California Department Public Health, Sexually Transmitted Disease Control Branch
The Chlamydia Screening Quality Improvement (QI) in Primary Care initiative provides subject matter expertise and clinical QI project coordination support to high-priority primary care networks, including Medi-Cal Managed Care health plans, pediatric practices, and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) primarily serving the Medi-Cal population, to improve sexual health services for young people at highest risk for STDs and other adverse sexual/reproductive health outcomes. The initiative is being implemented by the CDPH STD Control Branch and is supported by funding from CDC.
The primary goal of this initiative is to ensure access to and quality of sexual/reproductive health services, including chlamydia screening, for youth presenting in primary care. This is achieved through the alignment of clinical services with national recommendations, introduction of best practices, improvements in system-wide coordination, reduction in system- and environmental-level barriers, standardization of care, building of community awareness and engagement, and strengthening of coordination and linkages between healthcare providers, schools, and other community stakeholders.
The expanded goal of this effort is to integrate it into a CDPH cross-program Adolescent Preventive Health Initiative that provides a platform for internal and external coordinated efforts between the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), and other health care and public health partners. This comprehensive initiative would facilitate the effective provision of public health subject matter expertise, technical assistance, and training to support clinical and community providers in improving the consistency and quality of preventive health services delivered to adolescents while also strengthening linkages between healthcare providers, schools, and community organizations to ensure a coordinated safety-net around California’s most vulnerable youth.
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