‘What Goes Around’ Successfully Debuts in Kern County

After completing its first year of implementing the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Educational Theatre performance on preventing sexually transmitted diseases, the Kern High School District declared the effort a big success.

“The response all around has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Ryan Geivet, director of instruction, KHSD, of the live production, “What Goes Around.” “This project has been a great experience for the district and the students.”

“What Goes Around” has been educating Southern California youth for the past decade, with more than 60,000 high schoolers experiencing the performance annually. As a result of collaborative efforts led by Kristin Weber, Kaiser Permanente’s community health manager for Kern County, and representatives from KHSD, Kern County Public Health Services and Educational Theatre, the district recently gave it the green light. The STD-prevention message is especially important to share in Kern County, where STD rates rank among the top in the state.

“The main goals of the program are to educate students about STDs to help them make informed decisions if they choose to be sexually active, and to help bridge them to medical testing and treatment if needed,” said Gerry Farrell, director, Educational Theatre.

The district’s curriculum now includes a more comprehensive sex education program to align with state requirements mandated by the California Healthy Youth Act. The expanded curriculum, combined with the Educational Theatre performance, reinforces the students’ learning, whether it’s how to put on a condom or that abstinence is the only risk-free option.

“’What Goes Around’ is in line with the world our kids are living in right now,” said Geivet. “You have to make things fun and entertaining to keep them interested. This production brings their curriculum to life.” 

Young woman looking scared as she reads text from her boyfriend that he has several STDs

Another scene from “What Goes Around”

Increasing STD awareness

“What Goes Around” emphasizes in a hip, noncritical way how STDs such as chlamydia, genital herpes, gonorrhea, syphilis, HPV and the human immunodeficiency virus can be contracted through unprotected sex.

The engaging story focuses on five friends as they navigate the final days of high school. When one of them contracts two sexually transmitted diseases, the issues of honesty and friendship cause them to question their relationships with each other and to consider their past and future choices. Using social media technology, comedy and music, the hour-long production highlights the facts and myths about STDs. At the end of the performance, students are encouraged to ask the actor-health educators questions.

This is the first time Educational Theatre is providing a program to an entire school district. During the 2017-2018 school year, “What Goes Around” debuted in November and March to 10,206 juniors and seniors at 12 of KHSD’s 23 comprehensive and alternative high schools. Hundreds of students asked questions either after the performance or via social media.

In addition, on March 22, Kaiser Permanente leadership from its national and Southern California regional community health department met in Bakersfield with other local leaders to discuss critical health issues, including record-high STD rates. The group also saw a special “What Goes Around” performance at Mira Monte High School. Following the show, about 75 student leadership and Avid program students attended a panel presentation on health care careers. 

Moving forward

This coming school year, juniors and seniors at the district’s other 11 schools also are scheduled to see “What Goes Around.” Similar to last year, parents will be invited to preview the performance at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29 at Bakersfield High School.

Based on the positive feedback and need for resources to help address the high STD occurrences in Kern County, Kaiser Permanente community health, Educational Theatre and district representatives are developing a three-year “What Goes Around” plan beginning in the 2019-2020 school year.

“We’re picking up speed now with all this – we’re just getting going,” said Geivet.

Kern County Ranks Near Top for Multiple STD Rates

A record number of STDs were reported in California in 2017, according to a recent report from the California Department of Public Health.

More than 300,000 cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and early syphilis were reported in the state – a 45 percent increase compared to five years ago. There were also 30 stillbirths due to congenital syphilis reported in California in 2017, the highest number reported since 1995.

In Kern County, 2017 STD rates were up from 2016 and ranked near the top in California for:

  • Chlamydia (No. 3)
  • Congenital syphilis (No. 2)
  • Early syphilis (No. 4)
  • Gonorrhea (No.4)

View the full breakdown of the numbers here.

Educational Theatre is a free Kaiser Permanente Community Health program that helps K-12 students and their families in at-risk communities develop healthy lifelong habits.

To learn more about Kaiser Permanente’s work in the community, please visit https://community.kp.org.

