249661 Philadelphia Ujima coalition for a healthier community: A needs assessment of girls and women using a gender analysis framework

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Candace Robertson-James, MPH , Women's Health Education Program, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Ana Nunez, MD , Women's Health Education Program, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Serita Reels, MPH , Women's Health Education Program, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Introduction: Gender disparities in health continue to persist. Differences exist in mortality and morbidity rates as well as quality of care received and experiences with social determinants of health. Moreover, in building a healthy community the unique needs and experiences of girls and women must be considered. The Philadelphia Ujima Coalition for a Healthier Community funded by the Office on Women's Health, utilizes a community participatory framework to conduct a gender informed needs assessment of priority areas in girls and women's health. Methods: A three tiered approach was utilized in this needs assessment. Data was analyzed from the 2010 household health survey in order to identify gender differences in health outcomes. Key informant interviews, using a gender analysis framework, were conducted with stakeholders identified through a participatory process. A community health assessment was implemented with partner sites. A participatory process was used to identify and rank priority areas. Results: Gender disparities in health outcomes and health care practices were observed. Data from the community health assessment and key informant interviews were used to identify priority areas as well as gender informed barriers, norms, available resources and approaches to programming. Conclusions: A gender informed needs assessment of girls and women can reveal important priority areas to be addressed as well as highlight specific gender related objectives to be included in subsequent health promotion programming for girls and women.

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

Learning Objectives:
1) Describe a needs assessment of girls and women utilizing a community participatory process. 2) Describe the use of a gender analysis framework in the implementation of a needs assessment

Keywords: Needs Assessment, Gender

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to be an author as I have been intimately involved with all stages of the project
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.