About this Project

Project Description

What are we doing?

In the United States, disproportionately high rates of sexually transmitted infection (STI) and unplanned pregnancy among adolescents suggest the continuing need for evidence-based sexuality education. In 2001, then Surgeon General, David Satcher released the Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Sexual Health and Responsible Sexual Behavior. Nearly a decade later, significant sexual health disparities persist and efforts to utilize traditional educational channels and to explore alternative venues as sources of evidence-based sexual health education for adolescents have not been sufficient.

Community-based organizations (CBO) have been identified as venues with significant potential to promote adolescent sexual health and support behavioral change and risk-reduction and can play a vital role in addressing sexual health disparities within communities in which they operate. Within CBO, youth development professionals (YDP) are important sources of sexuality education for adolescents and have the potential to influence sexual decision-making and behavior.

Increasingly, YDP are called upon to provide sexual health information whether or not they have been prepared to do so. Moreover, YDP have the ability to reach youth who may not be engaged through other efforts. However, previous research indicates a need for systematic training and accessible resources for YDP and that the YDP themselves express the need for ongoing education and support.

  • Mighty Resource: Sex in the CBO
  • YDP Access Only
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We are trying to help!

  • Reactive Education: Increase YDP efficacy for evidence-based responses to sexual health questions and increase YDP capacity to use evidence-based behavioral change messages and interventions.
  • Proactive Education: Increase outreach and educational efforts by YDP.
  • Organizational Adoption: Enable CBOs, as organizations, to develop systematic ways of providing evidence-based sexual health programming.

Who Are We?

Who Are We?

Rick Goldworthy

Rick Goldsworthy, Ph.D.

Principle Investigator

Rick is the CEO and Director of Research and Development of Academic Edge Inc. Under his direction, AEI has performed a wide range of work for government, university, and corporate clients. Relevant projects include the development and evaluation of warning symbols and labels for teratogenic pharmaceuticals, and the creation of web, video, and print materials on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. He has also directed the development of HIV/STD training materials (video, guidebooks, and interactive media) for primary care providers, creation of HIV/STD counseling training videos for pharmacists, development of training materials on pressure ulcer prevention for home healthcare providers, and implemented school-based programs in areas as diverse as conflict resolution and sexually transmitted disease prevention.

As Director of R&D, Rick manages the conceptualization, development, and evaluation of multimedia products and web sites, with particular emphasis on learning and instructional tools. His work includes recent publications in the Journal of Adolescent Health, the American Journal of Public Health, and Birth Defects Research A. He has also served as a reviewer for the National Institutes for Health and for numerous national educational and public health journals. Rick is a graduate of Indiana University’s Instructional Systems Technology department.

Christopher Fisher

Christopher Fisher, Ph.D.

Audience Research

Christopher M. Fisher, PhD is an Assistant Professor in Health Promotion, Social, & Behavioral Health at the College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Dr. Fisher has conducted a number of research studies on sexuality education and sexual health. His research focuses on the sexual literacy of adults who interact with, teach, and/or raise children and their comfort and confidence in being able to talk about sex in an accurate, comprehensive, and non-judgmental way. Dr. Fisher has taught high school and college-age (undergraduate and graduate) students in human sexuality and sexual health.

Kathleen Baldwin

Kathleen Baldwin

Sexual Health and Sexual Health Education

Kathleen Baldwin, MSW, CSE, CLC is the owner of Tell Kathleen Anything LLC, a training, consulting and coaching business. Kathleen is a certified sexuality educator since 1995, and a certified life coach. She has over 25 years of experience providing sexuality education to students of all ages, and training others to promote sexual health and literacy. She teaches Human Sexuality, and How to Teach about Sexuality at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, and has written several web-based sexual health focused teaching and training curricula targeting diverse audiences. She co-founded the Great Lakes Institute for Community Health Education and the Sexual Attitude Reassessment Workshop at Waycross. She received her MSW and BSW degrees from Indiana University. Kathleen currently provides support to staff in youth programs replicating the science-based Carrera/Children’s Aid Society teen pregnancy prevention programs in six cities. She oversaw two Carrera program replication sites in Indianapolis for ten years during her 20 years as Vice President of Education and Training at Planned Parenthood of Indiana.

J. Dennis Fortenberry

J. Dennis Fortenberry MD MS

Adolescent Health

Dr. Dennis Fortenberry is professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, and associate director of the Section of Adolescent Medicine. His research interests focus on adolescent sexuality, sexual health, and sexually transmitted infections.  Currently funded research addresses the development of the microbiome of the penis in adolescent men, the vaginal microbiome of peri-menarchal girls, and human papilloma virus infections in adolescents and young adults. Other projects address STI transmission through sex toys, attitudes toward genitals, fMRI studies of sexual and romantic relationships, and several studies of bisexual men and women. He is one of the investigators of the recent National Survey of Sexual Health & Behavior. Dr. Fortenberry’s research has received continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health and other Federal sources since 1987.

He is a member of the Community Prevention Leadership Group of the Adolescent HIV Trials Network, conducting studies of linkage to care and engagement in care of HIV+ youth. He currently serves on the executive committee of the American STD Association, as the vice-chair of the board of directors of the American Sexual Health Association (assuming the chair in 2014 during ASHA’s Centennial celebration), and as president-elect of the International Academy for Sex Research.  He also serves on the editorial boards of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, the Journal of Adolescent Health, and Archives of Sexual Behavior. He is associate editor of the Journal of Sex Research. He has published 250 papers and book chapters.

Dr. Fortenberry received his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine, as well as a master of science degree in epidemiology from the University of Oklahoma School of Public Health.

How to contact us?

How to contact us?

We’d be happy to keep you informed as this project continues to grow and new resources are added. Please leave us a note below.

If there is anything we can do to help, or if you’d like to participate in some way, please let us know! Thanks!

The MightyResource Team

What’s New?

What’s New?

Sex in the CBO: Helping Youth Development Professionals Support Sexual Health

Academic Edge, Inc. is currently working on a research project to support youth development professionals working in community-based organizations (CBO). CBO help hundreds of thousands of kids each year and youth development professionals working therein are often called upon to address sexual health issues.


Supported in part by grant # HD070522 from the National Institute for Child Health and  Human Development, a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH/NICHD). The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Library of Medicine or the National Institutes of Health.