Community Health Improvement Plan - Sexual Health
Of all the priority areas, this is indeed the most sensitive. It delves into areas that publicly, we wish to avoid. However, the data is most pressing on this issue, especially sexually transmitted infections. The 2010 Annual Summary of Infectious Disease indicates that Comanche County’s Chlamydia rate was 963.75, almost triple the state rate of 381.20. Further, the same report identifies a local Gonorrhea rate of 249.80, more than twice the state rate of 116.46. Syphilis, at a rate of 3.22, was also considerably higher than the state rate of 2.45. These are the three most prevalent sexually transmitted infections. There is no doubt that the sexually transmitted infection rate in Comanche County is at a critical rate and must be addressed.
While the rates may not be as alarming for teen pregnancy, there is still work to be done in this area. The 2008 State of the State’s Health Report gave Comanche County a “D” for teen pregnancy with an average of 267 teen births per year. Further, the 2010 Lawton Middle School Survey reflected that unprotected sex ranked as the 4th most important health risk among local middle school children. The same students ranked teen pregnancy as the 5th most important health risk. The 2010 Community Health Survey indicated that 48% of respondents are not satisfied with teen pregnancy prevention in Comanche County. The 2014 County profile are shown here: 2014 Comanche County Health Profile. So, while this may be a sensitive area, and does not entail the broad implication of obesity or tobacco, it is yet a critical area, deserving of a focused plan.
The Sexual Health Work Group has two objectives:
By 2015, reduce Comanche County’s sexually transmitted infection rate for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Syphilis to the state average.
By 2015, reduce the teen pregnancy rate by 10%.
The group has eight strategies:
Strategy 1: Increase community involvement
Strategy 2: Increase availability of protective barriers
Strategy 3: Increase community-wide research
Strategy 4: Engage parents as educators
Strategy 5: Engage health care providers in continuing education
Strategy 6: Develop strategic communication
Strategy 7: Encourage school participation in sex education
Strategy 8: Implement targeted interventions
To learn more about the Community Health Improvement Plan or the Sexual Health work group, please call Janette New at (580) 248-5890 or email her at Janette@health.ok.gov.