Native Students Together Against Negative Decisions 2.0 (Native STAND 2.0) is a comprehensive sexual health curriculum for Native high school students that focuses on life goals, communication, healthy relationships, sexually transmitted infections, HIV/AIDS, and teen pregnancy prevention, while also covering drug and alcohol misuse, suicide, and dating violence.
The program includes 18 lessons that support healthy decision-making through interactive discussions and activities that promote self-esteem, goals and values, diversity, team building, negotiation and refusal skills, and effective communication skills. Each 50-minute lesson contains teachings and stories from tribal communities that ground learning in cultural teachings.
Updated features in Native STAND 2.0 include:
Everything you need to deliver Native STAND is available on the Healthy Native Youth website. The curriculum includes 18 lessons. Each lesson is 45-50 minutes long. The curriculum is flexible and can be easily adapted to include specific stories and traditions from your own community. Throughout the curriculum, we encourage facilitators to use tribe-specific teachings where appropriate.
A 90-minute Native STAND 2.0 orientation webinar can be viewed by clicking HERE. Interested users can view the latest updates of this high-school age culturally responsive and holistic strength based adolescent health sex education curriculum. Click to view: NS 2.0 Orientation Webinar Slides, Participant Jamboard
Formal training is not required to implement Native STAND 2.0. If you would like to request training or technical assistance on Native STAND, you can do so through our TA Request Form.
Native STAND 2.0 is an inter-tribal curriculum for high school-aged teens (14-18 years old) that draws on cultural teachings and values from across Indian Country and Alaska. We hope that learning other Native cultures, traditions, and perspectives will serve to strengthen a sense of pride, not only for one’s own tribe, but for all Native American tribes. The curriculum is flexible and can be easily adapted to include specific stories and traditions from your own community.
The Native STAND curriculum was adapted by the Indian Health Service, the National Coalition of STD Directors, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from an evidence-based intervention: Students Together Against Negative Decisions (STAND). The original STAND was developed for rural youth to promote healthy decision making around sexually transmitted infections, HIV/AIDS, and teen pregnancy prevention, by Dr. Mike Smith at the Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Georgia. The adaptation process for Native STAND included:
Building on this momentum, the Oregon Prevention Research Center at OHSU and the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board teamed up to evaluate Native STAND in AI/AN communities across the U.S. from 2015-2019. Over three years, 48 sites signed up to participate in the study.
At the conclusion of that study, the Healthy Native Youth team at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, hosted a two-day gathering for Native STAND facilitators, to gather feedback and ideas to improve Native STAND for future use in diverse community settings.
As we incorporated their feedback, we:
Native STAND is based on the Transtheoretical Model (Stages of Change). Evaluation data show that participation in Native STAND can lead to increased communication about sexual health topics, improvements in knowledge and self-efficacy, and substantial adoption of risk-reducing behaviors among teens who complete the program.
From 2015-2019, the Prevention Research Center at Oregon Health & Sciences University and the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board teamed up to evaluate the implementation and dissemination of Native STAND across the U.S. Over three years, 48 sites signed up to participate in the study.
At the end of the project, site facilitators reported strong community support for the Native STAND program:
During the study, over 925 AI/AN youth completed pre- and post-surveys:
Native STAND Findings: Healthy Native Youth YouTube Channel
In 2010, a mixed-methods study was conducted to evaluate Native STAND in four Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) boarding schools. Eighty students were selected by fellow students to be trained as peer educators using the curriculum. Native STAND was delivered in 1½ hour classes by two or three adult staff at each school, each of whom had been trained to facilitate the curriculum. A comprehensive pre- and post- computer assisted self-interview (CASI) survey was administered to participating students to assess changes in knowledge, attitudes, intentions, behaviors, and skills over time. At the end of the program, a series of focus groups and key informant interviews were also carried out with separate groups of students, facilitators, and school staff not directly involved in the program to identify programmatic strengths and weaknesses and to inform final program revisions.
Using similar methods, OHSU’s Prevention Research Center, a Northwest Tribe, and the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board collaborated to evaluate Native STAND in a tribal Jr High/High School between 2010-2012. In each study:
I believe that the curriculum for Native STAND was great at starting conversations among students because it made the topics less intimidating. I also liked that Native STAND was able to be tailored to fit our community and our goals. Our ideas were always welcomed and supported in teaching the curriculum within our local schools.