents who completed the interview.
The aim of the phone calls was to gather information on the challenges and barriers youth and parents may encounter when discussing sexual health and responsibility. They also provided an opportunity for parents to give feedback on the program. For example, the mother of an 8th grade participant said:
"I wanted my son in the program because teen pregnancy is so high. I don't want my son to be a young parent. I want him to enjoy his life."
The mother of a 7th grade student also mentioned that:
"I enrolled my daughter in BY!-NOLA! because times have changed and sometimes others can reach your children in places you can't as a parent. I thought she would receive the information different coming from someone other than mom."
Additionally, about 69% of participants and 41% of their parents completed a survey developed to collect data about student and parent perception of the sources of information youth access to learn about sexual health and responsibility. Data from this survey will help BY!-NOLA! address barriers to communication and increase parents' awareness about the importance of talking with their children about sex.
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Featured IWES Film
|H Is For Human |
| |H Is For Human
is a short film combining documentary and narrative elements to talk about HIV/AIDS, condoms, and pregnancy prevention. Featuring appearances from Dr. Rachael Ross
and Marvelyn Brown
, as well as New Orleans youth.
Follow the link to the Iwesnola YouTube channel for more films.
Call for Papers: Gender, Sexuality, and Hip-Hop Mini Conference
In conjunction with Professor Melissa Harris-Perry's
Fall 2013 course, Hip-Hop and Feminism, Tulane University
, in partnership with the Anna Julia Cooper Project, LLC
, will host a mini-conference on gender, sexuality, and hip-hop. The conference will bring together scholars, students, artists, and activists for an intensive series of discussions focused on the contemporary challenges and opportunities at the intersection of gender, sexuality, and hip-hop.
Prospective participants are invited to submit proposals of 500-1000 words. They may submit individual papers or full panels. Scholars and graduate students from all fields in the social sciences, arts and humanities are invited to submit proposals. Quantitative, qualitative, theoretical, and performativity proposals are welcome. Both established and emerging scholars are encouraged to submit. They are also accepting proposals from undergraduate students for undergraduate panels. Undergraduates should provide the name and contact information of a faculty advisor who can serve as a reference for the student's work.
All submissions must include the author/speaker(s) name, title of paper, 500-1000 word description of the paper, university or organizational affiliation, and contact information. Proposals should be sent via email here
. All proposals must be received by 5:00 pm on Friday, September 13. If accepted to participate, speakers must provide their own travel and lodging.
Important Dates to Remember
Proposal due: September 13
Acceptance notification: October 14
Conference date: December 5th & 6th
IWES' Hosts a Brown Bag Lunch Series with a Scholar from King's College London
IWES is sponsoring three upcoming Brown Bag Lunches and would like to invite you! IWES is hosting a Ph.D. student, Billy Gazard
, from King's College London
. He will be leading three lunchtime seminars to discuss a community-based mental health survey and dissemination techniques that are being utilized in Southeast London. The seminars will include:
August 22: Recruiting in the local community, fieldwork experiences and survey design in a community epidemiology study
August 28: South East London Photography (SELPh) project
Please see the attached flyer
for more details. Light refreshments will be served, but please feel free to bring your lunch. All seminars will be held from 12:00pm - 1:00pm at the IWES office (935 Gravier St., Suite 1140). Please contact Callie Kaplan
(504-599-7712); RSVP is appreciated but not necessary.
ACA Training Opportunity for Youth-Serving Organizations
Please join Young Invincibles
and the Louisiana Public Health Institute
for the free
Healthy / Young / America workshop on the new health care law, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)
. This training is meant for organizations interested in conducting outreach to young adults. It will discuss the changes coming with the full roll out of the new law in 2014, including what the new coverage looks like, who will benefit from the new coverage, state changes specific to Louisiana, and what it all means for young adults in your community. It will also discuss outreach to young adults and best practices to spread awareness to young people.
The event will take place on Tuesday, August 13 from 2:00pm - 4:00pm at the 5th floor auditorium of 1515 Poydras St. Follow this link
to RSVP for the event.
