A series of youth-centered, Hawai’i-focused health posters to address key adolescent health issues have been developed by researchers from the University of Hawai’i at the Mānoa Nancy Atmospera-Walch School of Nursing (NAWSON) to increase health literacy (youth understanding of health) and foster open communication between youth and their health care providers. The posters will be displayed at Hawaiʻi Keiki: Healthy & Ready to Learn Nursing Clinics located at Hawaiʻi Department of Education (HIDOE) public high schools statewide beginning this month. Free digital posters are also available at health centers across the country.
The development of the poster was led by Holly Fontenotprofessor and research director, and Deborah MatheusAssociate Professor and Senior Practice Director of Hawai’i Keiki, in partnership with community advisory groups including Hawai’i HOSA: Future Health Professionals, Stacy Leong Design, and parents, teachers, school nurses, and outreach workers. young people.
“We know that adolescence is a difficult time for our young people today and we wanted to develop posters for health clinics that invite teens to start conversations about health,” Fontenot said. “These posters were created to remind students that nurses in particular are safe allies in learning more about their health, and we hope these posters will reduce the potential stigma associated with sensitive topics, such as mental health. .”
Mattheus added, “Our initial idea was to display the health promotion posters in our secondary Hawai’i Keiki clinics located in HIDOE public schools, but once we saw the final message and designs, we knew that these posters could be displayed in any Hawai’i health clinic, and even across the country. The posters are modern and cool, and were created specifically for young people in Hawai’i. But these health messages are relevant to all teens. We are therefore making digital posters available to health centers across the country. »
Upon request, free digital posters are available by contacting Fontenot at email@example.com.
Adolescence is a pivotal phase of growth and development between childhood and adulthood. Fontenot and Mattheus conducted discussions with advisory groups to identify key adolescent health issues and gather insights related to the design of preferred posters. Based on this feedback, the plan for the posters was to address the following issues related to adolescent health: developing healthy relationships, sexual health, mental health, and privacy. These topics are consistent with the priority health behaviors identified by the National and Hawaiian Youth Risk Behavior Surveys.
Fontenot and Mattheus dedicate these posters to the late Ada Toyama, State Councilor of Hawai’i HOSA who passed away in June 2022, just as development of the poster was completed. Toyama was the advisor for the 2021-2022 group of HOSA students who were members of the Youth Advisory Board. She was also inducted into the HOSA Hall of Fame in 2017 for her years of dedicated service as a state counselor who developed the Hawai’i HOSA program to where it is today.
The project was supported by the Comprehensive Healthcare for Adolescents Initiative through grant number TP2AH000074-01-00 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Population Affairs.
About UH Mānoa Nancy Atmospera-Walch School of Nursing
UH Mānoa Nancy Atmospera-Walch School of Nursing, the Nursing Capital of the Pacific, is the leader in nursing education and research in Hawai’i with outreach in Asia and the the Pacific basin. We provide an innovative, caring, and multicultural environment in which faculty, students, and staff work together to generate and transmit knowledge, wisdom, and values to promote the quality of life and health of present and future generations. The school offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs. To reflect Hawai’i’s unique cultural diversity and heritage, we are committed to increasing the representation of Native Hawaiians and other underserved people in all nursing programs. Visit us at www.nursing.hawaii.edu.
About Hawaii’i Keiki
Hawai’i Keiki is a partnership between UH Mānoa Nancy Atmospera-Walch School of Nursing and the Hawai’i Department of Education and is at the intersection of education and health to help the HIDOE to ensure student, school and system success. The program is designed to improve access to and quality of school health services by coordinating and expanding the existing efforts of community partners and resources. The program improves and establishes school health services that screened for treatable health conditions; provide referrals to primary health care and patient-centred home medical services; preventing and controlling communicable diseases and other health problems; and provide emergency care in the event of illness or injury. Visit us at www.nursing.hawaii.edu/hawaii-keiki.