SACAD: John Heinrichs Scholarly and Creative Activity Days


Empirical Graduate


Background: Congenital syphilis occurs when a pregnant mother passes the syphilis infection to their child during pregnancy. This treatable sexually transmitted infection (STI) is the leading cause of stillbirths and neonatal deaths (Trivedi et al., 2020). According to the CDC (2021), the incidence of congenital syphilis increased 254% from 2016 to 2020. The key factors include decreased funding for STI education, decreased access to care, limited resources such as transportation and health insurance, stigma that is associated with diagnosis and treatment and legal issues that may be present such as undocumented migrants (Contraceptive Technology Update, 2022). Objective: Increase the education for STI prevention and treatment to decrease the incidence of congenital syphilis. Methods: Through the research design Plan/Do/Study/Act increased education will help to bring awareness of prevention and treatment to women of childbearing ages. Inclusion of community resources such as community centers, rural health clinics, health departments and schools will assist in capturing a more diverse population as well as a greater number of patients. Education will occur as a standard at child appointments, prenatal screenings, during health classes and at community centers. Comparison of congenital syphilis diagnosis from pre- and post- education implementation will provide data to indicate significance. Conclusion: Through implementation of extended education points the healthcare team can reach a greater number of patients and ensure swift and adequate treatment. Syphilis is a treatable infection and when detected and treated in a timely manner will lessen the risk to the unborn child. Utilizing healthcare and community services can provide the necessary education for eliminating poor outcomes for neonates.



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