Shifting the trend: Cocoa girls I am worthy project
methods: To demonstrate the need for an effective sexual health intervention targeting sexually active and sexually curious Black adolescent girls in SPA 6, a needs assessment is conducted using secondary data and qualitative research encompassing focus groups and interviews with key informants and community gatekeepers. Using this information, current sexual health program curriculum/materials and gaps in local health services are evaluated.
results: Themes primarily identified/investigated: Sexual health attitudes, perceptions, knowledge, beliefs, and behaviors; role of partner communication and social networks; self-efficacy building through empowerment.
conclusion: The aim of this research is to increase accessibility/connectivity to sexual health resources. The findings inform local programmatic/policy efforts to decrease sexual/reproductive health disparities within this target population through self-empowerment activities and community-based sexual health education curriculum.
Learning Areas:Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Diversity and culture
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education
Identify gaps in services through a needs assessment using secondary data and qualitative research Identify social and environmental factors that influence sexual health behaviors among Black teens girls living in Los Angeles county.
Keyword(s): Adolescents, African American
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am currently a master of public health student with a concentration in health education/promotion and health communication. My specific public health interests are sexual and reproductive health among Black women; which I have investigated through various school projects and direct work experience in a sexual health school-based education program.
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.