HIV/STI Prevention

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) receives funds through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The purpose of the funding is to reduce sexual risk behaviors and related health problems among youth and assist young people to adopt lifelong attitudes and behaviors that support their health and well-being—including behaviors that reduce their risk for HIV, other STIs, and unintended pregnancy. The HIV/STI program delivers staff development, resources, and technical assistance to schools and youth serving agencies and also provides relevant health data through statewide surveys such as the School Health Education Profile and the Minnesota Student Survey.

School-Based HIV/STD and Pregnancy Prevention: Seeking 15 Partner Districts for Exciting Opportunity! 
 
MDE received a five-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Adolescent and School Health, Promoting Adolescent Health Through School-Based HIV/STD Prevention CDC-RFA-PS13-1308. The grant runs to July 2018.

MDE will partner with experts to provide professional development, resources and individualized technical assistance for 15 Minnesota partner school districts that want to improve their school-based HIV/STD and pregnancy prevention efforts. These districts will receive substitute reimbursement and other benefits. Participating districts will work with MDE during a planning phase to determine priorities that lead to implementing policies and procdures for three areas of focus:

 
MDE will describe the opportunity in full through individualized district meetings until November 13, 2013. Interested districts must contact Amy Marsicano, HIV/STI Prevention State Coordinator or call 651-582-8393 to schedule a meeting. Districts are required to sign a Memo of Understanding by February 1, 2014, in order to participate.