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Solano Coalition Launches Project to Suppress County STD Rates

Times-Herald (Vallejo) , 06/26/2014 by Lanz Christian Bañes

The Times-Herald reported that a coalition of Solano County organizations in northern California is working together to bring down the region’s high STD rates with a program entitled the Education, Testing, and Treatment project, also known as ET2 or ET Squared. The alliance, which received a $225,000 grant from the county board of supervisors, consists of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Solano County Public Health, and Planned Parenthood. "We're already behind," said Jimmie Jackson, president of NAACP’s Vallejo chapter. Statistics by a Public Health Institute 2012 study show that Solano County is ranked fourth highest for chlamydia infections in the state. Black youth ages 15 to 19 are 15–26 times more likely to contract chlamydia than other populations. ET2’s first phase will consist of community engagement and dissemination of information with local groups, including barber shops and black churches. Youth focus groups will help the coalition build more streamlined messages to target at-risk populations accurately. The second phase will include STD testing and treatment. Kathi Hill, engagement coordinator for the project, believes ET2 may have national implications because the groups involved have not previously joined forces.

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