HIV Education is a key component in the creation of a healthy generation. The Society aims to prevent unintended pregnancy, HIV, and other sexually transmitted infections among America’s youth. As a recipient of funding from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH), the Society provides support to leaders in school health nationwide, in an effort to prevent HIV infection. Providing capacity building assistance to HIV Prevention Coordinators in state and local education agencies is an essential function of the Society and a critical piece to the fight against HIV infection.
Collaboration with partner organizations is a critical part of the Society’s HIV Education Programming. The National Stakeholders Collaborative (NSC) is comprised of the Society of State Directors of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs, the National Coalition of STD Directors, and the National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors.
The NSC develops state-level, inter-agency partnerships to improve adolescent reproductive and sexual health programs through shared visions and joint strategies. These dynamic partnerships involve departments of health and education officials, who create and implement effective programs, policies, and practices to prevent HIV/AIDS, other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and unintended pregnancies.
The NSC assists states in building integrated models for youth-based HIV, STD, and pregnancy prevention. This process helps state teams develop successful strategies and a cohesive infrastructure, working toward sustainability.
The NSC convenes state public health and state education officials through National Stakeholders Meetings (NSMs). Through NSMs and ongoing follow-up, state teams develop joint initiatives, streamline and enhance existing programs, and create resources. This effort better equips officials to help youth make healthy sexual decisions and access high quality information and resources. Additionally, states can apply lessons learned in other states to their own situations. Since its creation in 2003, the NSC has been a uniquely resilient force and a focused resource for 33 states. Click here to learn more about our states' accomplishments.