Sara C. Flowers, DrPH, is a renowned thought leader in evidence-informed and inclusive sex education — as well as an advocate for emotional intelligence in sex education. Using an intersectional lens Flowers prioritizes the ways that practice-led research and research-driven practice work together to inform the burgeoning era of sex-positive, inclusive, trauma-informed sex education. Additional research interests throughout her career include: fidelity and adaptation of sex education curricula — especially related to expanding abortion access and dismantling systemic sexual and reproductive health inequities for marginalized people.
Prior to joining PPFA, Flowers was director of youth initiatives for Love Heals Center for Youth & Families at GMHC/ACRIA. In this role, Sara expanded existing programs, launched new programs, and oversaw sex education and leadership curriculum development and revision. She also coordinated quantitative and qualitative program reporting and evaluation; cultivated and maintained community partnerships; and hired, trained and managed staff — including a health education team.
Concurrently, Flowers served as an adjunct assistant professor for York College, CUNY and post-doctoral research fellow for the college’s Collaborative Research Group on Health Policy & Promotion + the UrbanHealth Lab.
Flowers’ lifelong passion for sex education began as a high school student, leading the annual AIDS Awareness Day for her peers at Spring Valley Senior High School in the late 1990s. In the many years since then, Sara has written, implemented, and evaluated sex education programs and curricula for Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, The George Washington University, the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals, and Cornell University Cooperative Extension.
Flowers serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS). She also is an active member of Women of Color Sexual Health Network (WOCSHN) and is a published author on topics and curricula that elucidate the value of intersectional frameworks and cultural congruence in sex education research and practice. In years past, Flowers has been a member of the Board of Directors of the New York Abortion Access Fund (NYAAF). When she isn’t volunteering, writing, or working, you can find Sara enjoying life at her favorite spots in Fort Greene (Brooklyn), Parkman (Ohio), and beyond with family and friends.
Sara C. Flowers holds a Doctorate in Public Health from The Graduate School and University Center, CUNY, as well as BA in Psychology and a Master of Public Health degree, both from The George Washington University.