Questions and Answers for Partners
Reorganization of the Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH)
CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) is undergoing a reorganization that affects several divisions within the Center, including DASH. This page provides answers to commonly asked questions about the reorganization and its implications for DASH’s activities and funded programs.
These Q&As will be updated regularly as new information becomes available. Please check back often for updates. If you are a DASH partner and have a question that is not answered below, you may submit it here and we will do our best to address it in a future update.
Reorganization Plans and Implications for DASHHow will the reorganization affect the structure and functions of DASH?
The specific details about the reorganization are still under review and consideration. However, an initial plan proposes the following changes:
- DASH’s non-HIV-related school health programs and activities would be housed in a new NCCDPHP division that includes other chronic disease prevention programs.
- DASH’s HIV prevention activities would be shifted to CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP).
Under this proposal, most of DASH’s current work would continue, but would be managed under this new organizational structure.How will DASH’s asthma management activities be affected?
The final federal budgets for fiscal year (FY) 2011 and FY2012 will determine the funding levels for asthma management activities.Why is this reorganization being proposed?
This reorganization is being proposed for several reasons.
- The President’s proposed FY2012 budget for CDC consolidates eight separate budget lines (i.e., Heart Disease and Stroke; Diabetes; Cancer; Arthritis and Other Conditions; Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity; Health Promotion; Prevention Centers; and non-HIV/AIDS-related School Health Activities) into a single comprehensive grant program, the Coordinated Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Grant Program. This consolidation is intended to provide integrated services to state and local health departments by maximizing the reach and impact of every dollar invested by CDC to prevent chronic diseases and promote health.
- The transfer of DASH’s HIV prevention activities from NCCDPHP to NCHHSTP—also proposed in the President’s FY2012 budget—is intended to improve coordination across CDC’s HIV/STD prevention programs. It is also intended to optimize support for achieving the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, which prioritizes educating young people about HIV before they begin engaging in behaviors that place them at risk.
- NCCDPHP is also reorganizing in response to emerging opportunities from the Affordable Care Act’s Prevention and Public Health Fund.
The timing of these changes has not yet been confirmed. Many of these changes are dependent on the final budgets for FY2011 and FY2012, and on final decisions made by CDC. For the immediate future, activities administered by DASH will continue to reside in NCCDPHP.How can we stay informed as plans unfold?
As we learn more about details and timing of the proposed reorganization, we will share what we learn with you. DASH is planning a comprehensive communications effort to keep all of our partners, staff, and other stakeholders abreast of the latest updates on the reorganization. Please check back here regularly for updates—
Funding for ProgramsWill CDC continue to fund existing DASH cooperative agreements through the end of year 4? Through the end of year 5?
The reorganization will not affect currently funded cooperative agreements or grants. CDC plans to continue to fund existing cooperative agreements as originally approved through 2013.
The final federal budgets for FY2011 and FY2012 will determine the funding levels for both HIV-related and non-HIV-related adolescent and school health activities.Will CDC fund state, territorial, local, and tribal education agencies after current cooperative agreements end?
As current cooperative agreements and contracts expire, new funding opportunities will be determined by each Center, as appropriate.
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