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!


MAP won YAHAnet's Webisode and Storyboard Contest!!

In December 2012, the Youth, the Arts, HIV & AIDS Network announced their global youth webisode and storyboard competition on "ZEROing in on Gender Stereotypes" in the AIDS response! Contestants were challenged to create a video under 3 minutes that addresses the negative effect that gender-based stereotypes have on the HIV/AIDS epidemic. MAP created a spoof infomercial, Gay Away Home For Boys, which uses satire to underscore how stereotypes of masculinity can contribute to the spread of HIV.

We are excited to announce that our parody won the 14-18 year old category! Click here to see the video and also watch the incredibly moving and beautifully shot 19-24 year old winning video, If You Are Positive, Stay Positive, from Connected Health Solutions' MyMediaLife Program.

BUT...  3 minutes is just TOO SHORT for MAP! So we did an UNCUT second version that's twice the length, and twice the jokes and camp! To see the full version, follow this link.

Thanks, YAHAnet, for hosting another wonderful, and impactful competition! YAHAnet is an innovative networking platform that provides young people from around the world with the opportunity to actively and creatively participate in the fight against HIV & AIDS using an interdisciplinary approach which combines public health, education, art, and technology. If you work with youth in the HIV/AIDS realm, join YAHAnet and see how you can incorporate the arts into your work.    

March To Zero with us

Come out to Lake Area High School this Friday from 4:30pm-7:30pm for our Second Annual talent showcase in honor of National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month featuring performances from:
Besides the performances, come out for cash prizes, FREE food, and a live DJ. If you enter the Photo Collage contest (see below), come see your collage displayed and see if you won. The event is FREE & open to the public. Turn up! 
A Few Hours Left to Enter the Photo Collage Contest!!
If you're a youth aged 11-19, enter our photo collage competition for a chance to win up to $200! You have until TODAY, Wednesday, May 8, to submit a collage on an 8.5x11 sheet of paper that responds to the following prompt:

"Teen Pregnancy is 100% Preventable. What's Your Way To Prevent Teen Pregnancy?"

The winning collage will be announced at the Second Annual March to Zero Band & Talent Showcase at Lake Area High School (6026 Paris Ave.) on May 10 from 4:30-7:30. If you're at a participating school, turn in the flyer at the front desk, if not, contact us to find out how to submit a collage (imoquete@iwesnola.org, 504-599-7712). Check out the flyer above for more details!

The Tulane School of Social Work is proud to announce a visit from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to New Orleans May 16-19, 2013. The theme of this historic visit is "Resilience: Strength through Compassion and Connection," and highlights will include a day-and-a-half long conference and three city wide public events. Follow this link to access the web site for this visit, where you can find tickets for the public events and other pertinent information.


The visit consists of three separate events (times and expected attendance are approximate):

Conference held at New Orleans Convention Center (attendance 1000 people)
Conference cost: $450
Student: $150.
Includes coffee, Thursday lunch, Tibetan bazaar, sand mandala. Main conference activities include festive welcomes, Tibetan chanting, two workshops with international experts on resilience, and one morning address by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama:

Thursday 9-12 noon
Workshop with Margaret Wheatley, Ph.D., international consultant with communities and organizations and author of Leadership and the New Science and her latest, So Far From Home. For more information, see  www.margaretwheatley.com.
Topic: Whatever the Trauma, Community is the Answer

Thursday 12 noon-2PM
Luncheon and Networking

Thursday 2-5 PM
Workshop with Richard Davidson, Ph.D., neuroscientist and author of The Emotional Life of the Brain. For more information, see http://richardjdavidson.com/
Topic: Change Your Brain by Transforming Your Mind

Friday 9-12 noon
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama speaks for about 45 minutes and then has a panel discussion with Wheatley and Davidson.

