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270099 Community-Based Public Health Caucus Youth Council: A national voice for young adults working to promote community-driven health equity and social justice
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Introduction: The Community-Based Public Health Caucus (CBPHC) Youth Council (YC) was founded to provide a national voice for youth focused on promoting health equity and social justice. YC members are a diverse group ages 13-24 actively engaged in their communities for positive changes through working on local projects, presenting at local and national meetings, and connecting with their peers via digital media (including social media). Key to success of this national model is support of each YC member by a sponsoring local organization with a designated representative on the YC Support Team (YCST).
Methods/Results: The YC first met at the 2010 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting (APHA). Nine youth were identified by a planning committee of 20 CBPHC members actively involved with youth. They began meeting by Internet and phone to organize and prepare for APHA, including developing an interactive itinerary. Most also presented in CBPHC sessions. YC meets monthly by conference call/webinar. In 2011, they hosted a national series of webinars on health disparities by youth for youth called “Health Equity Peer Educators Training”. Thirteen YC youth attended APHA 2011 where they co-presented their research, ratified a constitution, and elected officers. For 2012, YC continues to create a system of sharing across distance and between generations focusing on “Prevention and Wellness across Lifespan,” modeling youth mentoring and inspiring formation of other youth-driven collaborations.
Discussion: This session co-presented by YC and YCST members will discuss the background, goals and objectives, challenges, and lessons learned.
Learning Areas:Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Advocacy for health and health education
Diversity and culture
Keywords: Community-Based Public Health, Youth at Work
Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a founding Youth Council member and 2012 Vice President
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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