Circle of Life (COL) was a five
year project funded by the Office of Adolescent Health, U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services (Grant number TP2AH000003; 9/2010-8/2015; Kaufman
PI). The project adapted a classroom-based
sexual risk reduction curriculum, Circle
of Life to a multimedia format (mCOL) and tested its effectiveness in a
group-randomized controlled trial with Native Boys and Girls Clubs (NBGC) in
the Northern Plains.
The Intervention: mCOL
medicine wheel as a foundation for teaching culturally relevant information
about prevention of HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and
Hepatitis B & C. mCOL consists of 7
chapters delivered online and supplemental group activities that teach
skills, decision making, and standing up
to peer pressure.
intervention: After-School Science Plus
(AS+) was offered to youth in the control units. AS+ is an evidence-based science program
designed for youth ages 8 to 14 years. Topics
included bubble science, liquids and solids, and gravity. To match the mCOL condition, AS+ was
shortened from 11 to 7 lessons.
The Study: The study was conducted in 15 NBGC
sites which were randomized to deliver mCOL or AS+. One hundred and sixty seven youth enrolled in
the project. Surveys were administered
at baseline, after the intervention, and 9 months later.
Follow-up: mCOL is being reprogrammed to improve
accessibility. To access the program, go
to Minorityhealth.hhs.gov and search for “Circle of Life”.
Funding Sources: US Department of
Health and Human Services
Principle Investigator: Carol