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California State University, Sacramento

Posted: January 27, 2000

CSUS Health Center Grant Will Benefit Students

The Suzanne A. Snively Health Center at California State University, Sacramento has received a grant of $510,000 from The California Endowment, the state's largest health foundation, to study, treat and educate students about chlamydia trachomatis, a disease that has reached epidemic proportions in Sacramento County.

The county has among the highest statewide infection rates for chlamydia, a serious sexually transmitted infection that is most prevalent among 15-to 24-year-olds. Seventy percent of infections in women and 50 percent of infections in men are asymptomatic. The infection if left untreated can lead to serious long-term health consequences in both men and women.

The 30-month project begins this month for the nearly 25,000 students at California State University, Sacramento, plus collaboration with the health centers at the three Los Rios Community College District colleges. The majority of these 80,000 college students fall within the primary risk groups and many are uninsured and may not receive regular health care screening.

The program will offer free screening, educational programs and treatment. At the end of the first year a formal evaluation will be conducted and modifications may be made for the second year of operation.

Roche Laboratory systems has provided special equipment and funded the training of a technician. Pfizer Pharmaceuticals has provided seed money for start-up costs for development of the project.

The California Endowment was established in 1996 as a private foundation. The Endowment maintains offices in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco, Fresno, Sacramento and San Diego, and has staff working throughout the state. The Endowment is the tenth largest foundation in the United States and the largest private health funder in California.

The mission of the California Endowment is to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians. The Endowment makes grants to organizations and institutions that directly benefit the health and well-being of the people of California.

Further information is available from Dr. Diane Sipkin or Laurie Bisset Grady at 278-5422.


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