CDC DASH GRANT Division of Adolescent Sexual Health
Sexual Health Education, Sexual Health Services, Safe and Supportive Environments
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) has established an evidence-based approach schools can implement to help prevent HIV, STDs, and unintended pregnancy among adolescents. It includes delivering Sexual Health Education (SHE), increasing access to Sexual Health Services (SHS), and promoting Safe and Supportive Environments (SSE). Duval County Public Schools has been a recipient of the CDC DASH grant since 2013.

    The purpose of PS18-1807 CDC DASH grant is to improve the health and well-being of our local youth by working with education and health agencies, and other organizations to reduce HIV, STD, teen pregnancy, and related risk behaviors among middle and high school students.


    Primary Partners in the Scope of Work Include:

    Department of Health Duval

    Office of Performance Improvement

    Purpose: National leader in applying secondary data analysis of surveillance data to local health problems and using the results to inform the public and policy makers to institute change within the community. The office of Performance Improvement supports the administration of the YRBS surveys and School Health Profiles, conducts analysis and sub-analysis of the data, and supports the dissemination of the results of the analysis.

    Family Planning Program Services

    Purpose: Education and Prevention of sexually transmitted diseases and unintended pregnancies for teens and young adults. Family Planning Program Services provides STD/HIV/STI screenings and counseling for DCPS students at several high school locations by way of our Teen Health Centers.

    University of North Florida Public Health

    Purpose: Accredited Florida public health education college with a mission to develop competent, caring health professionals who positively impact the individuals and communities they serve. UNF Public health professors train DCPS health teachers on updated information on content related to human reproduction, HIV, STD, teen pregnancy prevention, contraception, and other related topics.

    Full-Service Schools of Jacksonville

    Purpose: FSS recognizes that achievement is fostered in and out of the classroom, and our initiative brings together community resources, neighbors, and schools to promote the health and well-being of students, their families, and neighborhood residents. FSS connects students and families to a critical range of therapeutic, health and social services and addresses non-academic barriers.


    Purpose: JASMYN supports the empowerment of LGBTQIA+ young people through leadership, advocacy, resources, and a safe and affirming community. JASMYN provides leadership activities, club networking activities that promote school safety, welcoming schools, and preventing bullying.

    Health-Tech Consultants 

    Purpose: Consultants that are committed to assisting clients achieve their evaluation, research, and program goals. 

    Secondary partners and affiliates include the following organizations:

    American Sexual Health Association

    Purpose: ASHA is dedicated to the prevention of sexually transmitted infections through information and support services and public policy activities.  The BrdsNBz Text Line provides confidential, medically accurate and affirming information for questions about sexual health and related topics via text message.

    ETR & Associates

    Purpose: ETR's School-Based Health and Wellness services focus on creating science-based solutions to the most critical health and wellness problems facing students attending primary, secondary, and post-secondary educational institutions. ETR is our supplemental material source for comprehensive sexual health curriculum that meets National Health Education Standards, aligns with Social Emotional Learning competencies, and other state and national guidelines.

    Hope Street

    Purpose: Families and organizations that care for children with complex developmental trauma exist between crises.

    Guardians’ ad Litem Office

    Purpose: The Florida Guardian ad Litem Office represents abused, abandoned and neglected children in the court and community.

    Wolfson Children’s Health Center: School Based Health Center 

    Purpose: A school-based clinic that provides a full range of health care services for all children and youth ages 0-20 in our community. 

    Parent Academy

    Purpose: The Parent Academy of Duval County Public Schools is a FREE family resource that promotes parental involvement, enhances student achievement, and supports a caregiver's need for personal and individual growth. Parent Academy courses are offered virtually through Microsoft Teams.

    Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)

    Purpose: Healthy Jacksonville works in a collaborative effort to influence the social determinants of health and move Duval County toward achieving health equity. 

    Ending the HIV Epidemic initiative (EHE)

    Purpose: This initiative aims to reduce new HIV infections in the U.S. by 90% by 2030 by scaling up key HIV prevention and treatment strategies. EHE’s comprehensive approach provides resources where they are needed most and strives to meet people where they are with the services they need. 

    American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

    Purpose: The mission of the American Academy of Pediatrics is to attain optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents and young adults. 


    Purpose: Westat offers innovative professional services to help clients improve outcomes in health, education, social policy, and transportation. Westat serves as our statistical analyst and consultant.

    Equality Florida

    Purpose: Organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community. 

    Local Education Agencies (LEA’s) also funded: Broward County Public Schools, Hillsborough County Public Schools, Pasco County Public Schools, Orange County Public Schools, Palm Beach Public Schools.