FLASH was created and is owned by the Family Planning Program of Public Health–Seattle & King County. The Public Health Family Planning Health Education team partners with communities, schools and other Public Health programs to implement science- and evidence-based interventions that reduce unintended pregnancy, teen pregnancy, STD rates and sexual violence. They provide training for local and national audiences on best practices in the reproductive health field and ensure access to family planning clinical services in King County.
The FLASH evaluation study featured a randomized controlled trial involving 20 schools drawn from seven districts in two regions in the U.S (Midwest and South). Following baseline data collection, the 20 schools were randomly assigned using computer-generated random numbers to receive the 15-session FLASH curriculum or a 5-session knowledge-based sexual health curriculum with a staggered start date for implementation (Midwest in fall 2016 and Southern in fall 2017). All students within the targeted 9th or 10th grade health education classrooms at the study schools were invited to enroll. Follow-up surveys were administered at 3 months and 12 months after the instructional period. Final data collection ended in February 2019.
For more information on FLASH, please visit https://www.etr.org/flash/
Funding: Department of Health and Human Services
Role: External Evaluator, Statistician
Statistical Methods: multilevel modeling
Collaborating Institutions: ETR Associates, Seattle & King County Public Health
Selected FLASH Publications:
Coyle K, Anderson P, Laris BA, Barrett M, Unti T, Baumler E. (2021). A Group Randomized Trial Evaluating High School FLASH, a Comprehensive Sexual Health Curriculum. Journal of Adolescent Health.
Barrett M, Laris BA, Anderson P, Baumler E, Gerber A, Kesler K, Coyle K. (2020) Condom Use and Error Experience Among Young Adolescents: Implications for Classroom Instruction. Health Promotion Practice.
Laris BA, Barrett M, Anderson P, Kesler K, Gerber A, Baumler E, Coyle K. (2020) Uncovering withdrawal use among sexually active US adolescents: high prevalence rates suggest the need for a sexual health harm reduction approach. Sex Education.