Given the 'graying' of America, health professionals need to be knowledgeable about the multitude of medical and psychosocial factors that may arise as individuals age which can – and do – affect their sexuality.
Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) April 14, 2015
Tinesha Banks, MPH, HealthForumOnline continuing education course author and behavioral health researcher has been named Vice President for Health Access and Service Delivery at AccessMatters, a leader in transforming access to sexual and reproductive health. In her new VP position, Banks will be responsible for providing leadership to AccessMatters’ core program areas, including its family planning program, community-based services, LGBT health initiatives, school-based health resource center program, and breast and cervical cancer prevention program. As a capacity-building organization, AccessMatters has been trailblazing for over 40 years to eliminate barriers to high caliber care for more than 200,000 people annually. Through research, training, delivery of evidenced-based programs, community engagement and advocacy, AccessMatters leads the way in transforming access to sexual and reproductive health.
“I was drawn to the AccessMatters because of its unique integration of clinical and community-based programs, and its ability to leverage resources to achieve maximum impact for the communities it serves,” said Banks, who brings to her new VP position years of diverse experience in behavioral health. For example, Banks recently served as Deputy Executive Director of Business Development and Organizational Management at the Health Promotion Council, a Public Health Management Corporation non-profit affiliate, that specializes in promoting health and the prevention and management of chronic diseases.
In addition, Banks is the coauthor of Human Sexuality: The Role of Aging and Illness, an online continuing education (CE) course available at HealthForumOnline, a nationally-approved provider of over 100 online CE courses for psychologists, social workers, counselors, nurses, and other allied health professionals.
“This online CE course has particular relevance in promoting health across the lifespan,” says Banks. Specifically, given the “graying” of America, health professionals need to be knowledgeable about the multitude of medical and psychosocial factors that may arise as individuals age which can – and do – affect their sexuality. Many older adults experience sexual dysfunction as secondary to a primary acute medical illness such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, dementia, or arthritis. As concerns related to sexuality emerge from the background of the initial diagnosis and treatment for medical illness and become more salient, older patients may still not be comfortable addressing issues of a sexual nature, even in a confidential therapeutic context. Despite recent paradigm shifts in how we view and treat certain age-related and/or health-related sexual dysfunctions, it is not uncommon for issues of a sexual nature to be absent and/or minimized in the course of an older patient’s physical and psychological care.
Banks’ online CE course provides mental health professionals with the tools necessary to feel more secure with the facts about sexuality with regard to the “normal” aging process and to be more knowledgeable about how common medical illnesses within a geriatric sample can impact sexuality. The information in this online CE course from HFO can raise personal and professional awareness on the subject and render clinicians more competent to sensitively address these issues in the psychological care of their older patients.
HealthForumOnline (HFO) offers over 100 online CE courses that are approved for mental health professionals by the American Psychological Association, the National Board of Certified Counselors, and the Association of Social Work Boards. HFO’s CE Program’s Advisory Committee and authors are comprised of over 60 nationally-recognized experts in behavioral medicine.