263091 Project WISE (women's initiative for safety and empowerment)

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Lorece Edwards, DrPH , School of Community Health and Policy, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD
Kim Dobson Sydnor, PhD , School of Community Health and Policy, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD
African American women continue to fare worse than white women in terms of health status, rates of disability, as well as mortality and morbidity. The “weathering framework” also known as the Sojourner- Syndrome, suggests that life experiences of African American women historically, have included an accumulation of racial inequality; social, political, and economic exclusion, and medical under-service. It is also suggested that these effects are greatest among the emerging female adults (women between the ages of 18 – 24 years). These inequities and health disparities decrease access to resources and heighten susceptibility to psychological stress and premature stress-related illness. For come conditions, disparities are growing, despite new technologies and other advances that have been made in recent years. Among the female emerging adult population, HIV/AIDS and intimate partner violence are growing concerns. Recent research suggests that multiple HIV risk exposure is correlated with levels of physical violence. Project Wise (Women's Initiative for Safety and Empowerment) is a multi-disciplinary/mutli-level health and wellness initiative for women attending a Historically Black Institution. The primary goal of this initiative is to address the overall health and well-being of women, with a special emphasis on sexual and reproductive health and intimate partner violence. Project WISE provides health education and promotion activities that address the health of women to support wellness, healthy life choices, and behavior change. Women gain access to creditable information regarding critical women's health issues. Gender specific, women friendly, and culturally appropriate health education and empowering activities are delivered.

Learning Areas:
Program planning
Public health or related education
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will be able to identify the critical health concerns among female emerging adults. 2. Participants will be able to design health empowerment programs for women. 3. Participants will be able to increase their knowledge base of the importance of women's health.

Keywords: Women's Health, Health Education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have taught women's health courses for seven years.
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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