Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing (STI) for Youth

With funding from a 3-year CDC grant, the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD), Johns Hopkins Center for Child and Community Health Research (CCCR) and the Center for Social Design at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)  have been working collaboratively to design, implement, and test design solutions to increase access to STI testing and normalize STI testing for Baltimore youth.


Interviews with crew members

The team began by creating larger guiding questions to anchor their research and then interview questions for Details employees. Conducting one-on-one interviews with crew members helped us gain key insights that lead to recognizing opportunities for change.

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Themes and Insights

As we pooled together research from interviews with 10 crew members, themes and patterns began to emerge. The crew's strong sense of family, keen interest to develop professionally and feelings of divide between administration and crew were some key takeaways.

  • Experiences that prevent Details staff from getting hired easily are their greatest assets towards a self-organizing community.
  • Conventional system of career advancement at Details is reinforced by those already in power.
  • Despite Details' strong commitment to their staff, the benefits provided are underutilized.

Brainstorming

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