The development of culturally appropriate Tobacco prevention videos targeted toward Somali youth

Erika A. Pinsker, Kathleen T. Call, Akiko Tanaka, Abdillahi A. Kahin, Sarah I. Dar, Abdillahi Ganey, Diana K. DuBois, Kolawole S. Okuyemi

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Background: Approximately 18% of Somali youth in Minnesota intend to use tobacco in the next year and youth perceive that 64% of their peers smoke. High perceived prevalence increases tobacco use intentions and initiation, indicating that Somali youth-targeted tobacco prevention efforts are needed. Objectives: To develop a Somali youth-targeted tobacco prevention intervention using a community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach. Methods: Three focus groups were conducted to inform the development of a tobacco prevention intervention. Three tobacco prevention videos were developed. Twenty interviews were conducted to evaluate the videos. Lessons Learned: It was essential to partner with Somali youth to develop the videos. Recruitment and development of the videos were facilitated through collaborating with trusted, existing community programs. Conclusions: A CBPR approach can be used to develop a culturally tailored intervention. It was important to involve academic and community partners in all stages of the research project.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number665053
Pages (from-to)129-136
Number of pages8
JournalProgress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2017

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  • Community health partnerships
  • Health promotion
  • Midwestern United States
  • Minors
  • Qualitative methods
  • Tailored intervention
  • Tobacco prevention


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