This project replicated the health systems intervention of the original Project Connect, a multi-level intervention designed to reduce adolescent STD/HIV risk and incidence, which was fielded in Los Angeles. This replication project assessed the feasibility and success in implementing this intervention in a setting vastly different from Los Angeles, that of resource-poor Detroit, Michigan. Implementation of Connect was evaluated in three Detroit Public High Schools. Outcomes included process measures of provider referral guide uptake and success in connecting students to community providers, receipt of sexual and reproductive health services, and cost measures. Survey data were collected from adolescents at clinic sites as well as health record information specific to the use of sexual and reproductive healthcare services.
Clinic-level data collected at two of the clinics on the guide indicated that higher risk adolescents were being served at those locations, although few were from our project schools (less than five percent). School-level data, however, indicated that nearly a quarter of students surveyed had made use of the Connect referral guide to access care. Lessons learned in Detroit will inform implementation guidance for similar urban areas.
Report Title: Project Connect Health Systems Intervention Replication Project
Agency Sponsor: CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Federal Contact: Thomas Chapel, 404-639-2116
Performer: Michigan Public Health Institute (Okemos, MI), via the National Network of Public Health Institutes
Record ID: 9592 (May 30, 2013)