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Queen Sugar star Kofi Siriboe has completed a personal project that explores the topic of mental health through the eyes of black millennials.

On June 4, the actor released his four-and-a-half minute documentary short, titled What the F*ck is Mental Health? It features seven young black people in the Bronx, who speak candidly about their own struggles with both mental health and the stigma that comes with it.

Making ‘WTF Is Mental Health? has been a part of a healing process for me, one I’m still exploring,” Siriboe told The Huffington Post. “It’s the companion piece to ‘Jump,’ a short film I made after a mentor and big brother figure died by suicide, just before I got the call that I’d been cast in ‘Queen Sugar.’ I started working on this beautiful, emotional show and felt how liberating it was to channel my fears into art. As I began to mold ‘Jump,’ I realized the true conversation I was craving centered on young black people who are figuring out this mental health thing, too.

Siriboe continued: “Everybody doesn’t have that language and doesn’t understand that there is a community or world out there, of people who are dealing with similar things, so I really want to explore what it is and what it means to us,” Siriboe added. “A lot of our project is just asking questions, and I think with the questions, they’re able to give us answers and able to define these definitions for ourself, rather than what we’re accustomed to being told.”

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Planning for Life’s ‘What Ifs’

Matt Handley, MD, is senior associate medical director for Quality and Safety at the Washington Permanente Medical Group, which provides exclusive care to Kaiser Permanente patients in Washington state. He leads Kaiser Permanente’s Life Care Planning program, which supports adults of all ages in making advance plans so their health care wishes are documented and can be honored if there comes a time they are unable to speak for themselves. He explores the topic in this column.

What if something suddenly unexpected happened to a loved one that left that person unable to express his or her wishes?

Making important care decisions for a family member or close friend can be challenging — especially if that person never had a conversation about how he or she would want to be cared for.

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As a physician, I’ve seen few patients having these conversations and many more avoiding life care planning altogether. I think it’s the anxiety attached to these conversations that lead both patients and physicians to perceive them as difficult. I also think that’s why only 20 percent of Americans have their preferences met when they receive end-of-life care.

As we approach National Health Care Decisions Day on April 16, I wonder why so few patients are having their preferences met during a time when health care organizations continuously prioritize the patient experience. The answer may be found in breaking down the reluctance in our culture to have these conversations sooner rather than waiting until the end of life. To do so, clinicians need to be equipped with the appropriate structure and training that enable them, their patients and their patients’ families to effectively have a conversation about life care planning.

Kaiser Permanente has launched a Life Care Planning program to normalize the conversation around a patient’s preferences. It also provides structure and training to support a series of conversations based on what’s most appropriate for the person’s stage in life. Conversations are held with a person and designated health care agent, ranging from discussing what might happen if the person gets sick, to discussing how to treat the anticipated effects from a chronic illness, to advanced steps in a person’s final year of life.

Tosh’s story

Physicians are experts in making medical diagnosis, but we are not experts at diagnosing personal preferences. It’s up to physicians to help patients understand their choices and ask about their preferences for care rather than presume they know them. In doing so, doctors will be practicing person-centered care that leads to better outcomes. Outcomes experienced like that of my own patient Tosh.

Tosh is a remarkable guy from Seattle who I have taken care of for many years. He shared his story with me when we first met, and it seems another interesting chapter about his life is shared at every visit. He was placed in an internment camp with his family during World War II. Despite that, he volunteered to join a Japanese-American unit in the U.S. Army and fought in Europe. When Tosh returned from the war, he found a lot of discrimination against Japanese Americans.

As he aged, he noticed there were few care homes or assisted-living facilities that readily welcomed Japanese-American patients. He founded a philanthropic organization that opened assisted-living homes for Japanese Americans in Seattle, and today he is among many residents who live there.

About two years ago Tosh began having several medical issues that kept sending him to the hospital. Each time he went, he had trouble bouncing back to his normal self. I set up a visit with Tosh and his extended family to talk about life care planning. We discussed what he was facing and what his prognosis was. We also had a conversation about what’s important to him in life and his care goals.

