This project focused on primary prevention education for youth, a high-risk population.
Hepatitis C High Risk: Youth education project binder is a manual youth service providers. Its objective is to to assist them to produce educational presentations on viral hepatitis, particularly hepatitis C.
Hep 101: a basic course suitable for low-literacy
Hep 202: an advanced course (prerequisite Hep 101)
This project focused on primary prevention education for youth, a high-risk population. Consultations took place with local youth groups at community drop-in centres to identify what youth wanted in a learning resource as well as their preferred presentation format. It was noted from these meetings that these youth level of knowledge regarding viral hepatitis was limited but they were eager to learn about this health topic.
With the support of the Vancouver School Board, a package was developed and tested that included curriculum binders with a video, CD and postcard inserts. The curriculum included 2 classes:
Hep 101 and Hep 202. With Health Canada funding, a video was created by YouthCo that was included in a binder along with a CD which contained all course materials
Education sessions were provided for 300 students in 20 school and community locations.The binder was designed for use with youth aged 12-18 (Grades 8-12). Although the content was tested on students within this age range in Vancouver School District classrooms, these materials are appropriate for use in any setting. Youth attending these classes gained knowledge regarding the transmission of different types of viral hepatitis and learned concrete prevention skills aimed at reducing the possibility of contracting hepatitis (e.g. how to dispose of a discarded used needle).