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the "Linked Services Project." This program provides sexuality education to ninth-grade students using a seven-week curriculum. Topics include anatomy, basic sexuality, responsible health, HIV and other STD prevention, and birth control. The project employs educators who are from the same communities as the students, thus creating a level of trust between the teenagers and the educators. One of the goals of the program is to help link students to medical services at either a Planned Parenthood clinic or other community health center. The Linked Services project attempts to link all aspects of the teens' lives through their school, home, and community. The Linked Services Project evolved out of a request received in 1987 from the Chicago Vocational High School to assist them in developing an innovative teenage pregnancy prevention program. The pilot program took three years to develop and serves as a model for similar projects in other local schools. PP/CA is expanding the program, initially to the schools in communities that already have Planned Parenthood clinics. This program appears to be successful and has a high level of community involvement and support from school administrators.
West Town Neighborhood Health Center: Young Adult Clinic (Chicago Department of Public Health) Chicago, IL
The Young Adult Clinic is an STD clinic for teenagers, located in the West Town Neighborhood Health Center, a Chicago public health clinic. The Young Adult Clinic is staffed by a bilingual, bicultural nurse clinician and is operated by the Chicago Department of Public Health. The Young Adult Clinic was established to reduce the risk of HIV infection and other STDs among Hispanic youth, specifically Puerto Rican youth. The clinic provides comprehensive health services, including STD screening, HIV counseling and testing, pregnancy testing, condom distribution, and family planning services. Located across the street from Roberto Clemente High School, the Young Adult Clinic has established close ties with the students and school administration. The clinic is open on weekdays and two evenings per week. Sex partners of STD patients are also evaluated in the clinic. As a publicly sponsored facility, the clinic utilizes the state public heath laboratory, and disease reporting is automated. The clinic also works closely with Vida/SIDA's peer educators (see below).
Vida/SIDA Chicago, IL
Vida/SIDA, established in 1988 by the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, is an innovative community-based program dedicated to teaching youth about HIV and STD prevention. Vida/SIDA is an outreach program, largely designed and staffed by teens, that trains teens to become peer educators in HIV and STD