Elan Shoulders is originally from the Bronx, New York aka The Boogie Down Bronx. She graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 2012 with a major in Biobehavioral Health. Adolescent sexual health became her primary public health when she realized that none of her friends felt comfortable talking about sex whether it was good or bad. This is something she aims to change in her lifetime. She recently started her second year as a Masters student with a concentration in Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan. She is working on the HOPE Project as an independent study student and hopes to make people enjoy talking about sex as much as she does.
Currently a student at University of Michigan’s School of Public Health and plans to be an avid blogger this year. She is from Texas and did her undergraduate at The University of Texas at Austin (hook’em \m/ – if you get the chance to go to Austin…please do!) where she studied Ethic Studies with a minor in Mathematics.
While there, she was involved in the Black community and worked with the University Health Services as a Healthy Sexuality Peer Educator. The program sparked her interest in reducing HIV/STI and unintended pregnancies within the Black community – which is her community.
Her hope is that this blog will be an interactive and safe space to discuss sensitive topics that are relevant to all young adults, as well as a place to disseminate factual information while debunking myths around sex and sexuality in order to promote a healthy sexual lifestyle.
Alex is an intern for the HOPE project while studying at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. She did her undergraduate work at Brandeis University where she majored in Sociology, with a focus in sexual health. Many of her friends asked her questions about sex and relationships, Her experiences, especially related to questions about safer sex, motivated her to be a sex educator.
Prior to moving to Michigan, she worked for Trojan Condoms. Which she describes as one of the most unusual summer jobs ever! This summer she hopes to help reduce barriers to testing, increase condom usage, and discuss pleasure in sexual relationships.
Although new to blogging, Alex hopes that her posts will spark discussion and share useful information with just a bit of humor. She knows talking about sex is not always easy, but the more we do it the easier it is to live safe and fulfilling sexual lives!!
Dr. Shan Parker
Dr. Parker is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health and Health Sciences at the University of Michigan-Flint and the Associate Director of Community Health and Wellness at UM-Flint’s Urban Health and Wellness Center. Dr. Parker is a health promotionist that has focused her efforts on working with minority populations, specifically African Americans, in addressing disease prevention. She has worked in the areas of HIV/AIDS and STI prevention, diabetes prevention, cancer prevention, and nutrition in developing culturally appropriate interventions for minority populations including women, adolescents, and persons in substance abuse treatment.