Getting evidence-based sexual health education activities into schools can be a complicated process. Working models that assist our educational system in the selection, implementation, and maintenance of effective school-based adolescent health programs are needed. Replicating sexual health programs in school-based settings: A model for schools provides a comprehensive and applied approach that engages all of the important stakeholders within a school district. The results from this study hold much potential to inform Texas and the nation about how a coordinated and practical model can assist school districts to increase the use of evidence-based programs addressing teen pregnancy prevention and sexual health issues.

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Author Biography

Stephen W. Banspach, Ph.D. is the Associate Director for Science, Division of Adolescent and School Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since 1991, Dr. Banspach has been involved in CDC-funded research and evaluation activities assessing health education and prevention programs for school-aged youth. This has included supervising and contributing to efforts to design, implement, and evaluate school-based HIV/STI/pregnancy prevention programs, evaluate social media campaigns related to youth physical activity, assist state and local education agencies to evaluate their physical activity, nutrition, and smoking prevention activities, and work to design and disseminate technical assistance evaluation materials to state and local school health programs. His research interests focus on the evaluation of behavior change interventions that promote healthier lifestyles. Dr. Banspach received his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Vanderbilt University.


The findings and conclusions in this paper are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



A Response To:

Choosing and Maintaining Programs for Sex Education in Schools: The CHAMPSS Model by Belinda F. Hernandez, Melissa Peskin, Ross Shegog, Christine Markham, Kimberly Johnson, Eric A. Ratliff, Dennis H. Li, I. Sonali Weerasinghe, Paula M. Cuccaro, and Susan R. Tortolero.