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Sentient Research Staff Co-Author Two Posters at the 2014 STD Prevention Conference in Atlanta, GA.
06-12-2014

The first poster, Authentic and meaningful community engagement to reduce STD disparities: Lessons learned from the 4-site CDC CARS initiative, presented findings from an evaluation of approaches to better understand the dynamics of community engagement (e.g. community advisory boards, partnerships, and networks) and identify what works within different contexts to address and reduce sexually transmitted disease (STD) disparities. Analysis was conducted using archival data, qualitative and quantitative interview data, and web-based quantitative assessments of stakeholders. Results showed that establishing a vision and mission together; open communication; recognizing, acknowledging, and reducing power differentials; financial and motivational transparency; commitment to collaboration; working through conflict; community decision-making power; strong, charismatic leadership; leveraging talent and resources; and using a stepwise approach to build a shared history of success were the most effective strategies in community engagement. These findings provide insights for health departments, community-based organizations, and other institutions that want to harness community engagement and partnership approaches to reduce disparities and increase health equity in STDs and other important public health issues.

The second poster, “Spring Into Love:” Impact of a Youth-Led Summit on Sexual Health and Healthy Relationships for High Schools Students in a High-Risk Community in South Los Angeles, presented findings from the 1st annual Spring into Love youth summit, an exciting youth-led event promoting sexual health and healthy relationships among adolescents in South Los Angeles. Four South Los Angeles youth groups planned and facilitated the event, which included educational workshops on reproductive health topics relevant to South L.A. youth. A matched pre and post survey showed that the youth led-events were effective at increasing knowledge about sexual and relationship health, improving behavioral intentions, increasing awareness of youth-friendly sexual health resources in the community, and engaging youth to create community change.

Citations:

Authentic and meaningful community engagement to reduce STD disparities: Lessons learned from the 4-site CDC CARS initiative.
Rhodes SD, Daniel-Ulloa J, Montoya JA, Beale D, Cruz-Dillard K, Kerndt P, CARS Workgroup. Poster presented at: 2014 STD Prevention Conference; June 9-12, 2014; Atlanta, Georgia.

“Spring Into Love:” Impact of a Youth-Led Summit on Sexual Health and Healthy Relationships for High Schools Students in a High-Risk Community in South Los Angeles.
Lamb K, Provost J, Cantu M, Gaarde J, Bush-Spurlin J, Jackson MD, Greene B, Kerndt PR. Poster presented at: 2014 STD Prevention Conference; June 9-12, 2014; Atlanta, Georgia.

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