National Coalition for Sexual Health
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The National Coalition for Sexual Health (NCSH), managed by Partnership for Prevention, aims to improve sexual health and well-being by encouraging productive and sustained conversations about sexual health and promoting high-quality sexual health information and health services. The coalition currently consists of over 40 organizations and individuals who share a commitment to advancing sexual health and the overall health of our nation. The NCSH embraces a positive, health promotion approach across the lifespan. The coalition believes that being sexually healthy means being able to enjoy a healthy body, a satisfying sexual life, positive relationships, and peace of mind.
The two primary action groups of the NCSH are the Communications Action Group and the Health Care Action Group. Both groups create a variety of products for healthcare providers and the public to start conversations about sexual health and prompt action to improve sexual health and well-being. They also develop tools that healthcare providers can use to improve the delivery of high-quality sexual health information and services in clinical practice.
These two action groups have unveiled a variety of products, including: a public-friendly definition of sexual health; key action steps to achieving good sexual health and the related benefits; a media-centric message framework to encourage media coverage of sexual health; a comprehensive audience profile on the sexual health of youth in the United States; and a patient guide on recommended preventive sexual healthcare services.
To learn more about the coalition, check out the NCSH Web site where you can find their mission, values, and goals; information about coalition members; products and tools; and a library of customizable public awareness materials (the Sexual Health Resource Exchange).
Take Charge of Your Sexual Health: What You Need to Know About Preventive Services is a guide that informs men and women of all ages, including teens and older adults, about recommended preventive services (e.g., screenings, vaccines, counseling) to help protect and improve sexual health. The guide, which was audience-tested with members of the public, includes action steps for achieving good sexual health, information about recommended sexual health services, tips on how to find and talk with a healthcare provider, and a list of additional sexual health resources.
The guide is easily accessed online and is available for download in full PDF format, as well as in short chapters to download or print. It also is smartphone-compatible so patients can access the guide and its chart of recommended services while on the go or at the doctor's office. Please feel free to promote and share the guide with your colleagues and the public.
Talking with the Public About Sexual Health: Message Frameworks is a tool to help motivate the public to take action to protect and improve their sexual health. The Communications Action Group decided that it was essential to define and promote the benefits of taking care of your sexual health; the core action steps to achieving good sexual health; and a short, simple definition of sexual health. Based on qualitative and quantitative testing, the NCSH created a series of message frameworks to help professionals communicate effectively and succinctly with the public about sexual health.