So, April was Sexual Health Awareness Month… how did you do?
Did you do (or your staff or peer educators) do any education programs? Any table-sits to hand out condoms? Any post-STI test counseling? Did anyone drop by to ask some questions about sexual health?
Sexual health is a thorny issue on some campuses, and a big programming push on others. However, regardless of your school’s perspective on the issue, it’s undeniably a big part of the life of most adults– including your students. And, as always, whenever you do any sort of health programming, it’s always a great idea to be able to show that what you are doing is making a positive difference. The CDC has recently released a guide that can help with this, Practical Use of Program Evaluation among Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Programs (PUPESTD). This is a free download that takes you from collaborating with stakeholders to evaluating your work to making sure that what you learned doesn’t get lost in the shuffle. It’s a very clear guide, and has lessons that can be applied to the evaluation of any health promotion efforts. It’s definitely worth a look if you need to make the case of expanding your sexual health promotion, or if you want to make sure you are able to maintain current levels of funding and support.
And, while you are on the CDC site, another thing you might want to take a look at is the STD Fact Sheets. They give a breakdown of information for various sexually-transmitted infections, and cover everything from prevalence to prevention to common symptoms. These documents are a great source for information for updating presentations and pamphlets in preparation for the fall semester.