247207 Using community-based participatory action research and campus-community partnerships to build a movement of college student leaders in sexual and reproductive health

Monday, October 31, 2011: 4:30 PM

Tu-Uyen Ngoc Nguyen, PhD, MPH , Asian American Studies, California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), Fullerton, CA
Sang Leng Trieu, DrPH, MPH, CHES , National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum, Brooklyn, NY
Miriam Yeung, MPA , National Asian and Pacific American Women's Forum, Brooklyn, NY
Background/Significance: Community-based participatory action research is a promising framework for promoting student learning and social action, especially in health areas that are often difficult to discuss with young adults, such as sexual and reproductive health. Objective/Purpose: The California Young Women's Collaborative (CYWC), a project of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum, is a college student-led research and activism project that has had student cohorts at five different California public universities in the last five years. The purpose of CYWC is to provide leadership development and research training for college students through social activism projects in the areas of sexual health and reproductive justice. Methods: We will share our experiences of teaching and working on a community-based participatory research (CBPR) study (involving a survey with over 800 students) as part of the 2009-2010 CWYC class. Results: Students used survey research results to develop social action campaigns on and off campus to educate school and community members about sexual and reproductive health issues. Along with the research results, we will discuss the various strategies students developed to raise awareness about women's sexual health issues and available services - including using social media, presenting to student clubs and organizations, participating in press conferences, and presenting to legislators and policy makers. Discussion/Conclusions: We will discuss the unique CBPR service-learning framework and offer recommendations for developing campus-community partnerships, particularly focusing on the individual and institutional benefits as well as the challenges experienced by partners and stakeholders involved in the project.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
By the end of the session, the participant will be able to: 1) Describe the California Young Women’s Collaborative project and the significance of this project in promoting leadership development and public health research training for college students. 2) Discuss how a community-based participatory research framework can be used to train student leaders in health promotion and social action. 3) Identify recommendations for developing campus-community partnerships to promote sexual and reproductive health among college students.

Keywords: Asian and Pacific Islander Women, Reproductive Health Research

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I co-taught the research and social action class that carried out the study survey. I have a doctorate in public health and conduct research on sexual and reproductive health issues.
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.