Seattle Public Schools (SPS) is applying to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Notice of Funding Opportunity: Promoting Adolescent Health through School-Based HIV Prevention (CDC-RFA-PS18-1807). The request is for funding to support an approach that includes Component 1: School based surveillance ($58,382); and Component 2: School-based HIV/STD prevention ($299,988). SPS expects to collaborate with other organizations who receive Component 3 funds but SPS is not applying for Component 3 in this application.
Seattle Public Schools is the largest school district in Washington State, serving nearly 54,000 students. Students speak 154 languages from 150 countries of origin. Thirty-four percent of students are eligible for free and reduced lunch, 12.6% of Seattle’s students receive Special Education services, 5.4% are experiencing homelessness, and 21.7% are English language learners. Twenty percent of Seattle Public Schools students completing the 2016 Healthy Youth Survey identified as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or unsure; almost half of high school seniors report they have had sexual intercourse; and nearly 20% of seniors report being forced to engage in unwanted sexual behavior. Students in these populations experience a wide range of health disparities, including increased risks for HIV and other STDs, as well as victimization, physical threats, and other safety concerns.
The purpose of this project is to collect, analyze, and report on adolescent health risk behaviors using the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) and Profiles data; and improve sexual health education (SHE) delivery, increase access to sexual health services (SHS), and strengthen safe and supportive environments (SSE) in Seattle Public Schools.
At the end of the project, SPS expects to achieve the following outcomes:
• Increased percentage of students accessing school-based sexual health services;
• Increased professional development offerings teaching skills-based health and sexual health education in middle and high schools;
• Delayed onset of sexual activity; and for those who are sexually active, increased use of contraceptives and condoms;
• Decreased risk behaviors that place youth at higher risk of adverse health outcomes including substance use and violence; and effective treatment of mental illness;
• Reduced HIV infection and other STDs, and decreased teen pregnancy rates; and
• Increased student academic success.
SPS and its partners will develop and implement activities that improve infrastructure and partnerships with the goal of creating sustainable efforts for improving sexual health outcomes for youth. This will include training teachers, nurses, school-based health center staff, administrators, school counselors, families, and community partners to more effectively support students in decreasing adverse sexual health outcomes. SPS will devote 2.5 FTEs to implement the grant. Collectively, the project staff have more than 40 years of experience successfully implementing CDC grants.