250405 Adolescent Engagement within Community Based Organizations: An preliminary assessment of the Medical Reserve Corps

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Ada Dieke, MPH, DrPH(c) , Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Background/Purpose: Youth engagement is commonly defined as a youth's meaningful and sustained participation in an activity—helpful in adolescent development and effective when the eight core principles of youth engagement are applied. Participation in service activities by adolescent volunteers can be found useful within large volunteer organizations, such as the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). With hundreds of units nationwide, the MRC regularly trains medical and non-medical volunteers to respond to disasters and public health emergencies in their local communities. While few adolescents participated in MRC activities, barriers to integrating youth exist. The purpose of the proposed dissertation research is to explore the challenges and benefits of youth engagement within the MRC and its use of youth engagement strategies. Methods: A non-experimental, mixed-methods approach is used in exploring the capacity of MRC to engage youth via key informant interviews, focus groups, and a nationwide web-based survey. Qualitative data is analyzed with NVIVO 9 to investigate the recurrent themes that inform development of national survey. Results/Outcomes: Study results will reveal areas of focus for developing student MRC programs, recommended organizational policy changes and will demonstrate the context of youth engagement strategies within a large adult-focused organization such as the MRC. Conclusions: The reported usage of such strategies can show how the MRC can contribute to the positive development of adolescents. cents.

Learning Areas:
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning
Public health administration or related administration
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines

Learning Objectives:
Identify one strategy to engage youth within Medical Reserve Corps units in local communities.

Keywords: Adolescents, Community Response

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I work with adolescents in the community and practice public health, having performed county and community organization assessements.
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.