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NCSD Federal Policy Update - May 4, 2012

Earlier this week, the Washington Post published an article highlighting public job losses at the state and local level. While the article focused on the political impact of these job losses, it also shows just how devastating these cuts have been to our economic recovery. NCSD took this opportunity to highlight the job losses sustained by STD programs by submitting a letter to the editor. A pdf of this letter can be found here.

On the sex education front, NCSD received notification last week that the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH), part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), added a new abstinence-only-until-marriage program to their evidence-based list. This program, called Heritage Keepers, is an abstinence-only-until-marriage program with questionable evidence of effectiveness and troubling content, such as ostracizing gay and lesbian youth and promoting gender stereotypes. This week, NCSD signed a letter a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, asking her to immediately remove this detrimental program from the HHS-endorsed list of evidence-based programs currently posted on OAH’s website. A full pdf of this letter can be found here.

On the topic of general appropriations funding, earlier this month NCSD joined over 100 members of the larger HIV/AIDS Community in sending a letter to the House Appropriations Committee in support of domestic HIV/AIDS funding. This letter includes a strong paragraph on the community request of $180 million in fiscal year (FY) 2013 funding for Sexually Transmitted Disease prevention and surveillance activities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This letter also includes the community request of $50 million in FY 13 funding for the Division of Adolescent and School Health. A full version of the letter can be found here.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact NCSD’s Manager, Policy and Communications, Stephanie Arnold Pang, at or 202-715-3865.