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Common Questions in AYSRH: Connecting Conversations’ Experts Weigh In

Over the course of 18 months, FP2030 and Knowledge SUCCESS hosted 21 sessions of Connecting Conversations. The interactive series brought together speakers and participants from around the world for dialogues around timely topics in adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health (AYSRH). Here we explore the answers to some of the series’ top questions.

The Connecting Conversations series grew out of a desire to share experiences and break down traditional barriers between participants and “experts.” It was driven by the needs and knowledge gaps of those who work most closely with young people. And, with the COVID-19 pandemic, creatively enabling people to really connect was critical.

We began Connecting Conversations with a look at building a foundational understanding of adolescent development and health—our second set of conversations focused on critical influencers that improve young people’s reproductive health. We continued by exploring an adolescent-responsive approach to SRH services and reaching key youth populations in AYSRH. Finally, we concluded by looking at the future and advancement of the AYSRH field.

Themes centered on:

  • Youth engagement and partnership.
  • Multi-sector programming.
  • Responsive SRH services.
  • Engaging with the many contexts and influencers that impact young people’s lives.

Check out the topics below to explore answers to some of Connecting Conversations’ most common questions.

Want to know more? Check out the Connecting Conversations page, where you’ll find recap summaries with links to recordings for every session, key lessons learned, best practices, and stories of the series’ impact.

Brittany Goetsch

Program Officer, Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

Brittany Goetsch is a Program Officer at the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs. She supports field programs, content creation, and knowledge management partnership activities. Her experience includes developing educational curriculum, training health and education professionals, designing strategic health plans, and managing large-scale community outreach events. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from The American University. She also holds a Master of Public Health in Global Health and a Masters of Arts in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies from The George Washington University.

Emily Haynes

Program Specialist, Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

Emily Haynes is a Program Specialist at the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs. She supports knowledge management activities of the Knowledge SUCCESS project, especially as they relate to information technology. Her interests include family planning/reproductive health, gender equity, and adolescent and youth health and development. She received her Bachelors of Arts in History and Women and Gender Studies from the University of Dayton.

Sophie Weiner

Program Officer II, Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

Sophie Weiner is a Knowledge Management and Communications Program Officer II at the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs where she is dedicated to developing print and digital content, coordinating project events, and strengthening capacity for storytelling in Francophone Africa. Her interests include family planning/reproductive health, social and behavior change, and the intersection between population, health, and the environment. Sophie holds a B.A. in French/International Relations from Bucknell University, an M.A. in French from New York University, and a master’s degree in Literary Translation from the Sorbonne Nouvelle.