AIDS Education:

Programs for Out-of-School Youth Slowly Evolving

HRD-90-111: Published: May 1, 1990. Publicly Released: May 4, 1990.

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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

  1. 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


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