Bringing Reproductive Health to Vulnerable Populations
Twenty peer health educators ages 18 to 24 from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University participated in a recent focus group conducted by *SHIFT NC. The goal was to gather opinions, ideas and beliefs about Cone Health offering reproductive health care services (pregnancy tests, sexually transmitted infection screening, health education) in a mobile health clinic setting.
The clinic would include a waiting room, private exam areas, an education area, and a laboratory as well as monitors, diagnostic equipment, and educational materials. The students were clear that the approach could be successful in reaching vulnerable populations, by delivering services directly at the curbside and cautioned that flexibility and adapting services based on the changing needs of the community should be kept top of mind.
Serving as link between clinical and community settings, the students also wanted “people that look like me” delivering services and clear connections to other services especially, behavioral health services and counseling as part of the offerings.