Programs for Out-of-School Youth Slowly Evolving
HRD-90-111: Published: May 1, 1990. Publicly Released: May 4, 1990.
- Full Report:
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) efforts to educate out-of-school youth to prevent the spread of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
GAO found that CDC did not accomplish much in providing HIV education to out-of-school youth because: (1) the Center for Chronic Disease and Prevention and Health Promotion (CCDPHP) initially targeted HIV education to the in-school population; (2) state and local education agencies lacked experience with the youth and the organizations serving them; and (3) CDC did not have access to appropriate educational materials. GAO also found that CCDPHP planned to fund services provided to out-of-school youth, but the Center for Prevention Services (CPS) had already taken that approach.
Recommendation for Executive Action
Status: Closed - Implemented
Comments: CDC did not concur with the GAO recommendation. CDC wishes to retain activities aimed at out-of-school youth in CCDPHP, with coordination with other CDC groups serving the same youth overseen by the CDC Deputy Director for HIV.
Recommendation: In view of the potential duplication in CDC-funded activities, the Director, CDC, should consider merging CCDPHP activities aimed at out-of-school youth education into CPS.
Agency Affected: Department of Health and Human Services: Public Health Service: Centers for Disease Control