Student Poster

Evaluation of an SBHC Model for Adolescent Sexual Health Education

Tuesday, August 20, 2019, 9:45 am - 11:15 am
Northstar Ballroom
Theme: Quality Interprofessional Education and Accreditation

Evaluation of an SBHC Model for Adolescent Sexual Health Education

Robillard K1, Monnig L1, Gill F2, Robinson J1, Taylor J2, Xia P3, AbiSamra L1, Ayemoba J2, Brew E1, Cooper E1, Crook C2, Eaton J1, Garvie K1, Gwan P1, Hebert M1, Matthews C1, Mulloy C1, Reuter E1, Sanfilippo A

1. School of Medicine, LSU Health, New Orleans, LA

2. School of Medicine, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

3. School of Public Health, LSU Health, New Orleans, LA

Purpose: The New Orleans Adolescent Reproductive Health Project (NOARHP) trains future health professionals to teach comprehensive, medically accurate sexual education to high school students in Orleans and Jefferson Parishes. Evidence-based practices suggest that reproductive health education reduces teen pregnancy rates and STI/HIV transmission. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Louisiana ranks sixth in the nation for teen birth rate and second for sexual transmitted infections and HIV diagnoses. Our project focuses on developing a sustainable education model that contributes to reducing these rates and can be implemented wherever there are School-Based Health Centers.

Methods: Evaluation of our sexual education curriculum was informed by the CDC Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT): Module Sexual Health guidelines. High school students were administered a 47-question test before and after the 10-lesson instructional intervention to determine mastery in Healthy Behavior Outcomes (HBO), SH-1 through SH-8. Using a pretest-posttest design, we compared student learning across four charter schools and determined the effects of curricular modifications. Additionally, pretest results were compared across schools, from 2014 - 2018, to determine any significant effects of school location or year on baseline knowledge (before the intervention).

Results: Significant improvements between pretest and posttest scores were observed in all participating schools. NOARHP continues to refine the existing curriculum and to train future health professionals to communicate sexual health information in an accurate and effective manner that normalizes disease prevention and eliminates stigma.