January 2016

January 29, 2016

Jennifer Vickery

Please join us in welcoming Jennifer Vickery to the team as our new Western Regional Coordinator!

Jennifer has a Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences from The University of Georgia where she majored in Family and Consumer Sciences Education with a certificate in English as a Second Language. She is currently a graduate student at Lenoir-Rhyne University studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Prior to joining the North Carolina Preconception Health Campaign (NCPHC) team, she worked for Goodwill Northwest North Carolina for two years where she developed the Goodwill Girls Empowerment Group. The group’s mission aimed to provide a safe place for at-risk female teenagers to explore issues they faced on a daily basis.

After attending a Folic Acid Community Ambassador (...

January 11, 2016

by Michaela Penix

In May, I attended the fabulous Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign of North Carolina Annual Conference, where they announced their rebranding with a new name and mission. They are now SHIFT NC (Sexual Health Initiatives For Teens), and they are focusing on a variety of sexual health issues including healthy relationships, sexually transmissible infections, and, of course, adolescent pregnancy prevention. This was exciting for supporters of life course health initiatives and more comprehensive sexual health education for adolescents. Trena Saunders, an accomplished sexual health educator, was the breakfast keynote speaker for the last day, and left us all with a lot to think about when it comes to more comprehensive reproductive health education and outreach.

Ms. Saunders described her work with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LBGTQ) youth. Through her presentation she painted a very vivid portrait of the unique issues...

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