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Capacity-building through a community action team: Findings from an intimate partner violence prevention program

Monday, November 4, 2013

Amy Hammock, Ph.D., M.S.W., Program in Public Health, Stony Brook University, School of Medicine, Stony Brook, NY
Mieko Yoshihama, Ph.D., L.M.S.W., A.C.S.W., School of Social Work, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Armina Eana, MPH, Gradaute Program in Public Health, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY
Community health programs are effective when members of the target community are actively involved in the development and dissemination of program materials and activities. However, little is known about the impact of this involvement on these active community members. The Shanti Project (TSP) was a socioculturally-relevant social marketing campaign to prevent intimate partner violence (IPV) in an immigrant Asian community in Michigan. This study assessed the impact of participation on Community Action Team (CAT) members who collaborated with university-based researchers to plan and implement TSP. CAT members participated in at least one individual in-depth interview about their involvement in the project (n=14) and completed a survey at baseline and several months the project ended (11 CAT members completed both surveys). Surveys and interviews assessed knowledge, attitudes and behaviors about IPV, gender roles, communication, identities, and community involvement. Paired sample t-tests of survey data indicate that, post-participation, CAT members reported significantly higher knowlege about IPV, were less likely to endorse gendered role divisions, more likely to know what to do as a bystander in an IPV situation, and more positive about their community's capacity to prevent IPV. In interviews, CAT members expressed increased knowledge about IPV, increased self-efficacy in communicating about IPV within their community, and increased appreciation of their own Asian identities. This study suggests that the use of a CAT in a community-based health program can serve as a vehicle for building future leadership within a community by building capacity through increased knowledge, improved self-effiacy and development of communication skills.

Learning Areas:

Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Explain the role of a Community Action Team in developing socioculturally-relevant materials and activities for a community health program. Describe the role of a Community Action Team in implementing a community health program. Describe how participation on a Community Action Team changed participants’ understanding and response to intimate partner violence in their communities.

Keyword(s): Immigrant Domestic Violence, Community Research

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am an Assistant Professor in the Graduate Program in Public Health and I direct the Community Health concentration in our MPH program. I have a fifteen-year history of planning, implementing and evaluating community-based programs to prevent and respond to intimate partner violence. I am currently the PI on a federally-funded grant to establish a coordinated community response to sexual violence on Stony Brook University's campus.
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.