Cregs. Center for research & education on gender and sexuality
There has been a growing movement in sexuality and sexual health research away from a disease-prevention model and towards a more inclusive, public health approach that accounts for the social and cultural factors that contribute to negative sexual health outcomes. In 2001, former US Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher published his Call to Action to Promote Sexual Health and Responsible Sexual Behavior. Acknowledging the public health implications of private sexual matters, including HIV/AIDS, STIs, unintended pregnancy, and intimate partner violence, Dr. Satcher addressed the important need for public discourse on all aspects of sexuality in the US—positive and negative.
CREGS exists to contribute significantly to that discourse with evidence-based knowledge and resources. The Center performs cutting-edge research in HIV prevention, adolescent/teen sexuality, reproductive health, and works with several community partners to study and disseminate information about sex. Prior to 2012, CREGS was known as two different centers—the National Sexuality Research Center and the Center for Research on Gender and Sexuality.
CREGS will continue to uphold the legacy of those institutions with important programs such as the Summer Institute on Sexuality. Started in 2001, the Summer Institute is the premiere summer program on sexuality research in the country, designed for students, researchers, and professionals interested in sexuality and sexual health.