Albuquerque Public Schools seeks funding from the CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health to deliver exemplary sexual health education emphasizing HIV and other STD prevention (SHE); increase adolescent access to key sexual health services (SHS); and establish safe and supportive environments for students and staff (SSE). The purpose of Albuquerque Public School’s application for funding under Component 2 of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) CDC-RFA-PS18-1807 is to implement the following strategies:
• Working with classroom teachers to improve sexual health education curriculum implementation for students in grades 7 and 9.
• Training sexual health education instructors to teach age-appropriate, medically accurate and unbiased curricula; also providing instructor professional development and parent resources, tools and informational sessions.
• Partnering with multiple organizations, school based health centers, and community providers to ensure students have access to sexual health services.
• Collaborating with schools’ Gay-Straight Alliances to increase understanding of policies that support lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students. The district also works with staff on reporting bullying, sexual harassment and discrimination through its Safe Zone program. These activities contribute to efforts to provide an environment where all students and staff feel safe.
Schools play an important role in HIV/STD prevention. School can influence students’ risk for HIV infection and other STDs through parental engagement, health education, connections to physical and mental health services and connecting youth to each other and important adults. By implementing strategies to provide Sexual Health Education, connect students to Sexual Health Services and foster Safe and Supportive Environments, Albuquerque Public Schools will reduce HIV and STD infections, teen pregnancy and related risk behaviors among middle and high school students.