The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Rape Prevention and Education (RPE) funding has allowed the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) to contract with community-based organizations to deliver and implement sexual violence (SV) primary prevention strategies. Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) 19-1902 builds on the infrastructure established by RPE Cooperative Agreement 14-1401 to support evidence-based/evidence-informed strategies using a public health approach at multiple levels of the social-ecology.
In Cooperative Agreement 19-1902, DOH Maternal and Child Health Branch (MCHB) will implement four (4) strategies to include: 1) SV prevention curricula for selected middle and high schools; 2) campus mapping at selected middle and high schools to create protected campus environments; 3) domestic and SV prevention collaborative to engage men as allies to prevent domestic and sexual violence; and 4) council to empower girls with advocacy and leadership to change social norms around gender equity. MCHB will provide sub-recipients with training and technical assistance to develop logic models and evaluation plans. Sub-recipients’ programming will be aligned with the RPE State Action Plan and will be developed with the Evaluation and Performance Measurement Plan in Year 1.
MCHB will continue to partner and collaborate with government agencies, non-government agencies, and community-based organizations to encourage “community level” primary prevention programming, including greater understanding of shared risk and protective factors to prevent all forms of violence. DOH will also seek opportunities to identify and share data, through partnerships and collaborations, to inform sub-recipient scope of services, identify populations at risk, and provide recommendations for future sexual violence prevention programming.
Over the course of Cooperative Agreement 19-1902, MCHB aims to achieve the following outcomes: 1) increase number and quality of partnerships to implement community-level strategies to improve coordination of state SV prevention efforts; 2) demonstrate use of data-driven decision making for effective program delivery; 3) demonstrate use of indicator data to track implementation of outcomes; 4) identify environmental/community changes resulting from (implemented) community-level strategies; and 5) demonstrate increases in protective factors and decreases in risk factors related to SV perpetration and victimization. The over all, long-term outcome is to decrease the rates of SV perpetration and victimization in Hawaii. MCHB will continue to leverage RPE funds and resources to impact all sexual violence prevention efforts statewide by providing and sharing technical assistance, webinar and training opportunities.