Health and Academic Equity

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Adolescent and School Health gives the center additional support to provide ongoing technical assistance to 10 Minnesota school districts participating in the Adolescent Health and Academic Equity Project.

The Project’s goal is to build the capacity of schools to develop and implement sustainable program strategies and activities to improve the health of students. This includes delivering comprehensive health education, increased access to sexual health services, and establishing safe and supportive environments for students and staff.

During this project, school district teams assess, plan, and implement sustainable, evidence-informed programs that meet the sexual health needs of students, thereby increasing students’ academic achievement.

School districts and partners working with the center on this project include: Brooklyn Center Schools, Cass Lake-Bena Schools, Northeast Metro 916, Minneapolis Public Schools, Minnesota Internship Center, Red Lake School District, Red Wing Public Schools, Richfield Public Schools, St. James Public Schools and Yellow Medicine East. School districts have completed assessments using tools developed by the University of Minnesota Prevention Research Center.

Teams must complete comprehensive district plans by January 2016 and school districts will begin implementing programs that were selected based on student needs. Programs will be implemented and monitored for fidelity and supported through July 31, 2018.

The lessons learned during this project will inform the center’s work in developing more resources and materials. A state leadership team and an inter-agency department agreement with the Minnesota Department of Health guide this project.

By 2018, the partner districts will increase school safety and reduce disparities among youth in HIV infection, unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases experienced by young people.