Online Program

Does a teen initiated peer education intervention and community forum increase knowledge of consequences of teen pregnancy and initiate dialog for comprehensive sexual education?

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 : 1:10 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Catherine Morton, Ed.D., School of Medicine, Health Science Technology Academy, West Virginia University, Webster Springs, WV
Summer Kuhn, MPH, Health Sciences and Technology Academy, West Virginia University, Shady Spring, WV
Ann Chester, PhD, Health Sciences and Technology Academy, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
Sara Hanks, MPH, Health Sciences and Technology Academy, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
Mary McMillion, MS., School of Medicine Health Sciences Technology Academy, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
The HSTA Teen to Teen Project was initiated by students in a 9-12 grade pipeline program with the goal of helping their peers and families understand the consequences of teen pregnancy and open a dialogue for addressing the 5th highest teen pregnancy rate in the state.  Comprehensive sexual education is often not addressed in health classes due to the discomfort of educators and fear of parental back lash.  Student identified lack of knowledge and frustration with access to information led them to partner with the WV DHHR Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Initiative (APPI).   The students received training and used the state curriculum standards to develop a three tiered project that was delivered to approximately 200 seventh and eleventh grade students.  Tier 1 had students obtain school leadership support, assess the knowledge level of participants, identify gaps and prepare the educational interventions using peer presentations, pamphlets and multimedia events that addressed the lack of knowledge.  Tier 2 required students to implement the interventions which occurred over a three week period and then to measure their effectiveness with a post assessment.   In Tier 3 the students organized and hosted “Let’s Talk” community forums led by the APPI team for parents and interested adults. The forums were designed to provide interactive learning stations and talking points on sexual education topics.   Data and results from pre and post assessments and evaluations from the community forums will be presented and discussed.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
Assess knowledge levels of adolescents of human reproduction and teen pregnancy Design educational interventions to address the knowledge gaps Evaluate the effectiveness of the interventions Design a community education forum Assess participation

Keyword(s): Adolescents, Peer Education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to be an abstract Author on the content I am responsible for because:I am the Assistant Director for a 9th-12th grade pipeline program. I develop and design community research projects for the students to conduct by bringing scientists and community experts together to address student identified problems. I am also an adjunct professor at the West Virginia University School of Medicine.
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.