The Strengthening STD Prevention and Control for Health Departments (STD PCHD) grant application outlines Alaska’s progress and objectives toward preventing, detecting and controlling sexually transmitted diseases. Alaska is geographically, ethnically, and economically diverse with multiple health services systems that must coordinate an interdisciplinary approach to STD prevention and treatment. The State Department of Health and Social Services, Section of Epidemiology HIV/ STD Program staff provide leadership and direction in Alaska’s efforts to coordinate resources and services to prevent STD’s. The Program relies heavily on federal funds for most of the surveillance and partner service activities. The STD Prevention activities include improving STD surveillance and data management capabilities, outbreak response activities, partner services, promotion of CDC recommended screening and treatment, program evaluation, training and professional development, as well as policy development and implementation. Alaska history has always been a boom and bust economy that impacts and shades the STD prevention activities. STD services are available through statewide Public Health Nursing, Alaska Native Health Corporations, Department of Corrections, Planned Parenthood and Family Planning clinics, non-profit corporations, military clinics and hospitals, remote Community Health Aide Clinics, private hospitals and private physicians
Alaska’s chlamydia rates are consistently among the nation’s highest. Our recent gonorrhea, and syphilis outbreaks accentuate the need to further develop sustainable capabilities and resources and maintain operational standards for disease intervention activities statewide. Young people, women, Alaska Native and Black individuals, and those residing in Alaska’s Southwest and Northern regions are consistently over-represented in reported chlamydia and gonorrhea cases compared to their proportions of the Alaska population. The HIV/STD Program provides leadership and technical assistance as needed to all providers across the state.