LET'S TALK ABOUT IT

ENGAGING COMMUNITIES IN TABOO TOPICS

FROM THE DESK OF

Dear Maverick Collective Community,

With pleasure, I would like to introduce you to our September ISSUE, Let’s Talk About It: Engaging Communities in Taboo Topics!

In this ISSUE, two Maverick projects are highlighted: a mental health project in the Dominican Republic and a menstrual health global advocacy project.

You will meet project teams, see how they interact with communities, including young girls and marginalized people, and show you how exciting and powerful social and behavior change is, especially talking about taboos. As you’ll learn, to influence new behaviors or change perspectives toward any problem, especially those considered to be taboo, we must create a safe environment where people can feel free to speak openly about difficult subjects.

As you will hear from the project team in the Dominican Republic, addressing mental health is a normal thing for everyone. However, because of stigma, nobody wants to admit that mental health is a “normal” health issue and thus, also needs care and treatment. When the project team created safe places for people to talk openly, using simple “tools” for health care providers to follow, then the power of talking helped break down stigma, change behaviors, and create a more streamlined system for addressing mental at all levels of the primary healthcare experience.

The same is true when it comes to talking about menstrual health.  Menstruation is a universal experience for half the world’s population, but in some cultures, girls are not allowed to talk about their period or menstrual health and hygiene.  It is powerful to see a group of girls engage in conversations about menstruation openly, instead of feeling like it is something shameful or only talked about behind closed doors.  experience.  

 

The project’s focus on global advocacy is helping put menstrual health on the global agenda and identifying the importance of integrating menstrual health in sexual and reproductive health for greater impact.  This is the power of social and behavior change interventions – when we all talk about taboos, they will not be taboo anymore!

To continue the conversation, we need champions, like Cristina and Lindsay, to advocate for these often-underfunded health issues and bring them into the mainstream. 

Join us and enjoy!

SOCHEAT

SOCHEAT CHI
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
PSI CAMBODIA

FROM THE DESK OF

Dear Maverick Collective Community,

With pleasure, I would like to introduce you to our September ISSUE, Let’s Talk About It: Engaging Communities in Taboo Topics!

In this ISSUE, two Maverick projects are highlighted: a mental health project in the Dominican Republic and a menstrual health global advocacy project.

You will meet project teams, see how they interact with communities, including young girls and marginalized people, and show you how exciting and powerful social and behavior change is, especially talking about taboos. As you’ll learn, to influence new behaviors or change perspectives toward any problem, especially those considered to be taboo, we must create a safe environment where people can feel free to speak openly about difficult subjects.

As you will hear from the project team in the Dominican Republic, addressing mental health is a normal thing for everyone. However, because of stigma, nobody wants to admit that mental health is a “normal” health issue and thus, also needs care and treatment. When the project team created safe places for people to talk openly, using simple “tools” for health care providers to follow, then the power of talking helped break down stigma, change behaviors, and create a more streamlined system for addressing mental at all levels of the primary healthcare experience.

The same is true when it comes to talking about menstrual health.  Menstruation is a universal experience for half the world’s population, but in some cultures, girls are not allowed to talk about their period or menstrual health and hygiene.  It is powerful to see a group of girls engage in conversations about menstruation openly, instead of feeling like it is something shameful or only talked about behind closed doors.

The project’s focus on global advocacy is helping put menstrual health on the global agenda and identifying the importance of integrating menstrual health in sexual and reproductive health for greater impact.  This is the power of social and behavior change interventions – when we all talk about taboos, they will not be taboo anymore!

To continue the conversation, we need champions, like Cristina and Lindsay, to advocate for these often-underfunded health issues and bring them into the mainstream. 

Join us and enjoy!

SOCHEAT

SOCHEAT CHI
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
PSI CAMBODIA

MAVERICK BEAT

A deeper look at the work Maverick Collective and PSI are doing around the world.

Maverick Beat is a news-style video program that spotlights Maverick Collective projects.
Each episode invites you into the communities where PSI works and highlights the
impact Maverick Collective is making for women and girls.

