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On May 7, 2010, former U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, MD, delivered the first John Money Lecture in Pediatric Sexology at the University of Minnesota. Her lecture, "Revolutionizing Our Sexually Dysfunctional Society: Are Americans Ready to Talk, Listen, and Learn?" covered the public health issue of sexual health and the fundamental changes required to move our society forward.

Lecture video (if the video does not appear, view here)



Throughout her career as a pediatrician, state health director, and US Surgeon General, Elders advocated that providing every citizen with a comprehensive sexual health education will not only improve the health of individuals, but advance the health of our communities and our society. She promotes the essential training of health care providers and education professionals as well as improving access to sexual health information and sexual health services.

Elders's lecture was the first lecture at the University of Minnesota in the John Money lecture series that will be hosted by the Program in Human Sexuality annually. The world premier John Money lecture was given on June 24, 2009, by Anke Ehrhardt, PhD; her presentation "Gender, Youth, and Partner Choice," was the plenary lecture at World Association for Sexual Health 19th World Congress for Sexual Health in Göteborg, Sweden.

John Money's family established the John W. Money Endowed Fund at the Program in Human Sexuality which provides funding for the:
•    John Money Lecture in Pediatric Sexology lecture series hosted at the Program in Human Sexuality in conjunction with the Department of Pediatric Endocrinology regarding developmental sexology
•    John Money Plenary at the Biennial World Conference of Sexual Health sponsored by the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS)
•    John Money Award for sexology research sponsored by the Eastern Region of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS)

As a pediatric psych-endocrinologist and researcher, John Money, PhD, was a giant in the field of sexology. He was a professor of pediatrics and medical psychology at Johns Hopkins University from 1951 until his death in 2006 at the age of 85. Money developed a comprehensive theory of sexuality - which is still unrivaled. He posited the notion of the strong influence of nature - but recognized that there were critical periods in which the environment could play a positive or negative influence - and even influence a person's gender identity. He developed several theories and related terminology during his career, including "gender," "gender identity," and "gender role," as well as the concept of lovemap and lovemap pathologies. He founded the first sex reassignment program in the United States which was quickly followed by the program at the University of Minnesota and then at other universities. Money was a pioneer in the treatment of intersex conditions in the late 1950s and 60s and established the first standards of care for children born with intersex conditions, which have only recently been revised.

Lecture co-sponsors included
Boynton Health Service
Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, Department of Pediatrics
Healthy Youth Development Prevention Research Center, Division of Adolescent Health and Medicine
Immunization Action Coalition
Minnesota Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy, Prevention, and Parenting (MOAPPP)
Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota
School of Public Health
SHADE (Sexual Health Awareness and Disease Education)
Youth and AIDS Projects, Division of Adolescent Health and Medicine

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Rev. Dr. James Siefkes receives AASECT Humanitarian Award was the previous entry in this blog.

Joycelyn Elders joins PHS to advance sexual health education is the next entry in this blog.

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