FRIDAY, MAY 17, 1:30-3:30 PM
Strength through Compassion. Chanting, Ceremonial Puja and His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama 1-1.5 hour public talk held at N.O. Convention Center (attendance 4000 people)
Cost: $55
Student: $25
Also available: Tibetan bazaar, sand mandala. The sand mandala will be ceremoniously swept into the river Friday afternoon, with all invited to participate.

SATURDAY, MAY 18. 1:30-3:30PM
Strength through Connection. Chanting,
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama 1-1.5 hour public talk held at UNO Lakefront Arena (attendance 9000 people.
Cost: $25
Student: $15
Available: Tibetan bazaar.


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Featured IWES Film
Recess Dat! 
Recess Dat!
At IWES we view health on many levels. One thing we do to keep our bodies healthy and our brains productive is to incorporate Instant Recess into our work day. All you have to do is take ten minutes out of your day to get up and move. So join us, and see how the mix of African funga rhythms and New Orleans bounce fuse into a quick and refreshing break in the middle of your day.

Recess Dat! was created to honor the life and legacy of a beautiful woman, Antronette "Toni" Yancey, MD, MPH, the creator of the Instant Recess movement. Dr. Yancey was an accomplished physician, researcher, and professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and Co-Director of the UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity. Dr. Yancey's work addressed health disparities and issues of social inequality through research, training services and collaboration with community organizations.

She also believed that exercise could be done in short bursts in workplaces, schools and places of worship. She wrote a book about the movement, which she called "Instant Recess: Building a Fit Nation 10 Minutes at a Time." Dr. Yancey was one of a handful of national thought leaders asked to serve on the board of directors of the Partnership for a Healthier America, the nonprofit that guided first lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move campaign. Watch this energetic TED talk from Dr. Yancey from October 2012 and be inspired to move!


Follow the link below to check out our Iwesnola YouTube Channel and see more IWES films.
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Help MAP bring Peer Advocates to the Free Minds Free People Conference this summer!

This year from July 11-14 the biannual Free Minds Free People (FMFP) conference is being convened by the Education for Liberation Network in Chicago, Illinois. For the third time in a row, MAP was chosen to present about the work we do around youth, media, and sexual health. This year's presentation, entitled "The Me in Media" is an interactive media literacy workshop that challenges participants to analyze how people are depicted in media, specifically around their race, gender, and sexual orientations. We will examine how these depictions affect one's personal identity and sense of self as well as society-at-large. Participants will deconstruct media, spontaneously generate media, and analyze the consolidation of media ownership and its effect on media products. If you are attending the conference, check us out on Friday, July 12, from 3:45-5:15pm.

MAP would like to bring two youth Peer Advocates to the conference to co-present with IWES staff. Not only will it be a wonderful experience for youth to demonstrate the leadership skills they have honed during the program, it will also give them the chance to interact with fellow youth activists and be inspired by other innovative programs. Please support MAP in any way that you can by making a donation to our IWES PayPal account
to help cover the costs of airfare, lodging and ground transportation for our youth.

FMFP brings together teachers, high school and college students, researchers, parents and community-based activists/educators from across the country to build a movement to develop and promote education as a tool for liberation. Hope to see y'all there!

Meet the newest IWES staff!

Chloe Walters-Wallace, MA
Media Coordinator

Chloe began working at IWES in January 2013, bringing her background in Visual Anthropology to the Media Coordinator position. Chloe has worked in film from a very young age, yet developed a particular passion for documentary film as a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow at Barnard College. She pursued this interest by obtaining a certificate degree in Documentary Media Studies from the New School for Public Engagement in 2008. Before gaining her MA in Material & Visual Anthropology from the University College London in 2012, Chloe worked in New York and Jamaica both in the non-profit world at the Tribeca Film Institute as well as freelance with several commercial and documentary production companies. She has experience in cinematography, research, translation, production coordination, editing, producing and project development. Chloe is excited to be living and working in New Orleans, one of the most fascinating cities in the world, and serving its amazing, resilient community.

