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Sexual Health Coalition

Why It's Important

In Baltimore City, unintended, unwanted, and mistimed births as well as sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have been shown to contribute to low birth weight, preterm birth, and even child abuse and neglect. Our goal is to improve sexual health of Baltimore residents to ensure that all people have the power and resources to make healthy decisions about their bodies, sexuality, and reproduction.

How It Works

The Sexual Health Coalition is led by representatives from B’more for Healthy Babies and U Choose.  We review data on sexual and reproductive health care in Baltimore City, set strategic priorities for citywide work, review best practices and research in the field, and develop opportunities for cross-agency collaboration on initiatives. We have developed a long-term Sexual Health Strategy that guides our activities and provides a roadmap for all collaborating agencies.

What the Coalition is Doing

The Sexual Health Strategy has three priority areas:

  1. To improve youth preconception health through reduction in unwanted teen births by:

    • Expanding and sustaining comprehensive sexual health education in middle and high schools;

    • Evaluating and expanding access to youth-friendly clinical services; and

    • Expanding opportunities for youth leadership development.

  2. To support reproductive life planning by:

    • Implementing rights-based, justice-informed reproductive health framework as part of achieving race equity and eliminating health disparities;

    • Ensuring continued funding and availability of patient-centered, affordable health care and full range of contraception;

    • Expanding access to the full range of contraceptives in publicly-accessible clinics; regardless of income, age, insurance, or legal status;

    • Expanding sexual health information efforts to adults ages 20 and older; and

    • Standardizing family planning training and materials across BHB.

  3. To address the sexual health needs of marginalized populations, such as:

    • Women who use substances and/or are undergoing treatment;

    • Incarcerated women;

    • Immigrant and refugee women;

    • Adult men and/or male partners;

    • Individuals on self-identify as LGBTQIA+; and

    • Youth in foster care.

Who is at the Table

Aaron and Lillie Straus Foundation • Abell Foundation • Annie E. Casey Foundation • Baltimore City Health Department • Baltimore City Public School System • Baltimore Medical System • Behavioral Health System Baltimore •  David and Barbara B. Hirschhorn Foundation • Healthy Teen Network • Johns Hopkins Center for Adolescent Health  •  Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs • Johns Hopkins Harriet Lane • Maryland Department of Health •  Maryland Institute College of Art • Planned Parenthood of Maryland • STAR Track Health • Rosenberg Foundation • University of Maryland Adolescent and Young Adult Center • University of Maryland School of Social Work

How to Get in Touch

Charlotte Hager, MPH

Family Planning Program ConsultantBaltimore City Health Department


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