The focus of the program is to find better ways to increase TB awareness in children by researching how children view TB so find a better approach to promote healthy behaviors.
While health education is a component of city schools, it lacks tangible resources that introduce children to diseases such as TB. Kids Be Aware is a program created to meet the needs of children in schools and in the community to increase their knowledge of TB disease.
The rationale of Kids Be Aware Disease awareness program is to stop the spread of TB by starting early at the base. We may not eliminate the problem but we can stop it from even happening. By going upstream, we will focus on factors such as behavioral, environmental, economical, social and cultural.
A needs assessment was conducted to investigate the strategies used by kids Be Aware to educate and increase awareness among children. Books in storytelling formats, were presented to parents as well as children during interviews sessions, surveys and focus groups sessions. In that mind set, 100 surveys were collected, a 20 parents focus group study was conducted while another 20 parents interviews and a 20 children interviews were conducted.
Parents were asked if there was a need in the community and in the schools for early TB educationParents from the focus group were interviewed and given educational materials to evaluate and decide if they were appropriate for kids’ ages 8 to 12. Children ages 9 to 15 were interviewed to see if TB education through books was something they will favor.
The results show the views of parents and children about Kids Be aware with regard to their perception (good) of the program, the choices of material. This chart also shows that parents viewed the books as a great way to increase TB awareness.
This chart shows the feelings of parents with regard to the title message, the need for a program such as Kids Be aware and the appropriateness of the books to provide TB education.
20 children were interviewed to find out if TB education was needed, if the books and activities were appropriate and will contribute to increase TB awareness and if the books were a method of choice to learn about tuberculosis
you can help Kids Be aware by encouraging parents to register children into the program. The program is free to those who want to learn about TB to change health behaviors as we aspire for better health; not just in the United States but around the world.
The sample size did provide limited informationHowever:A thorough needs assessment with a larger sample size will help in determining how a program such as this one can raise TB awareness among childrenSocio economic factors, environmental, cultural and behavioral factors of each child would help in deciding the need of the program in our community as we start to pilot the program.
The findings show that a program such as kids Be aware is needed to supplement the school system health curriculum and to educate the children about tuberculosis. The strategies used by kids Be Aware are shown so far as the method of choice to teach kids about TB. We also found that the use of art and writing contest were a great way to Increase TB awareness in children.
Parents and children recommended that we seek funding to implement the program into the schools and in the community. The Carrollton Board of Education is contemplating piloting the program for grade 5th and 7th before it can totally implemented throughout the Carrollton school system.
Tb Education And Training Network Presentation0
TB Education and Training Network Ninth Annual Conference&TB Program Evaluation Network Conference<br />Jeannette Bryant, BS, MPH<br />Presenter<br />Kids Be Aware! Disease Awareness Program<br />
20 children interviews (ages 9 to 15) were conducted</li></li></ul><li>Methodology continued…<br /><ul><li>Parents were asked about the need of a TB program in the community for children.
Parents from the focus group were interviewed with regard to the appropriateness of the program.
Children ages 9 to 15 were interviewed.</li></li></ul><li>Results<br />Views of parents and children with regard to the program<br />
Results<br />Feelings of parents with regard to program appropriateness<br />
Results<br />Children’s feelings about the program<br />
How can you help?<br />Introduce the program into the schools and in the community.<br />Advocate for TB awareness among children<br />Encourage behavior change<br />
Limitations<br />The sample size used provides limited information <br />A pilot study would provide ample information if performed.<br />
Conclusion<br /><ul><li>The findings show there is a need for early TB education.
The books and curriculum activities will help increase TB awareness</li></li></ul><li>Recommendations<br />Introduce the books into schools<br />Parents and children want the program funded and implemented.<br />For more information, please visit us at: http://www.kids-be-aware.org<br />Or simply email us at: email@example.com<br />
Acknowledgement<br /> For his time, input and knowledge in making this project possible:<br />Alawode Oladele, MD, MPH<br />Medical Director of County Wide Services<br />DeKalb Board of Health<br />
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