Health Education

CWHC has been providing educational programming to the Chicago community since 1988. Our educational programs use a harm-reduction model to promote healthy choices and focus on providing accurate, accessible, sexual health information. We provide educational programming in schools and organizations, as well as in-house workshops.

We use a comprehensive sex education curriculum certified by Chicago Public Schools. Our curriculum is body-positive, queer-inclusive, and gender-expansive. All content is in line with the National Sexuality Education Standards.

CWHC's Health Educators are skilled at working in diverse settings, and presentations typically last between 50 and 90 minutes. We customize our presentation format based on participants' needs, and we can provide one-time classes as well as multi-class series. All presentations can be provided in English or Spanish.

Health Education Topics Include:

  • Reproductive Anatomy & Hygiene
  • Puberty: Physical, Emotional, & Social Changes
  • The Menstrual Cycle
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections & Prevention
  • Pregnancy Creation & Prevention
  • Pregnancy Options
  • Sexuality
  • Gender Identity, Expression, and Presentation
  • Healthy Relationships: Family, Friends, & Crushes
  • Communication, Decision Making & Consent
  • Body Image & Self-Esteem
  • Media Literacy
  • Access to Health Care & Self-Advocacy
  • Demystifying the Gynecological Exam
  • Fertility Awareness
  • Menopause
  • Breast Self-Exam & Breast Health
  • Abortion Companionship
  • Adult Allies Workshops
  • Parents and Children Workshops

For Schools We Highly Recommend an 8 Class Series for Students

  • Puberty & Hygiene
  • Female Anatomy & Menstruation 
  • Male Anatomy & Intersex Identities
  • Gender Identities & Sexuality 
  • Self-Esteem, Media Literacy & Body Image
  • Safer Sex: Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Safer Sex: Pregnancy Prevention
  • Healthy Relationships: Boundaries, Communication, Consent, and Decision-Making
  • Parents Session (Optional and Optimal 9th Session) 
  • School Staff and Faculty Session (Optional and Optimal 10th Session)

This multi-class series provides our trained Health Educators adequate time to offer evidence-based, age-appropriate information, life skills for putting this new knowledge into practice, and sufficient time for engaging students' questions. Schools can decide which classes fit best with their community needs, and Health Educators can tailor sessions to meet individual school requests.

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Training and Consultation Services

Through consultation and training, CWHC supports organizations, schools, and communities in developing affirming spaces for all people, including gender-expansive, queer young people and adults.

This work typically involves a combination of individual meetings with stakeholders, training sessions, curriculum review and development, and drafting recommendations for your community’s ongoing development.

Our Health Education team has expertise in diverse settings, and projects will be customized based on participants’ needs.

Click here to read more about CWHC's health education consultation and training.

Contact Information

For more information regarding our Health Education Workshops and Classes please contact Scout Bratt, Outreach & Education Director via email or at 773-935-6126 x230.