Raising Awareness of Public Health Services Among College Students
Authors: Taylor Caverzasi, Sabina Webster, Jessica Sellars, Karin Johnson, and Holly Cochran
Faculty Supervisor: Nicole Masano, MSN
The purpose of this project was to provide education about sexually transmitted infections to the student population of College of Coastal Georgia as well as offer information about access to the public health services. Based on the community health needs assessment report as well as several interviews with community leaders and the windshield survey, it was determined that there is a lack of information about access to the public health services. An alarming number of sexually transmitted infection cases within the college student population suggested that it is essential to raise the awareness regarding this topic. Educational pamphlets regarding sexually transmitted infections and health department services were developed. An information booth with poster and pamphlets was set up during peak hours in the cafeteria in order to reach the most students. Condoms provided by the Health Department were folded inside the pamphlet and handed to the students as they walked by. Most students readily accepted the pamphlet and seemed appreciative of the information provided. A few students returned the condoms saying that they did not need or want them and a small number came back and took more. Based on the number of pamphlets distributed, the objective was at least partially met. However, at this time, it is hard to determine whether the information provided will result in increased utilization of services. It would be helpful to follow up in several months to see if there is any increase in the number of students from the college taking advantage of public healthcare.