Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin Highlights Its Role in Providing Education to Keep Communities Safe, Healthy, Strong
Women’s Health Champion Rep. LaTonya Johnson to give Keynote Address
MILWAUKEE – On March 16 and 17, Embody, the education and training division of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin (PPWI), is proud to host the fifth annual Safe Healthy Strong (SHS) Conference. SHS is Wisconsin’s only conference dedicated to improving the sexual and reproductive health of people and their communities. Conference sessions range from addressing health barriers and reducing sexually transmitted infections and HIV to sessions on body image and sexual health challenges in women with breast cancer and teen sexual abuse prevention and response for health professionals.
This year, SHS will feature a keynote address from Wisconsin State Rep. LaTonya Johnson, whose story embodies the spirit of the conference: the life-changing impact of sexuality education and access to reproductive health care.
Born to teen parents, LaTonya was raised by her grandmother. When she was a teenager, her grandmother took her to Planned Parenthood to make sure LaTonya was armed with the information necessary to prevent unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. As a result, LaTonya was the first in her family to break a four generation of cycle of teen pregnancy. She credits Planned Parenthood with giving her the tools to graduate college, buy a home, start her own business and become a state legislator.
“Rep. Johnson is one of the most fearless leaders when it comes to women’s health, and we’re proud to feature as our keynote speaker,” said Tanya Atkinson, vice president of external affairs at PPWI. “She is a real life role model who speaks to the importance of comprehensive sex education and access to health care.”
SHS has been approved by the National Association of Social Workers – Wisconsin Chapter as designated provider of continuing education hours for Certified Health Education Specialists and Master Certified Health Education Specialists.
“This conference demonstrates Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin’s commitment to the state’s health and wellbeing through education expertise,” said Atkinson. “SHS is a wonderful collaboration of educators, youth workers, public health professionals and social workers to enhance the health of our communities.”
Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin is a nonprofit health care provider caring for 60,000 patients annually at 22 health centers. 97 percent of Planned Parenthood’s care is preventive health services including well woman exams, breast and cervical cancer screenings, birth control, HIV screening, and STD treatment.