The goal of this project is to provide all 50 states with evidence-based technical assistance and training to advance policy shifts that support schools in reducing HIV/STD infection and teen pregnancy. Child Trends, in partnership with National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) will guide five cohorts of state teams – 10 states per cohort – through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s policy process framework (i.e., problem identification, policy analysis, strategy and policy development, policy enactment, policy implementation) to help them to better understand their current policy context and complete an action plan. To assist the states, we will leverage our 50-state analysis of state school health policies for their alignment with the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model, currently funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This analysis will inform an initial assessment of state readiness to participate in the initiative, and help the project team to determine the appropriate time to approach states. To recruit states, the project team will directly engage state school board members – NASBE’s constituency – to further gauge their interest in participating. Each participating state will be provided specific guidance and templates to help them craft their multi-sector team, to conduct a self-assessment of their needs and policy landscape, and build an implementation plan. Training and technical assistance to each team will consist of a 1-day, personalized training for each team; 12 months of one-on-one virtual support; and three virtual Collaborative Innovation and Improvement Networks (based on the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Breakthrough Series Collaborative model) to facilitate cross-state sharing on sexual health education, sexual health services, and safe and supportive environments topics. Child Trends technical assistance and training services will be continuously evaluated using ad
ministrative data (e.g., training logs, completed action plans), surveys of state teams, and state team interviews. These sources of data will assist Child Trends and NASBE to refine and improve the quality of tools, resources, and communications over the life of the project period, and allow the project team to track grantee progress in achieving key process, short-term, and intermediate outcomes.