Leading the National Coalition for Sexual Health 

Since 2012, we've led an engaged coalition of national organizations and experts and developed high-quality, evidence-based resources to promote sexual health and wellness.  

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Overview

By nearly every measure—high rates of sexually transmitted infections, unintended pregnancies, and sexual violence—sexual health in the U.S. is poor. Recognizing the limits of a narrow, disease-focused approach, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention embraced a more positive, comprehensive framework for improving sexual health, and funded Altarum to create a national coalition to help make this vision a reality. By mobilizing hundreds of leading national organizations and experts, creating practical evidence-based tools, and conducting media outreach, Altarum is promoting sexual health and wellness across the lifespan and across the country.

Our Approach

The National Coalition of Sexual Health (NCSH) is now a coalition of over 200 national organizations and experts, including health care provider groups, government agencies, community health organizations, and advocacy groups, committed to advancing sexual health and improving the overall health of our nation. The NCSH, under Altarum’s leadership and management, is motivating health care providers to deliver preventive health services to their patients; saturating consumer and social media with key sexual health messages; developing high-quality, evidence-based products and resources for the public and healthcare providers; and normalizing sexual health.  

Results

NCSH provider resources are cited by the Journal of Sexual Medicine  as “excellent tools for undergraduate medical education” and by the American Journal of Public Health as key to ensuring “productive conversations with patients about sex.”  

Our members are also very satisfied with the work of the Coalition.  According to our annual member survey, 92% strongly agreed or agreed that they were satisfied with the Coalition’s accomplishments, with one member stating, "There isn’t another organization providing the breadth of information provided by this coalition." Members are actively engaged—in just one year, they volunteered at least 973 hours of their time.  

In addition, we’re making an impact in the media; from 2013-2020, NCSH has secured over 700 media stories, generating over 2.4 billion audience impressions in at least 563 different outlets. Most importantly, we are promoting inclusive, person-centered care to improve the overall health of the nation.  

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Jennifer Rogers

Jennifer Rogers  - MPH

Project Director, Women's Health

Areas of Expertise
  • Reproductive and Sexual Health
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Training and Facilitation 

Jenn oversees a portfolio of women's health and reproductive and sexual health projects and policy initiatives. She is an experienced leader with over eighteen years of government, consulting, and non-profit experience working to improve the rights, health, and wellbeing of underserved and marginalized communities. She holds a master's degree in public health with a concentration in maternal and child health from Boston University.

Sheryl Mathis

Sheryl Mathis  - MSW, MPH

Director, Women's Health

Areas of Expertise
  • Maternal and Child Health 
  • Program Implementation and Technical Assistance  
  • Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methodologies 

Sheryl Mathis leads a portfolio of women’s health and well-being programs, from MCH and substance use disorder to food and nutrition and sexual health. Sheryl has 20 years of experience managing and advancing programs administered by HRSA, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, and state health agencies, including multi-year, cross-disciplinary initiatives to strengthen the diversity and capacity of the MCH workforce. Sheryl holds a MSW in program administration and an MPH in maternal and child health from Columbia University.