Tracey Spinato
CHC Intern

Tracey Spinato joined the IWES staff in January 2013 as a social work and public health intern. She received a BA in Literature, with a double minor in Gender and Africana Studies in 2010 from Ramapo College of New Jersey. During her undergraduate career Tracey became a certified sexual assault advocate and served as an active member of the Ramapo College Women's Center as well as the YWCA Rape Crisis Center. After graduation, Tracey spent three months volunteering in Cape Town, South Africa, where she first became interested in pursuing a career that would combine her passion for mental health and public health. Upon returning from volunteering abroad, Tracey served one year as an AmeriCorps member, supporting a non-profit in Newark, New Jersey. In the fall of 2012, Tracey enrolled as a graduate student at Tulane University where she is pursuing a dual degree in social work and public health. Her interests include nutrition, adolescent mental health, and reproductive rights. Tracey is excited to be a part of the IWES staff and is looking forward to learning more about the city of New Orleans.
Looking for Health Care in the Greater New Orleans area?

The Greater New Orleans Community Health Connection (GNOCHC) is a Medicaid Waiver that covers primary and mental health care visits with no out of pocket costs for many residents of Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines, and St. Bernard parishes. 

GNOCHC covers visits at over 40 community health centers and clinic sites. To find a site in your neighborhood, follow this link and click on the "Clinic Locations" tab.



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 core group of Peer Advocates (PAs) ages 15-18 to develop HIV prevention messages for youth in New Orleans.  


As the program year wraps up, the next two months of MAP meetings focus on media development and deconstruction, as well as celebrations and events.  

MAP screenwriting lesson

PAs and staff have attended many community events this spring, providing sexual health resources and sharing HIV prevention information with New Orleans youth. Recent events included the Take Charge Take the Test Coalition's Red Umbrella March in honor of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and Delgado Community College's HIV/AIDS Memorial Quilt Exhibit. Additionally, MAP staff provided multiple sexual health presentations to participants of Liberty's Kitchen's training program. Staff look forward to several upcoming presentations at Joseph S. Clark Preparatory High School this month. 

MAP staff engaging youth at the Red Umbrella March


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 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. 


The past few months have been very busy for the SBHC team! SBHC staff implemented their Youth Advocacy and Leadership curriculum in the following high schools with 25 students:

Each of the groups will now transition into Youth Advisory Committees for the SBHCs and utilize their skills to influence school health decision-making. Each group of students chose a different culminating project including: aerial mapping of the school environment, creating an SBHC promotional video, and developing a health promotion skit for a student showcase.  


The SBHC team also partnered with McMain's wellness coordinator to bring participating McMain students to Whole Foods to learn about natural and organic foods. On April 25th, students from all three high schools along with past program participants and partnering youth groups traveled to Baton Rouge for SBHC Awareness Day. Students attended a legislative session, met with several State Representatives and toured the capitol.  




The SBHC team has also hosted three tours of different SBHCs for City Council members. SBHC Engagement Project Manager, Angelita Brown, testified in front of the Health and Education Committee of City Council regarding the importance of SBHCs. Angelita and SBHC Program Coordinator Callie Kaplan attend routine Community Advisory Committee meetings at each of the participating schools and also participate in the Louisiana Assembly on School-Based Health Care's (LASBHC) semi-annual conferences and monthly conference calls. 

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).      


  IWES is excited to continue partnering with the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP), where FOY staff recently began implementing FOY + ImPACT with an all-male group of adolescents. These young men come from schools across the city, and many of them live in Central City. FOY staff completed ImPACT sessions with 8 participants and their parents/guardians. These sessions offer a unique opportunity for facilitators to assist parents in starting or enhancing conversations about HIV, safer sex, and abstinence within their homes. IWES highly values the partnership and collaboration with YEP, and is excited to arrive at their wonderful facility each week and see the youth in the afterschool program. 
YEP FOY participant about to devour healthy snacks.

As FOY staff continue working with the young men of YEP, recruitment for two summer sessions is also underway. Staff are 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 years.
If interested,
please contact Melanie Powers for more details.

