Reaction Blog: TORCH Teen Re-Blogged

I wanted to take the time to highlight the TORCH teens and their blog called the “T-Spot” and all of their wonderful and creative posts. Please take some time to look at some of the exciting and informative blogs and the issues that they have posted on.

Click the link to start exploring!

Great work TORCH!


The Future: NARAL & Beyond

With this post I end my summer journey at NARAL and I want to start by thanking those who worked along-side me on all the AHCCP and TORCH projects. I want to thank the interns from Columbia University for helping me learn my new skills and for always giving me constructive feedback when needed; Hannah, Emily, Lindsay, Amanda, and Lily. I also want to thank my mentors Faye and Pauline and for the great work they do and how supportive and flexible they were granted my work school did not allow me to participate as much, but thanks to them I excelled in many of projects. Pauline was gone towards the end of the internship, but she was very pleased with my work and I was happy to have her as a supervisor. Faye was also very exciting to work with and I want to thank her for letting me work with her teens – I had the best time with them. I want to thank Nicole and David for being awesome supporters of the interns and for making orientation and every day after a breeze.

The above people have been instrumental in my learning at NARAL and I am extremely happy with my experience and have really valuable skills to take back with me as I further my career. Currently, I am set to graduate from the Public Health program at Hunter this fall semester and am hoping to my post-baccalaureate at NYU in the summer of 2013. For the first two years of my husband’s active duty in the military I plan to stay in NY as I pursue my second degree, however, medical school will most likely be military school based where ever he is stationed. I want to pursue my career in clinical medicine as I initially planned when attending Long Island University for Athletic Training/Sports Medicine. However, I do want to specialize in international medicine with a strong focus on public health intervention and clinical practice overseas and abroad. Much of my work will focus around access to immunizations and HIV prevention and treatment in children and adolescents. I want to continue working in the public health sector even I am practicing as a medical provider.

My dream was to become a physician – I am finally chasing that dream…

Fieldwork Project at NARAL

During my internship at NARAL Pro-Choice, I was given the responsibility of working on numerous projects that were outside my original assigned duties. I was asked to conduct research and literature reviews on training front-line staff on how to communicate effectively with teens in a health care setting. The project composed of deriving information on what is to be considered “front-line staff”, how they interacted with the teens, whether clinics are teen-friendly, and the actual need for front-line training. During the process of the literature, various critical points were examined:

  • Perception and understand of adolescent development by front-line staff
  • Good communication skills
  • Respect and non-judgmental attitudes towards teens
  • Confidentiality
  • Service Integration
  • Appointment Scheduling
  • Creating a comfortable and welcoming environment
  • Teen participation and feedback
  • Clinic Support Services

The literature review and past research have identified such areas of focus as “best-practices”. Using these critical components, we used integral part in the development and dissemination of the “Front-Line Training” curriculum and evaluations. In preparation for the development of the training, our peer educators were also asked for their feedback since they were the facilitators that were going to be implementing said project. Questions that were identified in an intern-lead focus group were:

  • How comfortable do you feel talking to health care professionals?
  • What learning techniques are you most comfortable with?
  • How important is the communication between you and front-line staff at your doctor’s office?

After extensive, research and information gathering the AHCCP interns worked closely together to develop a curriculum that was both easy to teach for the teens, but understandable for the health care professionals they were servicing. The end product is still in revision, but the current edition is on file and being reviewed by the Department of Health – this organization provides most of the funding for the Adolescent Health Care Communication Project (AHCCP) and has asked the program to start curriculum development before the end of FY2012.

Challenges: The challenges the interns faced most was

  • Deciding what teaching techniques work both with teens and health care professionals
  • Deciding the format to use
  • Deciding if we wanted to use certain wording
  • The length and materials needed for each section in the training
  • What learning model to use
  • The literature Review (however, most literature reviews need revision)
  • Expected date of completion

Success: How we overcame each barrier

  • The techniques we agreed on using were, active group discussion, role-plays, brainstorming, agree and disagree, myth and facts, and hands on activity. Based on certain evidence-based practices that have used these techniques have said that they work best with any populace.
  • We used a format that transitions easily from section to the next
  • The wording we used was between 10th-12th grade level
  • The curriculum was designed used

Currently, the curriculum is in revisions and the evaluations as well. The new incoming interns will continue to work with the program and revise the curriculum as requested by the DOH. Below you can view some of the literature review and the current Front-Line Training Curriculum.

Social Media & Women- An Opportunistic Movement


Society’s view of  a traditional female role has changed much since the radical feminist movements of the late 1960’s early 1970’s; however, the increasing wave of technology have given women a more opportunistic venture than that presented during those historic times in women’s history. Is it true that social media has created the female gender into opportunistic freaks? Have women dominated the social media realm of communication over the male counterparts? Is this phenomenon true? Or is this another tactic in today’s feministic movements? In reality, let’s simplify the answer and say that women are just much more intelligent in communicating and using social media in a creative, unique, and empowering way.

Women are now using social media for business, education, and networking opportunities. Women have advanced substantially with the newest wave of technology and have adapted greatly to the new means of communication for the 21st century. According to Jessica Faye Carter, an award-winning author and columnist, that of the estimated 87 million women online, around 67.5 million are engaged with social media. And women are now the majority of users on popular sites like Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace. Faye-Carter writes in a blog post on maskable saying, “For women, social media presents abundant opportunities to lead, effect change, innovate, and build relationships across sectors, locally, nationally, and globally.”

It is extremely beneficial, as women, to take advantage of this opportunity and use it to not only promote business, increase business related opportunities, or networking, but to educate, enlighten, and raise awareness about issues that affect women as a whole. In general, social media is an extremely useful tool in promotion and networking both inter ally and externally for personal and community gain. Remember that in doing so, as a women, you must portray your own ubiquitous voice and create change on a larger scale. Social media is an outlet of ideas, allow this new world to take you beyond what you knew you had the capabilities to do. Press on, or should I say click on sisters social media is ours!

To read  more on Social Media and Women read on wordpress!

A Call for Submission! It’s time to Tell Your Story!

To all women and girls of all ages! It’s time to hear your story…

“Back in 2010 and again in 2011, I, was put [by my own doing] in a position of choice. I had to choose whether or not I was going to be a mother. For a woman, deciding between giving life or giving up one owns life, has to be one the hardest decisions we’ve ever had to make. Our stories our different, but we share the same fate- having to choose.”- Anonymous

So, this is your time to tell your story. Whether through a video, a blog post, a comment, or a picture. Your story of choice is one to be heard, yet society never really thinks to ask. Sharing your experiences with other women who have had their own is not only informative, but empowering. Your voice as a women who’s gone through ‘choosing’ must be heard.

Below are some videos that tell a unique story both men and women from the MTV Impact Project on Abortion Stories , please take your time to look at the videos & submit your work. You can submit your work through this blog or email me at .

This is your time, have your voice heard!

Below are some images of choice/abortion stories. These images all share different context on the issue of choice. They send very different messages, all unique, but very powerful.