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ECHO: Development of an Inclusive Peer-Led Sexual Health Education Program for Undergraduate Students: Experiences and Lessons Learned from SUNY Geneseo


Published Date: 10/23/2023

CE Credit: No CE


This presentation will discuss the importance of providing comprehensive sexual health education to undergraduate students. It will also describe the process by which a sustainable, campus-based, peer-led sexual health education program can be developed via collaboration between faculty, staff, and student activists.


Amy Braksmajer,PhD, MPHAmy Braksmajer, Ph.D., MPH, Research Associate at the University of Rochester School of Nursing, earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from Stony Brook University and her Master's Degree in Public Health from Columbia University. As Research Associate, she has served as Project Director for studies exploring the development of an innovative HIV risk-reduction intervention targeting women with a history of childhood sexual abuse (Senn, PI), as well as the development of an intervention aimed at retaining HIV+ Black MSM in medical care (Senn, PI). Currently, Dr. Braksmajer serves as Project Director for a mixed-methods prospective open-label PrEP demonstration project (McMahon, PI). She has recently completed a qualitative research study regarding feasibility and acceptability of PrEP uptake and adherence among women experiencing partner violence, and is currently conducting a mixed-methods study exploring these issues among men who have sex with men. Dr. Braksmajer’s work focuses on the intersection of sexual behavior, gendered power relations (including, but not limited to, intimate partner violence), and combination HIV prevention.
Olivia Khangi,

Olivia Khangi is a recent graduate of SUNY Geneseo, having earned a major in Biology and a minor in Sociomedical Sciences, and currently works as a Family Health Specialist at the Niagara County Department of Health. Passionate about sexual health promotion among emerging adults from an early age, Olivia conducted focus group research with female-identified students (n=21) as part of her honors capstone project during the Fall 2022 semester, with the aim of exploring gaps in student knowledge regarding sexual and reproductive health, as well determining student needs relating to sexual health education at SUNY Geneseo. She followed this work with interviews with key stakeholders (e.g., campus administrators and staff) about barriers and facilitators to the development of a sustainable and inclusive sexual health education program at SUNY Geneseo. As a result of these efforts, Olivia received a Student Ambassador Award from Geneseo’s Center for Integrative and Applied Learning to design andimplement a peer-led sexual health education program that will be implemented in Fall 2024. In the future, Olivia hopes to use her experiences in research, program design and implementation as a Physician Assistant specializing in sexual health

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