2017 Summer Institute in Adolescent Health

2017 Adolescent Nursing Summer Institute

Birds, Bees, and Ongoing Buzz: Families Talking with Teens about Sexuality   

July 24th - July 26th

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

July 27th (graduate students only)

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Do parents make a difference?

Do families matter?

Sexuality research gives a consistent answer to the questions, “Do parents make a difference? Do families matter?” Yes! Youth-family connections and communication are keys to young people’s healthy sexual decision-making. Yet, a great challenge for parents and families is how to think about, talk about, and guide young people on a positive path to adulthood, particularly during a time when gender identity and sexual orientation are evolving. Additionally, new technologies continue to dramatically expand young people’s access to a multitude of sexual messages. How are parents helping adolescents navigate exposure to messages, some that may be contrary to their families’ cultures, values, and beliefs?

During the 2017 Summer Institute, learn strategies for creating a buzz to engage young people and their families in conversations about healthy sexuality. Gain understanding for working with parents across cultures and contexts, and consider evidence-based strategies with diverse populations, including youth with special health care needs. Build skills for addressing parents’ concerns about young people’s exposure to sex, drugs, and technology. Weigh the merits of different approaches to sexuality education, then, tailor a toolkit to the realities of the settings and communities where you work.

Conference Information


Registration is full


TIES Conference Center
1644 Larpenteur Avenue West
St. Paul, MN 55108


Jenna Baumgartner



Center for Adolescent Nursing
School of Nursing

Health Care Education and Training, Inc.

Healthy Youth Development •
Prevention Research Center
Division of General Pediatrics and
Adolescent Health, Department of Pediatrics,
Medical School, University of Minnesota

Maternal & Child Health Section
Minnesota Department of Health

Office for Public Engagement
University of Minnesota

School Safety Technical Assistance Center
Minnesota Department of Education

Join Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, PhD, MPH, LCSW, RN, ACRN

Dr. Guilamo-RamosUniversity and community colleagues alike recognize the remarkable talents of Dr. Guilamo-Ramos who takes on some of the most challenging issues in working with families – creating strong connections and open communication between parents and their teens around sexual and reproductive health questions and concerns. As a professor at New York University, Guilamo-Ramos moves with ease between academic and community settings, creating mentoring and parent-engaged projects focused on HIV/AIDS and drug use prevention, particularly in communities with high levels of socio-economic disadvantage. Licensed as both a nurse and social worker adds to his ability to work and communicate effectively within and among interdisciplinary teams. He is also the founder of the Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health which seeks to investigate the role of Latino families in shaping the development, health, and overall well-being of Latino adolescents.

Dr. Guilamo-Ramos’ most recent work targets father-son relationships in African American and Latino families with the aim of improving effective condom use and access to sexual and reproductive health care. Recognizing the critical need to assure on-going funding for clinics and programs, Guilamo-Ramos gives priority to evaluation of short- and long-term impact of the innovative interventions created in partnership with communities. Support from several federal agencies (NIH, CDC, and HHS Office of Adolescent Health) fund his work that has been published by the field’s top journals, American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Adolescent Health, JAMA Pediatrics, and Health Psychology, to name a few.

Who should attend

All who work with parents and young people – teachers, counselors, school nurses, social workers, mentors, coaches – public health nurses and nurse practitioners, health educators, psychologists, physicians – youth ministers, religious leaders, law enforcement, policy makers, and youth advocates. 

Day 1

Considering Adolescent Sexuality: Looking Through a Developmental Lens

  • Investigate attachment theory, sexual development, and successful parenting strategies.
  • Consider new ways of thinking and talking about adolescent sexual orientation and gender identity, and how to guide teens into healthy adulthood.
  • Explore effective strategies for engaging with and supporting parents from a variety of family structures.

Day 2

Bridging Barriers between Parents and Teens: Addressing the Gaps

  • Examine sexuality education curricula aimed at increasing parent-child communication and connectedness.
  • Identify strategies to discuss healthy sexuality for teens with disabilities, chronic illness, and other special health care needs.
  • Expand cultural competence in working with parents.

Day 3

Continuing the Conversation: Strategies and Skills for Your Toolkit

  • Discuss the concerns many families have about youth exposure to sex, drugs, and technology and how parents can keep conversations open.
  • Outfit your toolkit with skills and strategies for helping families in your community support young people’s healthy sexual decision-making