Health Connected

Sex Ed Starts Here

East Palo Alto, CA   |  http://www.health-connected.org/

Mission

Health Connected is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on creating a community-wide commitment to adolescent sexual health. Our mission is to equip young people with information, skills, and support to make thoughtful choices about their relationships and sexual health throughout their lives. We do this through three programs: Youth Services (puberty and sexual health education in schools), Parent Services (workshops on parent/child communication about sexual health), and Training & Technical Assistance for education professionals.

Notes from the nonprofit

On September 2, 2014 we changed our organization’s name from Teen Talk Sexuality Education to Health Connected. Our new name reflects that we no longer serve only teens, though young people continue to be the driving force behind all of our programs.

Ruling year info

1995

Executive Director

Ms. Alex LeeNatali

Main address

PO Box 51984

East Palo Alto, CA 94303 USA

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Formerly known as

Teen Talk Sexuality Education

Teen Pregnancy Coalition of San Mateo County

EIN

94-3227947

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Reproductive Health Care Facilities and Allied Services (E40)

Family Services (P40)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Instructional Services

Health Connected provides classroom-based and online sexual health instruction for 5th - 12th grade students in public, private, and alternative schools, as well as youth organizations.

California requires that public schools provide sexual health education education at least once in middle school and at least once in high school. However, local, state, and federal agencies do not provide earmarked funding to schools to implement this mandate, meaning schools may not be able to provide adequate sex education programming. To ensure that students receive the highest quality sexual health education, we partner with 100 schools each year, sending our trained health educators in to the classroom to deliver our original puberty or sexual health curricula.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Preteens

Parents play a critical role in helping young people make informed decisions about their sexual health. Too often, parents are characterized as resistant to providing accurate information about sex and relationships to their children, but research doesn’t bear that out.

Our Parent Services program gives parents and guardians the tools they need to address a variety of issues that are a part of puberty and sexual development. Our workshops are offered in both English and Spanish in a variety of settings. The Parent Talk curriculum is flexible and can be tailored to meet the audience’s needs. Typically the program is 1–2.5 hours in length and is developed to address the needs of parents and guardians of children of many different ages.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Health Connected knows that highly competent teachers –– teachers who possess mastery over and comfort with the material they are covering –– are essential to the success of sexuality education programs.
Health Connected provides this much-needed support by offering comprehensive sexuality education trainings for professionals working with youth ages 10-18. The goal of our fun, interactive trainings is to provide teachers with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to carry out our medically accurate, age-appropriate puberty and sexuality education curricula. We offer open-enrollment trainings, as well as in-service trainings upon request for school districts, county offices, private schools, and agencies. Each in-service training is tailored to meet the specific needs of the audience and to cover those topics ¬¬— whether teen pregnancy prevention, STI education, or sexual safety — which are most pertinent to their specific communities.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Our Youth Services Program makes use of our four original, age-appropriate curricula: Puberty Talk (a five-hour puberty education curriculum geared towards 5th and 6th grade students), Teen Talk Middle School (an eight to ten-hour comprehensive sexuality education curriculum geared towards 7th and 8th graders), Teen Talk High School (an eight to ten-hour comprehensive sexuality education curriculum geared towards 9th graders), and our new Teen Talk Young Adult curriculum (a five-hour “refresher” curriculum that we are piloting with 11th and 12th grade classes during the 2014-2015 school year). All of our curricula are medically accurate and free of racial and ethnic biases. Our curricula also meet applicable California Education Codes and the California Health Education Content Standards for Growth and Sexual Development.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students showing improvement in test scores

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Instructional Services

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Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Health Connected envisions a world built on equity where all
young people are celebrated for who they are and empowered
to advocate for their own and others’ well-being.

1) Re-frame sex education as an
integral component of youth social
development and position Health
Connected as a go-to resource for
sex education support.

2) Expand access for populations who
are not currently being fully served
with effective sexual health
education programs.

3) Critically examine our approach to
and thoughtfully integrate diversity,
equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ)
practices into our curriculum
content, program delivery, talent
development, and organizational
governance.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Young people ages 10-21, their families and trusted adults, education professionals and youth program providers serving 10-21 year-olds, schools and school districts that provide education to young people ages 10-21 years old

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Health Connected

Board of directors
as of 09/28/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Thea Runyan

Marla Becker

Jamie Barnett

Carol Ezrati

Jessica Rosenberg

Jennifer Booker

David Foster

Cathy Gale

Laura Garcia

David Ortiz

Jorge Tapias

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/26/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

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Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/01/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.