226488 Love Your Liver: Awakening the silent organ in students' minds

Monday, November 8, 2010 : 5:00 PM - 5:15 PM

Indhira Blackwood, MPA , Programs Department, American Liver Foundation, New York, NY
Susan C. Robinson, MPA , Programs Department, American Liver Foundation, New York, NY
Pamela Gleason , Mid-Atlantic Division, American Liver Foundation, Philadelphia, PA
Thirty million people, including children, have liver disease in the U.S. While the liver is discussed in science classes, it is often unintentionally overlooked in health education curriculums. The American Liver Foundation's education program, Love Your Liver (LYL), teaches students about the liver, its functions, and disease prevention. LYL achieves its learning objectives with an engaging lecture, interactive activities, and evaluation components. Every program has an activity, such as Liver Trivia, that enables students to demonstrate what they learned. Nearly all (99%) of school faculty reported LYL was informative and 97% reported that LYL was age-appropriate and engaging. Since its inception in October 2008, LYL has reached nearly 50,000 students nationwide though 922 programs. Over one-third (34%) were aged 12-14, 33% were 15-17, 18% were 9-11, 13% were 6-8, 1% was under 6 years, and 1% was 18 and older; 46% were Caucasian, 23% were African American, 21% were Latino, 7% were Asian American/Pacific Islander, and 3% were of other ethnic backgrounds. Based on evaluation forms, 90% of students rated LYL as excellent or very good. Change in knowledge is measured on a scale of 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent). Prior to a LYL program, average participant knowledge was 2.19 and increased by 93% afterward. Middle school students had the least knowledge increase (83% increase, baseline 2.65) while high school students had the greatest (110% increase, 2.01 baseline). Providing age-appropriate curriculum increases youth's understanding and knowledge of liver health. Liver health education is a critical component to preventing liver disease.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Program planning

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe best practices to increase liver health knowledge of school-aged students 2, Discuss the need for age-appropriate liver health education among school-aged students

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: As Senior Programs Manager at the American Liver Foundation (ALF), I oversee and coordinate education and support service activities as well as ensure the development, implementation, and evaluation of ALF programs.
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.