269144 How youth view their community in Ibadhan (WAVE)

Monday, October 29, 2012

Adesola Sangowawa, MBBS, MPH, FWACP, FMCPH , College of Medicine, Institute of Child Health, Ibadan, Nigeria
Oladosu Ojengbede, MD , Obstetrics and Gynecology, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria, Ibadan, Nigeria
The Well-being of Adolescents in Vulnerable Environments is a six-city global study of young people in vulnerable environments with the goal of discovering ways to connect youth to health. The six study sites are the East Baltimore neighborhood of Baltimore, Md.; Johannesburg, South Africa; Shanghai, China; Delhi, India; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Ibadan, Nigeria. For the first phase of this study, researchers in each site used four different qualitative methods, including in-depth interviews, photovoice, community mapping, and focus groups, to collect data from 15 – 19 year olds and the adults who work with young people on how young people view their communities including the health issues they see as well as the services and opportunities that exist in their communities. While the sites are located in very different environments, the similarities among the concerns young people have for their communities are striking.

In Ibadhan, findings revealed that youth perceive health to be directly related to their physical and social environments. Young people discussed the impact of the social environment on their ability to seek reproductive health care.

Conclusions: The research points to importance of understanding community level structural and social characteristics in relation to the primary health risks faced by youth in vulnerable environments.

Learning Areas:
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
1. To describe the relationship between young people’s perceptions of their community and health; 2. To compare the perceptions of health and community among youth living in vulnerable environments across four global sites; 3. To suggest policy and programmatic implications of the findings of this study.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the co-principal investigtor of multiple project examing the helath and well-being of young people in Nigeria.
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.