Year of Publication

2017

College

Public Health

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)

Committee Chair

Corrine Williams, ScD, MS

Committee Member

Richard Crosby, PhD

Committee Member

Robin Vanderpool, DrPH, CHES

Abstract

This project proposes the implementation of a community-based sexual education program in Hamilton County Ohio. The proposed program is Focus on Youth + ImPACT. FOY + ImPACT is an evidenced based intervention focused on providing knowledge and skill based education to both youth (during FOY sessions) and parents (during the ImPACT session). The educational program will be implemented at three sites: the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Cincinnati, Lighthouse Youth Services, and Caracole. Each site was selected for its current infrastructure conducive to youth programming. This included ease of access to youth as well as experience in the provision of other educational programs. Short term goals for the intervention focus primarily on increasing baseline knowledge, while intermediate goals of the program include increasing safe sexual behaviors as well as transferring program implementation responsibilities to the community. Long term goals of the program primarily focus on decreasing the prevalence of sexually transmitted infections in Hamilton County as well as providing supportive data for sexual education advocacy. Project implementation and goals will be subject to rigorous evaluation throughout the program.

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