Presentation Title (IN ALL CAPS)

SHE Tribe: The Design of a Community-Based Participatory Research Wellness Program for Women

Departmental Affiliation and City, State, Zip for All Authors

1-3: Texas Center for Health Disparities, Fort Worth, TX 76107; Coalitions & Planning, Dallas, TX

Classification

SPH Student (For Competition)

Research Presentation Category

Community Health and Prevention

Brief Narrative or Summary

This poster provides an overview of the process in the creation of a women’s wellness program, SHE Tribe. Using a method known as community-based participatory research (CBPR), representatives from communities in Dallas, Texas, joined with public health practitioners to enhance community capacity to reduce women’s health disparities. The result is a sustainable program which is formatted to be led by women from the community with her peers over the course of five gatherings.

Scientific Abstract

SHE Tribe is a collaborative approach to change the culture of health among women in Dallas County, Texas. Utilizing community-based participatory research (CBPR) principles, the program was built upon a partnership between female community representatives of Dallas and public health professionals. The goal of the collaboration was to construct a sustainable program for women, by women, utilizing evidence-based programs and building upon past experiences. Community representatives were recruited based off prior participation in previous wellness programs and interest in the development of a new project. Over five months, partners worked together to discuss strengths and weakness of programs, discover new resources and tools built upon best practices, characterize what makes people motivated, analyze why certain practices work and how they may be best operationalized. Activities included SWOT analysis, show-and-tell of prior programs, evaluations of nutrition, physical activity, and mental health materials, impact analysis utilizing the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health: Vision to Action (2015) guide, and guidance to seek reliable health information. In month six, a compilation was provided to the community representatives, who provided feedback and direction. The result is a five session program, designed to be implemented in a variety of settings. Areas of focus include goal setting, nutrition, physical health, self-care, and social support, following the action items: SET individual goals, DO the actions to achieve the goals, and REFLECT on the process. Upon completion of the five sessions, participants are encouraged to lead their own SHE Tribe.

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SHE Tribe: The Design of a Community-Based Participatory Research Wellness Program for Women

SHE Tribe is a collaborative approach to change the culture of health among women in Dallas County, Texas. Utilizing community-based participatory research (CBPR) principles, the program was built upon a partnership between female community representatives of Dallas and public health professionals. The goal of the collaboration was to construct a sustainable program for women, by women, utilizing evidence-based programs and building upon past experiences. Community representatives were recruited based off prior participation in previous wellness programs and interest in the development of a new project. Over five months, partners worked together to discuss strengths and weakness of programs, discover new resources and tools built upon best practices, characterize what makes people motivated, analyze why certain practices work and how they may be best operationalized. Activities included SWOT analysis, show-and-tell of prior programs, evaluations of nutrition, physical activity, and mental health materials, impact analysis utilizing the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health: Vision to Action (2015) guide, and guidance to seek reliable health information. In month six, a compilation was provided to the community representatives, who provided feedback and direction. The result is a five session program, designed to be implemented in a variety of settings. Areas of focus include goal setting, nutrition, physical health, self-care, and social support, following the action items: SET individual goals, DO the actions to achieve the goals, and REFLECT on the process. Upon completion of the five sessions, participants are encouraged to lead their own SHE Tribe.