Fact Forward's Webinar Wednesday: Harnessing the Spirit of Faith-Inspired Sex Ed in the Black Church

March 6, 2024 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

This webinar will highlight strategies and lessons learned for faith-inspired sex ed in the Black Church. Churches have historically been important in the mobilization and disseminating of information to people within the African American community. Pastors and church leaders are highly respected and valued in these communities and their opinions are viewed as credible. While the faith community has very steep roots and a rich history in civil rights, it has been somewhat underutilized around the subject of adolescent sexual health. While Fact Forward has already begun to assess this subject within the African American churches, it is statistically evident that religious adolescents may be less likely to use contraceptives when they become sexually active. In keeping with the above, Fact Forward sought to learn and understand what the South Carolina faith community needs are related to adolescent sexual health. This information will be used to help develop sexual health interventions, information and resources for youth in a faith-based setting. This webinar will highlight strategies and lessons learned for faith inspired sex ed.


Speaker: Brittany Wearing, MPH, CHES

Brittany joined Fact Forward in August 2016 and managed Fact Forward's Office of Population Affairs Tier 2 Project, emP.O.W.E.R.ed SC: Creating Linkages for Youth of Color in South Carolina. Brittany has ten years of experience as a subject matter expert in the area of reproductive health/sexual health, contraceptive technologies, and HIV/STDs. Brittany’s passion for this work was fueled by her undergraduate and graduate studies, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Health and a Master of Public Health degree in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior from the University of South Carolina, Arnold School of Public Health. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist and Family Planning Health Worker with a keen interest in adolescent health, maternal/child health, and reproductive justice.

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