The webinar is one of the required SHE Training Program modules and provides an overview of the requirements of the California Healthy Youth Act, the law that mandates comprehensive sexual health education in California. The module is presented as a four-part recorded webinar featuring Sharla Smith, Health Education Consultant from the California Department of Education. It takes approximately one hour to complete. The webinar can be accessed by visiting the SHE Training Program webpage or through this direct link.
The Sexual Health Educator (SHE) Training Program is a free educational and capacity-building opportunity for California educators working with youth in school, community, and clinical settings who desire to build their sexual health knowledge and education skills. Upon the successful completion of the program’s required and elective modules, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion. This program was created by sexual health educators, trainers, and experts from: the California Department of Public Health, STD Control Branch; the California Department of Education; the California Prevention Training Center; and other partner organizations. The required and elective modules include up-to-date information and research on a variety of priority sexual health topics.
Populate the front of the template using the Instruction Guide with resources specific to your community where your students may access health, mental health, sexual assault, drug and alcohol services and LGBTQ support. Statewide minor rights are described on the reverse side along with phone numbers of hotlines. Providing this handout to students helps to meet the requirement of the California Health Youth Act to inform students about their "local resources, how to access local resources, and pupils' legal rights to access local resources".
In June of 2016 a group of eight reviewers were recruited via the Adolescent Sexual Health Work Group (ASHWG) to form an ad-hoc ASHWG sub-committee charged with reviewing a subset of comprehensive sexual health education curricula for alignment and compliance with the California Healthy Youth Act (CHYA). The group formed in response to extensive requests across California for guidance on which curricula meet the requirements of the new law (which went into effect on January 1, 2016). The goals of this review were to: (1) provide school district staff, teachers, and community education providers with information about a number of widely available curricula in order to inform local processes for curriculum selection; and (2) provide curriculum publishers and authors input from an outside review group on the alignment of their materials with the CHYA. The reports are listed below and links to the publisher responses are provided when available.
These reviews should not replace local reviews by educators. These reviews do not reflect any endorsement from the agencies participating in the review process, including but not limited to the California Department of Education (CDE).
This resource list was put together by the Tools and Training committee of ASHWG to help district administrators, teachers, parents or others seeking current resources for implementing comprehensive sexual health education in California.
This Compliance Assessment Tool (CAT) for the California Healthy Youth Act supports assessment of compliance of a curriculum and all supplemental materials for teaching sexual health education to students of a publicly funded high school or middle school. Further directions for how to use the CAT can be found in the beginning of the document under the “notes to the reviewer” section. This tool has been modified to include the additions to California Healthy Youth Act that went into effect January 1, 2018.
View highlights from the 2014 School Health Profiles Survey including the policies and practices of California schools in teaching sexual health education.
Positive Youth Development (PYD) is a strengths-based, holistic approach to working with youth to promote healthy development and outcomes.
ASHWG PowerPoint presentation from the 2008 AMCHP Annual Conference
California Adolescent Sexual Health Work Group, STD, HIV/AIDS, and Adolescent Birth Rate Tables
Doctoral student Lauren Hunter of UC Berkeley presented an analysis comparing chlamydia positivity by type of contraceptive method used among women tested through California’s Family PACT program in 2012-2013 in ASHWG’s first organizational webinar. In the presentation, there is a discussion of the implications of the findings and how the development and provision of additional Multipurpose Prevention Technologies (MPTs) may help to address an unmet need for STI prevention. Watch the full replay of the webinar below.