Students for Comprehensive Sexuality Education
About the Collaborative

The Collaborative for Comprehensive School-Age Health

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

*FREE* Foundations: Core Skills Training for Sex Ed
Upcoming dates for more FREE training sessions will be posted soon.

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, Melissa Federman, 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

Julie Patterson

Silver Creek Strategies, LLC

Shaina Munoz

The Collaborative For Comprehensive School-Age Health

2018 Collaborative Meetings
Meetings of the Collaborative are held quarterly at Trinity Cathedral. Upcoming meetings:

  • Thursday, September 6, 2018
    3:00 – 5:00pm at Trinity Cathedral
  • Thursday, December 6, 2018
    3:00 – 5:00pm at Trinity Cathedral




July 2018

Dear Collaborative Members,

In 2018, we would like to include more news from member organizations. Please send program updates, events, and other pertinent information to by the 20th of each month to be included in the Collaborative Voice.

In the Nation

Researchers estimate that fewer than half of the country’s rural counties still offers obstetric care. Read here.

SIECUS monthly federal and state update. Read here.

In Research

Flashback to Guttmacher’s 1976 special issue on teens. Read here.

The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio’s Spark Report on comprehensive sexual health services and education. Read here.

In the Region

Ohio House Bill 658 is dangerous to transgender young people. Read here.

Read the state of sex ed report, co-authored by The Collaborative and the Central Ohio Coalition for Sexual Health here.

The AIDS Funding Collaborative is hiring a new Fellow/Director! Read here.

Collaborative Business

Upcoming Meetings:

  • September 6, 2018 | 3pm–5pm
  • December 6, 2018 | 3pm–5pm

Save the Date: September 20, 2018 | 8:30am – 4pm
HIV Fundamentals for Youth Development Professionals and Sex Educators.
Contact or for more information.

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