A novel integration effort to reduce the risk for alcohol-exposed pregnancy among women attending urban STD clinics

Heidi E. Hutton, Geetanjali Chander, Patricia P. Green, Catherine A. Hutsell, Kimberly Weingarten, Karen L. Peterson

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Abstract

Alcohol-exposed pregnancy (AEP) is a significant public health problem in the United States. Sexually transmitted disease (STD) clinics serve female clients with a high prevalence of heavy alcohol consumption coupled with ineffective contraceptive use. Project CHOICES (Changing High-Risk AlcOhol Use and Increasing Contraception Effectiveness) is an evidence-based, brief intervention to lower risk of AEP by targeting alcohol and contraceptive behaviors through motivational interviewing and individualized feedback. We describe our experience integrating and implementing CHOICES in STD clinics. This endeavor aligns with CDC's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention's program collaboration and service integration strategic priority to strengthen collaborative work across disease areas and integrate services provided by related programs at the client level.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)56-62
Number of pages7
JournalPublic health reports
Volume129
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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