Step 1: Define the Issues
Toolkit for Community Organizers:
Steps for Addressing Chlamydia in Your Community
Who, what and where is your community?
- City, town
- Organization (church, school, community center, clinic)
- Individuals (youth, parents, health care providers, business owners, teachers)
What is the status of chlamydia and other STIs/STDs in our community?”
Do plans to address this problem involve a community approach? If not, “How can I move to that?”
- Explore who is affected by chlamydia in your community
- Then, explore beyond the rates...consider the attitudes and practices around sexual health
- What is the community doing now about chlamydia? What is working? What could be done differently?
- For ideas of community approaches to chlamydia, reference MCP Goals.
Kandiyohi County & CHAS
Kandiyohi County has consistently high rates of chlamydia (1,000+/100,000) among their teen and young adult female population for the past decade. The challenge of this project was to utilize community engagement and empower community leaders to develop a plan to improve the sexual health and in turn decrease the incidence of chlamydia in adolescents in Kandiyohi County.
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