Sexually transmitted disease (STD) preventive services : 2016 gap assessment toolkit
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Sexually transmitted disease (STD) preventive services : 2016 gap assessment toolkit

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      Persons in need of sexually transmitted disease

      (STD) prevention services frequently also need other health and social services. STD prevention programs and certain other health care facilities offer an array

      of preventive services and often link persons they encounter with services provided by other agencies (e.g., homeless shelters or substance abuse treatment centers). Persons seeking STD care, however, often seek care at facilities other than public STD clinics or other settings with high capacity to manage these patients. This might affect the type of STD care they receive and the extent to which they are linked with other needed services. This toolkit provides STD program staff and others a resource for conducting a gap assessment of STD clinical and other preventive services.

      Conducting a gap assessment enables an STD program to (1) document the array of STD clinical and other preventive services inside and outside the health department in a defined geographic area or for a defined population; (2) identify service gaps and duplication; (3) learn more about other facilities providing STD and other preventive services; (4) learn more about the associations and partnerships among these organizations; and (5) use the information to improve STD clinical and preventive services. The logic model in Figure 1 outlines these points in more detail.

      Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP). STD preventive services gap assessment toolkit. Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC/NCHHSTP; 2015.

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