Planned Parenthood Health Education Programs
Bilingual (English/Spanish) community health educators deliver sex education and information to adults, teens, and families throughout Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties to help them make the healthy decisions necessary to build a strong and healthy future.
Community-Based Sex Education
- Making Proud Choices!
Health educators positively impact the sexual health outcomes of teens by delivering the gold standard of sexual health and life skills education: evidence-based programming. Caregiver orientation sessions and curricula modules support youth-adult communication about sexual health. Making Proud Choices! is culturally competent for Latinx and LGBTQ+ communities.
- Positively Speaking
Positively Speaking offers a unique opportunity for audiences to better understand the life experiences of individuals living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. Speakers share their stories before, during and after diagnosis, bringing a personal dimension to prevention education and building compassion for people living with HIV/AIDS.
- ICYC Textline
The “In Case You’re Curious” (ICYC) anonymous textline service, developed by the Colorado-based Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains affiliate, answers questions about sex and refers program participants and peers who they connect to ICYC to their nearest Planned Parenthood health center.
- Promotorxs Comunitarixs (North Santa Barbara County)
One of the most successful ways to effect change in a community is through peer education.
Adult and Spanish-speaking Latinx peer educators receive rigorous training about a range of sexuality topics and community resources, with an emphasis on preventing sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. Promotorxs share the knowledge they acquire with their communities, including their friends and family members, with whom they have the greatest influence. They serve as role models, promoting healthy social sexual norms and providing emotional and practical support to peers. Throughout their outreach, they receive additional booster training and support in linking peers to services, including HIV testing.
The Community Engagement Department and volunteers participate in community health and resource fairs, offering information about sexuality and Planned Parenthood services.
For more information, call Anna Lopez at (805) 722-1519.