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LeMoyne Owen College

Memphis, Tennessee

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CANAI ROBERSON

Lesson learned from this project:

  • Many individuals are desensitized to violence which causes many individuals, including police officers, to overlook violence in relationships and/or violent tendencies in partners.

  • Some participants believed that IPV and DV were the same and use them interchangeably.

  • Having a trusted community partner gained the most participants.

  • It was difficult to get young adults to take part in research without some type of incentive.

AVIANNE ROBINSON

Lessons learned from this project: 

  • The importance of wearing facial masks, washing hands, keeping hands out of the face, social distancing, and avoiding crowds for the preventing and spreading of the coronavirus.

  • High rates of morbidity is found among individuals with two or more health issues.

  • Now is the time to prepare for the next pandemic or serious virus.

  • The world should not rush back to the “normal” that existed before March 15, 2020.

  • Additional funds and focus must be allocated to reduce and prevent health disparities in the African American community.

DARNESHA MARTIN

Lessons learned from this project are:

  • Many of the parents participating have hypertension.

  • Physical education class is no longer required in the Shelby County School system.

  • Parents were open to changing the nutritional patterns of their family, encouraging their children to reduce screen time along with increasing levels of physical activity to reduce the risk factors for hypertension and obesity.

  • Sixty percent (60%) of participants were willing to assist with the community garden developed as a result of this project.

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MIARA HURD

Lessons learned from this project are:

  • Early detection can save lives and reduce breast cancer rated among Black women

  • Adopting healthy life-style options,
    including increasing physical activity, eating more fruits, grains, and vegetables, and maintaining proper weight will reduce risk factors for breast cancer.

  • Follow preventive care, receiving
    mammograms as required for age and health conditions.

  •  Survival rates increase significantly with early detection.

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ZENOBIA EARLY

Lessons learned from this project are:

  • The women in attendance were more open to talk about past and present IPV incidences than men.

  • Future workshops should be planned for males, with a male facilitator.

  • Community partners are valuable for attracting a more diverse demographic of participants.

  • There is a great need for more resources and financial assistance to aid the LBGTQ community in this area.

  • Physicians need more training to identify signs of Intimate Partner Violence.

AVIANNE ROBINSON

Lessons learned from this project: 

  • Despite majority of participants reporting they planned to not take the vaccine, 72.4% believe that vaccines will help reduce cases.

  • Sixty percent believed that there is or will be issues of equal access to the vaccine largely due to the complicated history regarding the medical system and minorities.

  • Overall distrust regarding vaccines and guidelines appeared to stem from conflicting/changing reports from governmental personnel and agencies such as the CDC.

  • The knowledge of accurate information was vastly different between sessions with college students and sessions with the community partner.

  • I observed that people were more excited than I expected to discuss their thoughts regarding the pandemic with others in a safe environment.

  • “Word of Mouth” and personal initiations garnered the most participants as over ninety 90 percent were recruited via those methods.