Sexual Health Education - Colorado Sexual Health Initiative (CoSHI)


About The Program

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. Through a competitive selection process, CDHS awarded funding to three communities: City and County of Denver Department of Human Services, Garfield County Department of Human Services and Huerfano County Department of Social Services. CoSHI coordinators in each of these counties work with CoSHI staff at CDHS to bring comprehensive sexual health 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.


Beyond the Birds & the Bees: Becoming a Truly Trusted Adult

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 & 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 please contact Zoa Schescke @ or 303.866.2810 


Federal Resources

 Grantee Resources

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 $5,000 and $10,000 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.

Watch a webinar to learn more about the Mini-Grants