207799 Native American Youth Empowerment Project: Using creative expression as a prevention modality

Monday, November 9, 2009

Norma Gray, PhD , Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Miriam R. Zmiewski-Angelova, MPH , Department of Health Promotion Sciences, University of Arizona, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, Tucson, AZ
Carmella Kahn-Thornbrugh , Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Matthew Peters , Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Angela Farnsworth, MPH , Health Promotion Sciences, University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman School of Public Health, Tucson, AZ
In order to address the substance abuse and HIV risks among American Indian adolescents, an 8-session wellness and video/creative expression intervention was implemented with 115 urban youth. This intervention was funded by the SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Prevention and was a collaboration between the Tucson Indian Center and the University of Arizona Zuckerman College of Public Health. The eight three-hour sessions included a health promotion component that focused on wellness issues, such as the importance of staying healthy, social problem-solving skills, healthy relationships, reproductive health and safe sex, and enhancing Native identity and involvement in traditional cultural events. These health promotion activities were interactive and incorporated the use of video and creative expression modalities to reinforce the health education and provide an opportunity for youth to practice the skills they learned. Through community presentations of their videos and artwork after completing the eight sessions, youth disseminated health messages to their families and friends. This presentation will review the curriculum in detail, discuss the program's theoretical background, and show youth videos as well as videos illustrating the intervention activities.

Learning Objectives:
1. Discuss the importance of using a health promotion curriculum that includes creative expression with Native American youth. 2. Identify practical methods to create a similar type of health promotion program in local communities.

Keywords: Health Promotion, American Indians

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have worked as an interviewer and co-facilitator on this project since August of 2007 and have been involved in several phases of the project.
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.