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The Camellia Project . Dr. Jeffry Will, Director CCI and Professor of Sociology With Irma Hall and Tim Cheney University of North Florida. What is CCI?. Northeast Florida Center for Community Initiatives Applied Research $3.2 million in grants since 1994

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the camellia project

The Camellia Project

Dr. Jeffry Will, Director CCI and Professor of Sociology

With Irma Hall and Tim Cheney

University of North Florida

what is cci
What is CCI?
  • Northeast Florida Center for Community Initiatives
  • Applied Research
  • $3.2 million in grants since 1994
  • Different Projects – Magnolia, Azalea, Homeless, East Jacksonville, Pine Forest, EDIP, Let Us Play, Race Relations
  • Students – 80+ Paid and 900+ Volunteers
purpose of camellia evaluation
Purpose of Camellia Evaluation
  • Educate and inform women on healthy behaviors
  • Examine 8 priority areas
    • Multi-Vitamin with Folic Acid
    • Healthy Diet
    • Exercising Regularly
    • Avoiding Risky Sexual Behaviors
    • Avoiding Tobacco Use
    • Avoiding Exposure to Second-Hand Smoke
    • Using Contraceptives
    • Utilizing Self-Management Strategies
  • Forms
    • Completed at Initial Assessment and then 1, 4 and 7 months after graduation
    • Enrollment, Intent to Change, Self-Efficacy, Health Activities, Depression, and Stress
    • Pre- and Post-Tests on Curriculum
  • Phone Survey - Graduated and “Enrolled”
  • Focus Groups
  • Interviews – staff and program director
prior pregnancy
Prior Pregnancy
  • Could choose multiple previous birth outcomes
  • Pre-test prior to the beginning of each class
  • Post-test at the end of the class
  • Each Session has shown a significant increase in score with a 99% confidence
intent to change
Intent to Change
  • Designed to assess the participant’s adherence to healthy behaviors
  • Does the participant think they will change and in what time frame
  • Results: 5 of 8 Priority Areas showed significant results
    • Physical Activity
    • Diet
    • Second – Hand Smoke
    • Contraceptives
    • Self-Management
self efficacy
Self Efficacy
  • Participant’s perception of their own capability to perform a particular behavior in a particular situation
  • Scale is 0 to 100 (“cannot do” to “highly confident”)
  • Ex. Eating a healthy diet when upset or stressed?
  • Results:
    • High scores at initial assessment
    • No significant results – though scores did increase
    • “Less confident” Physical Activity and Dieting
health activities
Health Activities
  • Detailed information on weekly frequency and duration of healthy behaviors
  • Results: significant results in several areas IA to 4
    • Stretching Exercises - increase
    • Walking - increase
    • Other Aerobic Exercises - increase
    • Whole Grain Breads - increase
    • Low Fat Dairy Items - increase
    • Multi-Vitamin with Folic Acid – increase
    • Contraception Use - increase
    • How often smoke – decrease
    • Self Management (seek answers to problems) - increase
depression stress
Depression & Stress
  • Edinburgh Depression Scale (EDS) and Perceived Stress Scale (PSS)
  • Both had significant decreases in scores between IA and 1 month after graduation
  • Not significant between IA and 4 months after graduation
camellia stories
Camellia Stories

Group 3: Shands

  • During sessions discussing the “ups and downs” of motherhood, “Kayla”, a 16 year-old new mom said: “One of the hard things about motherhood is my lack of income, I am running low on formula and diapers and don’t have money.” In response, “Crystal” (an 18 year old new mom) offered empathy and stated that her uncle purchases baby items for her in bulk. The next week Crystal, not only brought in formula and diapers to the group, but several other baby items, including nice clothing for Kayla’s baby boy.
  • In this same group, “Maya” and 19 year old “Sydney” spoke of their need to obtain housing. Some of the more seasoned mothers, 36 year-old “Angela” and 26 year-old “Tiffany” chimed in sharing information with the young moms about agencies they could call for help and apartment complexes that had vacancies.

Group 5: Shands

  • “Sarah”, a 28 year old new mom, whose husband was overseas with the Navy, had been very tearful during the coordinator’s enrollment visit with her. Later, during group, she shared how she had been feeling: “I felt so much guilt thinking that my overweight caused my baby’s illness.” While attending the group she met “Stacy”, a thin member of the group, who also had a baby in the NICU with the same illness as Sarah’s baby.  After meeting Stacy and hearing her story, Sarah expressed her feelings by saying: “I feel tremendous relief knowing my weight was not likely the primary cause of my son’s illness.” From that moment on the other moms began to open up and express how they also had felt guilty that their babies’ were in the NICU. 
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