Online Program

Chicago Area Youth Health Service Corps: Preliminary Findings and Lessons Learned from Using a CBPR Approach

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 : 9:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

Maria Ferrera, PhD, LCSW, MSW Department, DePaul University, Chicago, IL
Tina Sacks, PhD, School of Social Welfare, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
The Affordable Care Act leaves 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. uninsured, in addition to new immigrants who have not had U.S. residency for at least five years. Illinois is one of eight states that houses the bulk of these immigrants.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2008 Current Population Survey, there are more than 272,000 undocumented Latino immigrants in Illinois that are uninsured. Only emergency medical services are guaranteed to these patients.  Centro Sin Fronteras (CSF), in partnership with medical students at Rush Medical Center, have developed the Youth Health Service Corps (YHSC) campaign to respond to the health care dilemma of uninsured, new immigrants within Chicago.  The Chicago area YHSC builds on youth capacity to develop community outreach,  promote health and increase health literacy, as well as enhance individual and community -level empowerment.  Utilizing a mixed methods and a community based participatory research (CBPR) approach that surveys and interviews high school students enrolled  in YHSC, the goal of this study has been to document the impact of the YHSC program with regard to its outreach within immigrant communities, as well as its impact on YHSC participant youth.  Community-academic partners will discuss the CBPR approach and preliminary findings of the impact of the YHSC with regard to community outreach, health promotion, and individual youth development against the back drop of health care reform.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Other professions or practice related to public health
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the process of utilizing a CBPR approach and preliminary findings that have documented the impact of the YHSC with regard to community outreach, health promotion, and individual youth development within the back drop of health care reform.

Keyword(s): Community-Based Partnership & Collaboration, Health Promotion and Education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I received my PhD at the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration and have been the principle investigator of the Youth Health Service Corps Impact Study, funded by multiple entities within DePaul University which focuses on examining the impact YHSC program within the immigrant community and among youth participants. I have developed knowledge in the areas of ethnic identity and minority development, community practice, and health disparities.
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.