The Role of Local Health Departments in Providing Sexually Transmitted Disease Services and Surveillance in Rural Communities

@article{Paschal2010TheRO,
  title={The Role of Local Health Departments in Providing Sexually Transmitted Disease Services and Surveillance in Rural Communities},
  author={Angelia M. Paschal and Julie Oler-Manske and Tracy Hsiao},
  journal={Journal of Community Health},
  year={2010},
  volume={36},
  pages={204-210}
}
Local health departments (LHDs) are an important source for screening and treating sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in rural communities. Yet, they oftentimes lack the resources needed to adequately assess and monitor these conditions. The purpose of this study was to (1) explore how rural LHDs assess and monitor STDs; (2) identify barriers to effective surveillance; (3) examine STD patterns in their communities; and (4) provide recommendations for improving surveillance. Data were… CONTINUE READING