Apply to be a Safe Site in the Great American Condom Campaign
Amplify, a project of Advocates for Youth,
has opened applications for the Fall 2013 semester for youth to help make condoms normal on their college campuses.
The Great American Condom Campaign is a youth-led, grassroots movement that will make the U.S. a sexually healthy nation one campus at a time. Each year, GACC members give out one million Trojan brand condoms on college campuses across the country to educate their peers about sexual health and organize to improve the policies that affect young people's health and lives. The program is for college students in the United States between ages 18-29. If you are a college/university staff member interested in purchasing discounted condoms, please visit trojanprofessional.com
Applications for Fall close August 31 at Midnight. It takes 10 minutes to fill out an application, follow this link
Meet the Newest IWES Staff Member
Rashida Govan, Ph.D.
BY!-NOLA! Program Manager
Bridging the Gap: CHC Hosts an Intergenerational Conversation for Black Males
On June 1, IWES partnered with Loyola University's Fatherhood Consortium to facilitate an intergenerational conversation between sixteen African-American adult male leaders and African-American male youth in the community. Common themes that emerged from the conversation were; abandonment, social and cultural responsibility, adverse experiences shaping resiliency, and interpersonal relationships acting as protective factors.
The conversation was organic. The adults allowed the youth to share their life experiences and current challenges then shared similar experiences and challenges that they faced as a young Black male growing up in New Orleans. Through this commonality, the group bond was formed. Subsequent to this bond, the young boys and the adult males began to share intimate experiences about parental death, parental incarceration, emotional abuse, feelings of abandonment, and experiences that led to self-identified protective factors.
New Orleans East Solutions in Synergy (NOESIS)
IWES has partnered with the Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association of New Orleans (VAYLA-NO) and the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice and receives support from the New Orleans Health Department to implement the New Orleans East Solutions in Synergy (NOESIS) program. NOESIS is a new project designed to promote community wellness and resilience to create environments where children and their families can thrive.
IWES is one of three grantees selected among candidates from Mississippi, Louisiana, Michigan and New Mexico. The grant comes from the Well Community Project through the Samueli Institute, CommonHealth Action and the Institute for Alternative Futures, ultimately funded through the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. NOESIS will employ community wisdom circles, host community wellness events, and facilitate discussions with school personnel (administrators, teachers, social workers/counselors), parents and youth to improve the well-being of school communities and home
communities in New Orleans East.
To find out more about NOESIS, check out the Times Picayune article about it, read the full press release here, or contact program manager Danielle Wright (504-599-7712). Look out for future updates in the next Quarterly E-blast of the progression of this new initiative!
|Media Advocates for Prevention
MAP is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded program adapted from the evidence-based Community PROMISE model. MAP works with a group of Peer Advocates (PAs) ages 15-18 to develop HIV prevention messages for youth in New Orleans.
During May and June the PAs built upon their training with media lessons. They learned about gender and race-based stereotypes, advertising techniques, media consolidation, and deconstruction. After completing these lessons, PAs incorporated their newly-acquired skills into creating media pieces for PAUSE. On June 18, MAP staff, PAs, family, and friends gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of the 2012-2013 cohort! This year, PAs attended over 15 events and presentations, handed out hundreds of safer-sex kits, and utilized social networking platforms to engage their peers in conversations around health and wellness. MAP would also like to send a special thanks to Carmo for their beautiful space, delightful dinner, and kindness and generosity in working with MAP to host such a lovely evening.The 2012-2013 cohort learned a lot of valuable information. Comparisons of pre- and post- tests demonstrate significant increases in PAs' level of community engagement, understanding of sexual health, and ability to critically interpret and analyze media messages. When asked during a final evaluation if their ability to analyze media has improved, one participant said: While MAP is sad to conclude this year's cohort, it is excited to keep alumni involved and continue watching them grow. MAP is now accepting applications for the 2013-2014 cohort from 15-18 year olds with an interest in sexual health and prevention. Please contact Program Manager Melanie Powers for more information.
