252687 Promoting Healthy Sexual Education through HOPE (HIV/STI Outreach Prevention and Education) Parties: A Community Based Initiative Process Evaluation

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Pamela Johnson, BA, Research Assistant , School of Public Health, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Jennifer Okungbowa-Ikponmwosa, Research Assistant , School of Public Health and Health Sciences, University of Michigan - Flint, Flint, MI
Samantha Roberts, Research Assistant , Social Work, Saginaw Valley State University, University Center, MI
Endia Santee, Research Assistant , School of Public Health and Health Sciences, University of Michigan - Flint, Flint, MI
Susan Franzen, MS , Prevention Research Center of Michigan, University of Michigan School of Public Health, Flint, MI
Bettina Campbell, MSW , YOUR Center, Flint, MI
Tamara Campbell, MS Ed , HOPE Project, YOUR Center, Flint, MI
Terrance Campbell, MSISM, MA Ed, PhD Candidate , HOPE Project, YOUR Center, Flint, MI
Background: In Michigan, Genesee and Saginaw counties report high prevalence of STIs among young urban African American adults (18-24). Actively engaging young adults in STI/HIV Prevention discussions can be challenging. HOPE parties, a face-to-face STI prevention program are one way to reduce this disparity. HOPE parties were developed in 2000 by YOUR Center, a community-based organization. YOUR Center and the Saginaw County Department of Public Health implement HOPE parties in collaboration with the Prevention Research Center. We discuss (a) what a HOPE party is; and (b) some benefits and challenges. It concludes with a discussion on preliminary process evaluation data for the HOPE project and possible process improvements. Methods: Participants complete questionnaires that include variables on increased STI/HIV knowledge, comfort, party activities and the research process. To date we have collected 76 questionnaires. We continue to collect data and will present an expected analysis of 150 participants. Mean and standard deviations will be calculated for questionnaire items as well as a thematic analysis for open-ended questions. Results: Preliminary data results indicate that participants report high comfort levels discussing sexuality, STIs and HIV and an increase in sexual knowledge. We describe how process evaluation can be used to modify programs improving participant experiences. Conclusions: Data indicates that HOPE parties allow participants to discuss sexual health in (a) familiar and enjoyable environment and (b) that knowledge of healthy sexuality increased upon the attendance of a HOPE party. We suggest program modifications based upon the process evaluation data to increase participant satisfaction.

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

Learning Objectives:
Describe the components of a HOPE party in working to prevent and reduce rates of sexually transmitted infections. Describe how process evaluation data may be used to improve participant participation. Describe process evaluation data for the HOPE project. List possible process improvements.

Keywords: Community Health, STD Prevention

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a research assistant for the Prevention Research Center of Michigan. I have worked on the HOPE Project for over a year now and have become familiarized with the dynamics of the study.
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.