CRUSH is a group of professionals, youth, and community members who are concerned about rising rates of chlamydia and STDs among teens and young adults. They meet monthly to implement the Strategic Plan developed in 2013 to address chlamydia in Minneapolis. Most of their activities are focused on communities in North Minneapolis.
The CRUSH Youth Leadership Council provides an opportunity for youth and young adults to have a meaningful voice in the community on topics including sexual and reproductive health, STI/HIV prevention, healthy relationships, and more.
One of the goals of the CRUSH Youth Leadership Council is to create and implement an awareness campaign to reduce chlamydia and promote sexual health. The youth created 3 “themes” to for outreach materials which will include 4x6 sized cards printed (based on themes), and vinyl clings that can be put on windows, mirrors, walls, etc. There are also silicone wristbands made with the slogan:
Materials will become available in September and can be seen on the CRUSH website as well as on the Minnesota Chlamydia Partnership website. Go to CRUSH's website for more information. There will also be a Facebook page for CRUSH. The Youth Council will continue to meet monthly on Saturdays in October and in December to provide support for World AIDS Day.
CRUSH community partners include:
- Annex Teen Clinic
- Hennepin County Public Health – Red Door
- Minneapolis Health Department
- Minneapolis School Based Clinics
- Minneapolis Urban League
- Minnesota Chlamydia Partnership
- Minnesota Department of Health
- Neighborhood Health Source
- North Point Health & Wellness Center
- Turning Point
- YWCA of Minneapolis
CRUSH supporters include:
- Girls in Action
- Resource EAC