Q1: Can a state apply only for Strategy 1 (Surveillance)?
Q2: Under Strategy 1 (Surveillance), do sites have to allocate 10% to evaluation?
A2: No. The 10% evaluation allocation is not required for Strategy 1 only for Strategy 2-4.
Q3: What are the sexual behavior questions?
A3: Partners will be required to include at least four of the seven sexual behavior questions on the 2015 YRBS questionnaire. All seven (7) YRBS sexual behavior questions are provided below: YRBS Sexual Behavior Questions
- Have you ever had sexual intercourse?
- How old were you when you had sexual intercourse for the first time?
- During your life, with how many people have you had sexual intercourse?
- During the past 3 months, with how many people did you have sexual intercourse?
- Did you drink alcohol or use drugs before you had sexual intercourse the last time?
- The last time you had sexual intercourse, did you or your partner use a condom?
- The last time you had sexual intercourse, what one method did you or your partner use to prevent pregnancy?
Q4: What are the 2015 YRBS sexual minority questions that are required in order for sites to receive the $5,000 incentive?
A4: Sites must add at least one of the sexual minority questions to the YRBS to receive an additional $5,000 per year. These questions include sex of sexual contact and the sexual identity questions, as listed below. Transgender and sexual attraction questions do not count toward the incentive.
- During your life, with whom have you had sexual contact
- I have never had sexual contact
- Females and males
- Which of the following best describes you?
- Heterosexual (straight)
- Gay or lesbian
- Not sure
Q5: For states that do not conduct a YRBS (WA, MN, OR), are they also eligible for the $5,000 incentive?
A5: No. States must conduct the YRBS to be eligible for the $5,000 incentive for adding the sexual minority status questions.
Q6: Regarding Profiles, what is the expectation for collecting data at the building level?
A6: If performance measures cannot be measured by Profiles at the building level, a system will be provided to collect additional data.
Q7: Do we have to accept Profiles if applying for Strategy 1?
A7: Profiles and YRBS are the two required surveillance systems under Strategy 1. States applying for the new FOA from the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion that includes school health activities (Chronic FOA DP13-1305) will need to be awarded under FOA 1308 Strategy 1 to meet the youth data expectations noted in FOA 13-1305.
Q8: Is there support for oversampling Profiles?
A8: Yes. Oversampling will be required in the priority districts and schools. DASH surveillance will support oversampling in these jurisdictions.
Q9: May state programs (e.g., Minnesota, Oregon, and Washington) that currently have an established statewide survey that monitors HIV-related risk behaviors and other priority health risk behaviors apply for funding?
A9: Yes. These three states may request a waiver from the requirement for being awarded Strategy 1 to be eligible for program funding. Waiver requirements can be found at: www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/foa/1308FOA.
Q10: Can a state requesting a waiver for conducting the YRBS under Strategy 1 still apply for funding to support School Health Profiles?
A10: Yes. This waiver only applies to the Youth Risk Behavior Survey portion of Strategy 1. States obtaining this waiver are encouraged to apply for a reduced amount of funding (around $15,000-$20,000 per year) under Strategy 1 to support School Health Profiles.
Q11: Can the YRBS project manager also be funded under HIV?
Q12: For Strategy 1, can applicants apply for the extra $5K in year 1?
A12: Yes, if the applicant already asked one or both of the sexual minority questions on the 2013 YRBS.
Q13: We currently administer a state-based survey with YRBS questions imbedded within. Would we still be required to implement the YRBS?
A13: If the applicant is not one of the three states mentioned in the FOA, the applicant is still required to implement the YRBS.
Q14: Do we have flexibility with the Profiles questions? Are there priority questions? Can we make modifications?
A14: The Profiles questionnaires cannot be changed. Sites cannot delete or modify the questions in the scannable booklets. Sites can add questions to the questionnaires using a separate booklet or answer sheet, but CDC will not be able to support scanning or processing of those additional questions.
Q15: Will CDC continue to offer the Elementary School Principal survey and the Lead Physical Education Teacher survey components of School Health Profiles?
A15: No. CDC no longer has the resources to support the Elementary School Principal survey or the Lead Physical Education Teacher survey components of School Health Profiles. Beginning with the 2014 School Health Profiles, the only surveys available will be the secondary school Principal survey and the secondary school Lead Health Education Teacher survey.
Q16: Is a Gantt chart required for the surveillance?
A16: This is a local decision. Applicants must include either a timeline or Gantt chart as part of their work plan. See Section E. Application Review Information on page 46.
Q17: Should the strategy 1 application contain a detailed work plan (program activities date, person/s responsible and dates for completion) for year 1 with a summary for subsequent years no or should there be a work plan that contains that same level of detail (program activities date, person/s responsible and dates for completion) for a Profiles year and a YRBS year?
A17: Yes. Follow the criteria language on page 46 under Strategy 1. These activities are also found on page 10-11 under Strategy 1 YRBS and Profiles Year 1-5 Required Activities.
Q18: Is CDC going to create weighted reports with trend analyses for grantees as they have done in the past? Page 10 says that agencies will “collect, analyze and disseminate data… using the YRBS” and also says that completed questionnaires and data collection documentation forms are to be submitted to the CDC Survey TA contractor for processing. It is unclear who is doing the actual data analyses.
A18: Yes, CDC will be doing the actual data analysis.
Q19: If an applicant site is going to include one or both of the approved sexual minority questions on our 2015 YRBS questionnaire can we apply for the $5000 bonus in year 1?
A19: No, applicants must already ask one or both of the sexual minority questions on the 2013 YRBS in order to apply for the $5000 bonus in year 1.
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