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Gaps in Sex Education: Reports from LGBTQ+ Youth in Northeast Ohio

CLEVELAND (September 24, 2019) – The THRiVE Research Collaborative at Cleveland State University will host a community discussion focused on current gaps in sex education on Thursday October 10. The interactive presentation will seek to address the gaps that exist in sexual health information access for LGBTQ+ youth. It will include a discussion of national survey and focus group data highlighting the experiences faced by LGBTQ+ individuals, as well as investigate opportunities to reform current curriculum development to better meet the needs of these students.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Cleveland Public Library-Carnegie West Branch, at 1900 Fulton Rd in Cleveland. 

Event facilitators will include: Dr. Kimberly Fuller assistant professor of social work; Dr. Katie Clonan-Roy, assistant professor of curriculum & foundations; Dr. Elizabeth Goncy, assistant professor of psychology; and Dr. Shereen Naser, assistant professor of psychology, all at Cleveland State.

The THRiVE research collaborative at Cleveland State University seeks to enhance the health and wellbeing of children, adolescents, and young adults through understanding how intersecting systems such as school, family and community, impact healthy development for youth. THRiVE is made up of an interdisciplinary team of researchers, that seek to understand the important role of holistic development on the health and wellbeing and how systems operating around the child that might impact this development. The collaborative achieves its mission by utilizing qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, sharing data with communities and actively working to include youth voices in all the collaborative’s work. THRiVE is invested in contributing to CSU's role as an urban community collaborator in enhancing the well-being of youth and young adults. 

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