Past Projects

 

Years active

2016 – 2018

 

Location

Merced County - Livingston, CA
Alameda County - Oakland, CA

Partnering with Adolescents to Ready the Newest Engaged Researchers (PARTNER)

In collaboration with Livingston Community Health in the Central Valley and Asian Health Services in Oakland’s Chinatown, CAHC organized two advisory boards comprised of adolescent patients, providers, professional researchers, and other stakeholders to develop capacity for and engagement in patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR)/clinical effectiveness research (CER). As members of the advisory boards, adolescent patients were engaged and trained as co-researchers, and the culmination of the project included cross-site collaboration and the identification of community PCOR/CER research priorities at each location.

Materials: Livingston Community Health’s Digital Story

Funder: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

 

Years active

2016 – 2018

 

Location

Alameda County - Oakland, CA

Tobacco Control Policy Leadership Institute (TCPLI)

The Tobacco Control Policy Leadership Institute (TCPLI) project developed adolescent leaders as successful advocates for tobacco control policies in their communities. The project focused on building capacity of the adolescents and creating awareness campaign presentations. The campaign focused on the dangers of tobacco, and the ways in which the tobacco industry markets towards local youth. Staff conducted a total of 11 presentations to over 260 youth. Additionally, to build community awareness on pending policy changes taking place in the Bay Area, the team advocated and testified at city council meetings in Oakland and San Leandro.

Materials: PowerPoint presentation titled "Good Taste, Bad Taste: Addressing Tobacco in Our Community"

Funder: Alameda County Public Health Department's Tobacco Control Program (ACPHD-TCP)

 

Years active

2015 – 2017

 

Location

Alameda County - Oakland, CA
 

Marketing E-Cigarettes Towards Adolescents (META) Oakland

In partnership with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education (CTCRE), the META Oakland project supported Bay Area youth researchers using PhotoVoice, a community-based participatory research method, to investigate how youth perceive e-cigarettes and how e-cigarettes are marketed toward youth in Oakland.

Youth researchers were trained on PhotoVoice methodology to engage in research and advocacy in order to raise awareness of e-cigarette marketing toward youth in Oakland. Youth researchers improved inductive research skills and e-cigarette knowledge as co-investigators in the scientific process. Youth researchers were able to use PhotoVoice (visual data and narratives) to educate the community and policy makers on e-cigarette marketing toward youth in Oakland.

Materials: META Oakland Webinar

Funder: Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP), University of California, Office of the President under the title “Investigating E-cigarette Promotion with Young Journalists.”

 

Years active

2015 – 2017

 

Location

Alameda County - Oakland, CA
 

Young Mother Researchers (YMR)

The Breastfeeding Among Young Mothers research project (YMR) was created to understand how breastfeeding behavior modification can enable breast cancer risk reduction among young, diverse mothers. The study used community-based participatory research to investigate multi-level (social and structural) barriers and facilitators of breastfeeding in this vulnerable population. Brighter Beginnings and a dedicated advisory committee of volunteers provided key support throughout the project.  

Materials: “Infant Feeding Choices: Research with Young Mothers” presentation; University of California Newsroom article by Alec Rosenberg titled “Breastfeeding study aims to break barriers” (PDF here); Barriers & Supports to Young Mother Breastfeeding postcard (in both English and Spanish); and "Social and Structural Factors that Impact Young Mothers’ Infant Feeding Behaviors: Community-Based Participatory Research with Diverse Young Mothers and Providers" poster.

Funder: The California Breast Cancer Research Program at the University of California, Office of the President under the title “Breastfeeding to Reduce Breast Cancer in Young Mothers.”

 

Years active

2016 – 2017

 

Location

Alameda County - Oakland, CA

 

Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC)

This project increased and improved the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) education and services for commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC) and at-risk youth by training staff at youth-serving organizations with a trauma-informed curriculum. Partnering with Dr. Aisha Mays and MISSSEY (Motivating, Inspiring, Supporting and Serving Sexually Exploited Youth), an evidence-based, replicable training of trainers (TOT) curriculum was created for implementation at other community-based organizations serving CSEC and/or youth at risk of commercial sexual exploitation.

Funder: MISSSEY received funding for the project from The Lalor Foundation.

 

Years active

2015 – 2017

 

Location

Stanislaus County - Modesto & Riverbank, CA

 

Healthy Haven

The Healthy Haven project supported youth-serving Central Valley partner organizations Haven Women’s Center of Stanislaus County and Stanislaus County Health Services Agency (HSA) with instituting an adolescent relationship abuse (ARA) prevention and intervention system to promote healthy relationships among youth in Modesto and RiverbankThe project helped increase organizational knowledge of how ARA impacts adolescent health and provided them with more harm reduction strategy skills. The adolescents involved in the project improved their ability to help their peers identify healthy and unhealthy relationship behaviors, and gained knowledge on how to connect their peers to resources, when needed.

Funder: Blue Shield of California Foundation

 

Adolescent Sexual Health Work Group (ASHWG)

In its early years, CAHC served as the administrative arm of the Adolescent Sexual Health Work Group (ASHWG). ASHWG is an organized collaborative of governmental and non-governmental organizations that meet and coordinate to promote and protect the sexual and reproductive health of the youth of California.

CAHC staff coordinated ASHWG activities, including facilitating partner meetings, identifying and reporting on emerging adolescent health trends, and identifying and mobilizing new adolescent health partners. To date, CAHC continues as a non-governmental ASHWG partner.

Materials: CAHC helped develop the "Core Competencies for Providers of Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Programs/Services" manual and companion pieces still highlighted as one of the "Tools & Resources" available online at ASHWG.org

 

School Health Center Adolescent Relationship Program (SHARP)

SHARP  brought together expertise from the California School-Based Health Alliance, Futures Without Violence, and the University of Pittsburgh Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine's Dr. Elizabeth Miller to identify,  address, and prevent adolescent relationship abuse (ARA). The intervention's effectiveness was tested through a cluster-randomized controlled intervention trial led by Miller's group and CAHC.

Materials: Journal article A School Health Center Intervention for Abusive Adolescent Relationships: A Cluster RCT; web conference available for download.