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Assessing Youth access to Sex Education in Los Angeles

Authors: Sophia Reyes*, CSU Northridge
Topics: Medical and Health Geography, Geography and Urban Health
Keywords: Health Geography, Youth, GIS
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/8/2020
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 4:35 PM
Room: Virtual Track 3
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The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is the second largest school district in the nation, educating over 600,000 students. Understanding the type of sex education students have is essential for creating a generation of educated adults who are fully aware of resources available to them. This project examines the Service Area of LAUSD’s partnership with Keeping It Real Together (KIR-T), a sex education agency that aims to teach evidence-based sexual health education in middle schools. Currently, the agency works with only 35 of the 124 middle schools in LAUSD therefore there are many students not receiving a formal structured sex education, thus leaving it to teachers determine how and if to cover the topics and to what extent. To understand this health education disparity, GIS was used to determine which communities are lacking in this education. The service area of KIR-T affiliated schools was determined revealing the areas not serviced. The assumption is that low income POC communities have disproportionately less access to these facilities which is a major concern because Latino and Black gay men make up the largest and most affected population of new HIV diagnosis (CDPH). Understanding these inequalities can provide insight and guidance how best to fill in the educational void and better protect the entirety of the population.

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