Sex Education for Physically, Emotionally and Mentally Challenged Youth (2006)


This resource, complied by Advocates for Youth, provides detailed information and resources for youth who live with physical and/or mental disabilities— including, but not limited to hearing, sight, and motor function impairments; Down syndrome; cerebral palsy; paraplegia and quadriplegia; developmental disorders; and mental health issues.

The resource is divided into the following sections:

  • Statistics and data about disabilities among children and youth
  • Myths and facts about sexuality and disability
  • Why should parents be concerned about sexual education for their disabled children?
  • General guidelines for parents
  • General guidelines for professional sex educators
  • Selected Resources for educators and other youth serving professionals–Books, Curricula
  • Selected Resources for parents–Books
  • Organizations/Web sites

Link to “Sex Education for Physically, Emotionally and Mentally Challenged Youth” on Advocates for Youth’s webpage

Link to PDF version


Teen Source

STDs, Teens, Birth Control, Sexual Health, Relationships  is an online resource for young adults ages 13-24. With reliable, non-judgemental information in regards to sexual health, STDs, Birth Control, Contraceptives and relationships. In addition to providing this information to all teens, the website also features a clinic locator for teens in California as well as information on the rights teens have to health care in the state of California.

Link to website.

Impact of Publicly Funded Family Planning Clinics (2008)

Public funding for family planning services, such as access to contraceptives, screening for breast and cervical cancers, and testing for STDs, for low-income women is shown to save public dollars in the long haul. Through a cost-benefit analysis, it was determined that for everyone $1 spent in public funding, $4.02 is saved by providing access to care.

  • [It was] estimate[d] that of the total 1.4 million unintended pregnancies averted by publicly funded clinics in 2004, about 290,000 would have occurred among teenagers, and just over 1 million would have been to unmarried women or to women under 200% of the federal poverty level.” (Frost et al., 2008, p. 789)
  • “In 2004, women who received care from family planning clinics were able to avoid over 1.4 million unplanned pregnancies. These women were thus spared from having to make difficult decisions regarding whether to have an unplanned birth or to terminate the pregnancy through abortion.” (Frost et al., 2008, p. 793)

Citation: Frost, J.J., Finer, L.B., & Tapales, A. (2008). The impact of publicly funded family planning clinic services on unintended pregnancies and government cost savings. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. Vol. 19, Issue 3. p. 778-796

Link to article.

CDC’s School Health Programs: Improving the Health of our Nation’s Youth (2011)

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This report compiled by the Centers for Disease Control Division of Child and Adolescent Health focuses on how schools can promote health education and decrease health risks children and adolescents face and will face.  The report includes data and information about current (2011) trends regarding health education in schools and also detailed information about CDC’s response and support in schools and towards child and adolescent health promotion.

Schools have a powerful role in promoting the health and safety of young people and helping them establish lifelong healthy behaviors.  Risk behaviors are often established during childhood and adolescence; the six types of health risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems in the US are:

  • Tobacco use
  • Unhealthy eating
  • Inadequate physical activity
  • Alcohol and other drug use
  • Sexual behaviors that may result in HIV infection, other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and unintended pregnancy
  • Behaviors that contribute to unintentional injury and violence

The CDC is working with schools by establishing and using the coordinated school health (CSH) approach.  CSH approach focuses on health promotion and education through eight inter-related topics:

  • Health education
  • Physical education
  • Health services
  • Nutrition services
  • Counseling, social and psychological services
  • Healthy and safe school environments
  • Staff wellness
  • Family/community involvement

For more information about CDC’s Coordinated School Health approach, click here.

Citation: National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention. (2011). School health programs: Improving the health of our nation’s youth. p. 1-4

Link to “CDC’s School Health Programs: Improving the Health of our Nation’s Youth” (PDF)

Creating Healthy Opportunities: Conversations with Adolescent Health Experts


This is an interview of Abigail English, the Director for the Center of Adolescent Health and Law, which is conducted by Karen Brown, a radio reporter and freelance journalist who focuses on healthcare. In the interview with Brown, English talks about expanding financially accessiblilty and confidentiality for teenagers and what measures need to be taken to do so. Lack of accessibility in healthcare for teens can lead to public health problems, such as the spread of HIV/AIDS and STIs. English hopes for a greater focus on financial assistance, preventative care, and outreach for adolescents.

