FIRST MONDAY MEMO - December 4, 2017
Happy Holidays from the EOI Staff to You!
The EyesOpenIowa staff would like to wish you the happiest of holidays this winter season!

We are so grateful for all those who support our mission--to provide young people with comprehensive sexual health information and services to make healthy and informed decisions about sex and relationships, both now and in the future.
It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year to Gift Iowa Teens!

This holiday season, please help us give the gift of education! Teaching young people about their bodies, how to prevent pregnancy, form healthy relationships, and respect/set boundaries is a gift that lasts a lifetime.
 
We are very grateful for our donors and allies. We couldn't do this work without you. Any gift - $5, $10, $25, or more - goes to helping Iowa teens provide young people with sexual health education and services. 
 
If you feel called to help, we'd welcome your support.

Eyes On....Dr. Amy Bingaman !

Dr. Amy Bingaman is a member of the EyesOpenIowa board, where she has served since 2014. She is also a doctor at Unity Point Obstetrics and Gynecology.
 
Amy was born in Chicago and then she moved every two years until she came to Iowa. She attended medical school at the University of Iowa. Amy chose medicine because, after having her first child at age 16, she wanted to provide healthcare for everyone, regardless of age, race, or socioeconomic status.
 
Amy and her husband Al have been together for 21 years. She has four children: Denzel, Xander, Natalie Marie, and Zachary. In Amy's spare time, she enjoys running (she just completed her 2nd marathon!), cooking, entertaining, spending time on the farm, hanging out with her kids, and traveling. She  considers her most outstanding accomplishments to be running a marathon,  graduating from medical school,  and having a good, strong marriage (although not necessarily in that order).
 
When asked why she was interested in being involved with EyesOpenIowa, Amy discussed her passion for OB/GYN, teen pregnancy prevention, and education. She loves that EyesOpenIowa gives avenues of support for teen parents. When Amy first got a flier for EyesOpenIowa, she had no idea what EOI was, and she now feels that it is an amazing organization that a lot of people don't know about.
 
Thank you, Amy, for your dedication to EyesOpenIowa, as well as all that you have done and will continue to do to help provide Iowa youth with the tools that they need to make informed decisions! We are so fortunate to have you as a part of our board!

The past Friday, December 1st was World AIDS Day--a day dedicated to raising awareness and education about HIV and AIDS. According to the CDC, 1.1 million people are currently living with HIV in the United States. Of these, 1 in every 7 persons don't know that they have HIV. While overall the annual number of new infections is decreasing, there is still much more work to be done.  World AIDS Day is an excellent start, but change takes more than just one day. HIV is preventable. We can do even better.

For more information and ways to do more, go here.
Upcoming Trainings and Webinars!
Webinar: Sarahah...Wuh? What it is and What We Need to Know
December 7, 2017
This webinar will highlight the popular new apps "Sarahah" and "tbh" and will dive into what each app is, how teens are currently using them, and how we can address any concerns regarding the apps within our communities.
* Find it on the EOI website on December 7th!

January 19, 2017 at 3:15 pm
This webinar will provide attendees with terms, concepts, and definitions to gain a better understanding about polyamory/ethical non-monogamy. We will explore the intersectionality of race, sexual orientation and gender identity within non-monogamy. The information provided will assist attendees in building a foundation for inclusive language and having open conversations with individuals exploring non-monogamous relationships or those who are already members of this community. Guest speakers Samantha Carwyn and Megan Smith-Sallans.

January 23-24, 2018
Join us for an interactive two-day training on the Be Proud! Be Responsible! Be Protective! curriculum. We will dive into the curriculum, model lessons, discuss sexual health best practices, and equip all participants to facilitate this curriculum in their schools and communities.
Thanks to a generous grant, this training will be  free of charge
 
February 12-13, 2018
A highly interactive two-day training that is full of engaging activities and discussion around a variety of sexual health topics. This training will help lay the foundation for new educators and is a great refresher for those already in the field. This training will build core skills. Participants will leave feeling confident and "awesome"!
 
February 21, 2018
This dynamic training that is a fun way to learn about puberty, reproductive anatomy, and contraception. Participants will learn how to teach/discuss these topics to youth by engaging in numerous, easy to recreate activities. Participants will leave this training with a better understanding of the topic areas, as well as resources to use with youth.
 
February 22, 2018
This training will help participants increase their knowledge of the basics of HIV, AIDS, and other STDs. Participants will learn about the history of these diseases, testing, treatment and prevention, as well as best practices for teaching on these subjects. Participants will leave with up to date information and teaching tools and strategies.

All in person trainings are held at EyesOpenIowa in West Des Moines, IA
Scholarships are available for most classes -  click here  to inquire

Please click the button below to contact Emily Miller with any training questions. 
Upcoming Conferences To Note
Atlantic City, NJ
December 6 - 9, 2017

Ann Arbor, MI
April 23 - 24, 2018
Articles Worth Reading
The #MeToo hashtag sparked a much needed conversation surrounding the prevalence of sexual assault in our society. Additionally, with the goal being to prevent the need for these conversations in the first place, preventative measures must be taken early on to ensure people know how to respect others from an early age. This #TeachThem Toolkit provides great ideas for how to have these conversations with the teens in your life.

New research shows that the amount of time spent on social media may not be the direct root of a number of negative mental health outcomes, including social anxiety and loneliness. Rather, it is how young people choose to use social media that could influence such outcomes.

Lynda Waddington of The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, IA) attended and covered EyesOpenIowa's annual conference on November 1 & 2. Read her work here!

Researchers used laboratory-based testing to determine whether women who had been teen mothers were at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease. There are several possible factors leading to their results, including unhealthy stress and engagement in poorer health-related behaviors.

Digital self-harm, or "self-cyberbullying", is defined as "anonymous online posting, sending, or otherwise sharing hurtful content about oneself".

When teens feel heard and are able to share in decision-making, there are often a variety of positive outcomes including improved mental health and motivation.
**COMING DECEMBER 18TH!**
Are you looking for ways to teach youth about healthy relationships using examples from pop culture? We have been working hard to create a list of songs, movies, TV shows, and media coverage that can be used as examples or openers to start a meaningful conversation. This list will be updated and improved every month as new examples are released. Let us know if you would be interested in subscribing to receive this information by clicking on the button below and selecting "the talk help", as well as any other newsletters you are interested in receiving, on the option list!
EyesOpenIowa Merchandise
Assorted Sexual Health Educator T-Shirts, all available in all 4 colors
"Consent is...Mandatory" T-Shirts in 3 colors
Sex Ed Advocate Large Tote
Certified Sexual Health Educator Bag
( available to CSHE participants only)
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