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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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.  


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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Megan Higdon

Megan Higdon  - MPH

Program Director, Sexual and Reproductive Health

Areas of Expertise
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • Program Evaluation
  • Clinical Quality Improvement

Megan Higdon is the program director for sexual and reproductive health at Altarum. In her role, she co-directs the National Coalition for Sexual Health and oversees Altarum’s portfolio of reproductive and sexual health projects and policy initiatives. Megan has over 14 years of experience in her field and her work has largely focused on directing program evaluations that examined accessibility and quality of sexual and reproductive care. She also has experience directing strategic initiatives for family planning and sexual health organizations. Megan holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

Tara Fowler

Tara Fowler  - PhD, MPH, CPH

Vice President, Population Health

Areas of Expertise
  • Applied Research and Analytics
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Qualitative Research

Tara Fowler leads Altarum's population health work, including in the areas of community health, applied research and analytics, and delivery systems transformation. She has led a variety of multifaceted quantitative and qualitative research projects that deliver insights to leaders of government health agencies, from the Defense Health Agency to the Health Resources and Services Administration. Her recent work includes an evaluation of a HRSA-funded program implemented in 16 states to improve oral health of low-income pregnant women and infants. Tara holds a PhD in public health from the University of South Florida.