Success Stories

Investments in Adolescent and School Health Programs Help Youth Become Healthy, Successful Adults

The Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) works to protect our nation’s youth from HIV, STDs, and pregnancy through data-driven programs. School-based surveillance provides critical data about health risks facing youth. These data help inform effective school-based prevention programs that link education and public health to do the following:

  • Deliver quality health education
  • Create systems to link students to health services
  • Establish safe and supportive school environments


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From 2013 through 2018, 17 school districts funded by CDC expanded sexual health services, increased access to sexual health services, and improved school connectedness.

The 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) data collected in these districts showed significant declines in the percentage of students who had ever had sex, were currently sexually active, or had four or more sexual partners in their lifetime.

Program Success Stories