Comprehensive School Based Clinic-Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Program Type: Local Effort - Programs and/or activities that have not been evaluated but are identified by local programs as producing positive results.
This submission was collected as part of the Community Wellness Champion project.
What is the ultimate goal of your project (how do you want it to impact your community)?
Increase awareness of and testing for STDs in a school-based setting. Increase ability to access services. Lower Chlamydia rates in the county.
What do you want participants to get out of their participation in the project?
Knowledge and develop ability to assess personal risk; access testing
What are all of your project activities or services?
Provides education and STD urine testing at Tribal and Public High Schools.
Where do the activities take place (i.e. school, church, health care facility)?
What is special about how you do your activities?
Who is eligible to participate in or get referred to your project?
Any adolescent 14 years or older.
How do you recruit participants? If this is a community education or outreach activity, please describe the groups that you are trying to target?
Recruit by poster/ school bulletins/bathroom stall door flyers/word of mouth/teachers/social workers/teens in clinic. Come in to each school with a presentation in each class with testing offered at the end of the session.
What communities have been involved in this project?
Belcourt and Dunseith ND.
What programs and agencies does your project partner with?
IHS National STD Program, ND Health Department, Tribal Health Education, Public Health Nursing, School Boards/School administration and staff in each community.
How do the partners collaborate?
Initial planning took place face-to-face, then email/conference calls to update/ trouble shoot, etc.
How did you build these partnerships?
IHS has long history of education at each school and positive relationships with staff/administration/School Boards.
What resources are available to the community or other programs from your program?
Easier access to STD services and education.
In addition to the services that your project provides, do you also provide other resources for individuals or communities—examples include social marketing, education, outreach, and/or consultation?
Yes. We have done many presentations for parents and other adolescent groups seeking information.
Where does the funding come from to support your program?
Initially, from the National IHS STD Program .Now, Tribal Health Education pays for the testing.
How long has this project been going on?
How did this project get started?
An 83 % increase in Chlamydia in our county in one quarter. We decided to initiate a project to offer school-based testing.
What are some accomplishments of success that were achieved with this project?
More student participation, more adolescents accessing care at IHS.
What were some challenges on getting this project started or to keep going?
$$$$$$. We continue to have staff and schools interested in the project. Would be nice to have a school- based full service clinic at the new high school. Your Own Perspective
Why do you think this project has been successful?
The personal relationship with students. They trust us.
What are you most proud of or excited about in terms of this project?
Rapport with students.
What advice would you give to someone trying to start a similar project in their own community?
Groundwork- get into the schools with education, parents involved, having local stats on STDs.
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