Making Health a Shared Value of Youth Culture (The HAVOYCE Project)
Location(s): United States
Health As a shared Value Of Youth CulturE (HAVOYCE) is a campaign to eradicate Type 2 diabetes (T2D) in youth by inspiring youth to become powerful messengers who use the art of spoken word to shift mindsets and expectations away from “shame and blame” towards "the bigger picture": reversing T2D’s social and environmental drivers. The researchers are assessing whether the HAVOYCE arts-based public health literacy program: (1) shifts mindsets and expectations towards a socio-ecological understanding of T2D and its related disparities (2) leads to a greater sense of community belonging and affiliation and (3) generates more civic engagement related to health, justice, and other socio-environmental concerns. The research focuses on capturing the effects of the intervention on Making Health A Shared Value Drivers: mindset and expectations, sense of community, and civic engagement. Findings from HAVOYCE will have local, state, and national implications for how to the arts can bridge with other sectors to improve health in underserved communities – especially for youth.