Document Type

Service Learning/Capstone Experience

Graduation Date

8-2018

Degree Name

Master of Public Health

Department

Health Services Research & Administration

First Committee Member

David Palm, PhD

Second Committee Member

Brandon Grimm, PhD, MPH

Abstract

The goal of the Title X Needs Assessment is to ‘Provide individuals the information and means to exercise personal choice in determining the number and spacing of their children', prevent unintended pregnancies, and reduce the number of abortions.’ Objectives include but are not limited to family involvement, abstinence and safer sex practice, intimate partner violence, human trafficking, contraceptive services, pregnancy testing and counseling, achieving pregnancy, basic infertility services, preconception health, STI/STD testing and treatment and HIV testing, Well Women/Men Exams; screening for breast cancer, cervical cancer, and testicular cancer in males. Sexual health education and reproductive life planning will be offered. Methods include analyzing data and information that describe the characteristics of the population and the sexual reproductive health needs in the four-county service area (Woodbury, Cherokee, Ida, and Plymouth). It will also identify the priority populations and target areas to be served, describe the community resources and networks related to reproductive health services, and examine how Siouxland Community Health Center will address barriers and needs based on STI/STD rates, teen pregnancy rates, and low birth-rates. Current medical health clinics in the tri-state area do not serve low-income populations, and there are no services in the area. Many surrounding medical facilities are not LGBTQ friendly nor do they understand the need to provide comprehensive Family Planning care to populations and/or target areas identified in the needs assessment. The Title X needs assessment provides an opportunity to identify the need for preventative health services, including STD/STI services and sexual and reproductive health counseling and education to those who qualify under the federal poverty level guidelines, along with individuals who may experience linguistic or cultural barriers, and those that have a low educational level.

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