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NewsChannel 11 Asks Why Still No Word From The Lubbock Family Council

More than a year later, the group tasked by Lubbock's Mayor to help with the city's sexually transmitted issues is still quiet. Lubbock has twice the number of chlamydia and gonorrhea cases per capita then the state and national average.

Last week, studies showed the rate of chlamydia in Lubbock among young girls is one in every five. Then on Monday, the Lubbock Health Department issued a syphilis alert. So far this year, 11 cases have been reported compared to a total of 11 cases in 2007 in Lubbock County.

On Wednesday, NewsChannel 11 asked the Lubbock Family Council why there are still no suggestions. The group was originally expected to have some recommendations for the community by the end of last December. However, Chairperson Judi Blakey said due to the many factors that drive our high number of STD's, low-birth weight babies, and unplanned teen pregnancies its taken time to get a handle on these sexually transmitted concerns.

"It's a pretty special day for Lubbock if we just put it out on the table, keep the emotional and irrational at a minimum and just listen," Mayor David Miller said in February 2007.

Mayor Miller introduced the 30 members of the Lubbock Family Council. At the time, Miller said the council would not replace any existing efforts to curb Lubbock's high rate of sexually transmitted diseases, low-birth weight babies and unplanned teen pregnancies. Instead, it would bring students, health care specialists, faith workers, and social service providers together to work toward a solution. However, more than a year later there are still no recommendations.

'I think it took a little time to get a handle on the issues and what we were charged with doing," Chairperson Judi Blakey said.  Blakey says the group was asked to make community recommendations on how to help target those problems.

"We know that there cannot be one solution. The solutions must be multifaceted, multidimensional and kind of reach out to where ever they need the resources to deal with these issues," Blakey added.

"The program will give people options based on faith, education levels, and age so that people can literality select the tools that they need to educate both parents, young people and educators a like," Mayor Miller said on Tuesday.

Mayor Miller hinted at what may be some of the suggested solutions. "This tool kit they coming up with that you can take what is appropriate for your particular use , is right on target.'

Blakey tells us their suggestions should be made public by the end of May or start of June.

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