This month, the Queen Center hosted the first Pacific Islander Youth Health Focus Group. This months focus group researched topics like tobacco and vape use, and mental health resources and barriers. We put out a flyer to Pacific Islander Youth, and had them apply to participate. From their applications, the participants were chosen at random. From our sample group, we were able to obtain valuable information on the Pacific Islander Youth experience pertaining to tobacco and vape use, their mental health struggles and experiences, and their access to mental health and substance abuse resources. The findings from this focus group will be shared within the upcoming month, along with SHARP data on Pacific Islander Youth health behaviors in 2020.
Last month our Island Teens held educational tabling events at their schools to celebrate Take Down Tobacco Day. At those tabling booths, they shared their shadow boxes full of vape products disguised as school supplies. Along with the shadow box, participating students took a quiz to test their knowledge on vape products. 98% of the students who took the quiz answered that it was easy for youth to purchase vapes, and that students vape in school bathrooms. Not all of the youth who answered the quiz could identify all of the vapes in the shadow box. When asked where youth can purchase vapes, many of the students answered that they could be purchased from friends, family, dealers, gas stations, and social media.
It has been busy, but always fun working with our ITAT students. They are awesome advocates in spreading awareness of the dangers of tobacco/vape products.