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CASE STUDY: Community Approaches to Reducing STDs (CARS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Program Planning & Evaluation / 2011-2014


We worked with diverse community stakeholders to develop new programs and interventions to reduce sexually transmitted disease disparities.



For over a decade, Los Angeles County has been a national epicenter of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) with significant disparities for gonorrhea and chlamydia among young African-American and Latina women. While some work had been done to increase awareness about the issue and promote routine STI screening, various community stakeholders understood that a sustainable strategy to reduce these health disparities was needed.

Beginning in 2011, Sentient Research managed the 3-year CARS grant, which funded community healthcare providers to launch an expanded STI screening program in South Los Angeles. This program used web-based mobile technology and highly targeted outreach to deliver home test kits directly to young women at risk. Through CARS, Sentient Research also worked with community stakeholders to create a structure and process that engaged youth to develop new strategies for STI prevention and helped to set up a sustainable wellness center in a public housing development in South Los Angeles. Sentient Research was also responsible for evaluating the impact of the different components of the CARS program and sharing this information with community stakeholders and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Articles and conference presentations related to this program:

Authentic and meaningful community engagement to reduce STD disparities: Lessons learned from the 4-site CDC CARS initiative.
Rhodes SD, Daniel-Ulloa J, Montoya JA, Beale D, Cruz-Dillard K, Kerndt P, CARS Workgroup. Poster presented at: 2014 STD Prevention Conference; June 9-12, 2014; Atlanta, Georgia.

“Spring Into Love:” Impact of a Youth-Led Summit on Sexual Health and Healthy Relationships for High Schools Students in a High-Risk Community in South Los Angeles.
Lamb K, Provost J, Cantu M, Gaarde J, Bush-Spurlin J, Jackson MD, Greene B, Kerndt PR. Poster presented at: 2014 STD Prevention Conference; June 9-12, 2014; Atlanta, Georgia.

There's no place like home: first year usage of the "I Know" home testing program for chlamydia and gonorrhea.
Rotblatt H, Montoya JA, Plant A, Guerry S, Kerndt P. American Journal of Public Health. 2013;103(8):1376-1380.





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