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  1. Introduction
  2. Implementation: A Baltimorean context
    1. Implementation of the program
    2. The mobile clinics
    3. The testing and surveying phase of the implementation process
  3. YFS: A quick snapshot
  4. Conclusion
  5. References

HIV/AIDS, Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are very present within the Baltimore City community and it affects the general population as a whole. These numbers and figures represent the known cases of these infections however, how many more individuals are affected and still unaware? The steps necessary to uncover some of the reasons why Baltimore City remains disproportionately affected are still underway. Deep rooted socioeconomic disparities play a huge role in why Baltimore City has these poor health statistics. High poverty and crime rates contribute to the declining wellbeing of the general population. When community members' deal with difficult social and environmental factors, their health and physical well being are often neglected and this neglect continues into adulthood and for most of the individual's life.

[...] This training is for the purpose of taking the skills that most staff members already possess and helping them to streamline it in a way that is most meaningful when working with youth clients. Training will also be an ongoing part of YFS and staff should be required to participate in training at least twice a year. The frequent training is primarily due to the ever-changing nature of the work. As the dynamics of Baltimore City's youth changes, so do the dynamics of how they can be best reached and affected. [...]

[...] The Youth Friendly Services program is one that is created to constantly change in order to keep up with the demands placed by the population that it serves. Much of its structure and set-up has to depend on the culture and dynamics of each individual site. The key to the success of this program is that it is allowed to mold naturally. Too much structure from its onset would act as a limiting factor and not allow the program to stay true to its original goal of creating social change within the young generation through a public health approach. [...]

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