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.  


IWES has partnered for the second year with the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC) to implement BY!-NOLA! during the 2013 summer session. IWES anticipates serving between 150-200 youth at community centers, churches, and schools throughout the Greater New Orleans area. BY!-NOLA! is a service provider for the following NORDC campsites: 

"Providing safe and engaging summer opportunities for all of the children of New Orleans continues to be our priority," said Mayor Landrieu at a recent press conference announcing the 2013 NORDC summer session. "These programs aren't just about giving our kids something to do in the summer months; these programs enrich our entire city. We have a much stronger ability to improve our economy and reduce crime when we commit to our youth and invest in activities that provide them with safe places to learn and grow."

BY!-NOLA! staff members Issa Moquete, Aurora Tom-Quinn, and Mario Jones with Mayor Landrieu.

NORDC Summer Camp Registration is still open! Please call (504) 658-3000 for more information. A list of NORDC camp locations, schedules and costs can be found here.    


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Teen Outreach Program (TOP)
Through the Department of Health & Human Services' Office of Adolescent Health's Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Office of Public Health Family Planning Program was awarded a grant to implement the evidence-based Teen Outreach Program (TOP�) throughout the entire state of Louisiana. IWES was selected as one of the agencies qualified to implement 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� is successfully in its second year of full implementation. IWES has established five TOP� clubs that meet weekly all over the city with 150 participants. TOP� facilitators teach the participants about healthy relationships, sexual health information, and communication. The clubs have also completed multiple community service learning projects, including a food drive for Second Harvest Food Bank, working at Tet celebration events, and volunteering with younger youth at Benjamin Franklin Elementary Mathematics and Science School.

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, Vietnamese Initiatives in Economic Training (VIET), Excel Star, and 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 12-17 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

In addition to implementing youth programs around the city, IWES also 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.    


The Health Education Program encompasses sexual health, nutrition, and physical activity utilizing the evidence-based Becoming A Responsible Teen (BART) curriculum and the "Live It!" Healthy Living curriculum. These curricula include information on HIV prevention, communication skills, problem solving, and negotiation, exercise, healthy eating, and nutrition. The SMARTS program utilizes the Safer Sex Intervention, which is a one-on-one curriculum implemented with sexually active teen girls in a clinical setting. SMARTS includes information on HIV and STIs, pregnancy prevention, negotiation and communication skills. 4 Real Health serves youth aged 15-18 during summer implementation at community sites throughout New Orleans.    


So far this year, IWES staff have trained approximately 30 health educators in the BART and Healthy Living curriculum and 3 health educators in the SMARTS program! IWES is also planning a supplemental training in mandatory reporting for the health educators, which will inform them on the importance of following state laws and protecting the health and safety of students and families. IWES provides technical assistance to health educators after the fidelity monitoring process through feedback to enhance and/or improve their skills and implementation.


IWES will continue to provide trainings, fidelity monitoring and technical assistance to health educators for the Orleans Teen Pregnancy Prevention 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 to discuss implementation and fidelity monitoring issues.

Peer Advocates Undoing Stigma through Education (PAUSE) 

  PAUSE is an IWES social marketing campaign that grew out of the Media Advocates for Prevention (MAP) program. Formative research was conducted with over 175 African American youth in the Greater New Orleans area (focus groups, one-on-one interviews, and an online Youth Sexual Health Survey) that collected baseline sexual health data, self-reported HIV risk practices and beliefs, and ideas for effective campaign strategies. The formative 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 bisexual African American youth ages 11-19 to prevent the transmission of HIV and unwanted pregnancy.


This April, PAUSE staff conducted an oral presentation entitled "PAUSE: Utilizing a Social Marketing Campaign to Enhance an Evidence-Based Intervention (EBI) with African American Youth" at the Youth + Tech + Health Live 2013 conference in San Francisco. The 50+ attendees were informed about PAUSE's formative research, Youth Sexual Health Survey, formulation of campaign messaging, and integration into IWES' MAP and BY-NOLA programs. They also watched one of PAUSE's short videos, entitled That's It_Clinic.  

