From Here, For Here

A Step Ahead Chattanooga was founded in 2013 to help kickstart conversations around how family planning positively impacts a person’s access to education, lifetime earnings, and even the health outcomes of their community. A Step Ahead Chattanooga proudly serves communities in Southeast Tennessee, North Georgia and North Alabama.

Our Mission

We remove barriers to contraception through education, outreach, and access to free birth control.

Our Values

Everyone has a right to knowledge about how their bodies work.

When individuals have access to accurate information and access to contraception, they are better equipped to make decisions right for them and their family.

Health services should be provided free of judgment in a caring, respectful, and safe manner.

Every individual should be able to select the birth control method that is best for them.

Rachel and Ruth

The late Ruth Holmberg and ASAC Founder Rachel Schulson

Our History

Our journey began when A Step Ahead Chattanooga (ASAC) Founder Rachel Schulson and a group of passionate women recognized the lack of educational resources on birth control in Chattanooga. In 2013, she discovered a successful program in Memphis led by Claudia Haltom, who started A Step Ahead Foundation to address unintended pregnancies in her area. Inspired by this model, Rachel collaborated with Claudia to establish A Step Ahead Chattanooga. Today, six A Step Ahead affiliates in Tennessee operate independently.

Since 2013, ASAC has experienced significant growth. Our impact has expanded from serving Hamilton County to now covering an 18-county service area. We became the first affiliate to extend beyond Tennessee state lines. We now serve seven counties in North Georgia and North Alabama, in addition to eleven counties in Southeast Tennessee.


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