Tosh decided that his goal in life was to find joy every day. If he had a condition that could be easily reversed he would still want to go to the hospital, but he would not want to be resuscitated if he had a natural death. The visit was a bit of a celebration of his life, an acknowledgement of the importance of his family, and a conversation about his medical condition and what he was facing. Tosh came back to see me a couple of months later for a visit and told me, “I’m following doctors’ orders and am finding joy every day.”

Tosh continued to find joy every day in everything he did, but later that year he came in for a check-up and we noticed he was experiencing several gastrointestinal symptoms. We discussed what could be causing the symptoms, how we would diagnose it, and what treatments might be available depending on what we found. Tosh decided he was not interested in any further evaluation or treatment, but knew it would be difficult for his family to understand why he would choose not to pursue it.

A week later, we had a conversation with his family about his care goals and together they decided it would be best to provide him comfort care in his home and not return to the clinic or hospital. To this day, Tosh continues to find joy and invites family members to his home to reminisce, spend time, and celebrate life together, supported by our hospice team.

Start the conversation

Looking back on that experience, it feels fulfilling to have provided person-centered care and thoughtful conversations to support both Tosh and his family to make this time of life more manageable for everyone. Clinicians tend to think about this as a difficult conversation, but if you’re prepared and practiced it’s simple and powerful. It gives as much to me as to the family I am working with.

The people we care for want to have these conversations and often wonder why we haven’t had them. The structure and training from our Life Care Planning program can be used as a national framework to break down the reluctance in approaching these conversations that will help millions of people and their families navigate through this time of life. Launched at Kaiser Permanente in Northern California in 2013, we are in the process of spreading our Life Care Planning program to all of our locations with the support of our Kaiser Permanente Care Management Institute — a specialized institution within Kaiser Permanente tasked with identifying, supporting and spreading best practices across the organization.

Kaiser Permanente will continue to support efforts to ensure clinicians have the appropriate resources, structure, and training to start a conversation about life care planning with their patients so they receive the care they truly want. The best way for anyone to better understand the process is to participate personally in a first steps conversation, in person or online at kp.org. This is an important cultural change and I’m confident more health care organizations will join us in making every effort possible to deliver better care that is informed by what our patients want.

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2017 was a hell of a year for video games. In 12 short months, gamers not only saw Nintendo return to greatness with the double whammy of Breath of The Wild and Super Mario Odyssey, but they were also treated to refreshingly innovative new gaming experiences like Nier: Automata.

Yet, despite many of the biggest publishers bringing their A-game, 2017 was also the year that indie gaming really pushed the boundaries of interactive entertainment. With breakout hits like PUBG turning the industry on its head, Hellblade using interactive entertainment to explore psychosis, and the long-awaited Cuphead finally seeing the light of day, it was a great 12 months for the little guys in gaming too.

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“What Goes Around” Production Raises STD Awareness

Can a person diagnosed with the human papillomavirus have sex again? What is chlamydia? Why are water-based condoms best?

Golden Valley High School students asked these questions and more. This was not a sex education class, but a Q&A session with Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre actor-health educators following one of their first performances in Kern County aimed at reducing sexually transmitted disease rates.

The “What Goes Around” production stresses in a hip, nonjudgmental way how STDs such as chlamydia, genital herpes, gonorrhea, syphilis, HPV and the human immunodeficiency virus can be contracted through unprotected sex.

“We’re not here to tell you how to live your life – we want to provide accurate medical information so you can make informed decisions if you choose to be sexually active,” said actor-educator Ray Auxais as he and the other cast members answered the audience’s questions in the Bakersfield school’s auditorium.

“Abstinence is always an option, and will prevent getting an STD or becoming pregnant,” continued Auxais, who portrays Eli, a charming high school senior who contracts two STDs.

“Remember, it’s not about who you are, but what you do. Don’t be a statistic.”