Where's PAUSE? Can you find the PAUSE logo amongst this graphic of all of the YTHLive participants that tweeted during the conference?

 Later in April, staff also attended the 2013 World Social Marketing Conference (WSM) in Toronto, Canada to present a poster entitled "PAUSE: New Media Strategies for Collecting Formative Research with African American LGBTQ Youth." PAUSE's poster was one of 55 on display to hundreds of attendees from over 40 countries! The poster contained findings from the formative research as well as lessons learned on how to conduct research with minority populations. It also premiered a series of short video clips accessible through Quick Response (QR codes) from lesbian, gay, and bisexually-behaving youth in New Orleans that were brave and bold enough to tell their stories. These stories will be combined into a feature length documentary on the life of LGBTQ youth in New Orleans and how stigma impacts their sexual health decision making.  


PAUSE is still collecting these stories! If you or someone you know is an LGB-behaving (whether you use labels to define your orientation or not) youth aged 11-24 that would like to be filmed in an interview to talk about your experiences growing up, please email Iman Shervington or call 504-599-7712. As compensation, you will receive a $25 gift card after completing your interview.


Instagram photo of PAUSE poster and live drawing/conference documentation at WSM.


PAUSE is now on Tumblr! Follow PAUSE for more sexual health information, infographics, quotes, thoughtful reposts, and GIFS!!


Contact Iman Shervington if you would like to receive PAUSE promotional materials or find out how you can get involved in the campaign.

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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 has 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).

In April, IWES, Linda Usdin and the Himalayan Society hosted a conversation about building compassionate and resilient communities for youth at Dillard University. This conversation was one of a series that will be held throughout the community in preparation for the visit from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in May. There were 36 participants in this conversation, ranging from high-school students and graduate students to educators and physicians, as well as lay community members. The conversation covered the following topics:

  • World views of many young people that are formed through experiences of violence and lack of caring
  • Options available to youth when their experiences have been so destructive
  • What can be done in communities to support alternative world views built on compassion and connection

Also in April, CHC partnered with the Anna Julia Cooper Project's Conversation Series, to present a discussion between Civil Rights leader Diane Nash and Tulane Political Science Professor Melissa Harris-Perry. Their interview-style conversation was followed by a question and answer session with the audience. The Conversation Series is a new program at the Anna Julia Cooper Project that brings together scholars and activists for engaging discussions on relevant issues. Each event begins with an intimate conversation between two experts, followed by an open question and answer session with the audience.


CHC has also facilitated discussions that focus on African-American males in the community. In February IWES conducted a gender workshop in the form of a listening circle. The focus of the listening circle was to explore the ways in which the African-American community defines masculinity and the influence that this has had on the development of black males. This listening circle was comprised of 11 African-American males ranging from ages 19-55. Participants' career trajectories varied from philanthropy and non-profit work to academia, of varying professional levels, and one high-school student was also present. The participants of the listening circle convened at the home of a local academic and community leader.  


Several important concepts were constructed as a result of common themes throughout the listening circle. One of the consistent themes was that there exists specific gender and masculinity constructs that negatively impact the behavior of adolescent boys. They were able to share how they defined masculinity and viewed gender roles. The discussion provided participants with the opportunity to gain insight from other men in the community of the same race but of differing familial, educational, and economic backgrounds. At the conclusion of the circle, the men were eager to continue the conversation by targeting specific themes that were pulled out of the initial discussion. They expressed a great desire to apply this knowledge to their work with adolescent boys in their respective fields. The listening circle gave rise to the concept for an upcoming male conference that will focus on bridging the gap of disconnection between adult males and adolescent boys through an intergenerational conversation, which will be held on June 1, 2013. The conversation will bring together 20 adult males and 20 youth participants. Youth male participants will reflect the BY!-NOLA! target population age range of 11-13.  


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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