Evaluation of a Remote Youth Health Advocate Training Program During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Online Publication Date:
November 7, 2022
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**Published in Progress in Community Health Partnerships (PCHP) 17.4. All rights reserved.**


Background: Since 2016, Changing Health through Advocacy & eMPloyment In Our NeighborhoodS (CHAMPIONS) has utilized in-person programming to engage high school students from underserved Chicago communities in health advocacy education and exposure to health professional careers. 
Objective: Describe outcomes after CHAMPIONS’ shift from in-person to remote programming during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Methods: The Summer 2020 remote program consisted of four main activities- 1) didactic public health curriculum, 2) phone calls to COVID-19 patients, 3) COVID-19 community health projects, and 4) health professional speaker series.  Program evaluation consisted of pre-/post-program surveys and focus groups.
Results: Participants were very satisfied with CHAMPIONS and reported increased healthy habits, self-efficacy, and knowledge. “First-hand experiences” increased equivalently or more for the remote compared to in-person cohorts. 
Conclusions: The remote CHAMPIONS program maximized positive effects for participants. Strengths and lessons learned may be used in future enrichment programs to improve accessibility and exposure for underserved students.