201055 Responsible Sexual Behavior Health Initiative Project in Los Angeles County

Monday, November 9, 2009

Carmen Ulloa-Huicochea, RN, PHN, BSN , Pomona Health Center-Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Pomona, CA
Ramona Lucas, RN, PHN, BSN , Pomona Health Center-Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Pomona, CA
Lorna Watson, RN, BSN, MS , Pomona Health Center-Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Pomona, CA
Rachael K. Lee, RN, MSN/MPH, CNS , Pomona Health Center-Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Pomona, CA
Pia Magante, RN, PHN, BSN , Monrovia Health Center-Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Monrovia, CA
Sebrena Williams, BS , Pomona Health Center-Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Pomona, CA
Abstract:

Statistics indicate that rates of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia are increasing within our communities. Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) do not discriminate against age, ethnicity or gender. In fact, current data indicates most newly diagnosed STD cases occur among young adults between the ages of 1524 years. Improving the sexual health of the community is a joint responsibility of medical providers, faith-based institutions, community based organizations (CBOs), schools and policy makers. Los Angeles County Service Planning Areas (SPAs) 3 & 4 have created The Responsible Sexual Behavior Health Initiative Project (RSBHIP). This group has established a collaborative composed of private and public sector partners who share resources and coordinate efforts to promote responsible sexual health practices within our communities.

This poster presentation will articulate the importance of community partnering to decrease STD morbidity in Los Angeles county. It will also describe how the Responsible Sexual Behavior Health Initiative Project strives to decrease the incidence of untreated and unmanaged STDs by utilizing the Public Health Nursing (PHN) Practice Model. This model provides a framework for collaborating with a multi-disciplinary group to assess available resources, identify health needs, and develop goals and strategic measurable objectives for improving public health. The RSBHIP follows the sequence of the model incorporating all of its major components in an effort to develop a plan and describe the scope of work in prevention, control and monitoring STDs in Los Angeles county.

Learning Objectives:
1. Discuss the importance of collaboration between Public Health and community partners for effective implementation of STD prevention, management, treatment and public education. 2. Discuss approaches to enhancing relationships (partnering) between community agencies and Public Health. 3. Describe the public health significance of STDs in LA County and how the PHN Practice Model was utilized in implementing the RSB Health Initiative Project.

Keywords: STD Prevention, Community-Based Partnership

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Current work experience and educational background were instrumental in the development of the public health expertise necessary to organize educational activities related to STD prevention and education.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.