LHD Spotlight: Using Smartphones in STD Interviews

Smartphone applications are increasingly being used to facilitate casual sexual relationships, increasing the risk of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Recognizing this, the Monroe County (NY) Health Department (MCHD) conducted a study to explore how traditional contact elicitation methods can be enhanced with smartphone technology during field interviews in STD investigations. Through this work, the health department found that smartphone technology used by disease intervention specialists (DIS) in the field improved contact elicitation and resulted in successful partner notification and case finding.

Read the full article in Public Health Reports, check out this poster on the study, and contact John M. Owens, Jr., Public Health Representative at MCHD, for more information.

About Kim Rodgers

Kim Rodgers serves as a Communications Specialist at NACCHO. Her work includes promoting local health departments' best practices, as well as partner tools and resources, in infectious disease and preparedness through NACCHO's communications channels, storytelling, and outreach to various audiences.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *