The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA

4009.0: Tuesday, November 12, 2002 - Board 3

Abstract #40916

Project FUERTE'S Training of High School Advisors

Esmeralda Iniguez, BS1, Jeanette I. Candelaria, MPH2, and John P. Elder, PhD1. (1) Center for Behavioral and Community Health Studies, San Diego State University, 9245 Sky Park Court, Suite 221, San Diego, CA 92123, 619-594-2050,, (2) Center for Behavioral and Community Health Studies, San Diego State University Foundation - Project FUERTE, 9245 Sky Park Court, Ste. 221, San Diego, CA 92123

Project FUERTE recruits urban high school students (HSAs) and trains them to mentor and teach middle school students (MSS) about the dangers of tobacco and ways to prevent peer and other pressures to smoke. HSAs are required to participate in a series of tobacco use prevention training sessions followed by proficiency-testing for each of the six lessons they are required to deliver to MSSs and their families. All HSAs are evaluated by project staff during proficiency testing and are given up to three attempts to pass each lesson. HSAs also complete baseline measures and pre- and post-training knowledge tests. A total of 35 HSAs have completed all six proficiency training sessions and now meet with MSSs and their families. The topics for the lessons include information on: the dangers of tobacco, improving family communication, resisting peer pressure to smoke and refusing unwanted offers. The median age of participants was 15, 77% were female, and 90.3% were Hispanic. This paper will discuss the results of the HSAs training as it pertains to the number of attempts required to successfully complete proficiency testing, teaching evaluations of HSAs, results of changes in training related outcomes, and logistical improvements required to decrease HSA and staff time burden related to proficiency testing.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the session, the participant (learner) in this session will be able to

Keywords: Tobacco, Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

Tobacco Use among Diverse Populations Poster Session

The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA