206281 Obesity educational video for the Deaf: A collaborative medical school and community project

Wednesday, November 11, 2009: 10:50 AM

Heidi Thompson , School of Medicine, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY
Background: Local research and Deaf community input identified obesity and lack of obesity educational materials available in ASL as concerns. To address this, Rochester medical students collaborated with the local community to create an obesity educational video in ASL and a website for future ASL videos.

Program Design: Background research on obesity education and available resources was completed, followed by Informative Interviews of community member and experts for direction in program development. Script feedback ensured cultural appropriateness and medical accuracy. Local Deaf community volunteers and medical students collaborated on website development, filming and post-production work. Initial evaluations by members of both communities were obtained in a screening with community members.

Program Evaluation: The screening provided positive feedback and suggestions for points of improvement. Both the Deaf community and medical school representation expressed interest in providing support for continuing the project.

Discussion: This project provides an educational resource to the Deaf community, a unique experience for medical students and an opportunity for continued collaboration between communities.

Learning Objectives:
1- Describe the views of the Deaf community regarding how to effectively address their higher rate of obesity. 2- Discuss the development of a culturally appropriate script for an ASL video to address obesity that incorporates community feedback. 3- Explain the process used to obtain community feedback about the video

Keywords: Deaf, Obesity

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I designed and implemented the project described.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.