Exploring the Feasibility of a Community-Driven Peer Education Program Targeting Sexual and Reproductive Health among College Students
Methods: Mixed-methods were employed including clinic observations, surveys, and in-depth interviews. A training program for PE was developed through service-learning activities as part of a graduate level women’s health course. A comfort level scale was administered pre and post-training to assess familiarity and ease with health topics among PE.
Results: Among the three PE introduced into the clinic, formative data (n = 64 PE-patient interactions) showed that the average length was 15 minutes per interaction. The most frequently discussed topics were: lifestyle/well-being (diet, exercise, mental health) (75% of sessions, n = 48); contraception (71%, n = 46); and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) (64%, n = 41). Comparison of pre-post training data showed increases in comfort level by all PE in most (95%) topic areas.
Conclusions: Pilot data suggest that the PE program is feasible and acceptable among trainees. Future research will include assessing patient and clinic staff satisfaction, as well as impact on SRH decision-making and related outcomes, with the overall goal of preventing unintended pregnancies and STIs.
Learning Areas:Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences
Evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of a community-driven peer education program targeting sexual and reproductive health among college students
Keyword(s): College Students, Peer Education
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have served as a health educator in college settings. Among my scientific interests are sexual and reproductive health communication, peer education, and college settings.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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