27/02/2014 by cc_admin

February 2014 | Amanda Gabster | Public Health

Amanda Gabster is the president of the Community Development Network of the Americas and a health care professional. As a non-profit organization, CDNA works with communities and local non-profit organizations that work to support health, the environment and vulnerable populations to create effective and healthy change. Projects focus on public health education, prevention and empowerment. This first of many public health workshops we hope to collaborate with CDNA on, was focused on sexual anatomy, sexual reproduction, sexual activity, and birth control methods. The groups discussed the important topic of consent, as in how to ask for, and to give permission, to engage in sexual activity. Amanda explained that there are different expressions of human sexuality, including those who identify as LGBTQ. She emphasized that using terms such as  “normal” or “right” isn’t a constructive way to talk about sexual orientation. This is not an easy topic and one that has to be approached with cross cultural sensitivity, however it is important that all youth have access to information and preventive methods. We had a range of students ages from 10-25. Everyone was very respectful of each other and we all walked away with new information (including this workshop facilitator!). Thanks Amanda for taking the time to share such important information. amanda amanda2 amanda3