Colorado Sexual Health Initiative (CoSHI)

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About CoSHI

The Colorado Sexual Health Initiative (CoSHI) is funded by a Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) grant. CoSHI provides youth with age-appropriate, medically accurate and evidence-based strategies that are proven to help reduce the risk of unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

CDHS received federal PREP funding in 2010 to develop a sexual health education program. Each year CDHS awards funding to Human Service agencies and community based organization within Colorado communities. This funding enables the agencies to bring comprehensive sexual health education and programming to young people in Colorado along with trainings for trusted adults who would like to increase their skills in answering questions about sensitive topics.

Comprehensive sexual health education is important because research has shown that it helps youth:

  • Delay the initiation of sex (abstain)
  • Reduce the frequency of sex
  • Reduce the number of new partners
  • Reduce the incidence of unprotected sex

This funding gives Colorado the chance to coordinate initiatives and build upon state law (Colorado's Healthy Youth Act), the state academic content standards for comprehensive health, and a variety of local initiatives addressing sexual health.

Watch a video about the CoSHI program

Sexual health workshop

CoSHI offers a workshop on becoming an "askable adult" and building the skills and knowledge needed to effectively answer difficult questions and discuss sensitive topics.

As youth-serving professionals, we often field questions from young people that we may not always feel comfortable answering. The "Beyond the Birds and the Bees" training is focused on answering tough questions that young people may ask regarding puberty, sexual health, risky behavior and/or other health-related questions. The training is intended to help adults develop the skills and knowledge to discuss these topics effectively and become a safe person for young people to ask these questions.

For more information and/or to host a workshop in your county or for your organization, please contact Zoa Schescke at zoa.schescke@state.co.us or 303.866.2810.

CoSHI mini-grants

Please fill this form out if you are interested in receiving information on the process to apply for a mini-grant from the Colorado Sexual Health Initiative (CoSHI). The mini-grants will be between $10,000 and $25,000 and will support counties in the training and technical assistance process of developing a program to offer comprehensive sexual health education to young people in Colorado and the trusted adults who are involved with these young people. The target audience will include youth involved with systems of care (foster care, juvenile justice etc..), those who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of experiencing homelessness, youth who are survivors of human trafficking or at risk of human trafficking and those who are at high risk of unplanned pregnancy, STIs or HIV.

View a webinar about the mini-grant process

Resources for young people

BedsiderProviding accurate and honest information, this online birth control support network helps young people research birth control methods and where to find them.

Planned Parenthood: General sexual health information, a clinic locator and lots of resources for teens, parents and educators. (You can also text "ICYC" to 57890 to get answers to your sexual health questions from a trained educator, or chat with Roo, the sexual health chat bot, online.)

ScarleteenThis website provides a wealth of information for teens and young adults about sexuality, sex and relationships, as well as advice and support, and even a safer sex shop.

Sex, Etc.: Created for teens, by teens, this website provides accurate and honest information to improve teen sexual health, as well as various ways for adolescents to get involved in various campaigns around sexual and reproductive health.

Power to DecideUsing videos, blogs and a sex education resource center, this website delivers quality information about sex, love and relationships for teens, including content authored by teens.

Contact us

CoSHI team

Colorado Department of Human Services CoSHI Team:

General CoSHI email: cdhs_coshi@state.co.us
Zoa Schescke (she/her/hers)

CoSHI Manager
1575 Sherman St., 2nd Floor
Denver CO 80203-1702
P 303.866.2810
E-mail: zoa.schescke@state.co.us

Anna Wendt (she/her/hers)

CoSHI Training Specialist
1575 Sherman St., 2nd Floor
Denver CO 80203-1702
P 303.866.2846
E-mail: anna.wendt@state.co.us

Theo Isoz (they/them/theirs)

CoSHI Training Specialist
1575 Sherman St., 2nd Floor
Denver CO 80203-1702
P 303.866.2846
E-mail: theo.isoz@state.co.us 

Funded Partners:

Garfield County Department of Human Services:
Arn Menconi (he/him/his)

CoSHI Program Coordinator

P.O. Box 1845
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
P 970.319.2182
E-mail: garfieldcountyprep@gmail.com

Huerfano County Department of Social Services:
Myra Trujillo (she/her/hers)

CoSHI Program Coordinator
513 Main St.
Walsenburg, CO81089
P 719.738.1573
E-mail: huerfanocountyprep@gmail.com

Information request
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