The PRCHN YRBS team currently serves as evaluators for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention program through the Cuyahoga County Board of Health and the Cleveland Municipal School District's Responsible Sexual Behavior program (CMSD-DASH).
Teen Pregnancy Prevention program
The PRCHN is the external evaluator of the Cuyahoga County Board of Health’s (CCBH) Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) program. The program provides evidence-based human sexuality programming in a classroom setting to fifth through ninth grade students in seven local school districts and at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Community Center of Greater Cleveland. The Cuyahoga County Board of Health has engaged the PRCHN as the External Evaluator for the five-year project.
The PRCHN’s evaluation role has several aspects, including monitoring fidelity checklists administered by the program facilitators, a process evaluation to monitor the way the program is being implemented as well as evaluating the expected outcomes.
In early 2019, the PRCHN entered a five-year contract with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) to conduct the surveillance portions of the district's Responsible Sexual Behavior program. This work includes administering the YRBS in CMSD high schools during odd-numbered years and creating School Health Profiles during even-numbered years. CMSD administers this program through a grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Adolescent School Health (CDC-DASH), which allows CMSD to deliver sexual health education; increase access to sexual health services; and establish safe and supportive environments.
In the previous grant cycle, the PRCHN lead evaluation of the CDC-DASH program activities, creating dissemination tracking systems for policies developed through the program as well as a monitoring system of the implementation of these policies. In addition, the PRCHN collaborated with the CMSD in the development and evaluation of a referral system for school nurses to refer students to school-based, youth-friendly, or mobile clinics for sexual health services. The PRCHN also developed evaluation surveys and reports for professional development events sponsored by the Responsible Sexual Behavior program, including Safe Zone workshops for CMSD staff, training of health education teachers on the implementation of sexual health education, and training of nursing staff on sexual health services and referrals.