Authors: Breanna Darnell, Juliet Gabb, Jessica Martin, & Alyson Roberson
Faculty Supervisor: Nicole Masano, MSN, RN, CNM, CNE
The service-learning group taught summer safety education program to promote prevention of heat and water-related injuries as a means of primary prevention. The researchers partnered with the YMCA and USCG to reach the 0-4 year old vulnerable populations by utilizing the YMCA's after-school programs as a target audience. This provided parental education via brochures, and encouraged parent/guardian to attend the presentation with their child. Early safety education can increase the number of individuals wearing sunscreen, staying hydrated, and following safety rules at public & private pools, beaches and in boats. Before the presentation, the audience's knowledge on summer safety was accessed via question and answer session, then the team evaluated learning with a post-interactive activity to promote learning. To stimulate positive reinforcement summer-related prizes were awarded for participation. This service-learning project is important because it promoted health in youth, and will prevent summer accidents in Glynn County. For future implications, the researchers recommend to include a multi-disciplinary approach, and involve health promotion via active learning.