Do you recognize how the determinants of health influence STBBI risk for specific populations?
- A Core Competency in the Prevention of Sexually Transmitted and Blood-Borne Infections (STBBIs)
A STBBI outreach team in a large city is planning a six-week sexual health education program targeted at one of the city`s low income neighbourhoods. The team has done their best to address potential financial and transportation barriers, but aren't sure how else they can facilitate participation among community members and ensure that their unique health needs are met.
Do you work in the area of sexual health or STBBI prevention? Can you recognize how the determinants of health influence STBBI risk for specific populations?
Use the questions below to help you self-assess your knowledge, skills, attitudes and practices related to the determinants of health. Remember that depending on your role, you may require different levels of proficiency for the various core competencies and it is possible that some of the competencies are not relevant to your work.
- Can you give examples of ways to reduce possible financial, educational and social barriers to participation in STBBI prevention initiatives?
- How can you reduce the stigma associated with participation in sexual health interventions?
- Can you name several determinants of health and explain how these factors could increase risk for STBBIs?
- How could the determinants of health affect the risk of STBBIs among the following vulnerable groups: 1) youth at risk; 2) new immigrants; 3) gay, bi-sexual, two-spirit and other men who have sex with men; and 4) people who have been or are currently in prison?
- What Makes Canadians Healthy or Unhealthy?, Public Health Agency of Canada, 2013
- Factors Impacting Vulnerability to HIV and other STBBIs, CPHA, 2014
- Frontline Health - Working with the Social Determinants of Health, CPHA, 2014
- Outreach Planning Guide for Infectious Disease Practitioners who Work with Vulnerable Populations, National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases, 2012
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