Health Connected has evolved significantly since our founding in 1988 as a coalition of education, health, and human services providers – the South County Teen Pregnancy Task Force – focused on providing support services to pregnant and parenting youth in Redwood City. We were incorporated in 1995 as the Teen Pregnancy Coalition of San Mateo County. Over the next decade, we developed our Teen Talk sexual health curricula and broadened our focus from teen pregnancy prevention to STI prevention. This expansion precipitated a change in our organizational identity to become Teen Talk Sexuality Education.
Over the last several years, our parent support programs and trainings for education professionals have expanded and developed. We recognize the importance of not only providing programs for young people, but also supporting their parents to have meaningful conversations about sexual health and supporting education professionals to integrate sexual health programs into their schools and youth organizations.
On September 2, 2014, Teen Talk Sexuality Education unveiled its new name, Health Connected. Our new name reflects that we no longer serve only teens, though young people continute to be the driving force behind all of our programs. Health Connected will serve as an "umbrella" for all of our sexual health programs, which include Teen Talk (or flagship youth services program), Parent Talk (our parent services program), and our Training & Technical Assistance program for education professionals.
To learn more about our organizational history, check out our timeline below.