C8b Native STAND: a Peer Education Curriculum for Healthy Decision Making for Native Youth

Wednesday, March 10, 2010: 10:45 AM
Dogwood B (M1) (Omni Hotel)
Lori de Ravello, MPH, Assigned to the Indian Health Service National STD Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Albuquerque, NM
Native STAND (Students Together Against Negative Decisions) is a peer education curriculum for healthy decision making for Native youth. It is an abstinence-based comprehensive curriculum that addresses youth holistically, including STD, HIV, and teen pregnancy prevention; communication and negotiation skills; self-esteem; and healthy relationships. It is highly interactive and participatory and has been well-received by youth and educators from across Indian country. It is currently being piloted at four Bureau of Indian Education residential schools by trained facilitators from each of the schools. The pilot phase will be rigorously evaluated; a final version will be made widely available.