Presentation Title (IN ALL CAPS)

She’s Healthy and Empowered: Utilizing a Social Network Based Peer-Led Model and Improving Women's Health

Departmental Affiliation and City, State, Zip for All Authors

Health Behavior and Health Systems, UNTHSC, Fort Worth, TX 76107; School of Public Health Office of Student & Academic Services, UNTHSC, Fort Worth, TX 76107; Public Health Education, UNTHSC, Fort Worth, TX 76107; Health Behavior and Health Systems, UNTHSC, Fort Worth, TX 76107

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SPH Student (For Competition)

Research Presentation Category

Community Health and Prevention

Layperson Narrative or Summary (3-5 sentences)

This poster presents results from the first phase of SHE Tribe, a program that aims to promote healthy lifestyles among women by utilizing their supportive social networks. During the program, women encourage each other in their tribe to move towards meaningful behavior changes through five program gatherings. Our data show improvement in several areas of participant's health upon enrolling in the program.

Scientific Abstract

Developed through a community-based participatory research approach, SHE Tribe aims to utilize social networks and promote healthy lifestyles among women through five program gatherings. During each gathering, participants set individual goals, do actions needed to achieve those goals, and reflect on factors that aid or hinder successful completion of those goals. The purpose of this study was to assess changes in the overall well-being of SHE Tribe participants. Participants were asked to complete an assessment before and after their enrollment in the program. The questions included in the assessment package were utilized to generate customized feedback on five health domains: me (general well-being), mind (mental health), matter (what we consume), move (physical activity), and meet (social support). Paired t-tests were conducted to assess change in the respective areas of health. Among 29 women with complete pre-post data, 93% showed improvement in at least one of the five domains. Additionally, 90% displayed progress in two or more domains and 55% enhanced more than three areas of their health. Paired t-tests showed significant improvement in areas such as me, mind, move, and matter (p < 0.05). There was a slight improvement in the meet category as well. However, the change was not statistically significant. Hence, SHE Tribe participants showed improvement in several areas of health. This study highlights the success of a social network based peer-led model in empowering women and promoting healthy lifestyle choices. Furthermore, programs fostering intrinsic motivation and self-efficacy such as SHE Tribe show promise with improving health.

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She’s Healthy and Empowered: Utilizing a Social Network Based Peer-Led Model and Improving Women's Health

Developed through a community-based participatory research approach, SHE Tribe aims to utilize social networks and promote healthy lifestyles among women through five program gatherings. During each gathering, participants set individual goals, do actions needed to achieve those goals, and reflect on factors that aid or hinder successful completion of those goals. The purpose of this study was to assess changes in the overall well-being of SHE Tribe participants. Participants were asked to complete an assessment before and after their enrollment in the program. The questions included in the assessment package were utilized to generate customized feedback on five health domains: me (general well-being), mind (mental health), matter (what we consume), move (physical activity), and meet (social support). Paired t-tests were conducted to assess change in the respective areas of health. Among 29 women with complete pre-post data, 93% showed improvement in at least one of the five domains. Additionally, 90% displayed progress in two or more domains and 55% enhanced more than three areas of their health. Paired t-tests showed significant improvement in areas such as me, mind, move, and matter (p < 0.05). There was a slight improvement in the meet category as well. However, the change was not statistically significant. Hence, SHE Tribe participants showed improvement in several areas of health. This study highlights the success of a social network based peer-led model in empowering women and promoting healthy lifestyle choices. Furthermore, programs fostering intrinsic motivation and self-efficacy such as SHE Tribe show promise with improving health.