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Grant from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

In August of 2013, the Florida Department of Education was one of 19 state education agencies selected to receive a 5-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to improve adolescent health through school-based HIV/STD prevention policies, procedures, curriculum, and school-based surveillance tools.

The School-Based HIV/STD Prevention and School-Based Surveillance Project is coordinated by the University of South Florida (USF). USF staff will provide professional development and technical assistance and resources to school districts that chose to become part of the project. The project will implement targeted activities to help districts and schools improve student health and meet the prevention needs of the entire student population, with a special emphasis on services to homeless students. District specific data will be collected throughout the project and will be used to inform decision makers about the status of student health, health education, and bullying prevention efforts.

The districts participating in the project will have an opportunity over the next five years to become leaders in the state by implementing school health policies and practices in secondary schools that:

  • Establish safe and supportive learning environments (bullying prevention);
  • Deliver developmentally-appropriate exemplary sexual health education; and
  • Increase adolescents' access to sexual health wellness services (counseling, testing/referral for HIV/STDs and pregnancy) available in school-based health centers and/or with youth-friendly health care providers.

A comprehensive evaluation and performance measurement plan for the project will inform stakeholders throughout the project period and measure progress toward the goals. Future evaluation findings and success stories from this project will be provided through this website.

While the focus of this project is on the districts that chose to participate, all districts in Florida will benefit from the lessons learned and the resources and trainings that will be developed during the project period. Check back frequently to this website for fact sheets, Power Point Presentations, and webinars which will be available to all districts.