Schedule Workshops and Testing Events

To schedule a workshop presentation or testing event for youth between the ages of 13-24, please contact:

    Katie Tang, MA, CHES, Outreach Coordinator, Project STAY
    Tel: 646-284-9739
    Email: kkt2115@columbia.edu

Commonly Asked Questions About Arranging a Mobile Health Team Outreach Event At a School or Community Based Agency

What's the age limit for Project STAY Mobile Health Team?

We work with youth ages 14-24. All are welcome within this age range!

How soon can you come? Is it too late for something this week?

We try to schedule events at least THREE WEEKS in advance. Most events are booked a month in advance and space is limited, so book yours now!

What information do you provide in the presentation?

Our initial overview presentation is an interactive power point which reviews sexually transmitted diseases and HIV with a brief overview about birth control. We try to keep it at a classroom period length presentation (40 minutes). If we have more time, we are able to make it more interactive. We love coming back to an agency to provide follow up testing in 6 months which gives us an opportunity to present our Healthy Relationships workshop.

What types of tests do you offer?

Project STAY can provide STI tests for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea and HIV testing as well. The STI tests are done with urine samples and the HIV test is an oral test. Both are FREE and CONFIDENTIAL to any youth participating in the program.

I'm interested in hosting the presentation, but I'm concerned about the testing afterwards. Is it safe to do testing outside of a clinic?

Yes! Project STAY's testing methods are non-invasive: all tests are either urine or oral samples so there are no needles, sharps (or other blood drawing techniques) used. All of our counselors have been formally trained to conduct youth oriented pre/post test counseling and risk reduction education. They are supervised by clinical staff from Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.

We'd love to test on-site, but my supervisor is concerned about parental consent. What are the legal issues around this?

Most people don't know that in New York State, all minors are protected BY LAW and can receive reproductive and sexual health care services WITHOUT parental consent. With that said, parental consent is not needed for Project STAY. However, we understand if you feel the need to obtain parental consent beforehand and we can provide a draft of a letter explaining our services and its benefits.

What about approval from the Department of Education?

Project STAY is partly funded by the NYSDOH and is endorsed by both Roger Platt at NYCDOH and Empowerment School CEO Eric Nadelstern. Schools can choose to host Project STAY within their own protocol.

Will you do the presentation without the testing?

Our schedule is so busy that we try to give preference to organizations that allow us to do testing on-site. We can arrange a workshop without testing as our schedule allows. If you are interested in just health education, we can refer you to other programs that offer similar workshops.

What about the results? What do I do if someone's results are positive?

We return with results and follow-up care about three weeks after the original event.
If there are STI positive results, a Project STAY health care provider will make arrangements for the young person to receive treatment at one of our clinical sites. If there are HIV positive results, a Project STAY social worker will provide mental and psychosocial counseling off-site at our clinic and offer the client an opportunity to enroll in our HIV+ medical care and social work program (Project STAY).
Client confidentiality is protected throughout the entire process.

Parking is limited at our location. Where will you park your van/RV?

We call ourselves the Mobile Health Team, but our wheels are public transportation =) We travel via subway, bus and car service, so there is no RV or van associated with our testing services.

We'd love to have testing done at our organization, but space is a major issue. How much room do you need for testing?

Each student would need to meet with an HIV test counselor ONE-ON-ONE for testing. We also need space that protects the privacy and confidentially of the client. With that said, we recommend spaces like a classroom or staff offices. Anything with walls/doors to provide both visual and audio barriers. We usually bring at two (2) - three (3) counselors to each event, so a minimum of two separate rooms are needed for testing.

Our organization isn't very tech savvy. Do we need fancy equipment to do your presentation?

Nope. Our presentation is computer-based, but we provide all the necessary equipment. The only thing you need to provide are 1) the youth and 2) a room large enough for everyone that has a blank wall or screen for projection and an outlet.

FOR MORE INFORMATION FEEL FREE TO CONTACT:

    Renee Cohall, Project Director, Mobile Health Team
    TEL: 646-245-4000

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