Purpose: To continue building capacity of sustainable school and community infrastructures within a systematic process for improving health and academic outcomes, focusing on prevention education and activities of engagement, assessment, application, and evaluation. This broader goal is to be accomplished by providing education professionals responsible for coordinating and teaching health education, and pupil personnel service professionals working in the schools that support health education, with a framework of best-practices and evidence-based resources. These resources will focus on teen prevention education efforts related to tobacco, alcohol, other drugs, and obesity in support of decreasing health disorders. Participation and strengthening of ongoing school, community, stakeholder, and parent partnerships as well as initiatives will enhance continuity by bridging systems and building capacity for a sustainable infrastructure. Promoting health education prevention initiatives will facilitate improved outcomes for teens. Three local education agencies (LEAs) will be supported through the provision of information, technical assistance, and specific evidence-based resources to support building and sustaining purposeful results-driven collaborations and partnerships to decrease service gaps for teens.
Strategy: Expand into three LEAs the Positive Action (PA) evidence-based program (EBP). Research on this EBP has provided evidence of effectiveness in reducing the risk factors and increasing student outcomes. It is the intent to expand this type of evidence-based programming and include equivalent sequential programing by utilizing the Positive Action (PA) school curriculum. As an evidence-based program (EBP), PA offers lessons which boasts outcomes including, but not limited to, the following:
- Sample Short-Term Outcomes:
- Increase in social-emotional mental health
- Decreasing in problem and unhealthy behaviors
- Improved decision making for healthy food choices
- Increases in academic achievement
- Sample Long-Term Outcomes:
- Decrease in substance abuse
- Increases in healthy functioning (independent and family)
- Decreases in absenteeism
- Improvements in healthy family functioning
Additionally, the New York State Center for School Health will be providing technical assistance and educational resources to schools on menstruation to schools throughout NYS.
State Regulation: 8NYCRR