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Episode 1: Nobody Taught Me About Sexual And Reproductive Health​

Featuring Phillisha

Kat and Phillisha get personal about having “the talk,” puberty, birth control and finding the right doctor while growing up in foster care. With shoutouts to Planned Parenthood, Teen Talk, and an above-and-beyond doctor, they share stories and lessons learned along the way to adulthood.

Content Warning: This episode touches on topics that may be upsetting or triggering for some listeners, including puberty, experiences in health care visits, and past trauma. This warning is to empower listeners with the knowledge you need to make healthy decisions about how and if you should consume this podcast content. Don’t hesitate to use the resources listed in the show notes if you need support.

Kat (she/her) is a former foster youth and RHEP Youth Advisory Board member.

Phillisha (she/her) is a former foster youth and RHEP Youth Advisory Board member.

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Episode Resources

  • Here is information for the Teen Talk YAS Sexual Health Education Curriculum for Youth in Foster Care.

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