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The Cuyahoga County Board of Health has been the administering agency of the Teen Wellness Initiative since 1997. In partnership with target school districts and community-based agencies, the initiative focuses on providing comprehensive, evidence-based sexual education to youth throughout Cuyahoga County.
Schools are an important setting in which to contribute to the development of healthy sexuality and to reduce risk-taking behavior. Comprehensive sexuality education provides young people with information and skills which will enable them to make sound decisions now and in the future. With the ultimate goal of reducing one or more sexual behaviors that lead to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, the Teen Wellness Initiative at CCBH has been providing evidence-based human sexuality programming in a classroom setting throughout the county for over ten years.
The Teen Wellness Initiative will coordinate programming in targeted school districts throughout the county. Using approved evidence based comprehensive sexual health curricula, programming will be delivered to 5th – 9th grade students within the inner ring East suburbs and to youth who attend the LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland.
Click here to access: A guide for advocates, from The Collaborative for Comprehensive School-Age Health
SIECUS’s SexEdLibrary provides access to lesson plans covering virtually every topic related to sexuality, background information on topics vital to all sexual health educators, and notices of training opportunities for educators and health professionals.
The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) helps health educators stay up to date on advances in health education theory and research, excellence in health education practice, and the promotion of public policies conducive to health.
Advocates for Youth also maintains a sex-ed resource page for teachers and education professionals, which offers lesson plans and assistance with implementing sexual health campaigns.
The Guttmacher Institute advances sexual and reproductive health and rights through research, policy analysis and public education. The site provides a wealth of data and research findings as well as information for specific states.
Resource Center for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (ReCAPP) provides practical tools and information for educators to help teens reduce sexual risk-taking behaviors.
National Sexuality Education Standards were developed to address the inconsistent implementation of sexuality education nationwide and the limited time allocated to teaching the topic.
Advocates for Youth Parents’ Sex Ed Center provides support for parents who are beginning discussions about sexual health with their children. The site also offers assistance for parents who wish to advocate for comprehensive sexual health education in their child’s school.
Sex Education HQ was created by a physician and a parent to help parents discuss sexual health with their children.
The Mayo Clinic maintains a resource page for tips for parents when talking to their kids about sex.
Planned Parenthood presents advice for parents about how to begin the discussion about sexual health with their kids.
The California Family Health Council’s website Talk With Your Kids encourages parents to begin the discussion and gives them tip on how to do it.
“There’s No Place Like Home…for Sex Education” is a downloadable book written by Mary Gossart, Vice President of Education and Training at Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon. It provides advice, strategies and guidance for parents.
Answer (formerly the Network for Family Life Education), provides resources, advocacy tips and training to promote comprehensive sexual health education for young people and the adults in their lives.
SIECUS has assembled a Community Action Tool Kit to help students and other community members advocate for comprehensive sexual health education.
Advocates for Youth is a group dedicated to helping young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. The group provides training services and assistance to advocates, organizations and policy makers to further this mission.
Amplify Your Voice is a website and blog for sexual health youth activists and is affiliated with Advocates for Youth. The site also contains a resource page with frequently asked questions, hotline information and ways to connect with peer educators.
Healthy Teen Network is focused on adolescent health with an emphasis on teen pregnancy prevention, teen pregnancy, and teen parenting.
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy supports policies that will increase the use of contraception among teens having sex. The campaign also aims to provide education to teens, parents, and young adults in their 20s.
The Cuyahoga County Board of Health’s Teen Wellness Initiative is made possible through grant funding provided by the Family and Children First Council and the Cuyahoga County Office of Health and Human Services.