LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT (LAUSD)
US CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL & PREVENTION
PROMOTING ADOLESCENT HEALTH THROUGH SCHOOL-BASED HIV PREVENTION
The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) proposes to implement Promoting Adolescent Health Through School-Based HIV Prevention Component 1: School-Based Surveillance, and Component 2: School-Based HIV/STD Prevention. The LAUSD recognizes the vital role that schools can play in reducing HIV and STD infections among adolescents as well as teen pregnancies, and in reducing disparities in HIV/STD infections.
LAUSD will implement a multi-faceted, collaborative initiative in order to better understand youth risk behaviors; to create or adjust LAUSD policies and practices; to ensure the delivery of quality sexual health education (SHE) and sexual health services (SHS); and to ensure the existence of safe and supportive environments (SSE) for LAUSD students.
Component 1 activities include the collection and utilization of data from the YRBS and Profiles surveys in order to increase our understanding of risk behaviors; assess policy and practices regarding student health and health services; provide professional development (PD) for district officials and school staff; provide technical assistance (TA) and follow up service; and more effectively implement strategies and programming. Component 2 activities include the implementation of school-based HIV/STD prevention activities that are universal and inclusive of all our secondary students. In the first year, the district will select up to 25 priority schools (20,000-30,000+ students) for TA related to Sexual Health Education, Sexual Health Services, and Safe and Supportive Schools based on LAC Division of HIV and STD Programs and YRBS data that identify areas of highest risk of HIV/STDs and related risk factors.
By the end of the project period, July 31, 2023, LAUSD will have achieved the following short and intermediate-term outcomes:
1. Increased understanding of youth risk behaviors and school health policies and practices;
2. Increased teacher ability to teach SHE effectively;
3. Increased student receipt of effective SHE;
4. Increased access to on-site and off-site SHS;
5. Increased delivery of on-site SHS;
6. Increased referrals for SHS to community providers;
7. Increased teacher implementation of best classroom management practices for SSE;
8. Increased student participation in positive youth development activities.
9. Increased student knowledge, skills, and behaviors to avoid and reduce sexual risk behaviors;
10. Increased student awareness of SHS needs and services;
11. Increased student HIV testing;
12. Increased student STD testing;
13. Increased parental monitoring;
14. Increased parental/student communication about sexual health information and services, and;
15. Increased student connectedness to school.