2012-13 UHI Pilot Grant Award Recipients

The aim of the program was to recruit and train a team of peer educators from Glenville in order to improve the sexual health of their peers in topics relating to sexual health including STIs, body image, communication, substance abuse, and other topics identified as appropriate by the population.

Through community advertisements and application distribution via ID Alliance networks and local schools, peer health educators were recruited and trained in a summer intensive program. To assess the effectiveness of the peer education program, peer health educators were encouraged to take a lead in their community and develop a public health campaign to promote HPV vaccination. The pilot grant allowed the ID alliance to maintain the integrity of the Peer Education (PE) program through student stipends, which allowed participants to stay engaged and receive valuable job-readiness training by rewarding those who participated fully in the training curriculum. The Peer Educator program is currently ongoing.

Photo of the whole ID Alliance team including Jazz Davis (Youth Liaison), Scott Traylor (Youth Liaison), Amanda Healan (Program Manager), Tarik Abdul-Rahman (PE), Destiny White (PE), Autumn Nalls (PE), Joshua Murray (PE), and Brynne Presser (Series Facilitator).

PEs at Glenville High School Open House showing off materials they created including informational posters and a handout “How to talk to teens about sex.”

This course addressed a need expressed by residents to learn how to prepare inexpensive yet healthy meals based on food available in their neighborhoods in order to follow recommendations for chronic disease prevention and health maintenance. During the development phase, researchers conducted focus groups of recent participants of the OSU-E EFNEP nutrition education program to address key lessons and barriers that could be addressed directly with experiential cooking. The nutrition education program was called Eating Smart * Being Active (ESBA) and was an eight-week wellness program for parents. Each interactive lesson was led by a trained Ohio State University Extension Program Assistant and includes a delicious, healthy food tasting and an educational enhancement item that participants can take home to use with their families. The curriculum was comprised of 8 classes, which focused on the following topics: introduction to the kitchen, smart shopping, half plate of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low and non-fat dairy, lean protein foods, international night: healthy alternatives, and celebrating health.

Dr. Kelly-Moore’s UHI funded Pilot Project on cooking curriculum was featured on WVIZ story on Obesity in food deserts Check out the video below!

Poverty in Food Deserts

People in low-income neighborhoods are more likely to live in so called “food deserts” – neighborhoods with limited access to healthy foods. 38-year-old Nikkie shares her experience trying to feed a large family on a limited budget. Click to Learn More.

The goal of this grant was to create an experiential learning experience for medical and MPH students focused on leadership and sustainable community engagement in urban health.

The project involved the development of curriculum and materials for a 3 credit course called MPHP 472 “Leadership and Advocacy in Urban Community Health.” Students in first two years of MD program as well as MPH students were recruited to register for the fall 2012 course through e-mail and verbal announcements. After the drop/add period, five students were enrolled in the class. However, two MD students withdrew early in the semester. The students to complete the course are an MPH/MA (Anthropology) student, 1 MD (class 2016), and a MPH student. Each student created and implemented a community based project which included developing and implementing a “promotora”-based health intervention in Cleveland’s Latino populations where clients received culturally relevant and applicable diabetes management education from community health educators (promotoras), redeveloping the Cleveland Home for Aged Colored People as a Youth Center by working with a group of 12th graders at East Tech High School and the creation of a Neighborhood Family Health Story Project. Throughout the course students completed reflections on their learning/struggle. Evaluation of the students’ projects will include measures of community engagement, and student attitudes toward work with underserved communities. Grant recipients are currently awaiting the University’s course evaluations, and feedback from MPH leadership team (meetings pending) to help shape subsequent implementation of the course.