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Improving Adolescent Health and Well-Being Through School-Based Surveillance and the What Works in Schools Program

Schools have direct contact with over 50 million students for at least 6 hours a day and play an important role in promoting adolescent health and well-being. CDC’s What Works in Schools program is a primary prevention approach that supports school districts in implementing three key strategies: providing quality health education, connecting youth to health services, and creating safe and supportive learning environments. This program has demonstrated effectiveness at reducing adolescent risk behaviors and experiences. In schools where the program has been implemented students were less likely to engage in sexual risk behavior, less likely to use substances, and less likely to experience violence. Core elements of the program have also been shown to reduce symptoms of depression and suicidal thoughts and behaviors. This funding opportunity supports implementation of activities at multiple levels of the public education system to achieve health goals. Funding will support implementation of the What Works in Schools program in school districts and help build the capacity of agencies to assist local education agencies (districts and schools) in implementing What Works in Schools in middle and high schools. Funding will also support the collection and use of school-based surveillance data through the Youth Risk Behavior Survey and School Health Profiles. Formerly forecasted as CDC-RFA-PS-24-0006

Funding Organization:
The US Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control - NCCDPHP
Funding Category:
Other Health-Related
Support Types:
Cooperative Agreements
Eligible Organizations:
Number of Awards Given:
88 Awards
Minimum Amount:
Maximum Amount:
Award Amount:
$ 77,500,000
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Application Due Date:
Health Care Planning
Health Care Programs/Services
HIV and AIDS Prevention
Sexually Transmitted Diseases/Infections
STD/STI Prevention
Technical Assistance
At Risk Persons
Community Based Organizations
Health Professionals
Health Services Organizations
People with substance use disorder
Persons with HIV/AIDS
Persons with STD/STI
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