Lubbock's city council could be asked soon to give the health department an infusion of funding. Health board members on Friday discussed options to make up the difference from a reduction in state grants to the STD clinic.
Board member Dr. Anne Epstein said the clinic's services are crucial since Lubbock has one of the highest STD case rates in the state.
"The funding will be about $90,000 short of what it was last year. The service the STD clinic provides is vital because the major people who are hit by this epidemic are our younge people, 15 to 24-year-olds," Epstein said.
Dr. Epstein said the health department STD clinic should also add an educator position to promote prevention efforts.