EPISODE 4 | LET'S TALK ABOUT IT

Tune in to Episode 4 of Maverick Beat where, over the course of two segments, we spotlight “The Power of Primary Care for Mental Health Services in the Dominican Republic” and the “Global Menstrual Health Advocacy.” You can explore more in the project pages including Lindsay’s and Cristina’s “journals,” stories from Sara, photos, and more.

You can watch the full episode below or each part separately:

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PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

PRIMARY CARE FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ​

Integrating Mental Health Services into Primary Care Clinics in the Dominican Republic

GLOBAL MENSTRUAL HEALTH ADVOCACY​

Bringing Menstrual Health and Hygiene to the Global Health Agenda

SEPTEMBER 29 | 11 AM to 12:15 PM EST

MASTER CLASS

A live conversation with leading
experts from around the world

Each Master Class will begin with a short presentation followed by a panel discussion. We will close each Master Class with time to discuss and interrogate these ideas as a group.

From menstrual hygiene to mental health – working with and for women and girls is often shrouded in stigma and shame. How do we best engage communities in tackling these taboo topics?

Together with our experts, we will challenge our own perspectives on social and behavior change, taboo topics, risk-prone investment, and the role of philanthropy in development.

In this Master Class you will learn:

– Key elements of social behavior change work in complex cultures and settings.
– Ways in which data science is used to develop social behavior change interventions.
– The importance of human-centered approaches that are co-designed with communities most impacted by the problems we are trying to solve.

SPEAKERS

DR. NINA PAPADOPOULOS Vice President of Education, International Impact
SESAME WORKSHOP

Nina Papadopoulos has worked for over 20 years promoting the right of education in stable, conflict, and crisis-affected environments with a diverse range of organizations. She is currently Vice President of Education, International Social Impact with Sesame Workshop, the non-profit behind Sesame Street. In this role, she provides technical leadership and strategic direction in designing, implementing and evaluating education initiatives. She also provides global thought leadership on humanitarian-development coherence in education, education and resilience, and inclusive education. She has served as Lead of USAID’s Covid-19 and Education Task Team and Team Lead – Education in Crisis and Conflict with USAID/E3/ED, where she provided leadership on technical assistance to 23 USAID missions.

Dr. Papadopoulos has been an adjunct at Georgetown University in the Program on Justice and Peace Studies and holds an Education Doctorate from the University of Massachusetts.

In her spare time, Dr. Papadopoulos enjoys listening to her various family members play jazz and making short documentary and fictional videos with her two sons.

HANNAH KEMP
Vice President, Impact and Growth
SURGO VENTURES

As Vice President, Impact and Growth, Hannah oversees Surgo Ventures’ portfolio of partnerships, helping solve complex problems using data, AI, behavioral science, and systems thinking.

She has more than a decade of experience working in public health and social impact having led projects related to strengthening health systems, HIV/AIDs, maternal and child health, reproductive health, and economic development in the U.S. and across low and middle income countries.Hannah’s career has spanned the private and public sectors, with stints at Deloitte Consulting’s Emerging Markets practice and U.S. Agency for International Development, and engagements around the globe, from Jordan to the Philippines to Tanzania.

Hannah has a Master’s in Public Administration and International Development from The George Washington University, and a BA in History and Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Virginia.

 

ANDREA FERRANDSenior Technical Advisor, SBC
PSI

Andréa Ferrand is a recognized expert in capacity strengthening and training design with 20 years of experience in applying research in SBC programs, facilitation, curriculum development, strategic planning, co-creation, community of practice development, and creating and scaling learning tools and systems.

Andréa is a seasoned SBC technical expert and program manager. Her 12 years of applied SBC experience include leading SBC capacity strengthening of subnational governments; scaling up best practices in SBC systems, management, coordination, and implementation through public sector health systems; supporting community-level behavior change; designing and implementing national-level multi-channel SBCC campaigns, with specialization in interpersonal communication; providing technical assistance for the design, monitoring, and evaluation of SBC programs including the use of new disciplines in SBC like behavioral economics and human-centered design; and managing USAID SBC and knowledge management contracts and cooperative agreements for family planning and reproductive health, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, malaria, and emerging pandemic threats in nearly 30 countries worldwide.

Andréa has an MPH from The George Washington University.

