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1 Capital Idea! Addressing Sexual Health Needs of Middle School Students in the District of Columbia Kurt Conklin, MPH, CHES School Health Project Coordinator, SIECUS or (212) x322 Society of State Leaders National Conference: Leadership Through Collaboration March 24, 2011 San Diego

2 Dedicated to… Ellwood Cubberley –San Diego Superintendent of Schools, –Author, Public Education in the U.S. (1919) –Dean of Education, Stanford U. ( )

3 And to… Paulo Freire –Literacy educator, Brazil (b.1921-d.1997) –Author, Pedagogy of the Oppressed. (1970) –UNESCO Prize for Education for Peace (1986)

4 What is dialogical action? Freire: Education (and training) that emphasizes two-way communication to promote understanding, cultural creation, and liberation Contrasted with: non-dialogic actions, which deny dialogue, distort communication, and simply reproduce power.

5 A thousand words is worth a picture:

6 Structural Challenges to HIV Education 45,000 public school students –20% in special ed –66% reduced or free school lunch 125 traditional public schools Nearly 100 charter schools 1 in 3 DC students is enrolled in a charter

7 Sexual Health Promotion Through NGO/School Partnerships What: Capacity-building for District of Columbia Schools When: Summer and beyond Why: To address Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health (ARSH) disparities To increase collaboration between schools and MCH providers and allies To build capacity of school stakeholders to strengthen sexual health promotion, services, and education

8 Sexual Health Promotion Through NGO/School Partnerships Who: Up to 15 DC public middle schools and charter middle/high schools (4,000+ students) OSSE: Office of State Superintendent of Education – Wellness & Nutrition Services DCPS: District of Columbia Public Schools – Office of Youth Engagement SIECUS: NGO founded in 1964 to support comprehensive sexuality education CDC-DASH: Division of Adolescent and School Health (project funder) How: Step 1: Identify target group and schools Step 2: Assemble ARSH stakeholder teams Step 3: Administer needs assessment tool (quantitative data) Step 4: Site visits with teams (qualitative data) Step 5: Draft proposals for projects; teams review and select Step 6: Draft work plans for selected projects; teams review and finalize Step 7: Implement projects

9 Sexual Health Promotion Through NGO/School Partnerships Schools since Fall 2009 (and Ward): Oyster-Adams Bilingual School (DCPS) 3 Alice Deal M.S. (DCPS) 3 Young America Works (OSSE) 4 Hamilton Academy (DCPS) 5 Stuart-Hobson M.S. (DCPS) 6 Kelly Miller M.S. (DCPS) 7 Maya Angelou (OSSE) 7 Sousa M.S. (DCPS) 7 Kramer M.S. (DCPS) 8 Hart M.S. (DCPS) 8 Thurgood Marshall Academy (OSSE) 8

10 Sexual Health Promotion Through NGO/School Partnerships School Teams Typically 4-6 staff and parent representative Teams vary widely, reflecting each schools unique existing capacities The ideal: Health/PE Teacher Other subject teacher Principal or Assistant Principal Parent Representative School counselor/social worker School Nurse

11 Sexual Health Promotion Through NGO/School Partnerships Assessing Needs: Areas of Inquiry Sexual Health Instruction HIV/STD-Related Health Disparities Overall School Environment General Cultural Competency Engaging LGBQ Youth Engaging Transgender Youth

12 Sexual Health Promotion Through NGO/School Partnerships Themes from the data Self-rated highly: Cultural competence Engaging at-risk youth Referrals for ARSH services Accessing HIV-related data Areas for capacity-building: Professional development on LGBQ & Trans issues Parent outreach and engagement Working more closely with colleagues Additional ARSH informational resources More ARSH community partners

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14 Sexual Health Promotion Through NGO/School Partnerships Potential Projects: PD on hard-to-teach topics Publications for adolescents: Sex Etc. from Answer (Rutgers U.) Talk About Sex (SIECUS) Positive Phone Calling to parents Service learning projects with local partner CBOs and MCH programs

15 Sexual Health Promotion Through NGO/School Partnerships Evolving Steps: Work Plans Budgets Timelines Roles and Responsibilities Impact Measures Additional Schools

16 Summer Newsletters Sustaining momentum during school break Raising awareness –Local resources –National news

17 Challenges Student altercation Charter revoked Death of principal School overwhelmed Spending/non- spending issues

18 Case Study: Browne E.C. Enrollment Fair PhotoVoice Partner Smithsonian Institution

19 Case Study: Sousa M.S. Teacher PD Puberty Partners DC Dept. of Health & Metro Teen AIDS

20 Case Study: Alice Deal M.S. Teacher PD LGBQ and Trans Partners SIECUS, GLSEN, APA

21 Partners Galore! Metro Teen AIDS DC Health Dept. Whitman-Walker Clinic SMYAL (Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League) Young Womens Project 100 Black Men of Greater Washington DC Clínica del Pueblo Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater DC Transgender Health & Empowerment Smithsonian Institution Answer GLSEN APA

22 Sexual Health Promotion Through NGO/School Partnerships For more information (and special thanks to): Aisha Moore Program Specialist, Youth Risk Behaviors - Wellness and Nutrition Services Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) Washington DC Phone: Andrea DeSantis Risk Reduction Coordinator - Office of Youth Engagement District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Washington DC Phone:


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