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Sexual Health Professionals Gathering in Iowa

July 21, 2010

DES MOINES, Iowa - This week, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland hosts a three-day conference for sexual health professionals from across the country to learn the latest about healthy sexual activity, as well as information about working with youth and enhancing diversity skills. Penny Dickey, chief operating officer, says it's an honor to be able to host the gathering.

"It's about expanding their knowledge base in how to work with human sexuality education. It's not just about 'the plumbing' - it is about moving forward and providing information about relationships."

Dickey says there are several areas in which her group has expertise to share with others.

"The educators are here to learn more about how to provide information to the audiences – keeping it current, keeping it evidence-based; moving forward with the health care reform issues and staying in compliance with those areas."

"Drawing Water from a Deeper Well" is the title of the conference, drawing sex educators from all corners of the nation, some as far away as Alaska. The list of speakers includes Dr. Jessica Fields, Center for Research on Gender and Sexuality; Dr. Elizabeth Schroeder, Center for Applied Psychology at Rutgers University; and Bill Taverner, Planned Parenthood of Northern New Jersey, who will give a special seminar on using humor in sexual education.

Dick Layman, Public News Service - IA