Improving Adolescent Health and Well-Being Through School-Based Surveillance and the What Works in Schools Program

Schools have direct contact with over 50 million students for at least 6 hours a day and play an important role in promoting adolescent health and well-being.

CDC’s What Works in Schools program is a primary prevention approach that supports school districts in implementing three key strategies:


quality health education, connecting youth to health services, and creating safe and supportive learning environments.

This program has demonstrated effectiveness at reducing adolescent risk behaviors and experiences.

In schools where the program has been implemented students were less likely to engage in sexual risk behavior, less likely to use substances, and less likely to experience violence.

Core elements of the program have also been shown to reduce symptoms of depression and suicidal thoughts and behaviors.This funding opportunity supports implementation of activities at multiple levels of the public education system to achieve health goals.

Funding will support implementation of the What Works in Schools program in school districts and help build the capacity of agencies to assist local education agencies (districts and schools) in implementing What Works in Schools in middle and high schools.Funding will also support the collection and use of school-based surveillance data through the Youth Risk Behavior Survey and School Health Profiles.Formerly forecasted as CDC-RFA-PS-24-0006
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services

Office: Centers for Disease Control - NCCDPHP

Estimated Funding: $77,500,000

Who's Eligible

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Link to Opportunity in SAMS Domestic

Additional Information of Eligibility:
Component 1: You must demonstrate: Legal authority and oversight for the policies and practices of your school district; your school district has at least 40,000 students.Component 2: You must demonstrate that you represent, as a fiscal agent and lead agency, a consortium made up of contiguous school districts.

As fiscal agent and lead agency, you will be responsible for managing the financial and reporting duties on behalf of the consortium.

The lead agency must demonstrate that the consortium member school districts: have the legal authority and oversight for the policies and practices of the school districts within their jurisdictions; have a combined student enrollment of at least 40,000 students.For Component 1 and Component 2: Districts can demonstrate this legal authority and oversight in the following ways: state, territorial, or local legislation; a charter document; a letter from the state or local superintendent; a letter from the Governor’s office.

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