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HIV/STD & Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (Human Growth and Development)

Program Overview

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) receives funds through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-Division of Adolescent and School Health. This funding allows DPI to help districts and schools deliver exemplary sexual health education emphasizing HIV and other STD prevention; increase adolescent access to key sexual health services; and establish safe and supportive environments for students and staff. In addition, funding is provided to track policies, educate key decision makers on policy issues, and help districts and schools implement policies, including laws, regulations, procedures, administrative actions, incentives, or voluntary practices of governments and other institutions, related to HIV/STD and teen pregnancy prevention. An example of this is Human Growth and Development: A Resource Guide to Assist School Districts in Policy and Program Development and Implementation.

Through CDC funding, DPI also coordinates the administration of statewide surveys such as the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) and the School Health Profiles (Profiles). For ordering information on these reports or other Student Services/Prevention and Wellness resources go to the SSPW Resources Page.

Human Growth and Development Laws and Policies

Legislation in 2012 resulted in extensive changes to Wisconsin Statute sec. 118.019. These changes were effective immediately.

For more information about the law:
Division for Learning Support Human Growth and Development memo
Human Growth and Development Frequently Asked Questions
Human Growth and Development Comparison Chart

Contact Molly Herrmann at or 608-264-9550 for more information on the law and/or resources for schools.

Exemplary Sexual Health Education Human Growth and Development Resources

My Sexual Health, My Future
My Sexual Health: My Future is a middle school and high school human growth and development curriculum that was developed in accordance with Wisconsin state statutes and with input from Wisconsin health education teachers. The curriculum includes skills practice as well as information on development, healthy relationships, sexually transmitted diseases including HIV, condoms and contraception, and personal safety. The skills areas align with both the Wisconsin Health Education and National Sexuality Education Standards. The following links are to the unit introduction and middle and high school sequences. For more information on training available on this curriculum, contact Molly Herrmann, Consultant, or 608-264-9550.
Unit Introduction
MS sequence
HS sequence

Human Growth and Development: A Resource Guide to Assist School Districts in Policy and Program Development and Implementation (2014) This resource guide was designed to help local school districts develop, review, and address issues related to their human growth and development (HGD) program. Also, this packet will help in building a multi-strategy approach to dealing with youth risk behaviors and promoting the health, well-being, and positive development of students. The resource guide can serve a number of positive purposes for local school districts to enhance the development of HGD program within the Wisconsin Framework for Comprehensive Health Education.

CDC FACT SHEET - Exemplary Sexual Health Education

Advocates for Youth   Advocates for Youth is dedicated to creating programs and advocating for policies that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. This organization is the national technical assistance partner on exemplary sexual health education and human growth and development.

Access to Sexual Health Services

CDC FACT SHEET - Sexual Health Services


Providers and Teens Communicating for Health (PATCH).  PATCH firmly believes that all young people deserve quality, youth-friendly healthcare services and thus provides communities an innovative, positive youth development approach to improving adolescent healthcare experiences. Specifically, PATCH has developed programing and workshops to improve the communication and overall relationship between adolescents and healthcare providers. Each aspect of PATCH programming is designed to engage, educate, and empower young people to raise their voices.


National Coalition of Directors of STD Prevention (NCDSTD) is the national technical assistance partner on providing access to sexual health services and STD prevention for youth.

Safe and Supportive Environments for All Students-Special Focus on LGBTQ Youth

CDC FACT SHEET - Safe and Supportive Environments

GSAFE Healthy Social and Emotional Climate Trainings   The HIV/STD and Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program collaborates with Gay Straight Alliance for Safe Schools to provide workshops to help educators understand, assess, and improve school climate and safety for all youth, especially those who identify as LGBTQ.

American Psychological Services   The American Psychological Association (APA) Safe and Supportive Schools Project promotes the establishment of safe and supportive environments for middle and high school students as an approach for preventing HIV and other sexually transmitted infections among adolescents.

General Data

Youth Risk Behavior Survey
This DPI site provides power points and summaries of the statewide youth data.

Sexual Behavior and Wisconsin Students Slide Presentation
This Department of Health Services slide presentation summarizes data for Wisconsin teenagers on the following topics: sexual behavior and abstinence; sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV; and births.

Other Resources

Wisconsin Web Resources
Wisconsin HIV Program
The Wisconsin HIV Program is the lead agency in Wisconsin government responsible for coordinating the state's public health response to the HIV epidemic. This web site contains information on surveillance and epidemiologic investigation, HIV counseling and testing services, HIV prevention education and risk reduction, life-care services, and early intervention.

Wisconsin Adolescent Sexual Health (WASH) Email Distribution List
The WASH Email Distribution List was designed to increase communication among schools, community-based agencies, and other organizations working within sexual health. The email distribuation list is used to share resources, current research and event announcements to professionals statewide. If interested in signing up for the listserv, please contact Abby Hunt at

National Web Resources
CDC Division of Adolescent and School Health
The Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) seeks to prevent the most serious health risk behaviors among children, adolescents, and young adults, including HIV. This web site contains information on surveillance activities, such as the Youth Risk Behavior Survey and School Health Education Profile, guidance on effective school health programs, and other important information on adolescent and school health.

For questions about this information, contact Molly Herrmann (608) 264-9550