YES! Is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a grant for increasing HPV and HPV vaccine awareness in the Humboldt Park community! This project titled Girl Know More II, is a replication of a public health education and marketing campaign that targeted African-American girls on the Southside of Chicago. YES! is expanding this study to include both boys and girls in the Northwest communities that we operate.
We will be offering an HPV awareness workshop in addition to our regular health education programming to our students in the 4 high schools that we currently serve: Josephinum Academy, Pedro Albizu Campos High School, Wells Academy, and West Town Academy. This workshop will increase participant knowledge of risk factors, prevention and treatment associated with HPV and STIs; increase the self-efficacy of participants in making healthy decisions regarding their sexual health; and to provide community-based sexual health resources.
There will also be Town Hall meetings for parents, community members, community based organizations and faith based organizations interested in learning more about HPV and the HPV vaccine. At these meetings, participants will get a well-rounded perspective from our panelists about vaccinating youth to prevent the transmission of HPV and HPV related cancers and diseases. Please stay tuned for more information about these informative meetings!