A Letter from the Chair in Sexual Health
This was an amazing year for the Program in Human Sexuality. We have had a significant increase in the number of publications and grant activity. Our clinical services continue to transform lives, even when the increased clientele constitutes a waitlist. We have made major revisions to our human sexuality course for medical students, which is still one of the finest in the country. Our postdoctoral fellows have had remarkable success with their scholarly output. We started an online certificate program in human sexuality and are working to establish a master’s degree program in human sexuality. Based on scientific knowledge, we continue to advocate for sexual and gender rights, access to care, and policies which foster sexual health around the world. While we have done well in clinical, educational, and research income, philanthropic support has been vital to maintaining our excellence and investing in critical areas.
We could not accomplish this without the wonderful faculty, fellows and staff of the Program. While we have done well in clinical, educational, and research income, philanthropic support has been vital to maintaining our excellence and investing in critical areas.
These are challenging times as we continue to experience threats to the sexual and gender health of our nation. The fundamental right to sexual health is being challenged – from abortion rights, contraceptive availability, funding for HIV and STI prevention, health care insurance for sexual health conditions, laws and policies guaranteeing fundamental rights of the LGBTQ community, and funding for critical research in sexual health.
Now more than ever, we will continue to revolutionize the sexual and gender climate by eliminating barriers and advancing healthy sexuality. As the premier institute for sexual health, we are committed to providing the leadership needed to advance sexuality research, education, clinical care, and advocacy to promote sexual and gender health FOR ALL!
With your continued support, we have established the only two endowed Chairs in Sexual Health in the world and are working to establish a new endowed Chair in Clinical Sexual Health and endowed Professorship in Sexuality and Aging. With these positions, and establishing our National Center for Gender Spectrum Health, we are poised to move the Program to an Institute level at the University of Minnesota. As the Program prepares for our 50th Anniversary, we will create a lasting legacy which will be impactful in ways that our founders only dreamed about. We will keep dreaming and turning those dreams into reality!
Eli Coleman, PhD
Professor and Director
Chair in Sexual Health