  • “Not giving teens some privacy around their health care has been shown, through research studies, to affect the ways in which they seek health care – sometimes delaying or avoiding it altogether.” (Brown, 2010, p. 2)
  • “Lack of privacy also influences how candidly teens interact with health care providers and disclose essential information to them about problems like substance use, mental health concerns, and sexual activity.” (Brown, 2010, p. 2)
  •  “Financial access to health care is a struggle that stretches beyond the issue of confidentiality. english has worked for years to expand medicaid programs to include more low-income teenagers.” (Brown, 2010, p. 2-3)

Citation: Brown, K. (2010). Creating Health Opportunities: Conversations with Adolescent Health Experts. Interview with Abigail English J.D. National Conference of State Legislators. p. 1-4

Link to interview.

Community Health Centers: Opportunities and Challenges of Health Reform (2010)


“The enactment of comprehensive health reform1 will bring about important changes to the health insurance and health care delivery systems. Community health centers will play a role in implementing many health reform provisions and in providing access to care for millions of Americans who will gain health insurance coverage under the law. To meet this new demand for services, particularly in underserved areas, the health reform law makes a significant investment in the expansion of health centers and also introduces important changes in health care delivery while strengthening efforts to improve community and population health.” (p. 1)

This policy brief discusses the opportunities and challenges community health centers face because of health reform. About 23 million people will be left uninsured, even with the Affordable Care Act, meaning community health centers will be caring for even more community residents. It’s likely that 38% of health center patients will be the uninsured. Because of healthcare reform, more money will be put into health care centers and responsibilities will expand. There will also be an expansion on how those insured with Medicaid and private insurance will be cared for. Future opportunities and challenges are also discussed in this brief.

  • “The success of the investment in health centers hinges on the ability of uninsured health center patients to obtain health coverage.” (p. 10)
  • “Health centers will continue to play a critical role in caring for the uninsured. Direct operating funding will support this care and other community services.” (p. 10)
  • “Recruiting and retaining qualified health professionals will be challenging.” (p. 11)
  • “Establishing networks and referral arrangements will be necessary to ensure health center patients have access to the full spectrum of care.” (p. 11)
  • “With their focus on public health and prevention, health centers will continue to strive to improve both the health of their patients and the health of their communities.” (p. 11)

Citation: Kaiser Family Foundation. (2010) Community health centers: Opportunities and challenges of health reform. p.1-14

Link to policy brief.

The Center on Halsted (Chicago)

The Center on Halsted in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood is dedicated to advancing the health and wellbeing of the LGBTQ community and to providing a safe and welcoming environment where community members can take part in programs and activities.

They host a variety of programs and resources–

  • Community Programs (Bisexual Programs, Women’s Programs, Children and Family Programs, Co-Ed Volleyball, etc.)
  • Cyber Center (Career & Job Training, Classes & Workshops)
  • Youth Programs (Youth Leadership Council, GED Programming, Sexual Health and Identity Workshops, etc)
  • HIV Testing & Prevention (HIV Support Groups, HIV Education Groups & Discussions, etc)
  • Mental Health (Psychotherapy, Therapy & Support Groups, etc.)
  • Senior Program (Benefits Check-up, Homesharing Program, Friendly Visitor Program, etc.)
  • Advocacy (Legal Clinic & Referrals, Legal Seminars, etc.)

Link to The Center on Halsted website

Link to The Center on Halted’s upcoming events

Contact The Center at Halsted at 773-472-6469 or stop by the Center during their normal business hours to speak to a staff member. To sign up for our mailing list and get all of the latest LGBTQ news, fill out this form.

Open Daily from 8am – 9pm

Center on Halsted
3656 N Halsted
Chicago, IL 60613

Click here for directions.

Expedited Partner Therapy for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea in Illinois


As of January 1, 2010, health care professional in Illinois will be able to provide antibiotics to the sexual partners of patients infected with chlamydia and gonorrhea, or Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT) without examining the partner–Public Act 96-613.

On this webpage, there are links, in both English and Spanish, to fact sheets for partners of individuals infected with chlamydia and gonorrhea, treatment for those infections, and a fact sheet about repeat infections of STDs.


Citation: The Illinois Department of Public Health. (2010). Expedited Partner Therapy for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea in Illinois. Retrieved from

Link to “Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT) for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea in Illinois.”