Fulton County Board of Health Announces Event for Lets Talk Month

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Fulton County Board of Health Announces Event for "Let's Talk" Month

October 19, 2021
Fulton County Board of Health’s (FCBOH) Adolescent Health and Youth Development (AHYD) and SKYE Project (Skills, Knowledge, and Youth Empowerment) programs are hosting a virtual event on Thursday, October 21 from 6:30 p.m.-7:45 p.m. to commemorate Let’s Talk Month. The event is titled “The Let’s Talk Party – How to effectively communicate about sexual health and relationships with your child.” This is a virtual event open to both young people and caregivers.

The “Let’s Talk Party” event will feature a panel of youth-serving professionals who will be available to answer questions and provide insight on how to effectively communicate about sexual and reproductive health. The panelists include Charlett Hodge, LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor), Dr. Odell Barnwell III, MD (Pediatrics Specialist), and Alexandra Cory, the Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator at the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential (GCAPP).

October is Let’s Talk Month, a national initiative to encourage honest conversations about sexual and reproductive health between youth and their caregivers. Often times, parents may feel uncomfortable discussing topics such as birth control and STIs with their children, but research shows that Atlanta youth want their parents to initiate these important conversations, even if they’re awkward. This event is an opportunity for parents to learn more about how to approach these topics in a non-judgmental, honest manner that is based upon mutual respect. Examples of such topics include pregnancy prevention, gender and sexuality, media and technology use, healthy relationships, and more.

AHYD and the SKYE Project invite all interested parents, caregivers, and youth to attend the Let’s Talk Party virtual event to learn more about this important subject from experts, as well as others in their same shoes.

The Fulton County Board of Health's AHYD Program strives to reduce the number of unplanned teen pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections and HIV among Fulton County youth through increasing knowledge, building skills and creating supportive communities that allow young people to reach their full potential. The SKYE program promotes optimal health among African-American youth, ages 15-19 that reside in Fulton County ZIP codes 30314, 30315, and 30318. SKYE collaborates with schools and youth-serving organizations to give teens the information, skills and confidence to protect themselves from unplanned pregnancy, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. SKYE is funded by a grant from the United States Department of Health & Human Services.

To register for the event go to bit.ly/TalkParty. For more information about “The Let’s Talk Party,” or the panelist please contact D'Lareg Lee at 404-613-1436 or dlareg.Lee@fultoncountyga.gov.