HIV Prevention Program

HIV Policy Guidance

The Idaho Department of Education receives funds through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention- Division of Adolescent and School Health (CDC/DASH). These funds allow the DOE to provide educational resources, technical assistance, and staff development opportunities for the development and promotion of youth (PreK-12) prevention education programs, with an emphasis on preventing HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The program is designed to expand and strengthen the capacity of local education agencies to plan, implement and evaluate the effectiveness of health education, including HIV/STD education.

Program Priorities:

Policy - Promote LEA adoption of HIV/STD policies consistent with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines.

Data Collection - Conduct surveys to establish the health risk behaviors of youth, and to determine the implementation level of coordinated school health education. The DOE coordinates the administration of statewide surveys such as the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) and the School Health Education Profiles

Curriculum - Assist LEAs in developing, strengthening and implementing planned, sequential, skills-based comprehensive school health curricula intended to prevent behaviors that will result in HIV/STD infection. Curricula should conform to accepted practice guidelines and have credible evidence of effectiveness in impacting the behaviors that place young people at risk of HIV infection.

Teacher Training - Provide staff development for teachers to acquire the skills they need for effectively delivering skills-based health education curriculum. Classroom Implementation - Work toward the effective delivery of HIV/STD curricula and the integration of HIV/STD prevention education within the context of coordinated school health education in the classroom.

Efforts Targeting Youth in High-Risk Situations - Develop the capacity for schools, alternative schools and other agencies to provide education for preventing important health-risk behaviors among indigent youth, minority youth, youth with special education needs and other youth in high-risk situations, including staff development for those who work with youth in high-risk situations.

Involvement of Young People - Involve youth in planning, implementing and evaluating HIV/STD prevention efforts to help assure that program efforts address the needs of youth.

Evaluation - Assess the work plan for school-based HIV prevention education at regular intervals.