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NJPCA Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Awareness Month
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NJPCA Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Awareness Month

April is Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Awareness Monthand the New Jersey Primary Care Association is launching a statewide effort to distribute materials on the importance of testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea. (This campaign does not promote sex, nor does it target teens but rather emphasizes education and awareness generally and testing availability particularly for pregnant women.)

Why:  This year, NJPCA will utilize several different public health campaigns to highlight the work of Community Health Centers.  These various campaigns will provide the general public, our partners and legislators with the relevance of Community Health Centers, emphasize the wide variety of services and underscore the contributions that Health Centers make to New Jersey’s healthcare landscape.

NJPCA’s Ask:  We are asking Community Health Centers to continue to do what you are already doing, and let NJPCA showcase the important services Centers provide.

Impact:  In 2016, as reported by the New Jersey Department of Health, there were over 41,000 confirmed cases of chlamydia and gonorrhea. These cases are in locations that are serviced by our Centers. By documenting our progress at the end of the month, we will strengthen public awareness of STIs and our Centers’ work.

What materials does my Center receive?  Please watch an introduction video (that will be sent by e-mail or watched at the April Board meeting) to learn about the free STI Awareness materials available for your waiting rooms and exams rooms. To access these materials, please contact Stephanie Gee at sgee@njpca.org.  We have also attached sample content for your website and social media platforms in the NJPCA Communications and Social Media Toolkit.

For more information, please watch a video about the importance of getting tested for STIs (hosted by comedian Whitney Cummings) here.

What does NJPCA get out of this?  Nada—no money or in kind anything.  We are just trying to raise the FQHC profile in our state, it helps to remind everyone of the good work CHCs do—especially around budget time.

Press Conference:  The time and location is Tuesday, April 24th at 10:00 a.m. at Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc. The event will take place at 101 Second Street, Lakewood, New Jersey 08701 on the third floor. If you are interested in attending, please contact Toni Granato at tgranato@njpca.org.  

 

To access the NJPCA Publicity Toolkit for this initiative, please see the toolkit attached here

New Jersey Primary Care Association

3836 Quakerbridge Road, Suite 201, Hamilton, NJ 08619
Tel: 609-689-9930 | Fax: 609-689-9940 | Email: info@njpca.org

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