SIECUS Launches Creating a Sexually Healthy America
A Five-Year Strategic Plan 2012–2016
The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) has launched our strategic plan for the period of 2012 – 2016 that will allow us to make significant progress toward Creating a Sexually Healthy America. Throughout our 48 years, SIECUS has effectively advocated for the right of all people to accurate information about sexuality and sexual health, comprehensive education about sexuality, and sexual health services.
While fundamental to being human, sexuality is also one of the most complex and politicized personal issues debated in the public arena. The success of SIECUS’ education and advocacy efforts has proven that addressing sexuality honestly and openly can be a powerful force for achieving significant outcomes in public health, gender equity, and social justice.
SIECUS is unique in the way that we work at the nexus of policy and program implementation. Our goal is to provide leadership in the field of sexuality by framing the dialogue about sexuality education and sexual health; working to ensure federal, state, and local policies are supportive of comprehensive sexuality education; and ensuring that high-quality sexuality education programs are put into place at the state and local levels.
Our work puts SIECUS at the intersection of multiple issues: reproductive health; reproductive justice; HIV/AIDS; social justice; adolescent health; and, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality. We actively engage with those relevant communities as well as those addressing the health and rights of disabled and socially and economically disenfranchised populations. Historically, we brought many of these different issues and communities together around the challenge of providing comprehensive sexuality education.
Today, we have the opportunity to foster the first generation of sexually healthy adults. We will seize this opportunity by defining, framing, and supporting a new public discourse to shift the paradigm on sexual health and well-being to create a sexually healthy America.
In support of our new strategic plan, SIECUS is reframing and reprioritizing our programmatic, policy, and advocacy efforts under three strategic priorities for the period of 2012—2016:
1. Sexual Health and Well-Being
2. Sexuality Education
3. Sexual Health Care Services
Each of these strategic priorities is interconnected; only by providing access to high-quality sexuality education and sexual health care services will we reach the goal of a public that enjoys sexual health and well-being throughout the lifespan. Each of these strategic priorities will be addressed by leveraging our position at the nexus of policy and program implementation.
Greater detail about our strategic priorities, goals, and actions can be found in our full strategic plan at: