EyesOpenIowa State Wide Programs
EOI is committed to working closely with Iowa's communities to help them support young people around sexual and reproductive health and the development of healthy relationships. We do this through a number of programs, through which staff work with school districts, community-based organizations, sexual health educators, parents, and teens themselves. Through this programming, we reach approximately 200,000 young people annually with information to help them prevent pregnancy, make healthy decisions about sex and relationships, and set appropriate boundaries. Please take a moment to learn more about each program below.
WISE Iowa Project
Working to Institutionalize Sex Ed
The WISE program works to increase school districts’ sustainable implementation of effective sex education that is comprehensive and medically-accurate. Iowa is one of 14 states to receive this important funding and we’ve recently expanded our work into Illinois! Learn how your school can get involved with WISE and improve sex education for all students.
EyesOpenAcademy: providing quality training for professionals
In addition to in-person trainings available at the EyesOpenIowa training hall or available by request, EyesOpenIowa is excited to offer Eyes Open Academy. Eyes Open Academy is our new online training school in which we offer professionals, community members, parents, and caregivers across Iowa 24/7 access to a constantly growing library of innovative and engaging trainings. Additionally, all trainings within the Eyes Open Academy count toward recertification hours to become a Certified Sexual Health Educator.
The (Healthy) Golden Years
Adults are living longer, more vibrant, and sexually active lives. For some, this may include a new partner(s) and online dating (without knowledge of a sexual history), and for many, the belief that they no longer need sexual health information.
Unfortunately, sex education has not kept up with a full lifespan of sexuality. EOI is working to change that and to support older adults in living sexually healthy lives.
EOI partners with local retirement communities and works closely with all staff to strengthen the support for healthy sexuality among the residents. Options include:
Training for all staff about how discuss sexuality with older adults
Training on STDs, HIV, and prevention methods
Education about healthy relationships and the “red flags” of an unhealthy relationship
Education about older adults, social media, and online dating
Education about LGBTQ older adults
Education about verbal and non-verbal consent
Assessment of facility policies including staff responsibilities, resident rights, consent, privacy, intervention, nondiscrimination
For more information, please contact Shari Stucker.
TxTina: Talking Sex Together Campaign
This program uses mobile networks and social media to foster two-way communication with teens ages 13-19 about safe sex and sexual health. Teens can subscribe to the TxT program and opt in to receive text messages each Friday with facts, quizzes, polls and thought starters related to sexual health. On the opposite Friday teens can submit a question to the text message hotline. The questions submitted to the text message hotline will be responded by “TxTina”, a trained health educator. These responses are instant, anonymous and accurate answers and provide a risk-free outlet and private channel to address important sexual health questions/issues, which may otherwise go unanswered.
YOUNG PARENTS, SCHOOLS
At EyesOpenIowa we support all teens. We recognize that some young people become parents. There are many questions for teens as they look toward parenthood. EOI has developed the Boost website and resources specifically for young parents to help them plan for their future. In addition, EOI has toolkits that provide resources for schools about how to support young parents while they are in the school system. Please contact EOI for more information.
EDUCATORS, COLLEGE STUDENTS
Peer Advocates for Safer Sex
The PASS program is the pilot for a national movement which trains college Resident Assistants (RAs) to serve as Sexual Health Educators. Peer Advocates for Safer Sex will install seamless programming around pregnancy and STI prevention, sex education, consent and sexual assault prevention. Grant funding for this program has been suspended but EyesOpenIowa continues to partner with college campuses to provide this service. College students can apply to be on the Student Advisory Panel, which allows them to be a part of installing this programming on college campuses in Iowa.
Community Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (CAPP) Program
This innovative, statewide program, delivers sexual health programming to local communities. The Department of Human Services contracts with 17 local grantee agencies across Iowa. Trained educators from these agencies provide evidence-based or evidence-informed sex education curricula in local school districts and agencies. Educators also provide topical information for middle and high school students. EOI was significantly involved in the development, implementation, and expansion of this program from its beginning until 2018. More information about the history of CAPP and its successes is available here.