About Courtney Waters
Courtney Waters, MPH, MS has been engaged in community-based research and programming since she joined SIROW in 2013. Courtney’s educational background and career course have focused on investing in marginalized populations including migrants, women, LGBTQ folx, racial and ethnic minorities, and persons experiencing homelessness and mental health challenges.
During her tenure at SIROW, Courtney has held roles on several state and federally-funded projects including Research Technician, Health Educator, Evaluation Coordinator, Program Coordinator, and Evaluator. Recent projects have included a three-agency collaboration that provides sexuality education, linkages to mental and behavioral health services, HIV testing, and prevention navigation to LGBTQ youth ages 13-24, as well as a project aimed at enhancing the system of care for LGBTQ young adults experiencing homelessness and housing instability.
Courtney’s primary interests lie in the vast field of sexual health. Courtney is particularly passionate about sexuality education and believes that all people should have the knowledge and tools to achieve sexual wellness. Courtney has been delivering sexuality education in various settings for the past ten years including college campuses, high schools, treatment facilities, and community drop-in centers.
In addition to delivering sexual health information, Courtney has experience developing and adapting curriculum. Courtney was responsible for adapting SIROW’s Sexual Health Education for Youth (SIROW-HEY) curriculum to be more LGBTQ-inclusive, as well as updating a sexual violence prevention curriculum for adolescents. She also developed an LGBTQ-affirming curriculum for adults called SIROW Health Education Queer (SHE-Q). Courtney went on to train a team of health educators to deliver both HEY and SHE-Q with youth and young adults.
Courtney’s excitement for sexuality education extends beyond SIROW. She is a reviewer for the Journal of Sex Research as well as a member of the 2019 National Sex Ed Conference Planning Team. Courtney is also a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) through the National Center for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC).
Courtney’s areas of expertise include:
- Sexuality education
- Sexual violence prevention
- Curriculum development, adaptation, and training
- LGBTQ-affirming practices
Sexual Violence Education Project
The ANCHOR Project
Sexual Health Film & Toolkit Project: An Education and Empowerment Initiative
Master of Public Health with a focus on Maternal and Child Health; Master of Science in Mexican American Studies with a concentration in Latino Health and Wellness; Bachelor of Science in Biobehavioral Health with a minor in Spanish.