244586 Development & Evaluation of new materials for the iVivir a Todo Pulmón! TB fotonovela series

Monday, October 31, 2011

Louis Carrillo, BS , College of Public Health and Health Professions, Univeristy of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Andrea Sparano, BA , College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Lolia Fernandez, MPH , College of Medicine, University of Florida, Southeastern National Tuberculosis Center, Gainesville, FL
Paula Hamsho-Diaz, MD, MA , Southeastern National TB Center, College of Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Background: Fotonovelas have been an effective tool for raising awareness about health issues and were deemed appropriate to fill the need for educational materials targeting Spanish speaking foreign-born individuals regarding tuberculosis (TB). In 2009 the -ivír a Todo Pulmón! Fotonovela series was developed. An extensive evaluation identified a need for additional topics and alternative ways to distribute the information for persons who have and have not accessed TB health services

Methods: Two new chapters were developed addressing TB testing and TB medication adverse reactions. Main messages, story lines and accompanying images were chosen and approved by the Project Advisor Committee. The decision was made to present chapters as individual booklets and to include an introductory summary and “quick facts.” Following committee approval, the materials were deemed ready for an assessment by community members. Previous chapters had been evaluated by focus groups. A similar format will be adopted for these additions. Discussions will concentrate on message clarity, appearance, feelings generated by the images, acceptability, and relevance of the message to the community. Participants will also be asked to provide feedback related to the individual booklets as stand-alone items and whether introductory summaries provide sufficient context for readers.

Results: The planned focus groups will be held in February and findings will be used to make changes as needed to improve the content of these chapters and new components.

Conclusions: Community involvement continues improving these educational materials and will ensure a successful national launch in June.

Learning Areas:
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Diversity and culture
Protection of the public in relation to communicable diseases including prevention or control
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Describe acceptance of new TB materials by Spanish speaking community. Describe benefits of community involvement in development of tuberculosis educational materials for Spanish speaking persons.

Keywords: Tuberculosis, Community Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I was involved in creating these materials and the script for the focus groups. I also will be the one conducting the focus groups and be involved in transcribing, analyzing, coding and translating the data.
Any relevant financial relationships? Yes

Name of Organization Clinical/Research Area Type of relationship
Southeastern National Tuberculosis Center Tuberculosis Intern

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.