Students for Comprehensive Sexuality Education
About the Collaborative

The Collaborative for Comprehensive School-Age Health (the Collaborative) is a network of more than 25 public and private partners in Greater Cleveland working to promote access for adolescents and young adults to medically accurate, age and culturally appropriate reproductive health education. The Collaborative provides a venue for strategic public policy education and activism, professional development, and community technical assistance in its pursuit of greater access to evidence-based comprehensive sexuality education for children and youth in northeast Ohio.


What's Happening

Cohort of Trainers Selected for Foundations Training
The Foundations: Core Skills Training for Sex Ed one-day training covers important skills, including climate building in the classroom, understanding state and local sex education policies, experiential learning as a pedagogical approach, values exploration, managing personal disclosure, and handling challenging questions and harassing comments. Foundations also offers optional half-day modules, including: Cultural proficiency, LGBTQ inclusion, trauma-informed approaches, and facilitation skills for common sex education strategies. Our Collaborative for Comprehensive School Age Health Cohort of Trainers is here to help! Contact Coordinator, Shaina Munoz, with inquiries.

Cohort of Trainers:

Ashley Underwood

Patients to Advocates (collaborative of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, New Voices Cleveland, Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, and Preterm)

Erin Lark

Cuyahoga County Board of Health

Brynne Presser

Columbus Public Health

Kimberly Fuller

Cleveland State University

Chelsea Varnum

Columbus Public Health

Bridjetta Y. Levison

May Dugan Center/MomsFirst Adolescent Component

Rhonda Scharf

Cleveland Metroplitan School District

Julie Patterson

Silver Creek Strategies, LLC

Annie Krol

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio

Shaina Munoz

The Collaborative For Comprehensive School-Age Health


2017 Collaborative Meetings
Meetings of the Collaborative are held quarterly at Trinity Cathedral. Upcoming meetings:

  • Thursday, September 7, 2017
    3:00 – 5:00pm at Trinity Cathedral
  • Thursday, December 7, 2017
    3:00 – 5:00pm at Trinity Cathedral

MEETING MINUTES

NEWSLETTERS


COLLABORATIVE VOICE NEWSLETTER

July 27, 2017

In the Nation:

  1. On Wednesday night, the full House Appropriations Committee voted to pass the FY 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) Appropriations bill, but we still have an opportunity for advocacy. Read article
  2. The House Appropriations subcommittee proposed to cut all funding for Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs and Title X. Read article
  3. Read this simple step by step guide for calling your congressperson. Read article
  4. What are teens learning and thinking about when it comes to HIV? Read article
  5. Read the article that has caused a lot of debate around sex positivity and access to information for teens. Read article
  6. Listen to some of our national partners discuss the good the bad and the why comprehensive sex ed. is so important. Read article

In Research:

  1. A new sexual health education app has been developed for young people. Read article
  2. What are the 2017 state policy trends around laws affecting reproductive health and rights in the United States? Read article

In the Region:

  1. Community Solutions examines demographic and clinical correlations of low birth weight and prematurity among births in Ohio, which have been identified as leading risk factors for infant mortality. Read article
  2. Ohio Senate passes $132 billion budget and includes a freeze on new enrollment in Medicaid and increased funding for crisis pregnancy centers. Read article
  3. Ohio Senate passes abortion bill that will essentially ban most second trimester abortions in the state. Read article

Collaborative Business:

  • Do you know of a school or organization that is looking for *free* training? 
    The Foundations: Core Skills Training for Sex Ed. is a one-day training that covers important skills including climate building in the classroom, understanding state and local sex education policies, experiential learning as a pedagogical approach, values exploration, managing personal disclosure
    and handling challenging questions and harassing comments.
    Please contact Shaina Munoz, smunoz@communitysolutions.com for more information.
  • 2017 Meeting Dates: September 7, December 7.
    All meetings are held at Trinity Cathedral from 3pm to 5pm.

June 29, 2017

In the Nation:

  1. The Congressional Budget Office and the Staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation have completed an estimate of the direct spending and revenue effects of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017. Read article
  2. The revision of the contraceptive coverage mandate could deny birth control benefits to hundreds of thousands of women. Read article
  3. According to a new study from the CDC, teen sex habits and contraceptive use haven't changed much over the past decade. Read article
  4. Additional barriers for foster teens seeking abortion care. Read article
  5. The Black Mamas Matter Alliance convened a group of Black doctors, activists and researchers to discuss the importance of advancing care to reduce the alarming maternal mortality rate among Black mothers. Read article

In Research:

  1. The 2017 Minnesota Adolescent Sexual Health Report reveals that teen pregnancy and birth rates are declining in Minnesota, but STI rates are on the rise. Read article

In the Region:

  1. Breaking down the definition of comprehensive, medically accurate, age-appropriate, evidence informed and inclusive sex ed. Read article
  2. Raising awareness about effective HIV prevention and the local PrEP campaign. Read article

Collaborative Business:

  • Please look out for a Save the Date for our first Foundations Core Skills Training for Sex Ed.! 
  • 2017 Meeting Dates: September 7, December 7.
    All meetings are held at Trinity Cathedral from 3pm to 5pm.

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