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Trace-Ann Gooden

Trace-Ann Gooden - 2019 Nominee
Position: Registered Nurse
Organization: Parker Adventist Hospital Centura Health
Current Location: United States, North America
Bachelors of Science in Nursing from University of the West Indies School of Nursing
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Primary Health Care
Critical Care Certification
Chemo and Bio therapy Certification
Basic and Advance Cardiac Life Support
Basic and Advance EKG Cert
Certificate in Mentorship
HIV/STI Peer Education
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Outstanding Youth Leader
    Awarding Organization:
    Come On In Inc
    Date Awarded:
    October 16, 2017
  • Award:
    Outstanding Excellence in Leadership
    Awarding Organization:
    University of the West Indies
    Date Awarded:
    October 12, 2012
  • Award:
    Women Deliver Young Leader 2018
    Awarding Organization:
    Women Deliver
    Date Awarded:
    February 8, 2018
75 Public Votes Reached!
Current Women Deliver Young Leader 2014: Founder Hug Your Child Jamaica 2014: Developed reproductive health media platform with Jamaica's Family Planning Board 2013: Youth Delegate Family Planning.- Addis Abba Babba 2004: HIV/AIDS Peer Educator – Dawn Munroe, Lecturer at The University of the West Indies School of Nursing
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Working with the National Family Planning Board to create their first youth friendly social media platform to provide adolescents with SRH services utilizing knowledge and resources obtained from attending the International Conference on Family Planning. Providing sexuality education in schools as part of the mandate of the International Youth Alliance on Family Planning as a founding member
Serving as a data collector in a randomized control trial that assessed risky behaviors that predisposes adolescent girls to STI's. Information obtained was used for intervention and treatment for STI's
Provided information to Peers about HIV/AIDS as a peer educator
Currently a Women Deliver young leader advocating for the sexual and reproductive health rights for women and girls.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

HIV/AIDS had a huge stigma and discrimination affixed. The Jamaica Red Cross wanted to create a new generation of advocates that would be knowledgeable about HIV/AIDS to help eradicate that stigma and discrimination. I was 10 years old when I started learning about HIV/AIDS. The more I learned my passion was fuelled especially as I learned first hand from persons living with HIV/AIDS and the struggles they had to overcome.

Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:

I have lobbied media and appeared on national television, speaking about family planning and the importance of birth spacing.
I co organized the first National Women Empowerment Conference partnering with groups that focus on providing information on family planning through resources, story telling and role play

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? :

I will use the platform to network and learn more; amplifying my voice as an advocate for sexual and reproductive health through best practices and research
I will collaborate with the Women Centre of Jamaica to support the reintegration of girls in school program. This allows for teenage mothers to complete their secondary education. Studies show that women with secondary education can earn two times more than women without education reducing poverty

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