"I definitely never looked at a lot of things until we started talking about this. Once we learned how to analyze and break down media, it changed a lot. Like, I can never watch TV without breaking everything down into real small categories and how they display things, how they give off certain messages. So I definitely saw a change afterwards. For the better, I think."
In July, MAP brought two PAs, Tyree LeBeau and Daniel Wright, to Chicago for the Free Minds Free People Conference
. Check out the feature on the left side of this e-blast for more information.
Follow/like @map_nola on Instagram and Twitter and "Media Advocates for Prevention (IWES)" on Facebook for sexual health tips, videos, and other resources.
If you or someone you know is a youth aged 12-18, e-mail MAP to receive a FREE MAP kit, or ASK A PA!
School-Based Health Center Engagement Project
The SBHC Engagement Project, a youth health advocacy and leadership development program to increase awareness and utilization of participating SBHCs, is implemented in partnership with the Louisiana Public Health Institute's (LPHI) School Health Connection Program.
, IWES wrapped up the School-Based Health Center Engagement project. At McDonogh 35, Youth Advisory Council (YAC) students wrote and acted in an SBHC promotional video with the expertise of Mr. Roland Pierre and the participation of the Louisiana State University (LSU) SBHC staff. The video will be shown this year at school assemblies and orientations.
At New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High School (Sci High) the YAC students partnered with the drama club in New Orleans Outreach to write, direct, and perform in an "edutainment" skit which explored bullying, youth violence, and the role of mental health professionals at the SBHC. The skit was performed in front of teachers, students, and parents during the end-of-year New Orleans Outreach showcase. The students at McDonogh 35, Eleanor McMain Secondary School, and Sci High are interested in continuing to participate on their YACs during the 2013-2014 school year. IWES also participated in several community advisory committee meetings and a School Health Connection conference.
It has been a very successful project year and IWES would like to extend thanks to the Tulane University and LSU SBHC staff and the Sci High, McMain, and McDonogh 35 teachers and staff who supported this work. Most of all, SBHC staff would like to thank the youth who believe in making their schools healthier and allowing SBHC to come and work with them to do just that!
Focus on Youth with Informed Parents and Children Together
FOY + ImPACT is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded 8-session evidence-based small group education program that works with youth aged 12-15 to help them develop the skills and knowledge needed to protect themselves from HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).
staff implemented FOY with a group of young men at the Youth Empowerment Project
. FOY staff were thrilled to graduate their second all-male group.
IWES is happy to offer the FOY + ImPACT evidence-based
intervention to groups of 10-12 African American youth (all boys, all girls, or co-ed) between the ages of 12-15. If interested, please contact Melanie Powers for more information.
Believe in Youth! - NOLA!
IWES was one of six entities in Louisiana awarded monies to fund teen responsibility and pregnancy prevention programs through the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Adolescent Health's Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative. Through this initiative, IWES has created BY!-NOLA!, which serves youth aged 11-13 through the utilization of the 8-module evidence-based Making Proud Choices curriculum along with two additional modules developed by Dr. Denese Shervington which focus on emotional health and resiliency.
For the second year, IWES partnered with the City of New Orleans' Recreation Development Commission (NORDC) to implement BY!-NOLA! during the 2013 summer session. This partnership led to a busy summer where approximately 250 youth were served at community centers, churches, and schools throughout the Greater New Orleans area. BY!-NOLA! served the following camps:
"Although we teach the kids abstinence, we also want to set them up for success. So, we want to ensure they have the full story," said Penny Williams, director of Excite All-Stars, after a recent BY!-NOLA! graduation. "The students really enjoyed the program and the IWES staff was great to work with."
The youth engagement did not stop once the BY!-NOLA! staff completed facilitating the program. Several team members reached out to parents and students to obtain feedback on the program. Please read the feature on the left side of the e-blast for more information about BY!-NOLA! parent engagement.
