Announcing Our Participation in CDC Initiative to Reduce HIV and STD Infections in Adolescents

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Adolescent and School Health’s (DASH) new initiative, Expanding Partnerships and Disseminating HIV Prevention Materials to Reduce HIV and other STDs among Adolescents through National Non-Governmental Organizations (PS16-1603), was created to increase education of key stakeholders on CDC-developed approaches to school-based programs for creating healthier adolescents (10-19 years old) by reducing HIV and STD infection.

The initiative, a collaborative effort between the School-Based Health Alliance, Advocates for Youth, the National Association of County and City Health Officials, and the National Coalition of STD Directors, exemplifies DASH’s commitment to expanding partnerships and recognizes the critical role effective partnerships play in the success of implementing high-quality health education and services and fostering safe and supportive environments.

As a partner, the Alliance is excited to present at various conferences, offer workshops, hold webinars, and disseminate insightful resources and information pertaining to health education, health services, and safe and supportive environments.

Below you’ll find more information about each partner and our upcoming conferences presentations. We look forward to keeping you updated on our partnership’s initiatives and activities!

 

About the Partners
The School-Based Health Alliance

The School-Based Health Alliance (The Alliance) works to improve the health of children and youth by advancing and advocating for school-based health care. We provide the field with high-quality resources, training, and motivation and inspiration to excel in their work. School-based health care practitioners, with their distinct expertise, knowledge, and experiences, play a vital role at the intersection of education and health care. By empowering them, The Alliance is redefining health for kids and teens.

Advocates for Youth

Advocates for Youth envisions a society that views sexuality as normal and healthy and treats young people as a valuable resource.  Advocates for Youth champions efforts that help young people (ages 14-25) make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Advocates believes it can best serve the field by boldly advocating for a more positive and realistic approach to adolescent sexual health.

NACCHO

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is a leader, partner, catalyst, and voice for change for the nation’s nearly 3,000 local health departments. NACCHO seeks to ensure the conditions that promote health and equity, combat disease, and improve the quality and length of all lives.

NCSD

The National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) is a partnership of public health professionals dedicated to promoting sexual health through the prevention of STDs. NCSD provides dynamic leadership that strengthens and builds the capacity of STD Programs by advocating for effective policies, strategies, and sufficient resources by increasing awareness of the medical and social impacts of STDs.

 

Additional Partners

We are thrilled to welcome Gender Spectrum, GLSEN, National Association of School Nurses (NASN), NASTADSHAPE America, and The School Superintendents Association (AASA) as additional members of our partnership and look forward to collaborating with each organization!

 

June 2017 Highlights

National School-Based Health Care Convention (June 18-21)

Workshop: Youth Partnership in Sex Ed, Sexual Health Services, and Safe and Supportive Clinic Environments, a presentation by Andrea Shore (The Alliance), Sara Stahlberg (NCSD), and Alba Alvarado (NCSD).

This session explored the ways in which health care professionals in SBHCs can utilize CDC-DASH school-based approaches to sexual health education, sexual health services, and safe and supportive environments to improve health outcomes for students. The panel discussion featured a youth perspective on adolescent sexual health and an introduction to the new CDC-DASH initiative.

 

We look forward to updating you on our partnership’s initiatives. Stay tuned for more information!

All the best,

The Alliance, Advocates for Youth, NACCHO, and NCSD

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