The University of Texas Prevention Research Center

The Core Project: Mobilizing Community Partnerships for Effective Sex Education in Middle School

Project Description

Early adolescent sexual behavior is a significant public health problem both nationally and locally. While significant progress has been made in the development of effective programs to combat this health problem, there has been little progress made in their widespread dissemination to middle and high school youth.

In line with Healthy People 2010 and CDC goals related to adolescent sexual health and school-based dissemination, this collaborative core research project between The University of Texas Prevention Research Center and its community partners attempts to fill this void.

Using community-based participatory research methods with parents, teachers, principals, and school district personnel, the core project team developed the CHoosing And Maintaining Effective Programs for Sex Education in Schools (CHAMPSS) model. CHAMPSS is a framework that outlines the steps and tasks needed for school districts to adopt, implement, and maintain adolescent sexual health evidence-based programs (EBPs). This framework has informed and guided the development of iCHAMPSS, an interactive decision-support system with 60+ tools to facilitate adoption, implementation, and maintenance of EBPs. The iCHAMPSS system not only provides digital resources and tools, but also allows users to share experiences, connect with each other, and stage their school district’s progress. iCHAMPSS guides users to:

  • Improve knowledge of adolescent sexual health and EBPs
  • Develop skills in policymaking and program implementation
  • Increase organizational capacity to address complex school health issues
  • Create stakeholder networks within and between school districts

Our goal is to aid and empower school district personnel, parents, and community members to become champions for improving the status of adolescent sexual health.

For more information on this project, contact the principal investigator:


Melissa F. Peskin
(713) 500-9759


Funding Agency

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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