Welcome to the Southern California Sexual Health Collaborative


Our mission: Advance innovative practices in sexual health throughout Southern California.

The Southern California Sexual Health Collaborative (SCSHC) initially developed around the goal of having a stronger cohesive voice around statewide activities that tend to be centered in the Bay Area and Sacramento.  Specifically, many in this group were interested in having stronger input into the Adolescent Sexual Health Work Group (ASHWG).  The SCSHC also formed to face unique challenges in Southern California, including large population size, incredible diversity, national border issues and the constant barrier of Southern California’s wide-spread geography.

Group Accomplishments

In September of 2009 the SCSHC hosted a Sexual Health Roundtable in Los Angeles with over 70 attendees. Participants shared programs and collected data with the goal of networking across communities to enforce program support, share best practices and avoid programmatic duplication.

In February of 2010, the SCSHC hosted a “data release” event in Los Angeles with approximately 15 attendees.  Researchers from Ohlone College presented results of a recent statewide study examining provision of emergency contraception at California Community College health centers.  LA Care Health Plan sponsored the event.

In April of 2010, the SCSHC sponsored a training on comprehensive sexual health education (CSHE) and California Education Codes with approximately 20 attendees.  The event was held at The California Endowment in Los Angeles.  Participants shared some of the challenges in delivering CSHE in their respective communities.

Thank you to the 130+ participants and presenters who attended the Southern California Sexual Health Summit on February 14, 2013, at The California Endowment.  Many thanks to the conveners of the summit:

  • California Department of Public Health, STD Control Branch
  • California Family Health Council
  • California School Health Centers Association
  • L.A. Trust for Children’s Health
  • Orange County Healthcare Agency
  • Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties
  • Planned Parenthood of Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley, Inc.


2015 Southern California Sexual Health Summit

Save-the-date: Thursday, February 12, 2015

We are currently requesting for presentation proposals.  Please click here to download a submission form.

Due date: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Conference co-chairs:

  • Michelle Horejs, MPH, CHES, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles (Click here for Michelle’s bio)
  • Tara Beeston, County of San Diego, Health and Human Services Agency

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2014 Southern California Sexual Health Summit

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The California Endowment, Los Angeles

Thank you to all presenters and participants for making this year’s Summit a big success!

2014 Summit Presentations

Click here to view a copy of the 2014 Conference Program

Keynote address: Inequities in the Social Determinants of Health Related to HIV/STD Transmission (Amy Smith)

Addressing the Pregnancy, STI and HIV Prevention Needs of At-risk populations in San Diego County (Sarah McQueen & Sandy Keaton)

ASHWG Youth Development Principles (Maryjane Puffer & Maria Elena DeTrinidad Young)


Cultural Influences on the Sexual and Reproductive Health of Latino Youth (Davida Becker, Britt Rios-Ellis)

Feasibility and Acceptability of Using Interactive Mobile Applications to Improve the Sexual Health of Low-income Adolescents (Rebecca Dudovitz & Hillary Seidenberg)

Gender as a Social Determinant of Health (Nicole Ressa & Michelle Horejs)

Implications of HIV-Stigma on Health: From Local to Global (Brandon Brown & Miriam Davtyan)

Justice for Young Families (Ena Valladares & Mayra Yniguez)

Let’s Talk About Consent: Promoting Healthy Relationships to Improve Sexual Health of Youth (a Prezi presentation) (Emily Austin)

Power and Pleasure (Grissel Granados & Mauricio Franco)

Promotoras’ and Sexual Risk Reduction among Latina Intergenerational Dyads: The Power of Culture (Britt Rios-Ellis)

Teacher Transformations: Keeping it Real in Los Angeles Middle Schools (Susan Walker & Emily Chung)

What’s New in Sexual Health (Dannelle Pietersz)

Funding for this event was provided by The California Wellness Foundation.

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For content from previous years, please click here.