Girls’ Health in  Girls’ Hands  Research Findings & Recommendations Created by the Girls and Young Women of Monterey Count...
Why We’re Here <ul><li>We want you to:  </li></ul><ul><li>Know more about girls’ health needs so you will be able to make ...
About our Project <ul><li>Girls’ Health in Girls’ Hands: Action Research Project </li></ul><ul><li>Identify health informa...
Background <ul><li>Supporters </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Women's Fund of Monterey County  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Commun...
About Researchers <ul><li>54 girls (and young women)…ages 13-19 </li></ul><ul><li>Locations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>North Co...
What We Did <ul><li>Winter 2008/2009 – Learn </li></ul><ul><li>Spring 2009 – Research </li></ul><ul><li>Spring/Summer 2009...
We Believe Girls… <ul><li>Need information & access to support & services in order to have a healthy, well balanced life <...
What we believe to be true <ul><li>Education begins at home </li></ul><ul><li>Some home environments are not ideal for lea...
What we believe to be true <ul><li>The lack of healthy emotional development is at the root of many health problems </li><...
What Girls Said Finding
Methodology <ul><li>Engaged over 1,200 girls  </li></ul><ul><li>How we did research </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Surveys - Quanti...
Survey Findings <ul><li>Quantitative </li></ul>
Want More Information About:
Who Girls Talk With About Health
Know Where to Go for Services? (or would know how to find out)
Kind of Health Services Used
Would like Support or Services – But Can’t Find
Know Girls Who Have Experienced
Important for Girls to Have Education About…
Biggest Health Concerns…
Analysis of Research
Priority Health Issues… <ul><li>Emotional Health  </li></ul><ul><li>Healthy Eating/Weight/Exercise </li></ul><ul><li>Sexua...
Emotional Health <ul><ul><li>Girls need more ongoing support for their emotional development on ongoing basis from an earl...
Health Eating/Body Image/Exercise <ul><li>Many girls strive to look like the girls in the magazines & TV </li></ul><ul><li...
Healthy Sexuality <ul><li>Accurate information about sex, their own sexuality, and health </li></ul><ul><li>Our sexual dev...
Healthy Relationships <ul><li>Have the skills to be in healthy relationships with: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Family </li></ul>...
Safety <ul><li>Have the skills & ability to protect themselves  </li></ul><ul><li>Be safe in our: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><l...
What You Can Do To Support Girls Health
What You Can Do <ul><li>Provide Us With Information </li></ul><ul><li>Support health education at schools </li></ul><ul><u...
What You Can Do <ul><li>Provide Us With Support </li></ul><ul><li>Create and support ongoing school based health support g...
What You Can Do <ul><li>Provide Us With Access  </li></ul><ul><li>Healthy foods on a regular basis at schools </li></ul><u...
What You Can Do <ul><li>Help Girls Support Each Other </li></ul><ul><li>Support creation of peer health educator programs ...
What You Can Do <ul><ul><li>Include Us </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Create opportunities to meaningfully include the voice of gi...
What You Can Do <ul><ul><li>IN YOUR FUTURE DECISIONS… </li></ul></ul><ul><li>COMMIT TO SUPPORTING GIRLS’ HEALTH  </li></ul>
Questions <ul><li>For more information go to our website: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>  www.girlshealthgirlshands.com </li></ul>...
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Girls' Health in Girls' Hands is a health action research project in Monterey County, CA where 57 young women (ages 13-19) researched the needs of girls throughout the county. A project of the Women's Fund of Monterey County (Community Foundation for Monterey County) the project is also generously supported by The California Endowment.

