Our research continues to point to sexual literacy and teen pregnancy as two of the top issues facing girls in our community. As reports from the Douglas County Health Department also reflect, adolescents in our community continue to report epidemic rates of gonorrhea and chlamydia specifically. Learn More
The Adolescent Health Project seeks to create sustainable community-wide changes through a research-based, results focused, comprehensive approach that will: (1) increase the sexual knowledge and health of youth and, thereby, (2) decrease the number of youth engaging in risky sexual behavior and the rates of STDs and teen pregnancy. The priorities of the Adolescent Health Project are to:
- Advocate for medically-accurate, age-appropriate comprehensive sexuality education in all middle and high schools utilizing WISE (Working to Institutionalize Sex Ed);
- Build capacity for STD testing and treatment among clinical providers through a RFP process;
- Launch a cutting-edge media campaign that is informed by teens, aimed at teens and tested by teens to increase awareness, promote safe sex practices and promote STD testing; and
- Increase access to long-acting reversible contraception (LARC).
For recent accomplishments and a look into future strategies, read the 2016 Adolescent Health Project Annual Report.
Women's Fund of Omaha Announces Distribution of Grants to Increase Availability of FREE STD Testing and Treatment
Eight organizations have been awarded grants provided by the Adolescent Health Project, a program of the Women’s Fund of Omaha, to develop systems that will increase the availability of free testing, free treatment, and free prevention services for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Private donors provided the funding for the grants that totaled a combined $2.6 million dollars, and have been awarded to organizations whose goals are to create or expand programs benefiting all genders ages 15-24 in the areas of STD testing, STD treatment, and condom distribution. Douglas County has one of the highest rates of STDs in the country, and the highest rates are seen in adolescents ages 15-24. By increasing the accessibility of free testing and treatment, the Adolescent Health Project hopes to create sustainable, community-wide changes in the sexual knowledge and health of Omaha’s youth.
In order to see a significant change in the way our community talks about and deals with the issue of STDs, we need to make sure the proper resources are available and easily accessible. These grants will help each of these organizations expand their capacity for free STD testing and treatment, provide education, and distribute condoms to help prevent the spread of STDs.” said Brenda Council, Adolescent Health Project Manager.
The following organizations have been awarded grants to support their STD-related programs:
- Charles Drew Health Center, Inc. (CDHC)
- Douglas County Health Department
- Nebraska AIDS Project (NAP)
- Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition, Inc. (NUIHC)
- North Omaha Area Health, Inc. (NOAH)
- OneWorld Community Health Centers
- Planned Parenthood of the Heartland
- United Way of the Midlands
In this unique collaboration, these organizations will collectively engage youth and each other to create systemic change in our community. They are committed to a common goal of increasing accessibility to STD testing and treatment at no cost, and providing resources supporting sexual health in our community. The grant funds will also assist in each organization’s ability to extend their hours and staff to increase their capacity for providing these services.