Like "Believe in Youth!-NOLA!" on Facebook & follow "BY_NOLA" on Twitter for more information & updates about the program.
|Teen Outreach Program (TOP�)
TOP� serves youth aged 12-18 through a 9-month program that focuses on teen pregnancy prevention and academic outcomes, including drop-out and course failure rates. The curriculum includes lessons on sexual health, values, goal-setting, relationships with friends and family, and other topics relevant to youth. TOP� also includes a community service-learning component in which participants plan their own service projects, carry them out, and strategize sustainability.
TOP� has successfully completed its second year of full implementation. Five TOP� clubs met weekly in multiple locations, serving 150 participants. They finished out the year discussing goal-setting and future plans and reflecting on the important work they did throughout 2012-2013. The clubs also completed community service learning projects, including food drives for Second Harvest Food Bank, and participation in the 2nd Annual Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month March to Zero Event. Each club celebrated their successful community service with field trips to Chuck E. Cheese, laser tag, movies, and celebratory meals.
The TOP� team is very proud of the work accomplished by the clubs, and is excited about the recruitment process for the upcoming school year. This year, TOP� is implementing at the Norman Mayer Branch of the New Orleans Public Library, the Main Branch of the New Orleans Public Library, Excel Star, and the Boys and Girls Club of Gretna.
IWES is currently recruiting participants for TOP� clubs next school year. If you know any youth between the ages of 12 and 17 or youth-serving organizations that might be interested in being a part of TOP�, call IWES at (504) 599-7712 or contact Ragan Collins
4 Real Health
IWES serves in a training, fidelity monitoring, and quality assurance role for the Health Education Program (HEP) and Staying Mature and Responsible Towards Sex (SMARTS) components of the 4 Real Health program. 4 Real Health is one part of the Louisiana Public Health Institute's Orleans Teen Pregnancy Prevention Project.
HEP promotes sexual health, nutrition, and physical activity utilizing the evidence-based Becoming A Responsible Teen (BART) and the "Live It!" Healthy Living curricula. These curricula include information on HIV prevention, communication skills, problem solving and negotiation, exercise, and nutrition. SMARTS utilizes the Safer Sex Intervention, a one-on-one curriculum implemented with sexually active teen girls in a clinical setting. It includes information on HIV/STIs, pregnancy prevention, negotiation and communication skills. 4 Real Health serves youth aged 15-18 during the summer at community sites throughout New Orleans.
Since the beginning of 2013, IWES trained approximately thirty health educators in the BART and Healthy Living curricula. In preparation for summer program implementation, IWES provided technical assistance and follow-up training to fourteen Health Educators by implementing a teach-back process. This allowed them to practice implementing activities, receive feedback for improvement, and ensure fidelity to the curricula. Currently, IWES provides fidelity monitoring during summer implementation. Additionally, the Program Manager works closely with LPHI's Evaluation Coordinator on inter-reliability data, fidelity feedback, and processes to enhance the fidelity monitoring component.
IWES conducts fidelity monitoring of the SMARTS program through the review of audio recordings of sessions with participants. IWES also provides technical assistance to health educators after the fidelity monitoring process through feedback to enhance and/or improve health educator's skills. IWES trained three Health Educators in the SMARTS program.
IWES participates in weekly team calls with LPHI and The Policy and Research Group (PRG) to ensure program goals and objectives are met. Additionally, IWES participates in bi-weekly calls with SMARTS facilitators.
Peer Advocates Undoing Stigma through Education (PAUSE)
PAUSE is a social marketing campaign that grew out of Media Advocates for Prevention (MAP)
. Formative research was conducted with over 175 African American youth in the Greater New Orleans area that collected baseline sexual health data, self-reported HIV risk practices and beliefs, and ideas for effective campaign strategies. The research showed that many youth that engaged in sexual activity with either both sexes or the same sex did not identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual. These youth also presented inconsistent protective measures (i.e. condom usage) with sexual partners of different sexes, often when engaging in high-risk behaviors. Taking into account this identification dissonance, the goal of PAUSE is to increase the utilization of HIV testing services and condoms among bisexually-behaving Black youth ages 11-19 to prevent the transmission of HIV and unwanted pregnancy.