Escalating STD rates

STD rates have reached record highs nationwide over the past two years, with California near the top. California had more chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and congenital syphilis cases in 2016 than any other state in the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data.

The message is important to deliver in Kern County, where STD rates rank among the highest in the state. Kern County scored among the worst of California counties, with nearly 9,000 reported cases. Here’s how Kern County’s case totals compared to the state average:

  • Chlamydia – 42 percent higher
  • Gonorrhea – 23 percent higher
  • Primary and secondary syphilis – 90 percent higher
  • Congenital syphilis (transferred from infected mothers to unborn babies) – 344 percent higher

The rates reflect in part decreasing condom usage, a lack of public awareness about STDs, a dwindling number of STD clinics and an increase in STD testing, according to state health officials.

Youth are particularly at risk. One in four high school students becomes infected with an STD, and people age 15 to 24 account for nearly half of all STDs reported in the U.S., according to the CDC. To combat the issue, Kern County Public Health Services in 2016 launched “Know Your Risk,” a comprehensive, multiyear awareness campaign.

Some STDs including chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis can be cured, but if left untreated they can cause infertility or other serious health problems. Other STDs such as HIV, herpes and HPV are viral and can only be managed, not cured.

A relatable story

Young man looking sheepish when discussing with his friend his need to go to a health clinic

Another scene from “What Goes Around.”

In “What Goes Around,” Eli cheats on his girlfriend Alicia (portrayed by Sandra Smith) with another girl he meets at a party. But when Eli realizes the second girl left him a “downtown souvenir,” he’s shocked. He thought he was safe from catching a disease since the girl was on birth control. When Eli’s friend convinces him to get tested at a clinic, he learns he has chlamydia and HPV. Now Eli must tell Alicia – but how?

Using oversized monitors, text messaging, music and social media technology, the hour-long production focuses on Eli’s dilemma as well as dispels common STD myths. The program also emphasizes:

  • abstinence is the only risk-free option
  • if a person is sexually active:
    • getting tested is important, and
    • only a condom can decrease the risk of contracting or spreading an STD

“The play was excellent,” said GVHS Principal Paul Helman. “It reached the kids at their level – very appropriate and relatable. It’s helping to break down barriers in talking about a difficult subject.”

“STD rates are climbing, especially in the African-American and Latino population,” said Kalvin Yu, MD, chief integration officer and physician lead for community benefits and public health, Southern California Permanente Medical Group. “’What Goes Around’ helps reach groups that don’t have access to health care or are growing up in a cultural environment where this subject is not discussed.”

“Because the students see the actors-educators more as peers, they feel more comfortable asking questions than in a conventional school setting or doctor’s office,” continued Yu, who is also an infectious diseases physician.

GVHS senior Stephanie Guzman, who plans to pursue a medical career, agreed the production is needed: “This was a good wake-up call. We had sex education in ninth grade but this is a reminder of things we may have forgotten.”

Fellow senior, Jayro Olvera, wishes more youth and adults had the opportunity to see “What Goes Around.” “If people in Bakersfield could watch this, everyone could come together as a community to affect the STD problem,” said Jayro, whose goal is to become a nurse anesthetist.

“What Goes Around” to reach entire KHSD

“What Goes Around” has been educating Southern California youth for the past 10 years, with more than 60,000 high schoolers seeing the performance annually. However, Kern High School District only recently gave the green light and adopted a more comprehensive sex education program to align with state requirements mandated by the California Healthy Youth Act.

“What Goes Around” debuted in November 2017 in KHSD to juniors and seniors at four campuses. By the end of the 2018-2019 school year, the district’s other 19 comprehensive and alternative high schools and more than 16,000 students will view the production.

“This is the first time our Educational Theatre is providing a program to an entire school district,” said Gerry Farrell, director, Educational Theatre. “By improving the health of our youth, we also are helping to improve the health of these communities.”

Educational Theatre is a free Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit program. For more than 30 years, it has used live theatre to help K-12 students and their families in at-risk communities develop healthy, lifelong habits. Educational Theatre offers six unique programs that address environmental social factors that impact good health, including violence in our communities, school bullying, STD prevention and nutrition.

