270444 Disabilities, Disparities, and Health Interventions: Implementing and Evaluating the WBH Curriculum

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Holly Horan , Deparment of Anthropology, The University of Montana, Missoula, Missoula, MT
Meg Ann Traci, PhD , Rural Institute, The University of Montana, Missoula, MT
The Women Be Healthy (WBH) curriculum, designed by The North Carolina Office on Disability and Health, Frank Porter and Graham Child Development Institute, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was implemented in Montana to promote program development and to increase partnerships between the Montana Disability and Health Program (MTDH), the Montana Centers for Independent Living (CILs), the Bridger Clinic and Planned Parenthood of Montana. WBH is a health care education program for women with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities. This workshop focuses on sensitive reproductive health topics such as breast and cervical cancer screenings and encourages each woman to be an active participant in her own healthcare. This workshop aimed to educate participants about reproductive health, reduce fear and anxiety associated with medical procedures and to teach assertiveness in the medical setting. A number of program development efforts included: 1) Tele-conference master training where materials were developed and disseminated to facilitators electronically prior to the training. Women Be Healthy Facilitators were trained on how to recruit, evaluate, organize and conduct the workshop; 2) A follow-up self study by facilitators to educate themselves on the WBH material; 3) Carrying out participant recruitment; 4) Tracking pre and post class web-based evaluations; 5) A post-class participant assessment of the course; 5) Co-authoring a manuscript with the CIL facilitators on the results of WBH in Montana. Outcomes, evaluation results, and future directions will be presented and discussed.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Advocacy for health and health education
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Provision of health care to the public

Learning Objectives:
Evaluate the Women Be Healthy Curriculum as a health intervention program for women with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities.

Keywords: Public Health Education and Health Promotion, Disability

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: Women Be Healthy: A curriculum for Women with Mental Retardation & Other Developmental Disabilities Facilitatorís Manual

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the graduate research assistant and communications health coordinator for a variety of programs at the Montana Disability and Health program. I was responsible for organizing a training and project plan that prepared facilitators to conduct this workshop in four Montana counties. I also created two of the three evaluation tactics and subsequently conducted analyses on them at the end of the Women Be Healthy workshop.
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.