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Preconception Peer Education Program

PROJECT ORIGIN

The Office of Minority Health developed the Preconception Peer Educators (PPE) Program to raise awareness among college students about the disproportionately high infant mortality rates among racial and ethnic minorities. The PPE Program is based on the concept of peer education as a teaching tool to educate fellow college students about healthy behaviors and the social determinants of health that impact health disparities.

The PPE program aims to reach college-aged students with targeted health messages emphasizing preconception health and care as well as train the student to become peer educators on their respective campus. PPEs are vital community partners effective in starting crucial conversations with college peers about their reproductive life plan.  They are essential to promoting and educating key groups about planning for future parenthood.

PROJECT OBJECTIVES & GOALS

The overarching goal of the DHMIC is to have an active PPE program at every college and university in the state of Delaware. We provide logistical training to help organize campus PPE chapters and develop projects. Using our resources, we connect students to community partners with whom they can collaborate on preconception community outreach programs.

PROJECT STRATEGIES & OUTCOMES

Since its inception, the PPE program has trained nearly 200 college students. The PPE toolkit was created with information on PPE training which lives on the DEThrives and Health Equity Action Center sites. PPEs also have established a social media presence on Facebook and continue to seek opportunities to expand to Instagram and Snapchat.

PROJECT NEXT STEPS

  • DHMIC is currently working to develop a systematic method for all college-based PPE Programs to collect data on a core set of common measures developed to demonstrate the program’s overall impact and effectiveness.
  • DHMIC is working with PPE partners to develop a template to support colleges and universities efforts to establish a chapter.

DHMIC is currently working to develop a systematic method for all college-based PPE Programs to collect data on a core set of common measures developed to demonstrate the program’s overall impact and effectiveness. DHMIC is also working with PPE partners to develop a template to support colleges and universities efforts to establish a chapter.

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