Public Health Sexual Health Program
There are many and various stakeholders involved in the control of STBBIs. These include Public Health, community physicians, nurse practitioners, community organizations and youth services providers. Within Public Health, a variety of programs are involved in the control of STBBIs. Public Health roles are best described as follows:
Sexual health promotion to groups and populations:
Public Health nurses in all Public Health programs work in collaboration with others government sectors, voluntary organizations, youth service providers and parents to build healthy public policy, create supportive environments, strengthen community actions, develop personal skills and adapt sexual health services to local needs.
Control services to individuals in high-risk and groups most affected by STBBIs:
Public Health nurses in the Communicable Disease program work with clinicians and affected individuals to help control the spread of STBBIs by providing education and counselling to those affected by STBBI and to their sexual and drug use partners.
Public Health nurses, nurse practitioners and physicians in the sexual health centres and outreach sites provide education, counselling, and clinical services relating to sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and birth control and other sexual health topics such as sexual identity as well as education and counselling to youths 19 and younger.
Public Health nurses in the Healthy Learners in School program provide sexual health promotion activities at the school district level and in some high schools as well as counselling in some high schools.
Other Public Health programs involved in the control of STIs include the Immunization Program providing immunization against hepatitis B and HPV; and Early Childhood Initiatives, a program that provides education to pregnant teens and teen mothers.