First Advisor

Burton Onstine

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Political Science


Political Science




Oregon. Venereal Disease Task Force, Sexually transmitted diseases -- Oregon



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1 online resource. Digitized typeset 108 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm.


Community service projects have consistently been an effective means of community involvement and an avenue in which improvement in an area may be measured. Although the roles each participant assumes may differ, the ultimate accomplishment of the project is paramount to each person involved.

This paper will explore the Governor's Task Force on Venereal Disease to determine both the effectiveness of the Task Force and the methods utilized to accomplish the task force goals. Primarily, this group of selected individuals will be reviewed to determine whether they were effective due to their ability to influence others, or simply through a great deal of hard work and co-operation.

Data for this work was collected from individual written responses from Task Force participants, the Governor's Commission on Youth, various medical professionals, several works of other authors (see bibliography), data gathered by me as participant-observer, and through interviews from selected Task Force participants.

Upon compiling the data, several concepts were revealed. I found that the influence that each participant enjoyed in the community was a primary factor of the effectiveness of the Task Force. Moreover, it was the influence of the particular individual with others who could assist with this particular problem which created a positive response, and thus effective results.

This paper also explores the Task Force as a politically appointed group chosen to complete a specific project. The goals, operations, and accomplishments are detailed in an effort to measure the significance of the Task Force in the community.


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