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If you were not able to join us for the great lecture by Debby Herbenick, PhD, MPH, you can now watch the video online or download the audio.

As part of the John Money Lecture series hosted by PHS, Herbenick presented "First Blush: Adolescent and Young Adult Sexual Experiences in America" at the University of Minnesota Medical School on September 13, 2013. Herbenick presented data from two nationally representative studies of sexual behavior in the United States - the 2009 and 2012 National Surveys of Sexual Health and Behavior, conducted by Herbenick and her colleagues at Indiana University. Together, the studies track the sexual experiences of about 10,000 Americans from ages 14 to 94.

Herbenick is co-director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University, the sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction, a widely read sex columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. She has authored more than 70 scientific publications on sexuality topics and is particularly focused on research related to sexual behavior in the US, female orgasm, and genital perceptions.


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FEMESS-BP.jpgOctober 20 - 22, 2011, Eli Coleman, PhD, and Joycelyn Elders, MD, presented at the VIII Congreso Nacional de Educación Sexual y Sexología organized by the Federación Mexicana de Educación Sexual y Sexología, A.C. (FEMESS) in Chiapas, Mexico.

More than 800 individuals attended the conference, including 150 people form the academic sector and health organization and 54 civil servants from the Ambulatory Centers of Prevention and Attention in AIDS and STI (Centros Ambulatorios de Prevención y Atención en SIDA e ITS or CAPACITS).

In a post-conference statement made by FEMESS, the organization thanked the government and university of the state of Chiapas for supporting the conference.  The organization also commended the government for its commitment to reach the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.  The organization also reiterated its support of the 2008 Inter-ministerial Declaration which was adopted by all health and education ministries in Latin American and the Caribbean which advocated for comprehensive sexuality education starting in pre-school to stem the tide of the HIV pandemic.  

FEMESS restated its goal to depathologize transsexualism as a mental disorder.  The organization reaffirms the need for gender expression to be recognized as a fundamental human right of free expression.  Further the group called on mental health professionals to support this position and join in the goal.

Videos from the conference:

Eli Coleman & Youth's Sexual Health in the 21st Century: Get involved!

Joycelyn Elders & Youth's Sexual Health in the 21st Century: Education, Empowerment & Resources

Photo: Joycelyn Elders, MD, Eli Coleman, PhD, with FEMESS conference organizers

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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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June-LaValleur-retirement-BP.jpgChampion of women's sexual health, physician, and educator June LaValleur, MD, has retired from the University of Minnesota.  LaValleur was an unconventional medical student, admitted to medical school at age 41 and the oldest student to be accepted to the University of Minnesota Medical School at that time.  She was an unconventional ob/gyn physician as well, focusing on sexual function and mature women's health while most of her colleagues in the field focused on assisted reproduction and delivering babies.  There is no reason for us to expect that LaValleur will be a conventional retiree.

After 18 years on faculty, LaValleur retired in June 2009, as an associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women's Health, and the director of the Mature Women's Center.  Although LaValleur no longer has to get up early for 6:30 a.m. meetings, her days are filled with ambitious projects.  She and her new husband, Duane Rost, have been traveling and setting up their home, and this week they attended the "Purpose Project" workshop at the University's Center for Spirituality and Healing.  Her future plans include creating an advice column and radio show on the topic of midlife women's health, national speaking engagements, and possibly writing a book about rural Minnesota.  Two committees at the University have asked LaValleur to continue her work with them, including the Medical School on the grant "Taking It to the Next Level: Advancing Awareness and Equity of Medical Trainees with Invisible Disabilities" and at the Humphrey Institute on the Status of Women and Girls in the Health and Reproductive Rights working group.  She does plan to indulge in some of the more traditional acts of retirement like visiting her five grandchildren, traveling to Alaska, adding to her family's genealogy, and revisiting her golf game.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

In the midst of her busy retirement, LaValleur has found time to miss her patients and her students.  She said, "One of my joys was to partner with my patients in their health care decisions.  There was not a day that I worked that I was not rewarded by seeing patients.  I am a relationship person and there are many patients that I will remember forever."  LaValleur tried to impress upon the medical students and residents that she taught the importance of building relationships and clear communication with patients.  She would tell them, "In this rotation you will learn about osteoporosis, menopause, and hormone therapy, but I also want you to pay particular attention to how to be with patients." 

