General Conference Information

Leading the Way 2017

Leading the Way is AccessMatters’ annual conference for healthcare professionals and others to receive the latest information and strategies for integrating high-quality sexual and reproductive healthcare services in a variety of settings. Each year, conference attendees connect and learn from a wide variety of professionals who demonstrate expertise in innovative strategies, cutting-edge technology, and effective approaches for addressing diverse client needs. The conference continually features a line-up of distinguished speakers in the fields of sexual and reproductive health, behavioral health, and adolescent health.

While our focus is always on increasing access to sexual and reproductive healthcare, this year we are tailoring the conference content to address serving the needs of marginalized populations, including but not limited to people of color, undocumented immigrants, and members of the LGBTQ communities.

Join us for this revolutionary event!


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We are thrilled to announce our nationally-recognized keynote speakers:

Jamila Perritt, MD MPH FACOG, is a fellowship-trained, board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist with a comprehensive background in family planning and reproductive health. She provides on-the-ground, community-based care focusing primarily on the intersection of sexual health, reproductive rights, and social justice.

Al Vernacchio, MS.Ed., is the author of For Goodness Sex: Changing the Way We Talk to Teens About Sexuality, Values, and Health, Ted Talk speaker, high school teacher, and sexuality educator extraordinaire. As an educator and consultant, Al has lectured, published articles, and offered workshops through the country.


Continuing Education (CEU’s) and Scholarship Information


CEUs are available for medical, nursing, social work, and health educators. Any participant who wants CEUs *MUST* pay the $25 fee. Be sure to add the CEU option to your ticket upon check-out. Conference attendees who do not select the CEU ticket will not be eligible to receive CEUs at the conference.


We have a limited number of conference scholarships available. If you are interested in applying, please send an email to and include the following information: name, organization or school, why you are interested in attending this conference, and how you hope it will benefit your education or career.


1700 Market Street, Suite 1540 Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 985-2600 | Fax: (215) 732-1252 |
Formerly Family Planning Council -founded 1972

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