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STD Rates Lowest Where Local Health Departments Are Integrated

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The occurrence of sexually transmitted diseases within a population appears to be lowest in communities where core public health activities are shared by many partners, according to a study by a group headed by Dr. Hector P. Rodriguez, associate professor of health policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, found, conversely, that public health systems where the local health department shoulders much of the effort and offers comprehensive services are likely to have higher STD rates.

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