This summer, PAUSE filmed a new web-series! This coming-of-age drama revolves around the summer escapades of a group of friends transitioning from high school to college, exploring relationships, and deciding whether or not to get tested for HIV.
The four day shoot featured MAP alumni ranging from the 2008 cohort to this year's graduates, as well as new members of the PAUSE campaign. Stay tuned to IWES' YouTube channel and PAUSE's Facebook page for announcements of the premiere of the first episode of the series this winter.
Besides filming, PAUSE is evaluating research collected during its first year of development to improve upon campaign reach and accessibility. Are you ready? Look out for a new online survey (and raffle!), new promo materials, and new testing events. PAUSE for your life at the following testing locations in the city:
St. John #5/Camp ACE
Main Location: Mid-CityPriority Health Care, Inc.
Main Location: Marrero
Contact Iman Shervington if you would like to receive PAUSE promotional materials or get involved in the campaign.
|Collective for Healthy Community
CHC, a W.K. Kellogg Foundation
funded program, was created in response to the disproportionate negative mental health impact on poor people and people of color in the aftermath of Katrina. IWES developed a division of post-disaster mental health recovery and emotional resiliency to respond to the needs of the community.
In an attempt to address the aforementioned concerns, IWES developed several projects; namely, the HIM/Fatherhood Consortium and Community Based Listening Circles. The cultivation of this division has required a concerted effort among professionals from multiple backgrounds (psychiatry, social work, public health, anthropology, and political science).
CHC had the honor of traveling to Detroit, MI to present its programmatic work to twenty five W.K. Kellogg Foundation project officers. The presentation explored the impact of violence on the youth population in New Orleans through quantitative data and two case studies of Black males. The case studies illustrated the strengths and barriers of each Black male at the following levels: individual, interpersonal, community, and societal. A small wisdom circle was conducted to introduce the group to the wisdom circle process. An overview of existing mental health services and gaps in services was provided. Together, the group discussed opportunities for the coordination of programmatic services.CHC staff continue to build partnerships with local community organizations. CHC has partnered with the City of New Orleans' Criminal Justice Department program, The Blueprint for Safety: An Interagency Response to Domestic Violence Crimes. The Blueprint seeks to enhance the criminal justice response to domestic violence cases and adapt to local jurisdictions. Through the partnership, CHC provides guidance during screening of 911 calls for domestic violence cases. Specifically, CHC's focus is on the disparities in arrests of African American women for domestic violence and how this may be influenced by stereotypes of African American women perpetuated by media.
CHC continues to focus on shaping a citizenry that fosters the resilience of New Orleans' youth. CHC conducted a workshop for a cohort of sixteen teachers and social workers from a cross-section of schools in New Orleans. The workshop emphasized building emotional resilience and compassion in the school environment. Various signs and symptoms of mental health in youth and classroom management techniques were presented and discussed. CHC will continue to meet with the cohort on a quarterly basis for one year. The cohort of teachers will serve as liaisons between their respective educational institutions and IWES.
In recognition of the importance of community asset mapping in the rebuilding of the city, CHC conducted its first multi-sector coalition meeting. The coalition is designed to promote connections between individuals, individuals and organizations, and organizations and organizations. The coalition is comprised of 18 people representing the private, public, non-profit and community sectors. The coalition seeks to address the complex issue of promoting community wellness in New Orleans.
In June, CHC reconvened members of the HIM Consortium to bring together African American adults and youth to foster meaningful conversations. To find out more about this convening, please see the article on the left of the e-blast.
This fall, CHC will conduct trainings with the City of New Orleans Health Department, the O. Perry Walker/Landry merger, and the aforementioned cohort of teachers and social workers. CHC will also reconvene its steering committee.
CHC remains committed to concentrating on the plasticity and strengths of youth, their family, and their community. To get in touch with CHC, please contact Danielle Wright.
|The Institute of Women & Ethnic Studies (IWES) is a national non-profit organization founded in 1993 in response to the overwhelming health disparities among women of color.
IWES is dedicated to improving the physical, mental and spiritual health and quality of life of women of color and their families, especially those who are socio-economically disadvantaged.
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