In her years of practice LaValleur has seen many patients with issues of sexual function.  She said the first thing to understand is that, "so many people have this issue, regardless of age.  The issue is almost always a fixable problem.  Often the solution involves education of the person and their partner, and about half the time the issue is one of communication."  As people age new issues can arise including loss of libido and issues related to menopausal symptoms.  LaValluer sees improved sexual health education as a primary solution to sexual functioning problems.  "We have greatly improved our knowledge about sex, sexuality, and sexual function; however, the methods of disseminating the information have gone largely unchanged since the 50s, 60, and 70s."  She continued, "Sexual functioning issues are difficult to talk about because we lack education on how to talk about sex.  Issues are embarrassing and often you don't have anyone to talk to, and it is something you may not even share with your best friend.  We must continue to educate individuals and their doctors about sexual health and sexual communication."               

As a medical student, LaValleur completed a rotation at PHS, and she has been a strong ally ever since.  She is an active supporter of PHS, a co-instructor for the Human Sexuality course for medical students, and serves as a member of the PHS Leadership Council.  PHS professor and director Eli Coleman, PhD, describes LaValleur as "an outstanding role model and effective teacher making sure that future physicians approach the sexual health care needs of their patients seriously, compassionately, and without judgment.  In addition, she was an amazing resource for patients with sexual problems providing the highest quality sexual health care, and we will miss the specialty care she has provided for women struggling with sexual functioning issues.  We are fortunate that her avid support of PHS will continue through her personal work and engagement with the Leadership Council.  June has truly changed the lives of many people, and we are eternally grateful."  

Throughout her career LaValleur authored numerous publications and participated in many investigational studies including the Heart and Estrogen/Progestin Replacement Study (HERS) and the Women's Health Initiative (WHI).  In 2006 she was awarded a Bush Medical Fellowship to develop computer and interactive teaching skills, learn how to write a medical advice column, and through the University's Center of Excellence for Women develop a website on the topic of midlife women's health issues.  In 1998 the Minnesota Medical Foundation chose Dr. LaValleur to be the recipient of the first annual Distinguished Alumni Award

Learn more about June LaValleur through the video of her talk Women's Health: What Have We Learned, Where Are We Going? presented on Friday, June 12, 2009, at the Year End Celebration of the University's Women's Leadership Institute.

HERS and WHI study publications:
Hulley, S., Grady, D., Bush, T., Furberg, C., Herrington, D., Riggs, B., et al. (1998). Randomized trial of estrogen plus progestin for secondary prevention of coronary heart disease in postmenopausal women. JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association, 280(7), 605-613. doi: 10.1001/jama.280.7.605 

Hulley, S. B., & Grady, D. (2004). The WHI estrogen-alone trial--do things look any better? JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association, 291(14), 1769-1771. doi: 10.1001/jama.291.14.1769

Rossouw, J. E., Anderson, G. L., Prentice, R. L., LaCroix, A. Z., Kooperberg, C., Stefanick, M. L., et al. (2002). Risks and benefits of estrogen plus progestin in healthy postmenopausal women: Principal results from the women's health initiative randomized controlled trial. JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association, 288(3), 321-333. doi: 10.1001/jama.288.3.321

PHOTO:  left to right (back) Duane Rost, Walter Bockting, Eli Coleman, Rose Munns, Anne McBean, Bean Robinson, (front) June LaValleur, Nancy Raymond

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Hate crime protections have been expanded

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Shepard-Byrd-Act-BP.jpgOn October 28, 2009, President Obama signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law.  This act expands federal hate crime protection to include gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability.

FBI data suggests that since 1991 there have been more than 118,000 hate crimes reported.  In 2007 more than 7,600 were reported, and in the last ten years there have been more than 12,000 reported hate crimes that were based on sexual orientation.

Obama affirmed the importance of this legislation in his remarks at a reception to celebrate the new act, "You understood that we must stand against crimes that are meant not only to break bones, but to break spirits -- not only to inflict harm, but to instill fear.  You understand that the rights afforded every citizen under our Constitution mean nothing if we do not protect those rights -- both from unjust laws and violent acts."  

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