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STD Arizona Tribal Collaboration

Program Type: Promising Practice -Programs not formally evaluated (or formal evaluation is not yet complete) but identified by experts as programs with results suggesting efficacy and worthy of further study in broader pilot implementation efforts.

Sexually transmitted diseases in AI/AN populations have placed a substantial burden on the Indian Health care systems[ITU]. In 2007 among all races and ethnicities, AI/ANs had the second highest rates for chlamydia, gonnorrhea and the third highest rates of primary and secondary syphilis. In Arizona, chlamydia and gonorrhea rates for AI/AN were second highest 2003 thru 2007. In 2007 there was a major syphillis outbreak in a tribal community, which resulted in 107 cases. Most alarming was the number of congenital syphilis births,in AI/AN in 2008[5]. In 2009 Phoenix Indian Medical Center[PIMC] had 2 congential syphilis births. Given this information and having specialized STD public health nursing expertise, the PIMC public health nursing program took the lead in moving forward the planning,and implementation of a capacity building agenda for the Tribal/State collaboration for STD. The multidisciplinary planning team consisted of IHS public health nursing, Arizona State STD program staff and CDC Public Health Advisors. The collabortion had 53 participants from various tribal communities in Arizona. The agenda was developed to provide updates to reflect the seriousness of this health concern, partner services, best practices/lessons learned from 2 tribal syphilis outbreaks,round table discussions[barriers,what is being done,and what is needed to improve], and next steps. Evaluations were excellent. The impact of the Tribal/State STD collaboration will be ongoing. As a result of this PHNs team insight, a monentum and commitment by tribal, state and federal programs has begun. The tribal group identified areas for improvement and partnerships to include, but not limited too alcohol and drug, behavioral health, Hispanic communities, tribal leadership, educational programs, parenting education, healthy choice curriculums,tribal correctional facilities and youth programs. The outcome of the collaboration is the development of an RFP from Arizona State STD program for AI/AN communities to addresses needs presented in the collaborations for 2011.

Age Group(s):
Adolescents, Adults

Site Type(s):
Other: IHS Phoenix Area Office

Health Indicator(s):
Sexually Transmitted Disease

Service Area:

Capacity building or empowerment, Coalition building, Community directed intervention, Community mobilization/organization

Name: Lauren Tancona
Site or Location Name: Phoenix Indian Medical Center
42 16 N 16th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85012
Phone: 6022631200

Primary Contact Name: Lauren Tancona
Site or Location Name: Phoenix Indian Medical Center
4212 N 16th St
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Phone: 6012631200