Originally, the Tennessee Alliance for Sexual Health (TNASH, pronounced "ta-nash") was founded as the Nashville Alliance for Sexual Health in 2004 by Ginger Manley, NP CST and Lynne Odom, PT. It began as a multidisciplinary organization to provide a forum for professionals to exchange information and expertise in the area of sexual health. At the time there were very few professionals working specifically in the field of sexuality and sexual health. The landscape in Nashville has changed dramatically in the last 14 years.
In 2018, the leadership team decided to expand TNASH to encompass the whole state of Tennessee in an effort to serve as a resource and exchange for a larger community.
There are many more professionals offering a wide range of services related to sexual health. Many local professionals already collaborate and TNASH hopes to help connect all these professionals further and offer a resource for community members seeking services and education.
The mission of the Tennessee Alliance for Sexual Health (TNASH) is to enhance sexual health awareness and provide education for professionals and the community in TN.
WHat is sexual Health ?
The American Sexual Health Association defines sexual health as:
The ability to embrace and enjoy our sexuality throughout our lives. It is an important part of our physical and emotional health.
Being sexually healthy means:
Understanding that sexuality is a natural part of life and involves more than sexual behavior.
Recognizing and respecting the sexual rights we all share.
Having access to sexual health information, education, and care.
Making an effort to prevent unintended pregnancies and STDs and seek care and treatment when needed.
Being able to experience sexual pleasure, satisfaction, and intimacy when desired.
Being able to communicate about sexual health with others including sexual partners and healthcare providers.