Let's Talk Sexual Health and Contraception

From the Show: Healthy Children

If you're a parent of preteens, tweens, or teenagers, you're going to want to listen to this episode, as we dive into talking to your kids about their sexual health.

Air Date: 11/10/20
Duration: 16:49
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Dr. Laura Grubb

Dr. Laura K. Grubb is an adolescent medicine specialist and general pediatrician with research interests in juvenile detention health care, adolescents’ access to contraception, validating General Adolescent Preventive Services (GAPS) questionnaires, and improving information (from teens) acquisition in adolescent clinic visits. Her academic areas of interest include health care reform implementation, single-payer model realization in Vermont, and cost-effectiveness of health care interventions, specifically birth control counseling and initiation in detained adolescents. Grubb has been involved in policy and public health including a policy internship at the AAP Federal Affairs Office in Washington, DC, AAP Advocacy Day for which she received a scholarship and extensive involvement in quality improvement projects at the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department. She currently serves on the editorial board of the American Academy of Pediatrics News. 

Additionally, Grubb has a strong history of volunteer and teaching services including as a volunteer physician at the San Jose Clinic and as an instructor of Advanced Trauma Life Support, Pediatric Life Support, and Neonatal Resuscitation. Grubb previously served as faculty at Baylor College of Medicine and UTSCH, practicing emergency pediatrics at Texas Children’s Hospital and Lyndon Baines Johnson County Hospital. Prior to that, she served seven years in the Navy as a pediatrician and general medical officer. As a Navy pediatrician, she directed the newborn nursery at Naval Hospital Bremerton, authored nursery protocols for "best practice" and Joint Commission compliance, served as the Chairperson of the Navy Pacific Northwest Case Review Committee for Child Abuse and Neglect, served as the Medical Advisor to the Olympic Educational Service District Head Start/Early Head Start Health Advisory Committee, and participated in the Department of Defense Shaken Baby Focus Group. 

In 2002 and 2003, Grubb deployed as a general medical officer in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom on the amphibious assault ship, USS Bonhomme Richard. She earned the Surface Warfare Medical Department Officer designation, the Green “H” Award, two Navy Commendation Medals, and a Navy Achievement Medal. Additional duties included first line triage officer for mass casualties, Health Promotions Coordinator, Women’s Health Coordinator, Sexual Assault Victim Advocate representative, and Amphibious Readiness Group Continuing Medical Education Coordinator. During her first deployment, she participated in a humanitarian medical assistance project in three remote villages in Kenya, set up urgent medical clinics, treated Kenyans with infectious diseases, malnutrition, and diarrheal illnesses, trained Kenyan medical providers and taught health promotion classes. Grubb graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Biology from Georgetown University where she received the Clare Boothe Luce Scholarship for Outstanding Women in Science. 

She currently serves as an interviewer for undergraduate applicants for the Alumni Admissions Program. She received her M.D. from George Washington University and was a four-year recipient of the Navy Health Professions Scholarship. She completed a pediatrics residency at the Naval Medical Center San Diego and is board certified in Pediatrics and a fellow of the AAP. She completed her fellowship in Adolescent Medicine and a Masters in Public Health Degree, focusing on Health Systems Organization in the Management, Community Health, and Policy at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston.

    Let's Talk Sexual Health and Contraception
    If you're a parent of preteens, tweens, or teenagers, you're going to want to listen to this episode, as we dive into talking to your kids about their sexual health.

    Information is more accessible now than ever, but it's not always correct, so it's still important to sit down and have this conversation with your child.

    Joining us is Dr. Laura Grubb, an adolescent medicine specialist, and general pediatrician. She and Melanie discuss the patterns we're seeing in teens these days, how to answer questions about sex and our bodies, and when to start those conversations.
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