Who We Are


Established in 2012, the National Coalition for Sexual Health is managed by Altarum in conjunction with the Coalition Steering Committee, consisting of the Center of Excellence for Sexual Health at Morehouse School of Medicine, National Association of Community Health Centers, The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable, Project Inform, and Communications Consultant Tom Beall. Altarum is dedicated to making disease prevention and health promotion a national priority and America a healthier nation. Altarum seeks to increase understanding and use of clinical preventive services and population-based prevention to improve health.

Alyson Kristensen, MPH, Co-Director

Alyson Kristenson serves as Co-Director, a position she also held at Partnership for Prevention (Partnership), and manages the NCSH's Health Care Action Group. Prior to joining Partnership, Alyson worked at The Institute for Genomic Research (now part of the J. Craig Venter Institute), as well as with several local organizations in Tanzania on projects addressing HIV/AIDS and children’s health. She holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a member of the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health.

Susan Gilbert, MPA, Co-Director

Susan Gilbert, a consultant to Altarum, also serves as the Communications Director of the NCSH and manages its Communications Action Group. Previously, Susan served as a health communications consultant to Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, Population Services International, WomenHeart, and other NGOs. Prior to living and working in Africa for eight years, she was Senior Vice President at Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide. Susan holds a Master of Public Administration, with an emphasis in Public Health, from UMass/Amherst and a BA from Hobart and William Smith Colleges.