Peer reviews- 60 words each. APA format, 2 References needed and cited.
Peer #1 Liz
Community engagement in regards to sexual disease and unwanted pregnancy is a delicate subject. There are two sides to this conversation to think about. The community which often involves the school and parents. Many parents/caregivers don’t want the community or schools to be involved with teaching their youth about sex and pregnancy. So, how do we educate and protect youth, while educating parents/caregivers? Communities need to have access to programs that help both parties.
Looking at the capacity that communities can give in regards to engage stakeholders, develop a prevention team, and raise awareness to prevent sexual disease and deal with unwanted pregnancies is vital in the having a successful community (SAMHSA, 2019). We have Planned Parenthood, faith based programs, adoption agencies, counseling services and the health department. I don’t believe that is enough. I feel that our community needs to do a better job of reaching out to youth and promoting programs that help youth understand sex, pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases. There also needs to be programs that help and support families going through these struggles with their teens.
It would be a great idea for multiple faiths, multiple cultures, youth, schools, parents, faculty members from community colleges, and more come together as a advocacy group to help all in the community.
SAMHSA. (2019, December 6). Implementing SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework in Local Communities. Https://Actmissouri.Org/Implementing-Samhsas-Strategic-Prevention-Framework-in-Local-Communities/. https://actmissouri.org/implementing-samhsas-strat…
Peer #2 LAURA
Community engagement is essential when it comes to prevention of sexual disease and unwanted pregnancy. Foundationally, a community provides the necessary human and structural resources to implement and sustain prevention programs (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration [SAMHSA], 2019). Behaviors that lead to sexual disease and unwanted pregnancies are complex. As such, effective prevention strategies require the expertise and experience of multiple disciplines within the community to impact the prevention continuum. Accordingly, residents, service providers, and community leaders can collaborate together to share ideas, resources, and raise local awareness. Active community engagement helps ensure that prevention strategies reach multiple populations in various settings (SAMHSA, 2019).
My community is engaged in prevention strategies and support programs for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unwanted pregnancies. There are a few noteworthy prevention strategies in my community. One prevention strategy is called Catch the Answers. This is a multimedia-based, prevention strategy that provides information and education regarding the most common STIs, how they are transmitted, when to be screened and tested, and important prevention techniques. Likewise, Catch the Answers platform posts a variety of advertisements in local facilities, and in educational organizations in Davis County. These provide important links to access Catch the Answers website (2021). Additionally, a new mobile app, called MyPEEPS Mobile, is being evaluated for dissemination and approval in my community. This mobile-based, prevention strategy offers education and information for sexual health education and HIV prevention. Accordingly, the multidisciplinary team for MyPEEPS Mobile converted an existing, evidence-based, face-to-face, sexual health education and HIV prevention curriculum into a portable platform (Cho et al., 2018). This is a promising prevention strategy for my community. Likewise, the junior highs and high schools in Davis County offer a quarterly education curriculum based on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The ESEA provides a framework to promote educational, prevention strategies for sexual health education and STI recognition. The schools provide materials, videos, and guest speakers that foster education on human sexuality, preventing teen pregnancy, and common STIs (Davis School District, 2018). Finally, Davis County offers free pregnancy and STI testing at a variety of community health facilities and clinics in the community. Planned Parenthood is one of the most well-known clinics in the community. They provide free STI and pregnancy information and testing. Additionally, Planned Parenthood offers educational resources for healthy behaviors, puberty changes, doctor appointments, STIs, sex and relationships, LGBTQ, pregnancy, emergency contraception, birth control, bullying, safety, privacy, and cancer awareness (Planned Parenthood, 2021). These are the prevention strategies and support programs to address these social issues in my community.
Catch the Answers. (2021). Utah Department of Health. https://catchtheanswers.utah.gov/risks
Cho, H., Powell, D., Pichon, A., Thai, J., Bruce, J., Kuhns, L.M., Garofalo, R., Schnall, R. (2018, September). A mobile health intervention for HIV prevention among racially and ethnically diverse young men: Usability evaluation. JMIR Publications, 6(9). https://mhealth.jmir.org/2018/9/e11450/
Davis School District. (2018, November 6). Davis School District Curriculum Materials Review Committee. https://resources.finalsite.net/images/v1567632447/davisk12utus/fdimgyqzgb1ghdziu3af/HSapprovedmaterials2018.pdf
Planned Parenthood. (2021). Ogden Health Center of Ogden, Utah. https://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-center/utah/ogden/84403/ogden-health-center-2256-91730?utm_campaign=ogden-health-center&utm_medium=organic&utm_source=local-listing
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). (2019, June). A guide to SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework. https://www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/20190620-samhsa-strategic-prevention-framework-guide.pdf
Peer #3 Joe
Access and view “Step 2: Build Capacity” page of the SAMHSA Strategic Prevention Framework. How important is community engagement when it comes to prevention of sexual disease and unwanted pregnancies? How engaged is your community? Are there prevention strategies and models in place to help with these social issues? If so, describe them. If not, suggest some possible prevention models and strategies.
Access and view “Step 2: Build Capacity” page of the SAMHSA Strategic Prevention Framework.
As a mental health provider, I must know how important it is in community engagement when it comes to prevention of sexual diseases and wanted pregnancies. According to W. C. Cockerman (Ed.). (2016). “It is very important in a community and for the community to engage when it comes to the prevention of sexual disease. Without the the help of the community, it would be a losing battle. We have to encourage folks to use safe health practices or stay celibate and this will help with the prevention of sexual diseases” (p.27. We need to use different methods in getting the community involved. We also need to know how important it is for the community to get involved when it comes to unwanted pregnancies. According to P. E. Duffy (2001) “The prevention of unwanted pregnancies in communities is up to everyone to educate the members of their family so that they do no engage in sexuality that will be harmful to them. This is very dangerous mainly because there are some young children that may not be able to communicate with their family when it comes to the engagement of sex” (p.7). If family members are not able to talk to children about sex then we may be in harmful situations especially when it comes to unwanted pregnancies.
My community is very engaged when it comes to the prevention of sexual diseases and unwanted pregnancies. We use the local health department and they have models that will help children when it comes to these matters. Also, there are lots of information on the Internet that can be helpful with this as well as SAMSHA.
Cockerham, W. C. (Ed.). (2016). International encyclopedia of public health. ProQuest
Ebook Central http://ebookcentral.proquest.com.lopes.idm.oclc.org
Duffy, P. E., & Fried, M. (2001).
Malaria in Pregnancy : Deadly Parasite, Susceptible Host. CRC Press