Women’s Health Education
Dr. Bangara’s project will provide health education for vulnerable female populations in Grayson County, home of Austin College. Studies have shown that women who report a history of domestic abuse are at greater risk for a variety of illnesses, such as heart disease and cervical cancer. Dr. Bangara and her team of student researchers, working in partnership with Grayson Crisis Center, will conduct focus groups with Crisis Center clients to determine the health issues about which they need more information and develop interactive health education modules about preventable risk factors and ways to mitigate them. The education modules will be evaluated for effectiveness to determine if they can be replicated in organizations serving similar populations. This project will also serve as a hands-on public health project for the student researchers on Dr. Bangara’s team. Typically, Public Health students do not receive this type of opportunity until graduate school; however, with this project, students will gain valuable experience by applying concepts learned in the classroom setting to real-world public health education efforts.