5 Free Sexual Health E-Learning Opportunities You Can Access Today

Date: March 19th, 2014
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As part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of  Reproductive Health’s (CDC-DRH) Teen Pregnancy Prevention: Integrating Services, Programs, and Strategies through Community-Wide Initiatives cooperative agreement, Healthy Teen Network provides capacity-building assistance to support grantees to implement evidence-based programs (EBPs) and strategies, with quality and fidelity. Over the course of the project, it became evident that many trainers and facilitators wanted either an introductory class or refresher on sexual health concepts such as anatomy and physiology, contraception, and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Healthy Teen Network assessed the availability of e-learning professional development opportunities for educators on this content.

To conduct this analysis, we developed a tool to assess the accessibility, affordability, content and visuals, quality, appropriateness for adult learners, assessments, cost, and duration of each program we identified through a targeted search. (Healthy Teen Network did not search for programs aimed at the end user, such as youth or parents.)

Among the e-learning professional development opportunities we assessed, the following five were completely free:

  1. Alberta Health Services
    Alberta Health Services provides the website as a resource for sexual health teachers and educators in Alberta, Canada, to enhance excellence in education by providing teachers with evidence-based sexual health education and delivery methods, lesson plans and activities, and comprehensive resources.
  2. American School Health Association, I Wanna Know
    Iwannaknow.org is a site of the American Sexual Health Association (ASHA) and is a resource for educators and youth, with information on sexual health for teens and young adults, including comprehensive information on STIs, as well as information on healthy relationships, dating violence, and more.
  3. Global Health Learning (GHel) Center
    USAID’s Bureau of Global Health developed the GHeL Center to provide its worldwide health staff with access to state of the art technical global health information. The GHel Center offers courses aimed at increasing knowledge in a variety of global health technical areas.
  4. Office of Adolescent Health (OAH), E-Learning Modules
    OAH is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of adolescents to enable them to become healthy, productive adults. The office supports and evaluates evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs and implements the Pregnancy Assistance Fund; coordinates Department of Health and Human Service efforts related to adolescent health promotion and disease prevention; and communicates adolescent health information to health professionals, parents, grantees, and the general public.
  5. South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Online Learning Center (OLC)
    The South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy’s mission is to improve the health and economic well-being of individuals, communities, and the state of South Carolina by preventing teen pregnancy. The purpose of the OLC is to better equip individuals, groups, and organizations to meet the needs of young people and to reduce the rate of adolescent pregnancy. The OLC reflects the field’s best practices, supporting the transition from research to practice.

To see the ratings for each of these E-Learning professional development opportunities, see the Table on the last page of the report.

We are very interested in learning more about other e-learning professional development experiences! If you have comments or suggestions for other e-learning professional development opportunities, please complete this brief online survey.

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About the Author

Healthy Teen Network Senior Marketing and Communications Manager Kelly Connelly, BA, is a graphic designer, photographer, and videographer, and she is experienced at developing skills-building workshops and programs, for professionals as well as youth.

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