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2021 Service-Learning Symposium: Closing the Gap: Period Poverty

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Closing the Gap: Period Poverty

Authors: Kaci Hollenbacher, Alyssa Livingston, Madison Sowinski, & Kimberly Neuberger

Faculty Supervisor: Nicole Masano DNP, RN, CNM, CME

Community Partner: Frederica Academy Health and Wellness Club

Abstract:

Our project, Closing the Gap: Period Poverty, is focused on closing the gap of period poverty in Glynn County and Camden County by raising awareness and improving education on the topic. We demonstrated SLO 1.1, SLO 2.2, and SLO 2.3 with Frederica Academy Health and Wellness Club. The three SLOs relate to this project by describing the need and working with our community partner, connecting the knowledge of menstruation from class to educating others on menstruation, and acquiring great value for our community partner so much as to depend on them to continue this project throughout their club. We partnered with the Frederica Academy Health and Wellness Club to assemble 200+ Care Packs filled with feminine hygiene products. We then delivered 33 Care Packs and additional boxes of tampons and pads to the 6 Glynn County middle and high schools and 3 Camden County schools. We also provided an educational class about ways to prevent period poverty and information on improving hygiene regarding feminine hygiene products to the Frederica Academy Health and Wellness Club, and then uploaded the video to YouTube. The goal of partnering with the Frederica Academy Health and Wellness Club is that they will continue to assemble Care Packs every spring as a community service project. This project has significantly impacted each of us. We did not realize the number of young females in period poverty in these counties, and we did not know the vast impact period poverty has on a female. We hope that the Frederica Academy Health and Wellness Club will become a resource to help end period poverty in Glynn and Camden Counties!