Episode #71: Sex Ed, Consent and Intimate Relationships During a Pandemic with Dr. Sara Flowers

Today, we’re talking to Dr. Sara C. Flowers. She became the Vice President of Education at PPFA in 2018.

An advocate for evidence-informed practice and emotional intelligence in sex education. Sara’s research focuses on fidelity and adaptation of sex education curricula, dismantling sexual and reproductive health disparities, serving the youth of color, and strengthening reproductive health access.

In this role, Sara sets the vision, priorities, and strategy for sex education and training at Planned Parenthood. She is the spokesperson for sex education, providing contextualization and grounding for the nuanced ways sex education works to support and progress the federation’s vision and mission.

Sara holds a Doctorate in Public Health from The Graduate School and University Center, CUNY, as well as a BA in Psychology and a Master of Public Health degree, both from The George Washington University. She currently serves on the board of directors for SIECUS: Sex Ed for Social Change.

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In this episode, we talk about…

  • How COVID may impact our sexual health and relationships.
  • The evolution of sex education over the years.
  • How to initiate honest conversations with your partner or potential partners.
  • Communicating and connecting with others during this pandemic.
  • Ways to have conversations around consent, not just in a sexual context.
  • How medical bias impacts reproductive health care for Black women.

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