Track 5 - Healthy Populations and Communities (Chronic Disease

Infectious Disease & Resilience)

Sharing Session - 60 Minutes

C9 - Action Planning and Partnerships for Adolescent Sexual Health: Collaborating with School Districts and Key Community Stakeholders

Wednesday, July 11
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Location: Bacchus

St. Louis, MO, and Morgantown, WV, partnered with school districts in their jurisdictions to participate in an action planning process to improve adolescent sexual health through school-based or school-linked efforts. The jurisdictions identified a strategic priority area − sexual education, sexual health services, or safe and supportive environments − and convened diverse community stakeholders, including community-based organizations, the juvenile justice system, local colleges and universities, parents, and teens to engage in a year-long action planning process. The presenters will share information about successful multi-sectoral collaboration, lessons learned, best practices, and results. Stakeholders who engaged in this process reported increased capacity to implement school-based sexual health approaches, a better understanding of key adolescent sexual health needs, and improved collaboration among community stakeholders.


Partnerships & Collaborations, Communication/Marketing/Messaging, Health Education

Samantha Ritter, MPH

Senior Program Analyst, Adolescent Sexual Health

Samantha Ritter, MPH, is the Senior Program Analyst, Adolescent Sexual Health at the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). In this role, she manages a cooperative agreement to build the capacity of local health departments to implement adolescent sexual health initiatives and strengthen partnerships among educational agencies and public health partners to increase awareness of school-based approaches for sexual health education, sexual health services, and safe and supportive environments. Samantha also supports NACCHO’s work through the CDC’s Division of STD Prevention. Prior to joining NACCHO, she managed a national Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program technical assistance program, conducted research on adolescent gender norms at the International Center for Research on Women, and served as the Public Policy Associate at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Samantha holds an MPH in Sexuality, Sexual and Reproductive Health from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and a BA in Religion from Columbia University.


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Fredrick Echols, MD

Director, Communicable Disease Control Services
Saint Louis County Department of Public Health

Dr. Fredrick Echols, a native of Atlanta, Ga, received his Bachelor of Science degree from Clark Atlanta University, and medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Echols completed postgraduate medical training in the United States Navy. During his military career, he served as a medical officer in the U.S. and abroad (Chief Medical Officer for Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron-16 during Operation Enduring Freedom). Additionally, he has served as the Chief of Communicable Diseases at the Illinois Department of Public Health. At present, he is the director of Communicable Disease Control Services, Vector and Veterinary Programs at the Saint Louis County Department of Public Health. He manages the following public health programs: infectious disease epidemiology, emergency preparedness and response, vector control services, sexual health services, general communicable diseases, STI & HIV, infectious disease communication, and infectious disease related clinical services. In his role, Dr. Echols serves as a subject matter expert for bioterrorism agents, bloodborne pathogens, foodborne, infectious diseases (including emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases), and isolation and quarantine.


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Lee B. Smith, MD, JD, FACEP

Executive Director / County Health Officer
Monongalia County Health Department

Dr. Lee B. Smith became Executive Director and County Health Officer of Monongalia County Health Department, Morgantown, West Virginia and is responsible for providing day-to-day management and oversight and its programs including Threat Preparedness, Strategic National Stockpile, Environmental Services, Women, Infants and Children, Dentistry, Public Health Nursing and Clinical Services. He is interested in improving research funding and publications impacting public health.

Following four years in the US Navy as an Ocean Systems Technician, Lee completed his undergraduate degree at University of Charleston, then attended Marshall University School of Medicine and interned in surgery. He worked in a rural hospital in the coalfields of southern West Virginia until it closed whereupon he moved to Morgantown and obtained a Jurisprudence Doctorate from West Virginia University.

Dr. Smith became a faculty member and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine in a Level I Trauma Center while consulting on risk management and medical malpractice. He was named a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians in 2008. Areas of interest, teaching and research include communications and human errors. He remains involved in Global Health and annually precepts medical students in third world rotations. A frequent lecturer on public health and disaster preparedness, he just completed the Naval Postgraduate Executive Leaders Program in Monterey, California.

In 2010, Lee became WV State EMS Medical Director and involved with Homeland Security and Interoperative Radio Communications. In 2014, he took his current position with Monongalia County which offers a great intersection of public health, healthcare, threat preparedness and Homeland Security. He has participated in many table top and full-scale drills including Emerging and Drug Resistant Diseases, Isolation & Quarantine, and various disaster responses. He has annually been invited to lecture at US Defense University at Fort McNair in Washington, DC on Public Health response to disasters.


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