236635 Little Engines That Could: Community College Students Become PreConception Health Peer Educators

Monday, October 31, 2011

Othneil Augustin , Health Services Administration, New York City College of Technology, CUNY, Brooklyn, NY
Claudette Bonaverture , Community Health, HPER, Kingsborough Community College, CUNY, Brooklyn, NY
Melane Gonsalves Carvalhal , Medgar Evers College, CUNY, Brooklyn, NY
Farrah Denis , Health Service Administration, Lehman College, CUNY, Bronx, NY
Xondra Garraway , Community Health, HPER, Kingsborough Community College, CUNY, Brooklyn, NY
Karen Denard Goldman, PhD, CHES , Community Health Program, Kingsborough Community College, CUNY, Brooklyn, NY
Brandon Moriarty , Community Health, HPER, Kingsborough Community College, CUNY, Brooklyn, NY
Colleen Seymour , Community Health, HPER, Kingsborough Community College, CUNY, Brooklyn, NY
As an extracurricular professional development activity, a group of six students from a large urban commuter community college were trained by the US Office of Minority Health (OMH)to plan and lead preconception peer education training programs on our campus. Our charge was to replicate the training program we had just completed, using OMH and our own resources. After that training, we, and the new trainees were to work together to plan and carry out a series of preconception health activities on campus. The goals of the OMH initiative are to use a peer education model to increase awareness of infant mortality in the world, the US, and New York City; reveal the disparity between African-American and Caucasian infant mortality rates and the reasons they exist; to mobilize students to want to change those statistics; and to reach out to African-American students on campus with a Healthy Pregnancy/Infant Mortality Prevention Education Campaign. This is the story of how a co-ed group of sophomores - relative strangers - who not only go to school, but also work, and raise families - learned to work together, planned and led a two day preconception health peer educator training program, and met or didn't meet certain program planning and implementation challenges. Finally, we will discuss the impact this experience has had on our own preconception health knowledge, attitudes and behaviors.

Learning Areas:
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this session participants will be able to: Describe the US Office on Minority Health Preconception Peer Education Initiative Identify the major challenges students who completed the national training experienced in preparing and implementing their own training for fellow students Discuss the impact of carrying out this peer educator training had on the original peer educators' knowledge and attitude toward infant mortality and their own preconception health intentions.

Keywords: Infant Mortality, Peer Education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I was one of the six Kingsborough Community College students trained by the US Office on Minority Health. I worked with my colleagues to prepare a training program for ten other future preconception peer educators. I was one of the speakers/presenters at the training program we designed and led. I also am the vice president of the Community Health club at Kingsborough Community College and a Community Health major. I have studied community health, critical community health issues, and community health interventions. I worked with my team over 9 months to do this training and make sure trainees developed and carried out preconception health education and outreach.
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.