STI Focused Community Needs Assessment

Eastern Region of VA.Students will first study methods for gathering relevant community-focused data on STIs. Then, students will gather all of the extant data from every appropriate and credible source.  Students will analyze the extant data, synthesize it, and represent it in clear formats. In the spring of M1 year, with experts, students will report on the current state of STIs in Eastern Virginia and identify sources that will likely provide clinically relevant information.  Students will design a systematic needs assessment protocol.


In M2 year, students will develop the needs assessment tools and processes, obtain appropriate approvals (e.g., IRB approval if Human Subject Research is involved), and conduct investigations. Investigations will likely require contact with participants from the local community. Data collection will be completed by March of M2 year and students will present a report on their findings with recommendations for next steps.  It is anticipated that the work of one cohort will provide foundational data and findings for the work of following cohorts.


The objectives of this project include:

  • Identify sources of data related to STIs in Eastern Virginia to include typical sources of health-related data as well as organizational, non-profit, or alternative sources.
  • Collate existing data on STIs in Eastern Virginia and effectively describe the current status in multiple ways (prevalence, incidence, patterns, trends, populations, behaviors, geo-trends, etc.), and then synthesize that data in ways that are clear and promote action.
  • With experts, identify areas most likely to provide fruit upon deeper analysis.
  • Design needs assessment protocol, obtain appropriate process approvals, and develop required materials for investigation.
  • Conduct data analysis, synthesize data, articulate conclusions, and recommend next steps.
  • Students will diagram the process for systematically investigating local health phenomena, quantifying findings, and reporting the research. 


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    • Students will identify a few areas of significant need, and then will delve deeper than others can because of the time dedicated to this initiative.  The result will be a detailed view of an area of significant need providing insight for future action.    

    • EVMS, Various

    • Brock Institute

    • M1, M2, M3, M4,

    • Infectious Disease

    • Don Robison, Ph.D., Cynthia Romero, M.D.

    • Eastern Health Region of Virginia

    • Medical Education
    • Points of Contact


    • Email: ServiceLearning@EVMS.EDU