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Taking Routine Histories of Sexual Health: A System-Wide Approach for Health Centers

Taking Routine Histories of Sexual Health: A System-Wide Approach for Health Centers

The National Association of Community Health Centers and the National LGBT Health Education Center, The Fenway Institute, Fenway Health, New Edition: August 2014

For patients and the health centers that serve them, sexual health care and prevention interventions mean routine screening of physical, behavioral, and social health factors and subsequent care management and coordination with public health through strong partnerships.  Skilled at patient engagement and proactive planned care, health centers can integrate a routine sexual health history as part of the overall health assessment, as well as routine screenings for HIV and hepatitis C based on the most current CDC recommendations. To support health centers as they endeavor to better integrate sexual health into patient-centered care, we collaborated with the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) to create Taking Routine Histories of Sexual Health: A System-Wide Approach for Health Centers (Toolkit).

In addition to the toolkit, NACHC developed a companion video series entitled, HIV and Related Issues:  Engaging Patients and Communities.  This series of 4 short videos highlights health centers as an integral part of our nation’s response to the critical issues of HIV, hepatitis C, and sexual health.  Addressing these issues, often through active partnerships, is essential in a true Patient Centered Medical Home and in fully engaging our patients, families, and communities.

Education Center Director Harvey Makadon’s video Importance of Sexual Health in Primary Care can be seen below.  Click here to view the rest of the video series from NACHC.

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