The Minnesota Chlamydia Partnership (MCP): Background
In January 2010, the STD, HIV and TB Section of the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) began organizing the Minnesota Chlamydia Partnership (MCP), a statewide stakeholder group.
The purpose of the MCP is to call attention to the epidemic of chlamydia in Minnesota among young people ages 15-25 and to discuss and develop strategies to reduce rates of chlamydia in Minnesota and prevent new cases. Since 1996, the rates of chlamydia in Minnesota have more than doubled, with youth ages 15-25 accounting for more than 69% of all cases reported in 2009.
The Partnership will also address the health disparities that exist in gonorrhea rates. Gonorrhea continues to disproportionately affect communities of color in the urban areas.Chlamydia and gonorrhea rates continue to rise while funds continue to dwindle. New ideas for how to address these complex problems surrounding this issue are needed. Ideas that come from the communities most impacted by these diseases tend to be the most successful.
The MCP and the various workgroups that will be meeting after the Summit will be charged with developing a statewide plan for addressing chlamydia in MN. The plan will include three to five specific areas of focus and a list of possible activities in each area that various groups can choose to implement.
Activities of the Partnership and the Summit are being initiated by MDH, and the work of the Partnership will be shared equally. The content of the final plan will be driven by input and ideas from the affected communities.
The Partnership will be composed of approximately 20-25 individuals representing organizations, clinics and interest areas. The workgroups will focus their efforts in specific areas for a shorter amount of time, under the auspices of the Partnership. Meetings of the Partnership and the workgroups will be convened in the months following the Summit.
Funding for the activities of the MCP and the Summit comes from a one-year grant from the National Chlamydia Coalition using funds provided by CDC. This project is one of 10 projects funded in the U.S.
- Increase funding and contain costs related to chlamydia and gonorrhea
- Build awareness about the impact of chlamydia and gonorrhea with health care providers and the public
- Affect policies related to education and prevention of chlamydia and gonorrhea
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