University of South Florida: The Oracle (12.05.2013)
The Oracle reported that the University of South Florida (USF) Morsani College of Medicine staff and students were operating the Ybor Youth Clinic to provide free medical services to underserved, at-risk populations, including homeless youth and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth. The clinic, funded entirely by private donations from the community and medical networks, provided family planning services, including birth control, pregnancy tests, gynecological exams, and cervical cancer screening. Services in highest demand were STD prevention, treatment, and management.
Founders established Ybor Youth Clinic in October to keep HIV patients in treatment after they left the USF Children’s Medical Center, according to Terri Burger, nurse practitioner at Ybor Youth Clinic and USF Health Pediatric Infectious Diseases Division.
Burger noted that the community welcomed the clinic because it was distinctly qualified to provide services other healthcare entities were unable to supply. Jeremiah Kerr, outreach community coordinator and USF medical researcher, described the clinic’s hands-on approach, which included networking with Hillsborough County Schools and medical agencies, coordinating fundraisers with USF student organizations like PRIDE Alliance, and conducting outreach activities with Ybor nightlife.
USF medical residents and professors staffed the Ybor Youth Clinic. Patrick Blackburn, third-year USF medical student and clinic volunteer, stated clinic staff openly discussed sexual health and preventive measures with patients. Providing confidential counseling for any sexual health issue, clinic staff were able to educate clients and help them plan families. Burger explained that planning families was “the best way to end poverty.”