The Community Approaches to Reducing Sexually Transmitted Diseases (CARS) Project is a Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division (CDC) funded program to help reduce Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) rates among African American and Latino youth ages 15 to 19 years old in North Philadelphia. This project involves the community in identifying the needs of youth, issues around youth access to services, and community-focused ways to lower STI rates.
The CARS Project shares positive messages for youth to make informed and healthy decisions through awareness events (i.e. Philly’s Phinest Phasion Show and CARS Jumpman Basketball tournament), community testing events (i.e. CARS Spring Testing), role model skits and social media.
A key part of the project is its decision making body, the Community Advisory Board (CAB). This board consists of youth from the North Philadelphia community. A partner coalition that consists of parents and organizations that work with North Philadelphia youth supports the CAB.
The CARS Project is being implemented by Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC). A three-year grant allows PHMC to respond to the high STI rates affecting North Philadelphia youth in zip codes 19140, 19133, 19132, 19122 and 19121.
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