C O N V E R S A T I O N S   I N   C O M M U N I T Y

Last year, a doula and nurse drove 15,000 miles across the US to offer over 60 free reproductive health classes in three months in order to address a systems-wide gap in accessibility to knowledge about our own bodies. Throughout our travels, we had the opportunity to engage communities in discussions about reproductive health, body literacy, and informed choice. The approach to and priorities in reproductive health education largely varied by community, emphasizing to us the importance of a community-based approach to this work. The Fifth Vital Sign is way bigger than the two of us, Emily and Kelsey. Join us this summer as a 5VS Community Facilitator!

Evidence-Based Education-in-Action, Together

What does the program involve? Conversations in Community is a nine-month facilitator training, with six months of bi-monthly online modules, and three months of intensive one-on-one mentoring to support you to create a reproductive health curriculum specific to the needs of your community. Throughout this immersive program we will explore aspects of reproductive health such as: anatomy, fertility awareness, breast & chest health, contraception, informed choice, & hormonal health, as well as ideas about how and why this information is important. The program is designed to not only support informational learning but to also facilitate collective- and self-reflection around reproductive health. We will look critically at the information and systems available and ask how they operate in our communities and how we can affect and supplement them.
Each cohort will result in a unique learning space based on those enrolled, however, we will hold each other accountable, allow each other space to grow, and honor the experiences that are not our own. With this program, our hope is that you are provided with tools to organize and bring about concrete, grassroots change through education in your own community.
Along the way, we will explore the lens with which you view the work—your personal journey. We will acknowledge ourselves in what we bring to our work and how we show up by discussing birth (our own and those we have witnessed), ritual, primary and secondary trauma, listening skills, story telling, privilege, and critical thinking skills. All of this ties into our work as facilitators and members of a community.

When will it begin? The program will start July 1, 2017 and continue for nine months. Discounted, early bird sign-ups will begin May 15st and end June 1st. You can continue to sign up until June 30th.

What are the requirements to be eligible for the program? There is only one prerequisite: a full-hearted desire to be here. No one will be turned away. The modules will be online and we will converse with each other over the phone and via email, so access to a computer, the internet, and telephone are necessary.

What if I don't speak English? We do not currently have our materials translated into other languages, but it is on the horizon. If you use American Sign Language, we will have transcripts for all of the modules and can communicate in writing during the last three months of mentorship.

How much is the program? Conversations in Community costs $700. You have the options to pay in full when you sign-up, or to pay monthly ($78/month) over nine months. Early bird sign-ups from May 15th-June 1st will cost $600 and must be paid in full at sign-up. If this is financially inaccessible for you, we are offering full and partial scholarships through corporate donations.  Also, if you work somewhere that could benefit from having a facilitator on-staff, please let us know, and we will be happy to reach out to your employer regarding sponsorship.

To sign up for the program, click here.

If you have any questions, please email us at thefifthvitalsign@gmail.com. We are so excited to collaborate with you!