Health Education

Health Education Team

What is Health Education?

Health education provides young people with the tools and resources to improve their health. This process equips individuals with the skills and information necessary to make healthy decisions, while living fulfilling, enjoyable lives.

MISSON STATEMENT:

Empowering young people to make positive life choices, through free, non-judgmental health education and connection to resources.

VISION STATEMENT:

To improve the lives of our clients and their communities as the premier resource for health education in the Twin Cities.

VALUES:

ACCESSIBILITY: Our team works with young people, regardless of individual challenges, barriers, or background.

EMPOWERMENT: We provide youth with medically accurate and up-to-date information. Our educators present relevant and holistic education related to health, relationships, and sexuality.

CONNECTIONS: The Health Educators link clients with additional resources, including housing, food, clothing, insurance, and healthcare.

UNDERSTANDING: We ensure clients are treated as individuals in a safe, accepting, and inclusive environment.

ENGAGEMENT: We are dedicated to providing high-quality service through interactive programs, active listening, open conversations, and client follow-up.

Health Education Services

The Face to Face Health Education Team teaches classes at a wide range of community settings to diverse audiences across the Twin Cities metro. Our goal is to make our classes inclusive, age-appropriate, and fun! The Health Education Team is eager and able to work with any demographic of young people. There are a few groups of people that we have developed extra skills in working with:

  • LGBTQ communities—Every lesson is inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer people. LGBTQ people are not a special topic, but a regular part of life and sexual health.
  • People with Developmental Disabilities—Everyone deserves relevant health information, taught to them in a way that is developmentally appropriate. The Health Education Team teaches regularly at several area schools for people with developmental disabilities.
  • Underrepresented communities—The majority of the people who use our services are Black or African American. The Health Education Team is committed to a culturally competent way of delivering reproductive health information to all.

Topics for our most popular classes:

  • Healthy Relationships
  • Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
  • Anatomy & Puberty
  • Consent
  • Negotiation and Communication
  • Birth Control Methods
  • HIV/STI Prevention

We also provide two evidence-based interventions that allow us to work with youth in a one to one setting.

All health education services are provided free of charge. This is possible through support from the Minnesota Department of Health.

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Meet the Team




Rabya Hassen, Health Education Coordinator, joined Face to Face in November 2015. Rabya has a background in program development, education and youth empowerment. Rabya co-founded an Ethiopian Community Center for youth in Washington D.C., a safe space for youth to get support while working on their goals. Rabya is passionate about everybody having equal access to accurate reproductive health information.

Rabya enjoys coffee ceremonies with family, traveling to new places and discovering new cultures.

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Jon Lutz, Health Educator, has been with Face to Face since 2013. Jon has acted as a sexual health educator since 2010 when he was a founding member of the Macalester College Gender and Sexuality Resource Center. His goal at Face to Face is to support a culture that values consent.

Jon loves role playing games, superheroes, and film.

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Andrew Schuster, HIV Prevention Specialist, is a passionate educator who strives to tear-down stereotypes and remove stigma. Andrew is committed to providing up-to-date information about HIV in individual and group settings. As part of his role at Face to Face, Andrew manages the "Get Tested; Get Used to It" social media campaign.

When not on the job, Andrew enjoys going to concerts, cooking, and spending time with his pets.

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LaQuita Brooks M.S., Health Education Coordinator, joined Face to Face in October 2015 after working at the YMCA in La Crosse WI as a Program Director. She received her Master’s in Counseling Education at Winona State University and her Bachelor’s at the University of Wisconsin- Madison in Sociology.  LaQuita is passionate about meeting people where they are and helping them work towards their goals. LaQuita enjoys lifting weights, shopping, being social, listening to music, and spending time with her loved ones.

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