During a 4- to 6-hour mini-academy lesson at the American University of Health Sciences AUHS, young people will learn about First Aid, CPR, blood pressure, and body mass index BMI. Participants will learn the fundamentals of behavior change and develop a personal project to address how they can become 'health advocates' in their own home and community. Participants will have the opportunity to show how information learned during the lesson could be used to reduce healthcare disparities in their community. Data gathered during the lesson will be presented at a gala event attended by family, friends, and community partners. Library staff will provide instruction using National Library of Medicine resources e.g., MedlinePlus, PubMed, HealthReach to illustrate basic wellness concepts and to collect data for the project presentation. REMARKS: The lesson and presentation will provide underserved minority students with research supplies e.g., digital bathroom scale, fabric tape measure, composition book. It is expected that approximately 15 to 20 minority, at-risk inner-city youths living in Long Beach, California, will participate in the lessons. Intergenerational and intercultural effects are expected to occur given family and friends will be encouraged to engage with the students and each other around the data presentations.
American University of Health Sciences