Carissa Ruf, MPH, CHES, joined the CTC-SRH in 2020. She oversees the CTC-SRH marketing and communications, working to expand the reach of the educational and training efforts for the Title X community. She provides project management for the CTC-SRH conferences, events, activities, and trainings while managing and assisting in virtual education production.
Prior to joining the CTC-SRH, Carissa worked for Montclair State University as a Health Promotion Specialist, Emory University in the Office of Health Promotion, and as an ORISE Health Communications Fellow for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Carissa became a Registered Yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance in 2010 and received her License as a Massage Therapist in 2011. She is currently studying Pelvic Floor Yoga in her ongoing training.
Carissa obtained her MPH at Emory University with a concentration in Behavioral Science and Health Education and a certificate of Mental Health. She received her BA in Theatre – Visual and Performing Arts at Longwood University with a minor in Health Education. Carissa has been a Certified Health Education Specialist since 2012 and holds a Family Planning Health Worker Certification.
Carissa lives in West Chester, PA with her partner and two cats, Jade and Tohru. She enjoys playing video games with her friends and family and opening 100 tabs to learn about a very niche topic only to close them and forget 90% of what she just learned.
Founded as the National Clinical Training Center for Family Planning (NCTCFP) in 2006, we changed our name to the Clinical Training Center for Sexual and Reproductive Health (CTC-SRH) in 2023. We have been funded by the Office of Population Affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services since inception and remain the primary source of clinical training for those providing sexual and reproductive health care in federally-funded settings.
Having served the Title X network for nearly two decades, our team of clinical experts recognized that the term “family planning” falls short of describing the client-centered and inclusive sexual and reproductive health services we offer, especially in an increasingly urgent and rapidly shifting healthcare landscape.
The newly-renamed Clinical Training Center for Sexual and Reproductive Health (CTC-SRH) continues to provide evidence-based clinical training and resources to healthcare providers in Title X settings through increased healthcare quality, equity, and access.