ABOUT

UpFront Muskegon

In Muskegon County, the number of sexually transmitted infections (STI) and HIV/AIDS cases has been on the rise. There is a lack of sex education in the area, and people are having trouble accessing the care they need. UpFront is a community-based coalition whose mission is to empower the community by providing STI/HIV education and awareness tools that encourage everyone to be upfront about their sexual health.


OUR VISION
UpFront’s vision is to be Muskegon County’s go-to coalition for education and resources toward reducing the stigma and incidence rates around HIV and STIs by 2020. How will we make it happen? By increasing the sexual health knowledge base in as many area schools and organizations as possible, we can secure our community’s future. UpFront will combat the negative stigma related to HIV and STIs, enabling community members to feel more comfortable coming forward and getting tested. Together, we’ll make these goals a reality. It’s time to be upfront about sexual health in Muskegon County.


OUR VALUES

Respect. We believe in respect. We respect all people, their health, their opinions, their ideas, and their hopes for the future. Respect and fair treatment of all people is the foundation upon which UpFront is built, supporting each other and those we serve through their journey to healthy living. 

Inclusion. We provide assistance and resources to all people, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, current health status, or any other factor. UpFront is here to help anyone who may need them, no questions asked. 

Authentic. UpFront is genuine. We only say what we mean, and we do what we say we will. This commitment ensures authentic communication and information between us and those we serve, creating a balanced relationship based on trust.
Accountable. Our goals aren’t going to be easy to achieve, but we’re up to the challenge. We understand that in order to make these goals a reality, we need to hold ourselves accountable to them and to the people who come to us for assistance. If we work together and do our part, UpFront will be successful. 

Compassionate. We recognize and support each individual’s humanity and personhood. Addressing HIV and STIs can be both rewarding and heartbreaking, so we combat negative stigmas head-on by acting as living examples of compassion and understanding.

EVENTS

Local Learning & Awareness Events

There are no events at this time, but our coalition is hard at work planning. Please contact us if you are interested in being kept up to date with upcoming activities or have ideas for consideration.


GET INVOLVED

HIV has no boundaries. It does not discriminate based on color, gender, sexuality, age, or economic status. It's time to rise up and do something about this epidemic.

We'll hit the streets to provide  education and resources to as many people in Muskegon County as possible. We’ll use our resources to create informational material, distribute prevention resources (instructions included), and educate people on being safe. We’ll work with physicians to better instruct patients. We’ll do whatever we can to reach our goal.

Join the fight! Contact us to learn more about how you can get involved!
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FACTS

Why are STIs/HIV on the rise in Muskegon County?

As in any county, there are many factors that impact the health of our community:

•  Inadequate sexual health education
•  Stigma
•  Low perception of risk
•  Lack of insurance
•  Lack of symptoms
•  Fear
•  High poverty rates
•  Lack of resources for parents and healthcare providers
•  Preconceived notions about the Public Healthcare and Catholic Healthcare systems
•  Mental health and/or substance abuse issues

Together, we will work to reduce these barriers to improve our community's overall health and awareness.

PREVENTION RESOURCES

They’re all ready to help you any way they can.

The places listed below can help you get tested, learn more about STIs, or find prevention resources.

  • Mercy Health Prevention Practices    
    1700 Clinton St., Muskegon, MI 49441
    (clinic entrance on Larch Street)
    231.728.5668
  • Public Health of Muskegon County    
    209 East Apple Ave., Muskegon, MI 49442
    231.724.1244   
    www.muskegonhealth.net
  • Planned Parenthood of Michigan    
    209 East Apple Ave., Muskegon, MI 49442
    231.724.4415   
    www.plannedparenthood.org
  • McClees Clinic    
    1700 Clinton Street Muskegon, MI 49442
    231.727.4432    

CONTACT

Contact us with questions, or for more information on getting involved!

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