Hey Nova Scotia, check out these SRH2017 events!

Sexual Health Nova Scotia (SHNS) has lots great activities planned for this Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week. Here’s a glimpse:

  • We’ve partnered with several public library branches across the province to have posters and book displays related to SRH Week.
  • Several SHNS member-centres are doing pillow-themed interactive activities. We provide pillows and fabric markers, as well as discussion questions about sexual health and health care providers, and people write messages directly onto the pillows.
  • SHNS is augmenting the official social media materials with a downloadable pillow graphic to spread the word online!
  • SHNS will be launching the SRH2017 handbook for health care providers “Quick tips for Quality Care” in Amherst, Nova Scotia, on Feb. 16. There will be similar presentations over the next month or so in other areas of Nova Scotia.
  • In late March, SHNC is collaborating with a student group at Dalhousie University to host a panel on the handbook and related issues.

For more information visit www.shns.ca or contact provincialcoordinator@shns.ca

Webinar: Ready for Some Pillow Talk? Quick tips for Quality Care

This year, Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week (SRH Week) will take place from February 12-18 with the theme: Ready for some pillow talk? The 2017 campaign builds on last year’s campaign by asking health care providers to “start the conversation” for the best possible care. As part of the campaign, Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights will be launching a quick reference handbook to support health care providers in offering quality care to diverse communities.

The webinar will introduce the campaign and walk participants through quick tips to quality care.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 1:00 pm
Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)

Click here to register

SRH Week in Amherst Nova Scotia!

This SRH Week, the Sexual Health Centre for Cumberland County (SHCCC) is involved in several activities! Here’s what you can expect:

The Seniors Club in Wentworth has invited SHCCC to speak on Sexuality and Aging at Wentworth Recreation Centre, 7:30 p.m., on February 10 leading up to the national Week.

On Monday, February 13 at Coffee and Conversation at Maggie’s Place (9-10:30 a.m.) the conversation could land on any related topic – sexuality is a broad conversation. SHCCC is also tentatively partnering with the ARHS Youth Health Centre to offer a Lunch and Learn for students on their noon hour.

International Condom Day is February 14. During SRH Week SHCCC sponsors an annual condom awareness campaign by partnering with Public Health, NSCC, and local bars and other establishments in various locations, to provide free condoms and safer sex messages in their washrooms. Condoms and lube packs are always available at the Sexual Health Centre and on Valentines afternoon we’ll have a supply of red condoms for your safety and enjoyment.

The Cumberland Cultural Diversity & Social Inclusion Committee and SHCCC are hosting a Bring Your Lunch & Learn session entitled “Learning from Their Experience”.  Guest Speakers will be Conor Falvey, Provincial Coordinator, Sexual Health Nova Scotia & Nicole Long, Sexual Violence Outreach Worker for Cumberland County. We will be introducing the new national resource: Start the Conversation: A Handbook for Health Care Providers Working with Patients from Diverse Communities. The session will be held Thursday February 16, from 12 noon – 1:00 pm in the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre Conference Room 1 & 2. Because space is limited, interested individuals are asked to register by Feb. 10th by calling or emailing Dawn Ripley: 902 667 3319, OR dawn.ripley@nshealth.ca. Click here to learn more!

This event supports the SHR Week’s national theme, sponsored by Action Canada for Sexual and Reproductive Rights, which stresses that open communication between health care providers and clients/patients is crucial to sexual and reproductive health, part of overall health.

Also on Thursday, February 16, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., SHCCC invites parents to bring their 4-8 year olds to the Amherst Public Library to Help Me to be Body Smart and Safe , a FREE personal safety program for children. Offered in the seminar room, thanks to the support of Cumberland Public Libraries, this is an interactive program focusing on child sexual abuse prevention and includes names of private parts and information on Okay and Not Okay touching, to help children stay safe. SHCCC is hoping to be able to give a personal safety book, Your Body is Yours (Cdn. Red Cross) to every family that attends if the books arrive on time.

