Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) receives funds through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-Division of Adolescent and School Health. This funding allows DPI to help districts and schools deliver exemplary sexual health education emphasizing HIV and other STD prevention; increase adolescent access to key sexual health services; and establish safe and supportive environments for students and staff. In addition, funding is provided to track policies, educate key decision makers on policy issues, and help districts and schools implement policies, including laws, regulations, procedures, administrative actions, incentives, or voluntary practices of governments and other institutions, related to HIV/STD and teen pregnancy prevention. An example of this is Human Growth and Development: A Resource Guide to Assist School Districts in Policy and Program Development and Implementation.
Through CDC funding, DPI also coordinates the administration of statewide surveys such as the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) and the School Health Profiles (Profiles). For ordering information on these reports or other Student Services/Prevention and Wellness resources go to sspw_tadocs.
Human Growth and Development Laws and Policies
Legislation in 2012 resulted in extensive changes to Wisconsin Statute sec. 118.019. These changes were effective immediately.
Contact Lori Stern at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-264-9550 for more information on the law and/or resources for schools.
Exemplary Sexual Health Education Human Growth and Development Resources
Human Growth and Development: A Resource Guide to Assist School Districts in Policy and Program Development and Implementation (2014) This resource guide was designed to help local school districts develop, review, and address issues related to their human growth and development (HGD) program. Also, this packet will help in building a multi-strategy approach to dealing with youth risk behaviors and promoting the health, well-being, and positive development of students. The resource guide can serve a number of positive purposes for local school districts to enhance the development of HGD program within the Wisconsin Framework for Comprehensive Health Education.
CDC FACT SHEET - Exemplary Sexual Health Education
Advocates for Youth Advocates for Youth is dedicated to creating programs and advocating for policies that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. This organization is the national technical assistance partner on exemplary sexual health education and human growth and development.
Access to Sexual Health Services
CDC FACT SHEET - Sexual Health Services
Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health-Adolescent Health Communications Project The Wisconsin Adolescent Health Care Communication Program (WAHCCP) is an intervention designed to bridge the communication gap between adolescents and their health care providers that utilizes teens as the educators of medical professionals, school staff, and their peers. The ultimate goal of this program is to improve communication between providers and adolescent patients, and therefore, improve the delivery of sexual and reproductive health care to all young people in our community.
National Coalition of Directors of STD Prevention (NCDSTD) is the national technical assistance partner on providing access to sexual health services and STD prevention for youth.
Safe and Supportive Environments for All Students-Special Focus on LGBTQ Youth
CDC FACT SHEET - Safe and Supportive Environments
GSAFE Healthy Social and Emotional Climate Trainings The HIV/STD and Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program collaborates with Gay Straight Alliance for Safe Schools to provide workshops to help educators understand, assess, and improve school climate and safety for all youth, especially those who identify as LGBTQ.
American Psychological Services The American Psychological Association (APA) Safe and Supportive Schools Project promotes the establishment of safe and supportive environments for middle and high school students as an approach for preventing HIV and other sexually transmitted infections among adolescents.
Youth Risk Behavior Survey
This DPI site provides power points and summaries of the statewide youth data.
Sexual Behavior and Wisconsin Students Slide Presentation
This Department of Health Services slide presentation summarizes data for Wisconsin teenagers on the following topics: sexual behavior and abstinence; sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS; and births.
Other Wisconsin Web Resources
Wisconsin AIDS/HIV Program
The Wisconsin AIDS/HIV Program is the lead agency in Wisconsin government responsible for coordinating the state's public health response to the AIDS/HIV epidemic. This web site contains information on surveillance and epidemiologic investigation, HIV counseling and testing services, HIV prevention education and risk reduction, life-care services, and early intervention.
Wisconsin Adolescent Sexual Health (WASH) Listserv
The WASH listserv was designed to increase communication among schools, community-based agencies, and other organizations working within sexual health. The listserv is used to share resources, current research and event announcements to professionals statewide. If interested in signing up for the listserv, please contact Abby Hunt at email@example.com.
Other National Web Resources
CDC Division of Adolescent and School Health
The Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) seeks to prevent the most serious health risk behaviors among children, adolescents, and young adults, including HIV/AIDS. This web site contains information on surveillance activities, such as the Youth Risk Behavior Survey and School Health Education Profile, guidance on effective school health programs, and other important information on adolescent and school health.
National Resource Center for HIV/AIDS Prevention Among Adolescents
The NCHSTP division is responsible for HIV/AIDS prevention. This site offers a range of basic information on topics ranging from prevention and vaccine research to funding opportunities.