ZINE AND BLOG FOR REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH
A peer and education program for young adults (15 to 22 years old), which focused on the art of zine and blog creation. Zines are self-published magazines that we used to prioritize the voices of young black females. We used this medium to engage young people as peer educators into the discourse of reproductive health and associated diseases. The peers used the knowledge they acquired through our training to create well thought out zines, which they disseminated to their peers.
The Wisdom Corner for Reproductive Health
This program is designed for women of African descent over the age of 55 years old to increase awareness and foster an empowering mature woman-to-woman corner about reproductive health and diseases of the reproductive system. Workshops and training activities will include discussions on the aforementioned diseases and related to topics such as:
Expanding the dialogue of reproductive health concept beyond childbearing age and motherhood
Defining and raising our concerns into the discourse of reproductive health concerns
Recognition of special reproductive health needs of older women
Gynecological cancers in older women of African descent
Benefits of physical activities and emotional well-being in relation to reproductive health
Learning and caring for our reproductive health as we age
Sorting out routine check-ups and screenings
Healthy food choices
Traditional storytelling to address complex issues
Intergenerational Quilt Project
This quilt project is a subcomponent of the Wisdom Corner for Reproductive Health program. It brings together cross-generations of older black women and young adults between the ages of 15 to 21 years old as community health leaders to address diseases of the reproductive system that have affected their lives across generations. The quilt making is used as a catalyst for this cohort to seek empowering solutions to health concerns through dialogue/lectures, traditional storytelling, healthy cooking, and physical/social activities. We plan to incorporate social media as an interactive tool to promote this project.