April 2022 Updates.
Interfaith Working Group is on target to finish the STI Prevention Toolkit and Curriculum with DHSP approval and start piloting the Curriculum in the summer of 2022. We are currently looking for faith-rooted individuals and places of faith to help us piolet the Curriculum to faith-rooted youth ages 14 – 17 years old. If you are interested in joining the Interfaith Working Group and being a part of the piloting process, please contact Asha Moore at the email address below for more information.
The Interfaith Working Group STI Prevention Toolkit is an educational resource for faith leaders. The accompanying Curriculum is meant to educate the young people in their places of faith on STI prevention and treatment. The Toolkit will be used as a source of guidance and support to faith leaders on how to incorporate STI prevention and education into their places of faith. The Toolkit includes sermon notes and faith references designed to help faith leaders think about religious reflections on STI prevention. Sermon reflections can help faith leaders incorporate key messages into lessons and sermons so that members in their faith community understand the importance of young peoples’ health and STI education, prevention, and treatment.
The Toolkit comes with a faith rooted STI Prevention Curriculum designed for young people fourteen to eighteen years old. It provides information and resources needed to help equip young people with the knowledge and confidence to take care of their health and reduce risky sexual behaviors
The objectives of the Curriculum are to help faith leaders (who work with youth) guide young people ages 14 – 17 years old to: learn about STIs, understand how they or their friends can seek testing and treatment for an STI, help young people gain skills and make choices to reduce risky sexual behavior in a framework of positive youth development and foster open, honest communication that promotes healthy relationships for young people.
Please contact Interfaith Working Group Member Asha Moore for more information or to find out how you can help with the piloting process.
February 2022 updates.
Youth and Young Adults Working Group is working on a new structure and meeting format for 2022. Stay tuned for the latest and be sure to attend the monthly meeting for more information. Youth are also welcome to attend! Meeting information can be found here.
Strategic Communications Working Group is planning for an executive briefing on the status of STIs in LA County with other CAC partners for April 2022. The focus will center around the need to address the rising rates of STIs impacting people of color.
Interfaith Working Group
- Interfaith Working Group members are excited to announce creation of a Sexual and Reproductive Health Prevention and Treatment Toolkit and Curriculum for faith leaders. The Toolkit will be used as an educational resource and is designed to provide guidance and support to faith leaders on how to incorporate STD prevention and education into their places of faith. It also provides information and resources needed to equip young people with knowledge and confidence to take care of their health and reduce risky sexual behaviors.
- The Toolkit comes with a faith-rooted STD Prevention Curriculum for young people fourteen to eighteen years old. It also includes sermon notes and faith references designed to help faith leaders think about sermons or religious reflections on STD prevention. It can help them incorporate key messages into sermons so that members in their faith community understand the importance of young peoples’ health and STD education, prevention, and treatment.
- The Curriculum and Toolkit are currently being reviewed by the Los Angeles County Department of Public HealthDivision of HIV and STD Programs (DHSP). We plan to finalize and start piloting the product in the summer of 2022.
- The Interfaith Working Group STI Prevention Toolkit and Curriculum were presented at the 2021 Faith-based Symposium sponsored by HHS PACE and UCLA CHIPTS. The symposium brought together faith leaders on the importance of ending the HIV and STI epidemics. CMA’s backbone team highlighted: WeCanStopSTDsLA’s CAC Interfaith engagement, current STI statistics in Los Angeles County, faith community engagement as an essential strategy to ending the STI epidemic and how the Toolkit and Curriculum can help end the epidemic.
- If you are interested in joining the Interfaith Working Group, being a part of the piloting process, please contact Interfaith Working Group member Asha Moore at [email protected].
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