protecting youth access to healthcare

April 21, 2022 • 4:00 PM ET
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Of all the reproductive health services—testing, treatment, supplies, procedures—which ones can a minor access without their parent/guardian’s permission?

Get the answers during this free 30-minute overview of Maryland’s Minor Access laws. This session will prepare you to speak more confidently and answer questions about the laws.

Come for the discussion and leave with accurate information and the ability to explain and respond to questions about young people’s rights to reproductive healthcare! 

After this training, participants will be able to:
  • Identify the state laws regarding teens accessing reproductive healthcare in the state of Maryland.
  • Be able to explain the importance of adults knowing and sharing the law with youth.
  • Respond to questions about Maryland’s Minor Consent laws.
meet your trainer, Vanessa Geffrard

Vanessa Geffrard is a life-affirming sex educator residing in West Baltimore. Vanessa serves as Vice President of Education and Training at Planned Parenthood of Maryland. In her role, she leads the strategic direction of sex education programs across the state. Vanessa manages and implements middle school programming, adult trainings, and community workshops. She also trains and educates folks across the lifespan around sexual health topics such as consent and boundaries, sexually transmitted infection prevention, contraceptive methods, teen pregnancy and abortion stigma, healthy relationships, and LGBTQ inclusion.

Vanessa is the founder of VagEsteem™, a workshop series and podcast that encourages good and healthy sex through courageous conversation about love and sexuality.


This project is/was supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Population Affairs (OPA), Teen Pregnancy Prevention Tier 1 grant, 1 TP1AH000234-01-00, as administered by the Maryland Department of Health.  The information or content presented are those of the author and shall not be construed as the official position or policy, nor any endorsement, by HHS, the Federal Government, or the Maryland Department of Health. 

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