The Cumberland Public Libraries and Public Libraries throughout Nova Scotia will be partnering with our provincial organization, Sexual Health Nova Scotia, to promote the week by displaying their sexual health resources, hosting events, etc.

For more ideas on marking Sexual and Reproductive Health Week, check out the SHCCC Winter Newsletter, 2017 on our website: www.amherstsexualhealth.ca.

 

SRH Week in Manitoba!

Every February around Valentine’s Day, Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week (SRH Week) is marked in communities across Canada. This year, SRH Week runs from February 12-18 with additional events in Manitoba before and after! Click here for a list of events!

The Sexual Health Educators Network, made up of representatives from a variety of community health organizations in Winnipeg, is hosting events all week long to celebrate SRH Week with the theme #ConsentEverywhere.

SHEN member organizations:
The 595 Prevention Team
Canadian Red Cross
CervixCheck
Ka Ni Kanichihk Inc.
Klinic Community Health
Nine Circles Community Health Centre
Rainbow Resource Centre
Sexuality Education Resource Centre (SERC)
Teen Talk
Women’s Health Clinic

Celebrate SRH Week with Opt!

Every year, Opt identifies a Sexual Health Champion worthy of recognition for outstanding contributions in sexual health. This year they are thrilled to honour Tru Wilson, Transgender Advocate and one of Vancouver Magazine’s 50 most powerful and influential people. Tru first made headlines when she filed a human rights complaint against her local Catholic school board for not supporting her transition, which resulted in the development of the first known policy in any Catholic school in North America that spoke to supporting a child’s transition in school. With continued love and support from her family, Tru has become a proud and vigorous speaker for Trans rights.

Opt is also excited to announce that international Young Adult science fiction best seller Tash McAdam will be delighting attendees with a reading from their work.

Delicious breakfast, enticing door prizes, and of course, an organization and cause that you are passionate about—what could be better? Buy your tickets today to join Opt on February 16th to celebrate Sexual and Reproductive Health Week 2017!

Event schedule:
7:30 a.m. doors open for networking and breakfast
8:00 a.m. program begins
10:00 a.m. end of program

Early Bird tickets are only available until January 16!

Tickets purchased at the Early Bird ticket rate of $75 are eligible for $25 tax receipts.

Early Half tables (four tickets) are $300 and are eligible for a $100 tax receipt.

Early Bird Full tables (eight tickets) are $600 and are eligible for a $200 tax receipt.

Tickets purchased at the Regular ticket rate of $85 are eligible for $35 tax receipts.

Fabulous sponsors for the 2017 SRH Day Breakfast are:

Womyns’ Ware
British Columbia Teachers’ Federation
Lunapads

Interested in becoming a sponsor for Opt’s 2017 SRH Day Breakfast? Contact Ashleigh Turner (aturner@optbc.org) for details.

Location and event accessibility details

Opt is pleased to let you know that they will have ASL interpreters at this year’s SRH Breakfast. If you or one of your guests requires ASL interpretation please let Opt know and they will ensure you are seated at a table with a clear view of the ASL interpreters.

The Marriott hotel ballroom is accessible by elevator as well as by a flight of stairs.

Opt makes an effort to have scent reduced spaces and would ask all attendees to refrain from using perfume or cologne the day of the event.

Click here to purchase your tickets today!

Free Walk-in Sexual Health Clinics

Your parts and beyond: Sexual Health, You and Your Community. It concerns of all us!

Sexual and reproductive health is an essential part of our overall health and wellbeing across the lifespan and it means many things to many people.

Join AIDS PEI and a panel of Islanders for National Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week to discuss and explore what sexual health means to you.

Monday, February 8th
7:00-8:30 PM
Murphy Centre, 200 Richmond Street, Rm 207

For more information please call AIDS PEI at 902-566-2437 or find us on face book at AIDS PEI Community Support Group INC.