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“What Happened” in the 2016 Election is Part of Women’s History—And Hillary Deserves to Tell It

Some say that Hillary Clinton’s memoir, What Happened, is only furthering the divides in the Democratic Party. Politico reports that Democrats “dread” Clinton’s book tour, with former campaign staffers calling it “the final torture.” Both Politico and New York Magazine reported the following exchange with Claire McCaskill:

Asked whether she was excited about Clinton’s book tour, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), one of Republicans’ top 2018 targets, responded first with, “Beg your pardon?”

Asked again, she started shaking her head, walking away.

But whether Clinton’s book came at the best time for Democrats doesn’t really matter. Clinton’s story now represents a vitally important moment in American political life that took the United States 241 years to reach. Her story is part of something bigger than any one party—it’s part of history, and, more pointedly, it’s a major part of American women’s history.

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Political memoirs don’t have the best reputation. As a genre, they tend to be at once itinerant and formulaic. Often, their release is met with long lines in bookstores, triumphant pre-orders on Amazon, press tours and think pieces before the tombs themselves are retired to living room bookshelf—their pages and spines conspicuously pristine. These memoirs must serve as a time capsule and PR strategist, supplying future historians an immediate public with a figure’s authorized account of events. The needs are tough to balance, and the assemblage these parts is more interesting than their often milquetoast contents.

But even in the aftermath of a less contentious election and amid a less deranged presidential administration, Clinton’s memoir is an important piece of history in its own right, for much the same reason her presidency would have been. What Happened presents the first time a woman’s gaze will provide the candidate’s view of a major party’s presidential race. Grappling with sexism will be part of that first-hand narrative for the first time, just as grappling with racism was when former President Barack Obama captured the nomination and the White House in 2008. For the first time, a candidate will draw on a professional career that began and has been continuously devoted to policies and programs affecting women and children. Issues which are traditionally seen as “soft” and which have only very recently found their place in mainstream “hardcore” policy debates will be cemented in a presidential candidate’s memoir as signature issues.

Clinton has not packaged her book like a typical political memoir, though it has been received much the same. Its title is declarative rather than questioning. She’s out to set the record straight, not to ruminate on could have-beens. The cover does not have the universal dull-but-glossy-enough-its reflection-will-catch-your-eye headshot that I suspect a marketing agency decided was the best way to sell political memoirs circa 1982. Although the question of “what happened” has been on everyone’s mind since November 8, What Happened isn’t Clinton coming to explain—she’s coming to tell. In a recent interview with CBS Clinton seemed to underline the book’s aim, she declared that she is “done with being a candidate.” Although Clinton has vowed she will remain active in progressive democratic politics, she’s made clear she is finished being a linchpin for the Democratic Party, or anyone else.

It’s not news that women’s voices have been subjugated throughout history in the interest of the “greater good.” Education, financial and intellectual resources and opportunity have all been sacrificed on the altar of women’s prescribed role as moral arbiter of the hearth, home and community. Progress has been made, but women around the world and at every level of society continue to pay for the ramifications of being told for millennia that their stories, their ideas and their personal beings were second, third, last to men and to the social order.

There’s no such thing as a woman “earning” the right to tell her story, as some defenders of Clinton have acknowledged amid griping. Every woman—every person—has a right to tell their story, and What Happened will mark the fourth time Clinton has done so in book form. What Clinton has earned is the right to tell the story of the first woman—and arguably most qualified candidate in history—to secure the presidential nomination of a major political American party, and who beat the most unqualified, misogynistic and dangerous president elected in modern times by three million votes.

The fact that so many are comfortable denigrating that story at this juncture of women’s history proves that there are far bigger problems than a book tour ahead. What Happened is doomed to happen again—unless, this time, we listen.

ms-headshotLauren Young is an Editorial Associate at Ms. She has a Master’s Degree in European and Russian Studies from Yale University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and Russian Civilization from Smith College. Follow her on @thatlaurenyoung.

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