Advancing Equity through Culturally Responsive Communication (The Society for Public Health Education)

Founded in 1950, SOPHE is a 501 (c)(3) professional association dedicated to supporting health education and health promotion leaders to advance healthy and equitable communities across the globe. SOPHE has 3,000 national and international members in 23 chapters covering all 50 states. SOPHE is focused on promoting and advocating for health equity-enhancing systems and policies to prevent violence against women and increase healthy relationships in the Washington D.C. area. With seed grant funding from the Safe States Alliance, SOPHE developed a program to reach Black women not enrolled in a college or university in an effort to increase equitable access to sexual violence prevention education. Utilizing the Truth in Racial Healing Framework, the program included in-person educational events and an online course that provided on-demand information on healthy relationships, boundary setting, and consent. Overall, 48 young women of color attended the in-person and virtual trainings. Participants comments included: “I liked how we could discuss these topics with each other and mutually improve and enrich our understanding of this,” and “[I liked] connecting content with real-life scenarios.” The next phase of SOPHE’s program was to adapt the curriculum for LGBTQ+ individuals. They employed the same culturally responsive communication strategies to ensure the training was well-received by the community.

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