Committed to ensuring that all adolescents have access to high-quality, evidence-based sexual and reproductive health care, CAI has partnered with the New York City Office of School Health to deliver training and capacity-building support to nurses and other staff working with its School-Based Health Center Reproductive Health Project. The Office of School Health, a joint program of the New York City Department of Education and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, has funded CAI to provide five core trainings to enhance the skills and competency of staff working in all of New York City's high school school-based health centers, as well as to provide supplemental trainings on advanced topics. There currently are 42 school-based health centers serving 108 public high schools in New York City, representing approximately 25% of the New York City public high school population.
These core trainings draw on CAI's training expertise in many areas, including adolescent development, motivational interviewing, teen pregnancy prevention, sexual and reproductive health service provision, and working with LGBTQ populations.
As part of this initiative, CAI also is training school nurses and health educators working in high schools participating in the Office of School Health's Connecting Adolescents to Comprehensive Health (CATCH) program, which offers students in schools without school-based health centers on-site pregnancy tests, emergency contraception, hormonal contraception, and referrals for reproductive health care in school medical rooms.