In the first UC Community Psychology class offered in Spring of 2016, Farrah Jacquez and her students worked with Dr. Jenny Mooney, Director of Maternal and Infant Health at the Cincinnati Health Department (CHD), to investigate the effectiveness of a reproductive health toolkit they have developed to educate individuals about birth control, sexually transmitted infections, and reproductive life planning.
The class did this with the assistance of a grant from UC Forward. Although the CHD had been using the toolkit in their medical clinics and outreach projects, budget constraints prevented them from scientifically evaluating the effectiveness of their toolkit in improving reproductive health outcomes. In addition, they had not investigated the optimal strategies to deliver the toolkit (e.g., group format, interactive discussion, etc.).