Illinois State Department of Health Sciences Assistant Professor Adrian Lyde and Chair Jeffrey Clark received a $92,000 grant from the Illinois State Board of Education to develop school-based HIV and sexually transmitted disease prevention education for adolescents. The three-year grant runs until 2018.

The programs calls for the pair to develop professional development opportunities and workshops statewide for public school districts’ health education teachers and personnel. All workshops and materials will be based on the components in the Exemplary Sexual Health Education (ESHE) curricula and meet ESHE and state law requirements. The trainings will offer age-appropriate strategies to educators to increase the effectiveness in teaching sexual health for adolescents in the sixth through 12th grades.