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Community educational presentations are available for the following topics:

Birth Control

The Birth Control presentation explores the different methods that are available, how they work, benefits, risks, role they play in preventing sexually transmitted diseases and side effects. We also discuss the importance of setting limits by using honest communication with a partner.

Objectives for participants:

  • List at least three contraceptive methods used to prevent pregnancy.
  • Identify two benefits of being sexually abstinent.
  • Analyze the relationship between using alcohol and other drugs and sexual risk behaviors.
  • Understand the importance of honest communication.

A video created and presented by local teens and young adults is used to show the different types of birth control.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)

The Sexually Transmitted Diseases presentation addresses a full range of sexually transmitted diseases, their potential symptoms, types of testing, and treatment, and explores ways to reduce the risk of becoming infected. Risk-reduction practices will be discussed.

Objectives for participants:

  • Summarize that all STDs can be treated and identify which ones can be cured.
  • List at least two sexual activities that put someone at risk of contracting an STD.
  • Describe the usual signs and symptoms of common STDs.
  • Summarize the importance of setting personal limits to avoid risky sexual behavior.
  • Identify how to prevent the transmission of STDs.

A PowerPoint presentation that utilizes the Health Education Curricula Assessment Tool (HECAT) developed by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and based on National Health Education Standards makes this presentation truly complementary to current curricula.

Healthy Relationships

The Healthy Relationships presentation covers the characteristics found in healthy and unhealthy relationships and explores the many different types of relationships we encounter.

Objectives for participants:

  1. Distinguish between healthy and unhealthy relationships.
  2. Identify at least three characteristics found in a healthy relationship.
  3. Identify at least three characteristics found in an unhealthy relationship.
  4. Be able to identify the different types of relationships.

A PowerPoint presentation and several video clips are used to build awareness regarding relationships.


The Communication presentation explores the internal and external influences that affect our ability to effectively communicate, while reviewing the different forms and styles of communication.

Objectives for participants

  • List and overcome barriers in communication.
  • Define and understand the different communication styles (passive, aggressive, and assertive)
  • Practice active listening.
  • Consider verbal and non-verbal communication methods.

Video segments are used to illustrate the principles of the presentation.

Sexual Consent

Consent is a conversation between two individuals that may feel uncomfortable and awkward, but is very important. Participants will understand that consent needs to be enthusiastic, freely given and something you can take back--it's okay to change your mind.

A PowerPoint presentation and several video clips are used to illustrate awareness.


This presentation is appropriate for 8 to 13-year-olds and covers information on the physical and emotional changes that occur during puberty.

Objectives for participants

  • Explore the physical changes of puberty and begin to create a positive self-image for the future.
  • Understand the role of hormones in puberty.
  • Develop a comfort level with using proper terminology.
  • Identify support people to assist with questions surrounding puberty.

A video is used and a game is played called Puberty Jeopardy that reviews the information covered during the presentation.

Special thanks to The Women's Fund of Greater La Crosse for your support in making this presentation possible.

Talking with Your Kids

When you or other trusted adults discuss sexuality with your children, you can make sure you are including family values with the information. It's important to realize that you do not need to be an expert or even be comfortable with sexuality to educate your child about responsible sexual behavior. There are many resources available to help you on this journey, and Essential Health Clinic has the tools and resources you need to have open and honest communication with your children.

Objectives for participants:

  • Identify age-appropriate sexuality education topics for your children.
  • Understand that sexuality education is a life-long process of learning.
  • To recognize "teachable moments" that provide opportunities for conversations with children about sexuality, relationships and sex.
  • Identify resources that support adult-child communication.

A PowerPoint presentation and several activities are used to build awareness.

A Family-Guided Sexuality Education Handbook is distributed to each participant.