Collaborative for Comprehensive School-Aged 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.
The Collaborative grew out of a gathering convened in 2005 by The George Gund Foundation of all known local organizations and several key national organizations providing or supporting adolescent reproductive health care. The purpose was to identify entities committed to the concept of comprehensive sexuality education and catalyze support for local and state policies and programs promoting a comprehensive sexuality education philosophy. Attendees discovered two surprising things that day: (1) many organizations were unfamiliar with each others’ work in this area, and (2) Cuyahoga County had been supporting a non-evidence based abstinence-only-until-marriage curriculum (AOUM) in some local school districts with state Wellness Block Grant funds. As a result of that meeting, participants quickly agreed that an ongoing forum was needed to systematically advance the provision of comprehensive sexuality education to youth across northeast Ohio. Thus, the Collaborative was born. It has been meeting quarterly as a professional network ever since.
Marcia Egbert of The George Gund Foundation currently serves as Chair. Administrative and staff support is provided by the Center for Community Solutions. Public policy and program support is provided by Shaina Munoz, Coordinator.