Multnomah County Health Department’s Adolescent Sexual Health Equity Program

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Multnomah County Health Department

Project Team

Daesha Ramachandran, MHS, PhD, Program Supervisor/PI
Kim Toevs, Upcoming Interim Project Director
April Kayser, Project Director/Study Coordinator

Project Summary

The Sexual Health Equity for Individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (SHEIDD) team plans to promote comprehensive sexuality education and support for young people ages 14-21 with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) by collaborating with the community to build the skills of parents/guardians, caregivers, support workers, teachers, health care providers and others to provide sexual health education and support to the young people in their lives. SHEIDD aims to support the rights, goals and needs of young people by cultivating contexts across the ecosocial system in which youth with I/DD can develop skills to make informed decisions, stay safe, pursue mutually fulfilling relationships and prevent unintended pregnancy.

Impact on Teen Pregnancy Prevention

This program promotes comprehensive sexuality education for youth with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities through building capacity among parents/guardians, support workers, teachers, health care providers, and other caregivers.