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A Program Evaluation of Healthy Girls Circle-Youth and Elders Sharing

Brown, Amy Elizabeth (2011) A Program Evaluation of Healthy Girls Circle-Youth and Elders Sharing. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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There is an urgent need for culturally appropriate strategies to promote the health of the refugee population and facilitate its successful adaptation in the United States. Without this adaptation, refugees in the United States being at risk of developing and maintaining high levels of negative health outcomes, which creates a significant public health problem. Healthy Girls Circle- Youth and Elders Sharing" (HGC-YES) program aims to 1) educate Somali Bantu female refugees who now reside in Pittsburgh on health related topics such as reproductive health, exercise, and nutrition, and 2) train the participants as lay health educators so they can disseminate the health related information to members of the Bantu community, specifically elder females. Process and outcome measures were used to gain a better understanding of program effectiveness and its ability to fulfill its objectives. Evaluation measures indicated that participants experienced a consistent increase in knowledge of health related topics, but participants failed to document their dissemination of information into the Bantu community. Additionally, varying attendance rates due to scheduling conflicts and miscommunication between HGC-YES staff and participants contributed to the programs difficulty in achieving its objectives. Since the HGC-YES supervisor has developed a trusting relationship with the Bantu community over several years, there are opportunities for change. The HGC-YES program holds a great deal of potential in promoting the health of the refugee population and facilitating its successful adaptation in the United States.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Brown, Amy
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairNolan, Beth
Committee MemberTerry, Martha Annmaterry@pitt.eduMATERRY
Committee MemberGoodkind, Sarasag51@pitt.eduSAG51
Date: 22 September 2011
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 18 May 2011
Approval Date: 22 September 2011
Submission Date: 7 June 2011
Access Restriction: 5 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 5 years.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Outcome Evaluation; Process Evaluation; Logic Model; Somali Bantu; Refugee Resettlement; Women
Other ID:, etd-06072011-232433
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:46
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:44


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