Evanston library to host STI screening with Howard Brown

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Evanston Public Library (Photo via Facebook)

Evanston Public Library (Photo via Facebook)

EVANSTON — The Evanston Health and Human Services Department, Howard Brown Health and the Evanston Public Library (EPL) are working together to provide STI screening in this Chicago suburb.

From the Daily Northwestern:

Starting Jan. 14, individuals will be able to walk in to EPL’s main branch in downtown Evanston on the second Monday of every month between 3 and 7 pm without an appointment scheduled.

Evonda Thomas-Smith, the director of the Evanston Health and Human Services Department, said she helped to advocate for the services’ implementation. She added that the city also partners with Evanston Township High School and the GYT: Get Yourself Tested campaign every year to screen for STIs.

“Howard Brown wanted to offer free services to Evanston as Cook County has the highest rates of STDs and STIs in the state of Illinois,” Thomas-Smith said. “Our STD and STI rates are significantly increasing.”

Jill Skwerski, EPL’s engagement services manager, said the library is always looking for ways to provide community access to all forms of literacy, including health literacy. She said in communities across the country, people struggle to find affordable access to healthcare solutions, and the library can play a role in health literacy by providing free access that might otherwise not be a possibility for people.

The testing site at the main branch is within a five-minute walk of the Northwestern University campus.



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