Division of Adolescent and School Health (EIS 2022)

The mission of the Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) is to promote environments where teens can gain fundamental health knowledge and skills, establish healthy behaviors for a lifetime, connect to health services, and avoid becoming pregnant or infected with HIV or STDs. DASH works in collaboration with education agencies to help schools implement evidence-based policies, programs, and practices to prevent behaviors and experiences that contribute to HIV and STD infection and unintended pregnancy among youth. DASH provides financial and technical assistance to departments of education and national organizations to monitor health behaviors and experiences and improve schools’ ability to provide health interventions with evidence of effectiveness in HIV, STD, and teen pregnancy prevention; link students to appropriate health services; and establish environments that increase school connectedness.

Goals

  • Improve the capacity of schools, families, and communities to help youth become healthy, successful adults.
  • Decrease prevalence of behaviors and experiences that contribute to HIV, STDs, and unintended pregnancy, including priority health issues.
  • Advance health equity through the reduction of disparities and experiences that contribute to HIV, STDs, and unintended pregnancy.
  • Increase the implementation of strategies that promote protective factors that contribute to healthy youth development.

Areas of emphasis

  • School-based surveillance of six categories of health risk behaviors among adolescents through implementation of the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) at the national, state, and local levels: sexual risk behaviors, violence and unintentional injury, alcohol and other drug use, tobacco use, unhealthy dietary behaviors, and physical inactivity and sedentary behaviors, including trends in the prevalence of health risk behaviors over time.
  • School-based surveillance of school health policies and practices at the national, state, school district, school, and classroom levels through implementation of the School Health Policies and Practices Study (SHPPS) and School Health Profiles (Profiles).

DASH Leadership and EIS Officers

Kathleen Ethier
Kathleen Ethier, PhD

Director

Patricia Dittus
Patricia Dittus, PhD

Associate Director for Science

Jon (Mike) Underwood, PhD
Jon (Mike) Underwood, PhD

Branch Chief (EIS 2009)

Nancy Brener, PhD
Nancy Brener, PhD

(EIS 1995)

Susan Hocevar
Susan Hocevar

(EIS 2009)

Katie Krause
Katie Krause

Secondary Supervisor
(EIS 2018)

Jonetta Mpofu
Jonetta Mpofu

Primary Supervisor
(EIS 2012)

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