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  • Combined information from surveys, interviews and focus groups
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    1. 1. Girls’ Health in Girls’ Hands Research Findings & Recommendations Created by the Girls and Young Women of Monterey County 2009
    2. 2. Why We’re Here <ul><li>We want you to: </li></ul><ul><li>Know more about girls’ health needs so you will be able to make informed decisions around girls health issues </li></ul>
    3. 3. About our Project <ul><li>Girls’ Health in Girls’ Hands: Action Research Project </li></ul><ul><li>Identify health information, service, and support needs of girls 11-18 </li></ul><ul><li>To help inform Public Policy makers so they’ll create and support more effective policy </li></ul>
    4. 4. Background <ul><li>Supporters </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Women's Fund of Monterey County </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Community Foundation for Monterey County </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Funders </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The California Endowment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Women’s Fund of Monterey County </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. About Researchers <ul><li>54 girls (and young women)…ages 13-19 </li></ul><ul><li>Locations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>North County </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Salinas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Greenfield </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Marina/Seaside </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Peninsula </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. What We Did <ul><li>Winter 2008/2009 – Learn </li></ul><ul><li>Spring 2009 – Research </li></ul><ul><li>Spring/Summer 2009 – Analyze </li></ul><ul><li>Fall 2009 – Present </li></ul>
    7. 7. We Believe Girls… <ul><li>Need information & access to support & services in order to have a healthy, well balanced life </li></ul><ul><li>Are competent & capable of knowing what information, support & services they need to be healthy </li></ul><ul><li>Are capable of making positive decisions </li></ul><ul><li>Are capable of & should support decision makers in creating effective policies </li></ul>
    8. 8. What we believe to be true <ul><li>Education begins at home </li></ul><ul><li>Some home environments are not ideal for learning healthy behaviors </li></ul><ul><li>Because we can’t mandate behavior & parenting at home – need to provide education & support in school </li></ul>
    9. 9. What we believe to be true <ul><li>The lack of healthy emotional development is at the root of many health problems </li></ul><ul><li>Community resources need to focus on building potential (prevention) rather than addressing problems (treatments) </li></ul>
    10. 10. What Girls Said Finding
    11. 11. Methodology <ul><li>Engaged over 1,200 girls </li></ul><ul><li>How we did research </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Surveys - Quantitative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interviews - Qualitative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus Groups - Qualitative </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. Survey Findings <ul><li>Quantitative </li></ul>
    13. 13. Want More Information About:
    14. 14. Who Girls Talk With About Health
    15. 15. Know Where to Go for Services? (or would know how to find out)
    16. 16. Kind of Health Services Used
    17. 17. Would like Support or Services – But Can’t Find
    18. 18. Know Girls Who Have Experienced
    19. 19. Important for Girls to Have Education About…
    20. 20. Biggest Health Concerns…
    21. 21. Analysis of Research
    22. 22. Priority Health Issues… <ul><li>Emotional Health </li></ul><ul><li>Healthy Eating/Weight/Exercise </li></ul><ul><li>Sexuality </li></ul><ul><li>Relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Safety </li></ul><ul><li>And so much more </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Environment, Diseases, Drugs & Alcohol </li></ul></ul>
    23. 23. Emotional Health <ul><ul><li>Girls need more ongoing support for their emotional development on ongoing basis from an early age </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Girls want support in setting & achieving goals & seeing their own potential </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Girls need to understand healthy emotional development </li></ul><ul><li>Girls need to have the access to ongoing & free support for their emotional health: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Crisis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Normal Life Stuff </li></ul></ul>
    24. 24. Health Eating/Body Image/Exercise <ul><li>Many girls strive to look like the girls in the magazines & TV </li></ul><ul><li>Often see our flaws more than our positive attributes </li></ul><ul><li>Food served at schools and home is not always healthy </li></ul><ul><li>Limited exercise opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Limited resources & support to build lifelong skills around healthy eating & exercise </li></ul>
    25. 25. Healthy Sexuality <ul><li>Accurate information about sex, their own sexuality, and health </li></ul><ul><li>Our sexual development is stigmatized rather than being treated as natural & healthy </li></ul><ul><li>Convenient & affordable support and access to reproductive health care (including birth control) </li></ul>
    26. 26. Healthy Relationships <ul><li>Have the skills to be in healthy relationships with: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Family </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Friends </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>People they Date </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Have healthy relationships modeled for them in their lives </li></ul>
    27. 27. Safety <ul><li>Have the skills & ability to protect themselves </li></ul><ul><li>Be safe in our: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Homes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Schools </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Communities </li></ul></ul></ul>
    28. 28. What You Can Do To Support Girls Health
    29. 29. What You Can Do <ul><li>Provide Us With Information </li></ul><ul><li>Support health education at schools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Make a priority (as important as academic classes) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ideally - 1 full year middle school & 2 full years high school </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make learning interesting, relevant, & responsive </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Support community based organizations in providing health education programs at schools </li></ul><ul><li>Support regular social and emotional development workshops in schools </li></ul>
    30. 30. What You Can Do <ul><li>Provide Us With Support </li></ul><ul><li>Create and support ongoing school based health support groups (during lunchtime) </li></ul><ul><li>Provide girls (& their families) with affordable & accessible counseling services </li></ul>
    31. 31. What You Can Do <ul><li>Provide Us With Access </li></ul><ul><li>Healthy foods on a regular basis at schools </li></ul><ul><li>Affordable & fun exercise opportunities that build life long skills & habits (even in PE classes) </li></ul><ul><li>Sex education & birth control in or close to schools </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunities for every girl to have something to do after school & on weekends, including work, clubs, intramurals, dance, theater, art, ROTC, etc. </li></ul>
    32. 32. What You Can Do <ul><li>Help Girls Support Each Other </li></ul><ul><li>Support creation of peer health educator programs </li></ul><ul><li>Support girls in creating regular community health forums that are led by girls with the support of adult mentors & health educators </li></ul><ul><li>Support girls in creating interactive health website </li></ul>
    33. 33. What You Can Do <ul><ul><li>Include Us </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Create opportunities to meaningfully include the voice of girls in public policy and programmatic decision making </li></ul>
    34. 34. What You Can Do <ul><ul><li>IN YOUR FUTURE DECISIONS… </li></ul></ul><ul><li>COMMIT TO SUPPORTING GIRLS’ HEALTH </li></ul>
    35. 35. Questions <ul><li>For more information go to our website: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> www.girlshealthgirlshands.com </li></ul></ul>

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