Exemplary Sexual Health Education (ESHE)

Exemplary Sexual Health Education (ESHE)
  • Exemplary Sexual Health Education (ESHE) is defined as "a systematic, evidence-informed approach to sexual health education that includes the use of grade-specific, evidence-based interventions, but also emphasizes sequential learning across elementary, middle and high school grade levels.  ESHE provides adolescents the essential knowledge and critical skills needed to avoid HIV infection, other STD, and unintended pregnancy.  ESHE is delivered by well-qualified and trained teachers, uses strategies that are relevant and engaging, and consists of elements that are medically accurate, developmentally and culturally appropriate, and consistent with the scientific research on effective sexual health education" (CDC).

    The Adolescent Health Program assists districts and schools to deliver ESHE, emphasizing HIV and other STD prevention, within the national health standards.  Establishing healthy behaviors during childhood and adolescence is easier and more effective than trying to change unhealthy behaviors during adulthood.  Schools can influence students' risk for HIV infection and other STD through a variety of ways, including sexual health education, provision of or referral to physical and mental health services, and establishment of a safe and supportive environment that provides social and emotional support to young people.

    In addition to ESHE, teens need access to evidence-based prevention programs and youth-friendly clinical services.  Parents and other trusted adults also play an important role in helping teens make healthy choices about relationships and their health.
     
  • Contact Information:

    Adolescent Health Programs Office
    Delaware Department of Education
    35 Commerce Way, Suite 1
    Dover, DE 19901
    Phone: 302-857-3356
    Fax: 302-739-6397