RENA GREIFINGER
Managing Director
MAVERICK COLLECTIVE

Rena Greifinger is an award-winning social entrepreneur, philanthropy leader, and advocate for women and girls. She currently leads Experiential Philanthropy at Population Services International (PSI) and is Managing Director of the Maverick Collective by PSI, a community of women philanthropists making catalytic investments in health and reproductive rights to elevate women and girls everywhere.

In 2018, Rena founded Maverick Next, an immersive two-year fellowship for emerging women leaders to actively participate in philanthropy and become informed advocates, bold leaders, and strategic investors in social impact. As PSI’s Global Youth & Girls Advisor for five years, she led the organization’s work in design-thinking and private sector approaches to adolescent sexual and reproductive health. Rena also founded Next Step’s One Love Project, an award-winning program that builds leadership, life-skills and mentoring support for young people living with HIV in the U.S. She sits on the boards of Next Step and Mamamtoto Village, a community based maternal health organization serving Black womxn in Washington D.C.

She is a recipient of the Harvard School of Public Health’s Albert Schweitzer Award, Sara’s Wish Foundation’s Global Humanitarian Award and was named one of Apolitical’s Top 100 Influencers in Gender Policy in 2021. Rena holds a Master of Science from the Harvard School of Public Health.

october 13 | 12 PM TO 1 PM EST

UNFLITERED MOMENTUM

A GATHERING OF THE MINDS & HEARTS

Time to connect as a community in an informal, intimate space. Together, we’ll interrogate the projects, share ideas, and ask questions that have bubbled up over the course of this ISSUE. Our guest editors, Lindsay and Cristina, will be our hosts for the event. 

This is a Maverick Collective Members-Only event. To attend, please check the calendar invite for details.

HEART HOMEWORK

Dig deep and learn more -- in your own time and at your own pace.

investigate. engage. activate

WATCH | WHAT IS SBCC?

Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) is all about context. SBCC programs are designed to use external influences on our health – culture, norms, circles of influence, and power dynamics- and use influence them to create a lasting change using a variety of tools, from inter-personal communications to social media and everything in between. SBCC programs have been instrumental in global health, reducing stigma for HIV and AIDS, preventing and treating malaria and other infectious diseases, and slowly opening the conversation to include SRHR.

LEARN | dESIGNING OUTSIDE THE BOX

PSI is working with Transform/PHARE (a USAID program) to implement cross-sectoral SBC programs to provide information, educate and encourage dialogue in settings outside of the traditional healthcare context. We want to understand if bringing family planning conversations outside of traditional health settings prompts men and women who are not traditionally involved to engage in the topic.

LEARN ABOUT TRANSFORM/PHARE

WATCH US IN ACTION 

 

EXPLORE | A COMMUNITY OF CHANGE

SBC programs come in all shapes and sizes, just like the issues and places where they are being implemented. Interested to learn more about how SBC programs are being used to tackle COVID-19, emergency preparedness, family planning, or environmental change around the world? Check out Compass, the go-to place for high-quality SBC resources. 

NAVIGATE COMPASS

WATCH | SBC FOR A YOUNGER AUDIENCE

Coming Together is Sesame Workshop’s commitment to racial justice. Sesame believes in a world where all children can reach their full potential and humanity-and do so in celebration of their races, ethnicities, and cultures. Together with experts, they designed developmentally appropriate resources to help us guide our children to be smarter, stronger, and kinder – an upstander to racism. 

Don’t know where to begin? 

START HERE 

explore | the 4 kinds of people holding out

Previous studies of COVID-19 vaccine confidence have focused on demographic groups. But people are more complicated than their gender, race, political party, or where they live. Surgo Ventures is using psychobehavioral segmentation to get us closer to universal vaccination in the US.

READ MORE

THE CASE STUDY

DIY | SBC IN OUR DAILY LIVES

Over the last 18 months, we have all undergone a universal SBC experiment to adapt to COVID-19. Our adaptations vary personally and range from mask-wearing to heightened WASH awareness and physical distancing. Not all changes have been welcomed, yet we can agree that many have been years in the making.  As we begin to think about what our “new normal” is starting to look like, we invite you to think about which of your own behavior changes are here to stay, and which you would rather leave behind. 

You can use this example and clean worksheet from the Green brothers to help you get started. 

Feel free to bring your list to Unfiltered Momentum!