Evaluating A Youth Health Education Program: An Overview of the CHAMPIONS NETWork 2017 Summer Program
Session Number: 1205
Track: Youth Focused Evaluation
Session Type: Poster
Tags: "hard to reach" populations, advocacy evaluation, Chronic Disease, Curriculum Evaluation, health education, mixed methods evaluation, program evaluation, racial and ethnic health disparities, racial equity, social determinants of health, Underserved Populations, Vulnerable populations, Youth, youth empowerment, youth program, youth-focused evaluation
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Odanys Sandoval [Champions Coordinator - University of Illinois at Chicago]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Selina Kowalski [Evaluation Manager - University of Illinois at Chicago]
Time: Oct 31, 2018 (06:30 PM - 08:00 PM)
Room: Poster 280
Audience Level: All Audiences
Session Abstract (150 words):
Background: Chicago has major disparities that exist across races, income, and education levels for common chronic conditions and access to care. In an effort to eliminate this gap, the CHAMPIONS NETWork aims to empower underserved youth, expose them to health science careers, and train them to become community health advocates.
Objective: To describe the evaluation of the 2017 CHAMPIONS Summer Program and share the program outcomes.
Methods: This is a descriptive mixed methods study analyzing de-identified socio-demographic surveys, daily feedback, pre-/post-assessments and closing program evaluations. Qualitative data is manually coded and analyzed with Excel.
Results: The CHAMPIONS Summer 2017 program hosted students from nine high schools located in primarily low-income Chicago neighborhoods. The program successfully empowered students and improved their understanding of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and CPR. The program also strengthened its students’ pathway to college and exposure to professional health careers.
Next Steps: CHAMPIONS outcomes will be used to enhance the program for future cohorts by identifying programming strengths and weaknesses.
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