The Speak UP! Salon Project: Using Hair Stylists as Lay Health Educators About Unintended Pregnancy
community intervention, lay health advisors/community health workers, reproductive health, women’s health
Health Promotion Practice
The Speak UP! Salon Project trained 126 hair stylists from 60 salons as lay health educators to increase knowledge about contraceptives and inform clients about financial support for long-acting reversible contraceptives at local family planning clinics. Stylists’ informal social support system, combined with the rapport built with clients over time, make them excellent candidates for lay health educator projects. This 3-year salon-based intervention was implemented in nine counties in a Midwestern state. Results from a subsample of participants who completed an online questionnaire (n = 177) indicate that hair stylists are a feasible method to link target populations to health information and to the health care system. The benefits and challenges of collecting data in a salon environment are also discussed.
Department of Health, Recreation, and Community Services
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UNI ScholarWorks, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa
Roberts-Dobie, Susan; Rasmusson, Addie; and Losch, Mary E., "The Speak UP! Salon Project: Using Hair Stylists as Lay Health Educators About Unintended Pregnancy" (2018). Faculty Publications. 804.