Adolescent HIV, other STIs, and Unintended Pregnancy Prevention
NACCHO worked with CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) to increase the capacity of state and local jurisdictions to implement and maintain effective policies and systems to improve the sexual health of students and prevent HIV, other STIs, and unintended pregnancy. Through this project, NACCHO worked closely with the education agencies and their health department and community partners in Palm Beach County, Florida and Houston, Texas to develop action plans to address adolescent sexual health in their jurisdictions. Additionally, NACCHO collaborated with the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, who was also funded by DASH, to establish the Building Bridges for Adolescent Sexual Health through State-Local Collaboration (Building Bridges) project. The goal of the project was to build and enhance collaboration among state and local health and education agencies and their partners to improve health and educational outcomes for adolescents. The project was launched in March 2012 with the health and education agencies in Texas and Houston. Project activities focused on supporting the structure and function of school health advisory councils (SHACs) to improve health and educational outcomes for adolescents in Texas. In January 2013, the Building Bridges project delivered a webinar on SHACs, titled "School Health Advisory Councils: National, State, and Local Perspectives on the Value of SHACs for Supporting Children and Adolescents." The archived webinar can be accessed here.
Through a previous cooperative agreement with DASH, NACCHO implemented a demonstration site project to build the capacity of local education and health agencies to prevent adolescent HIV, other STIs, and unintended pregnancy in their communities. To learn more about NACCHO's Adolescent HIV/STI and Unintended Pregnancy Prevention Demonstration Sites Project, click here.
Disease Intervention Specialist (DIS) Certification Project
NACCHO worked with the CDC's Division of STD Prevention (DSTDP) to assess and evaluate the feasibility of a national standardized certification program for Disease Intervention Specialists (DIS). DIS are public health workers who locate and counsel individuals with sexually transmitted diseases and perform anonymous partner notification for their contacts and associates at risk for infection. They are a flexible workforce with a vital set of skills that can also be utilized during public health emergencies. NACCHO, advised by the input of field staff and collaborative partner agencies, defined DIS professional capabilities, explored the current landscape of available trainings for DIS, and provided recommendations for the creation of a national certification program for DIS.