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Volume 2 Issue 2 Fall 2009

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Letter from the Chair in Sexual Health
I recently attended the National Congress of Sexual Education and Sexology sponsored by the Mexican Federation of Sexual Education and Sexology (FEMESS) in Oaxtepec, Mexico.
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Coleman in Oaxtepec

Hate crime protections have been expanded
On 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.
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Shepard Byrd Act
The White House visits Minneapolis for HIV/AIDS town hall meeting
The US Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) has set three primary goals for the US National HIV/AIDS Strategy 1) reduce HIV incidence 2) increase access to care and optimize health outcomes and 3) reduce HIV-related health disparities.

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Iantaffi

Sexuality films return to PHS
On October 8, 2009, 160 films were delivered to the University of Minnesota Libraries for the new Sexual Health Library. Former PHS media coordinator, John Armour, has lovingly cared for these films for years and has now returned them to the University.
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Armour
U of M’s equal opportunity statement now includes gender variance
On July 8, 2009, the University of Minnesota officially revised its equal opportunity statement to include “gender identity" and "gender expression.”
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Photo credit: Patrick O'Leary

 

U of M students

APA Report of the Task Force on Gender Identity and Gender Variance
At the American Psychological Association Convention on August 28, 2009, the Council of Representatives accepted several reports that address issues with a bearing on the practice of psychology, including the Report of the Task Force on Gender Identity and Gender Variance.

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APA report cover
You can support sexual health
We need a society where every child can get basic sexuality information and every health care provider is trained to address sexuality as part of their practice. This is where you can help. As you consider your year-end giving, please give generously to PHS.

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Munns
Research & Education  
Opening Pandora’s Box: Somali Women, Sexuality, and HIV/STD Prevention
A new research project at PHS has been awarded $15,000 from the Program in Health Disparities Research. The study will be the first to examine HIV-related knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of Somali women of all sexual orientations with the ultimate goal of meeting the critical need to reduce HIV and STD transmission.
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Jama Robinson Ahmed

All Gender Health Online receives funding supplement
In September 2009, the PHS research project All Gender Health Online (AGHO) received a funding supplement as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This was one of 128 Recovery Act grants, totaling more than $34 million, received by the University of Minnesota’s Academic Health Center (AHC).
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AGHO advisory committee
New study on the impact of medical school factors on racial bias in new physicians
Michelle van Ryn, PhD, MPH, will be the principal investigator on a $2,734,770 grant from the National Institutes of Health to conduct an innovative multi-measure longitudinal study of a national sample of medical students on unconscious stereotyping by medical providers.

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van Ryn
People  
June LaValleur, MD, champion of women’s sexual health has retired
Champion 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
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LaValleur retirement

Katherine Spencer, PhD, will complete her postdoctoral study at PHS
Kat
herine Spencer, PhD, has always had a natural inclination toward talking about sex, and she hopes to do so throughout her career. In June we celebrated her graduation, and on December, 31, 2009, she will complete her postdoctoral study at PHS.
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Spencer

Bean Robinson, PhD, is named as SSSS Fellow
On November 7, 2009, Bean Robinson, PhD, was named as a Fellow of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS) for her outstanding contributions to sexual science. Robinson was awarded the honor at the SSSS Annual Congress "Sexual Literacy: Health and Rights in Cultural Context" in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
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Robinson lecture

Welcome new PHS staff
PHS welcomes the newest additions to our team: Sheena Hoffman, Angela Lewis-Dmello, Eric Sprankle, and Yoonhee Sung.
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Hoffmann

Upcoming Events
You are invited to monthly PHS faculty research presentations

The PHS faculty invite you to explore the latest in sexual health research on December 9, 2009. Dianne Berg, PhD, will present “Child and Adolescent Services at PHS." Join us from 12 - 1 PM at PHS, 1300 South 2nd Street, Room 142, Minneapolis, MN 55454. To reserve your seat or to request notice of future presentations, please email phsresearch@umn.edu READ MORE

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