Here you will find our Reproductive Health Policy Statement, general resources for improving school-based reproductive and sexual health policies and programs, and information and tools on a variety of specific reproductive and sexual health issues: comprehensive sexual health education, emergency contraception, and minor consent.
Reproductive Health Policy Statement
This policy statement outlines the benefits of offering comprehensive reproductive health education and services at SBHCs. The statement provides a rationale for, and offers recommendations on the delivery of, such services and can be a useful advocacy tool.
The statement begins: “We believe adolescents should have access to comprehensive, age-appropriate information and services in order to make informed decisions about their health and well being. School health centers provide a safe, confidential and youth friendly environment that is accessible to all students.”
Attracting & Retaining Adolescent Patients
This toolkit can assist SBHCs that serve the entire community in maintaining an adolescent-friendly practice to ensure the best healthcare experience for a young person. The resource walks through each step of an average appointment—from the front desk, to the waiting room, to the medical visit—and provides strategies for creating an adolescent-friendly practice with visibility throughout the school. In addition, it presents policy advocacy opportunities for those interested in advancing adolescent-friendly health services.
Teen Pregnancy Prevention at School-Based Health Centers: Challenges & Opportunities
School-based health centers (SBHCs) have played a strong role in California’s efforts to prevent teen pregnancy. This paper reviews current trends in teen birth rates, changes in state and federal funding, and innovative “pay-for-success” financing mechanisms that may provide a new funding opportunity. SBHCs are well positioned to partner in these new financing opportunities and suggestions for how SBHCs can best prepare themselves are provided.
Comprehensive Sexual Health Education Materials
In partnership with the California School Boards Association, we hosted a one-day Policymaker Leadership Institute on comprehensive sexual health education. For more information and links to the agenda, presentation slides, case studies, and helpful links, please visit our Sexual Health Education webpage.
It’s Your Sex Life
The Kaiser Family Foundation and MTV have partnered to create the It’s Your Sex Life campaign. The campaign includes youth-friendly, online resources on preventing pregnancy, STDs and testing, and relationships.
Sexual Health: An Adolescent Provider Toolkit
The Adolescent Health Working Group has recently released Sexual Health: An Adolescent Provider Toolkit. It includes screening tools, counseling guidelines, and health education materials for teens and their adult caregivers.
Birth Control Implants
Essential Access Health has a website and resources on LARCs, which are long-acting reversible contraception. You can learn more by visiting their website here.
In April 2009, Essential Access Health (formerly the California Family Health Council), the California Department of Public Health, STD Control Branch, and Internet Sexuality Information Services, Inc., ( ISIS ) launched the Hookup, a statewide text messaging service. The service aims to provide youth with relevant and accurate sexual and reproductive health information and a convenient, confidential resource for accessing local clinics that offer free or low-cost sexual and reproductive health services. The online home for the Hookup service is Teensource, Essential Access Health’s website for youth.
Bedsider has a website for youth which explains the various birth control methods, where to get them, reminders to take birth control, and frequently asked questions. They also have a website for providers which offers various resources.
UCSF Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health
Rutgers University started Sex, etc. is a website created by teens, for teens. It has various sexual health resources.
I Wanna Know
The American Sexual Health Association created I Wanna Know, a website on sexual health for teens and young adults. Topics covered include: sexual health, STIs, relationships, and LGBTQ.
What Works: Curriculum-Based Programs that Prevent Teen Pregnancy
This brief, from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, provides an overview of what is known about evaluated interventions that help delay sex, improve contraceptive use, and/or prevent teen pregnancy. It includes a list of 30 effective programs and information on how to obtain them.
Youth Social Marketing Toolkit
In an effort to increase primary prevention to prevent STD transmission and unintended pregnancies, Essential Access Health (formerly the California Family Health Council), Infertility Prevention Project, and the California STD/HIV Prevention Training Center, have teamed up to create a web-based Youth Social Marketing Toolkit (YSMT). It is a step-by-step guide to help community groups with limited financial resources develop a social marketing campaign for youth and young adults.
Teen Pregnancy and the Achievement Gap Among Urban Minority Youth
This article, Healthier Learners Are Better Learners by Charles E. Basch, describes how disproportionate rates of teen pregnancy among urban minority youth contribute to the achievement gap. It highlights the prevalence of teen pregnancy and outlines ways schools can help to prevent it, while also supporting students who are pregnant and parenting.
California Teen Legal Guide to Sex, Pregnancy, and Parenting
On this website, lawyers from The National Center for Youth Law answer questions that teens might have about teen’s legal rights and responsibilities related to sex, pregnancy, and being a young parent in California.
Building Emergency Contraception Awareness Among Adolescents
This Toolkit for Schools and Community-Based Organizations provides suggestions for increasing emergency contraception (EC) awareness among adolescents and adults in schools and communities. Developed by the Academy for Educational Development, it provides basic information about emergency contraceptive pills, makes the case that adolescents should know about EC, prepares adults to increase access and awareness among adolescents (as well as among their own peers), identifies resources for keeping current on the issues, and suggests evaluation strategies. The report discusses EC issues specific to schools, SBHCs, and community-based organizations, and includes sample letters, articles, forms, protocols, and instruments.
Understanding Confidentiality and Minor Consent in California
In 2010, the Adolescent Health Working Group released an updated adolescent provider toolkit on Understanding Confidentiality and Minor Consent in California.
For many other resources, see our Consent and Confidentiality webpage.