During the past decade, research has identified a number of curricula that through evaluation and scientific studies have documented efficacy in reducing use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, decreasing risk of pregnancy, Sexually Transmitted Infections, including HIV, as well as decreasing other risk-taking behavior and increasing communication, coping and help-seeking skills.

Research-based curricula:

  • Are based on sound scientific principles and strategies;
  • Present relative and developmentally appropriate information and skills at each grade level;
  • Resonate with the cultural values of students in relation to age, ethnicity, community situation, etc.;
  • Address the context in which students are likely to encounter drugs, conflicts or decisions regarding sexual activity;
  • Are taught by educators well trained in the curriculum;
  • Are based on behavioral or cognitive-behavioral principles, such as modeling, behavioral and cognitive rehearsal, goal setting, coaching and feedback;
  • Provide opportunities for practice and rehearsal of skills in realistic situations.

CHL specializes in curriculum training using interactive teaching strategies. To learn more about these curricula or to request training, please contact us at


Michigan Model

In recent years, state agencies started to work together to more effectively reach students and their families with health promotion and disease prevention messages. The model in Michigan is that state agencies work with scores of voluntary and professional groups to share resources, avoid duplication, and provide a single focus for school health curriculum for children.

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Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT)

This training prepares classroom health educators to use the HECAT (Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool) to perform a clear, complete, and consistent analysis of health education curricula. Participants assess the comprehensiveness of their curriculum and develop strategies to address gaps.

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Puberty: The Wonder Years

This one-day training prepares educators, counselors and nurses to conduct puberty education using the new curriculum: Puberty: The Wonder Years. Participants will understand the state’s requirements for teaching sexuality education, practice setting ground rules, and answering sensitive questions.

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Not-On Tobacco (N-O-T) is a tobacco cessation program serving regular smokers 14 through 19 years of age, who most likely are addicted to nicotine. Based on social cognitive theory, the program trains youth in self-management and stimulus control, social skills and social influence, stress management, relapse prevention, techniques to manage nicotine withdrawal, weight management, and peer pressure.

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Lifelines is a comprehensive, schoolwide suicide prevention program for middle and high school students. The goal of Lifelines is to promote a caring, competent school community in which help seeking is encouraged and modeled and suicidal behavior is recognized as an issue that cannot be kept secret.

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Safer Choices

Safer Choices is a two-year, school-based, HIV/STI and teen pregnancy prevention program with the primary goal of reducing unprotected sexual intercourse by encouraging abstinence and, among students who report having sex, encouraging condom use.

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Positive Prevention HIV AIDS


Positive Prevention

Positive Prevention is a research-proven curriculum targeting four student populations: Middle School students, High School students, Independent or Home Study and Special Education students or Developmentally-Disabled Adults.

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