As a nurse practitioner who specializes in adolescent medicine, Jane Epstein knows that there are markedly different societal expectations for sexually active teenage boys compared to sexually active teenage girls. And these expectations also manifest in the attitudes and actions of her teenage patients. Jane believes it is time for this narrative to change. She believes it’s time for us to talk to girls about sex.
Jane has been a nurse practitioner with a specialty in adolescent medicine since 1989. She received her nurse practitioner degree from Yale University. She has worked at community health centers, clinics for adjudicated youth, academic settings and school-based health centers. Her focus areas have included sports medicine, medical complication of obesity, sexual health and the health care rights of minors. In addition to primary care, she provides contraceptive and sexual health care services to teenagers. Her focus is to help young women feel empowered about their health, their choices and their sexuality.
She now works at the University of New Mexico in the School-based Health Center Program seeing patients at Albuquerque High School and helping to establish a new clinic at Manzano High School.
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