Dr. Aletha Akers is an adolescent gynecologist and Medical Director of Adolescent Gynecology Consultative Services at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Akers is an expert in pediatric and adolescent gynecology. She provides clinical care to children, adolescents, and young women with complex gynecologic care needs. She has expertise in providing routine, preventive care and addressing the contraception needs of adolescents with medical problems and those at risk of unplanned pregnancy. Dr. Akers also has experience developing and evaluating public health programs and health services interventions to improve adolescent and young adult health in both academic and community settings.

Dr. Kenneth R. Ginsburg is a Professor of Pediatrics at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He also is Medical Director for Covenant House, Pennsylvania, a care system that serves homeless and marginalized youth in Philadelphia. He practices social adolescent medicine — medicine with special attention to prevention and the recognition that social context and stressors impact both physical and emotional health. Dr. Ginsburg has lectured widely to national and international parent and professional audiences and has published four books, including A Parent’s Guide to Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Your Child Roots and Wings published in 2011 by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), which focuses on raising resilient children who can deal with stress in an increasingly complex world.

Dorcas Francisco is an instructional designer with more than a decade of experience designing educational curricula for the health care industry, colleges and universities, social service organizations, the federal government, and international entities including Ministries of Health and non-governmental organizations. She worked for four years developing reproductive health educational materials and training curricula for public health workers to improve health outcomes among women and their families in Mozambique. In additional to designing curricula, Dr. Francisco has experience with staff and teacher training, designing and implementing online courses, and developing job aids and other auxiliary materials.

Alanna Butler has experience in program coordination, health education and health communication. Ms. Butler works on multiple projects that aim to enhance reproductive health services and outcomes for adolescents in pediatric settings. Prior to her current position, Ms. Butler coordinated sexual health education programming in schools and community-based settings in Philadelphia, with a focus on LGBTQ and homeless youth. Ms. Butler has also worked on structural interventions for routine HIV testing in federally qualified health centers. She has worked in the HIV/AIDs and reproductive health field internationally and domestically in government, non-profit and research settings.

Jennifer Harding has over 10 years of experience implementing and managing health and policy research studies in administrative roles at Franklin & Marshall College, Millersville University, and CHOP. She has extensive experience in the many facets of designing and implementing research projects with women and adolescents, including: multi-mode and multi-site data collection, community outreach, instrument development, maximizing response rates, conducting health research with unique populations, data analysis, contract management, and fiduciary accountability.

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AccessMatters (formerly Family Planning Council) is a nonprofit organization that works to ensure access to sexual and reproductive health care for teens and adults in need as the largest distributor of Title X funds in Philadelphia to 68 clinical care sites, community-based education programs, training reproductive care providers, and advocacy at the city, state, and national level.