Theatre arts for health promotion: Using performance art for sex education and HIV prevention for North Carolina youth
methods: AMP! is an HIV prevention model that uses Arts-based, Multi-intervention, and Peer-education strategies: undergraduate students in a college course are trained in HIV, health education, and interactive theater to deliver school-based performances to “near peer” high school students. The AMP! approach weaves together humor, vulnerability, personal narrative, and medically accurate information to promote HIV prevention knowledge and strategies. Derived from the college students’ own experiences, the performance amplifies the NC curriculum unit on Reproductive Health and Safety in a non-heteronormative and non-stigmatizing way for the high school audience.
conclusions: The rising HIV incidence among young people, along with a history of abstinence only education in NC, begs for innovative, effective, culturally relevant strategies for HIV prevention. Peer health education as well as theater-based interventions have been shown to be effective practices for health promotion; the combination of the two in the AMP! program is a compelling strategy for engaging youth at risk.
Learning Areas:Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related education
Explain how an arts-based peer-led education can be utilized for sexual health promotion interventions Identify the process of developing an art-based peer-led sexual health intervention for high school students
Keyword(s): Adolescents, HIV Interventions
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Currently, I'am at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) working toward a master of public health and a master of city and regional planning. I'am also a Program Assistant for the Office of Student Wellness (Health Promotion and Prevention Initiatives). In 2013, I participated in this study as a member of the peer-education team that developed, rehearsed, produced, and delivered the theatre-based educational piece and the interactive workshops for the high school students.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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