Online Program

East Kentucky reproductive health project: KET health Three60 videoclips & discussion

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 1:05 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.

Mimi Pickering, Community Media Initiative, Appalshop, Whitesburg, KY
Gabriela Alcalde, MPH, DrPH, Independent, Louisville, KY
The East Kentucky Reproductive Health Project is a youth media and public education initiative that is engaging young women in the creation and dissemination of media art that explores the sexual and reproductive health experiences, concerns and needs of young women in Appalachian Kentucky. Central to the project is a culturally appropriate, peer-to-peer artistic engagement process and outreach campaign that provides young women with sufficient information to make responsible choices regarding their reproductive health, and empowers them to take greater control over this most basic facet of their lives. The project hopes to lay the foundation for individual and collective action for reproductive justice in Kentucky, including increased access and availability of comprehensive reproductive health care in the eastern region. Appalachia is unfortunately not unique in the United States as a region chronically underserved in the area of reproductive health. Little public attention has been paid to reproductive health, yet the need is formidable, especially among young women. Availability of information on reproductive health issues and access to options and care is limited, resulting in high rates of teen pregnancy, STIs, and cervical cancer. The lack of reproductive and sexual health information and services dovetails with poverty: the eight Eastern Kentucky counties reached by this initiative are all categorized as economically distressed. Despite the grim need this region represents, there is also unique opportunityas demonstrated in the media being presented to demonstrate the potential of media, particularly the power of narrative storytelling, to catalyze improvements in health and social well-being by encouraging dialogue on, boosting awareness of, and motivating action around reproductive and sexual health issues.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Communication and informatics
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning

Learning Objectives:
Describe the lack of information on reproductive health available to young women in eastern Kentucky, and by extension other rural areas. Demonstrate and discuss the potential of peer-to-peer education & advocacy efforts that employ digital storytelling.

Keyword(s): Reproductive Health, Peer Education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I was part of the team that developed the concept for the film and worked with the film-makers along the process. I also developed the facilitator's guide for the film used in community dialogues.
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.