Online Program

AMP! los angeles: Pilot results from an arts-based sexual health intervention

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 2:50 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.

Karin Hilton, MPH, UCSF, San Francisco, CA
Jessica Harwood, MS, UCLA Center for Community Health, Los Angeles, CA
Timothy Kordic, MA, Health Education Programs, HIV/AIDS Prevention Unit, Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles, CA
David Gere, PhD, UCLA Art & Global Health Center, Los Angeles, CA
Norweeta Milburn, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA Nathanson Family Resilience Center, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
The results and implications of a pilot of AMP! in 6 schools in Los Angeles, CA will be discussed. Students (N = 471, average age = 15.8 years, SD = 1.2 years) in health classes were randomly assigned to one of three conditions: AMP! Live (the full AMP program), AMP! Virtual (a condensed media-based version of the AMP! program) or control (usual health education provided in regular health classes). Randomization occurred at the school level. The impact of AMP! on HIV/AIDS knowledge and HIV testing was examined. We first looked for significant differences in baseline demographics between intervention conditions. Then, our analysis of the impact of the intervention compared the change in outcome measures between the baseline and follow-up assessments. We also controlled for baseline characteristics that differed significantly between conditions. We found an increase in mean HIV/AIDS knowledge from baseline to follow-up; the Live condition was estimated to be about 2 points larger than that in the Control condition (p=0.008). There were no significant differences in the change over time between Live and Virtual or between Virtual and Control. There were no significant differences in HIV testing among sexually active students in the three conditions. The implications for future research and further development of AMP! include how to better target testing for HIV and other STDs in the intervention (i.e., testing as an integral part of sexual health promotion for sexually active youth).

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
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
Describe results of AMP! 2011-2012 study in 6 Los Angeles high schools Identify implications for the further development of AMP! and future research and evaluation of arts-based sexual health interventions This abstract is submitted as part of pre-arranged panel entitled, “AMP! across the nation: Exploring the impact and feasibility of arts-based sexual health education in public school settings.”

Keyword(s): Adolescent Health, Health Education Strategies

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the co-investigator of the 2011-2012 AMP! LA study and have significant experience conducting HIV research with at-risk adolescents.
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.