On June 25th, the Women’s Fund of Omaha, through its Adolescent Health Project, announced grant awards totaling $2.6 million to 8 organizations dedicated to developing systems that will increase the availability of free testing, free treatment, and free prevention services for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). We are ecstatic to report that Nebraska AIDS Project (NAP) was among the organizations selected to be a part of the Adolescent Health Project.
As one of the recipient organizations, NAP will increase the availability of free testing for gonorrhea and chlamydia for adolescents and young adults in our Omaha office, linkage to free STD treatment, and increase our capacity to do outreach and education with the adolescent and young adult populations through our Community Engagement team. We are especially excited to work together with our Adolescent Health Project partner agencies to collectively engage youth and each other to create necessary systemic change in our community.
Increased testing through NAP’s Omaha office will roll out gradually starting September 1st. Check the HIV/STI Testing page on our website for locations, days, and times. If you are interested in working with our Community Engagement Team to educate area young people about STDs and HIV, get in touch with us by calling the Omaha NAP office at 402-552-9260. We will most certainly be out and about in the community to meet you!
The Adolescent Health Project is a multi-year project and NAP is expected to receive funding throughout the term of the project.
From the Women’s Fund of Omaha: Douglas County has one of the highest rates of STDs in the country, and the highest rates are seen in adolescents ages 15-24. By increasing the accessibility of free testing and treatment, the Adolescent Health Project hopes to create sustainable, community-wide changes in the sexual knowledge and health of Omaha’s youth.
Congratulations to all our Adolescent Health Project partners:
Read the full announcement from the Women’s Fund of Omaha here: http://www.omahawomensfund.org/leading-change/adolescent-health-project/