Culture as a Protective Factor: The Use of Storytelling in a Teen Pregnancy and STI Prevention CurriculumHolly Manaseri*, Kelly Roberts, Kathleen Stofocik, Naomi Manuel and Denise Uehara
Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawaii, USA
- Corresponding Author:
- Holly Manaseri
District Educational Specialist
Hilo-Waiakea Complex, Hawaii, USA
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Citation: Holly Manaseri, Kelly Roberts, Kathleen Stofocik, Naomi Manuel and Denise Uehara (2014) Culture as a Protective Factor: The Use of Storytelling in a Teen Pregnancy and STI Prevention Curriculum. Health Care Current Reviews 2:127.doi:10.4172/hccr.1000127
Copyright: © 2014 Manaseri H et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
The University of Hawaii Center on Disability Studies, in collaboration with two community partners, Planned Parenthood of Hawaii and ALU LIKE, Inc. has developed the Pono Choices teen pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) curriculum for Hawaii middle school youth. Pono Choices draws explicitly on Hawaiian cultural values and cultural practices as the foundation for the curriculum. The partners also created an original Hawaiian cultural story to reinforce the teen pregnancy and STI prevention message. This creative approach – culture as a protective factor to prevent an unintended pregnancy or STI, has merit for wider consideration in broadening work in the health education arena, especially in working with difficult to reach populations.