261186 Translational Research in Environmental Tobacco Smoke: From Engaging Inner-City Early Childcare Providers to Disseminating Community-Usable Product

Monday, October 29, 2012 : 4:50 PM - 5:10 PM

Jennifer R. Warren, PhD , Department of Communication, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ
Brandi White, MPH , Department of Health Sciences & Research, College of Health Professions, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
Brandie Buckless, Masters of Public Health Student , Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Phyllis Sloan, MA , La Creche Early Childhood Development Center, Minneapolsi, MN
Background: This presentation describes how our community-based participatory research findings regarding parental and other adult environmental tobacco smoke exposure were translated into a curriculum targeting federally subsidized, inner-city daycare providers so they can enhance not only their own capacity to understand and deal with ETS exposure for young children but also increase parents' knowledge of toxins and how to reduce the harms of ETS exposure for young children. Methods: An 18-month community-based participatory research project in equal partnership with a partially subsidized inner-city early childcare center and parent advisory board (PAB) in Minneapolis utilized multiple methods to understand how to mobilize lower income African American parents against the harms of ETS for children ages five and under. Aggregate findings were translated into a format for dissemination with 5 early childcare settings in North Minneapolis. The Set the Rules Manual included 5 lessons with handouts and a kit was developed and used to certify 14 facilitators. Data collected from parents attending the workshop was analyzed through descriptive statistics. Results: The mean age of parents was 35 (n=32 females) with 0-4 children under 5; 40% currently smoked; 25% had partial home and 30% car smoking. Parents in the workshops felt the information was helpful, would use the information, and would reexamine their attitudes regarding exposing children to environmental tobacco smoke. Conclusions: The goal is to seek sustainability of the curriculum within early childcare settings and using this research to advocate to change licensing of childcare centers related to ETS.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
Discuss how to engage inner-city childcare providers to address the harms of ETS with low SES populations. Describe how to translate findings into a community-based product to enhance sustainability of project.

Keywords: Child Care, Tobacco

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the Co-PI on this project since 2008, having translated the science into a useful community oriented format as well as have been involved in community based research and education since 2002. I am Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist.
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.

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