160 attend sexuality education conference

The seventh annual Comprehensive Sexuality Education Conference on April 5 attracted more than 160 participants from across Maine.

Elizabeth Haller from the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave a thought-provoking keynote speech. She reviewed Maine and national data and explained their relationship to reducing health-related barriers to learning, such as teen pregnancy, lack of school connectedness, and bullying behavior.

Dan Rice, a trainer with the Rutgers University Sexuality Training Education Initiative, looked at some of the most commonly used technology available to young people, and how unrestricted use can change the ways young people experience healthy relationships.

School health educators, nurses, counselors, social workers, and others were in attendance. The conference took place at the Augusta Civic Center.

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