Karna team members, Dr. Kimberly Taylor, Dr. Tiffany Jones, West Fullerton, and Scotti Leonard, were acknowledged during a CDC Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) Meeting in a presentation titled, “Systematic Evaluation of Education Agency Activities: Increased Update in School Health Activities Over Five Years.”
Since its ignition with DASH, the Karna team has developed the PERS system that collects data from 42 funded agencies which include priority schools, districts and non-governmental organizations. Last month, the team received recognition for its contribution from National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD & TB Director, Dr. Jonathan Mermin. Additionally, DASH Division Director, Dr. Kathleen Ethier requested an elaboration on Karna’s findings and has invited the team to play a foundational role in future publications. Dr. Ethier will be scheduling a strategy meeting to generate publication ideas, some of which will be lead by Karna staff, and the data collected will be shared with Congress and DASH partners to justify expanding the program nationwide. This is a turning point in Karna’s involvement with DASH and demonstrates an established trust in the team’s expertise.
CDC, through its Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH), works to promote environments where youth can gain fundamental health knowledge and skills, establish healthy behaviors for a lifetime, connect to health services, and avoid becoming pregnant or infected with HIV or STDs.