240700 Creating a peer health education program to reduce rates of unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections among adolescents

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Izzybeth Rodriguez, BS , Research and Health Promotion Department, San Ysidro Health Center, San Diego, CA
Ilana Brongiel, MPH , Research and Health Promotion, San Ysidro Health Center, San Diego, CA
Addressing high rates of sexually transmitted diseases and teen pregnancies among adolescents has posed a challenge for community agencies working in the diverse community of Southeastern San Diego. To address these issues, San Ysidro Health Center, in partnership with the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA and the Youth Action Board developed the Peer 2 Peer (P2P) Program. The P2P Program, funded by a Networking for Community Health grant through the Community Clinics Initiative is a peer based education and outreach program in which adolescents are trained to provide one on one and group based health education to peers in their communities and schools. Community partners identified twenty students ages 14-17 to interview as peer educators. Once selected peer educators received sixteen hours of extensive training in substantive (e.g., health topics), procedural (e.g., maintaining patient confidentiality) and general presentation skills (e.g., power point presentation). Since the beginning of the project in July 2010, fourteen students received the 16 hour training and participated in various community health fairs, school based health promotion events, and advocacy days in Sacramento. The presenter will explore lessoned learned during year one of the project, in addition to discussing the benefits of maintaining a strong community partnership when creating a peer based community program.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Advocacy for health and health education
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
To identify successful strategies for designing and implementing a peer based sexuality education program for adolescents. To understand the importance of community partnerships in creating programs in a new community. To determine activities that keep youth engaged in community health projects.

Keywords: Adolescent Health, Peer Education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am an MPH student I helped create and implement the program discussed in this abstract. I supervise the P2P Program
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.