North Omaha Community Care Council Addresses Youth Health Disparities
The North Omaha Community Care Council (NOCCC) for almost 20 years has served as a mechanism for collaborative efforts to help promote ethnic diversity and cultural understanding in order to improve communication and achieve greater access to affordable and quality health care, education, information, resources, and services for the North Omaha community.
Over the years the council has identified priority areas regarding access to health care, health disparities, teen pregnancy and sexual health. With 4,715 reported sexually transmitted disease cases in Douglas County in 2014 (not including HIV and AIDS), and those within the ages of 15-24 accounting for more than 50 percent of new cases in Douglas County, sex education has been a longtime concern of the NOCCC and a major issue among our youth.
The recent conference “Get Real Sex(ed) Happens” was an effort to address these statistics and was not related to the Omaha Public School Human Growth and Development curriculum efforts. In fact, planning for this conference began a year-and-a-half ago.
The conference was one of the many events the North Omaha Community Care Council hosts and participates in to target and educate youth within the North Omaha community. We will continue to support other community agencies as well as lead events that contribute to improving the health and well-being of residents of North Omaha.