The oglala sioux tribe CHOICES program: Modifying an existing alcohol-exposed pregnancy intervention for use in an American Indian community

Jessica D. Hanson, Susan Pourier

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Abstract

Alcohol-exposed pregnancies are a health issue for many American Indian communities. The goal of this manuscript is to outline how an existing alcohol-exposed pregnancy prevention program with non-pregnant women (Project CHOICES) was modified to fit the needs and norms of an American Indian community. The Oglala Sioux Tribe CHOICES Program was developed and implemented using community feedback through initial meetings, reviewing materials, gathering input into recruitment and intervention logistics, and conducting interviews to evaluate the program. The intervention was implemented and has been enrolling non-pregnant American Indian women for the past several years. While data collection is ongoing, it has shown preliminary success in changing behaviors and in impacting how the community views the prevention of alcohol-exposed pregnancies. Overall, this study highlights the potential to expand this prevention program to other sites and with other populations, such as adolescents. By the end of this article, readers will comprehend the steps necessary to replicate such a program at other tribal and rural sites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1
JournalInternational journal of environmental research and public health
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 22 2015
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Alcohol
  • Alcohol-exposed pregnancy
  • American Indians
  • Birth control
  • Program development

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