NEEMA Funded Projects by Topic Area - Adolescent and School Health
NEEMA 2.0 (2019-2024)
Information about the size of sexual minority adolescent populations — at national, state and local levels— is critical for recognizing and responding to disparities in health risks and outcomes. This project uses small area estimation methods as well as the state and local Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) data to develop state- and county-level estimates of the number of adolescents who identify as sexual minorities, including those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.
Teen-SPARC, an Excel-based tool developed under NEEMA 1.0, was designed to assist health departments in estimating the short-term impact of behavior change on the burden of sexually transmitted infections among sexually active high-school-attending adolescents in their jurisdictions. Teen-SPARC will be expanded to integrate additional behavior changes (e.g., delays in age at first sex), biomedical and clinical enhancements (e.g., screening, treatment, or pre-exposure prophylaxis), outcomes (e.g., pregnancy) and metrics (i.e., costs in addition to cases).