Date of Award

10-2020

Document Type

DNP Project

College

School of Nursing

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Department

Nursing

First Advisor

Carol Rossman

Second Advisor

Sonja DeRose

Third Advisor

Anil Kanda

Abstract

Background

Community health education during times of pandemic is of utmost importance to disseminate information regarding safety precautions, educate the public regarding the disease process, and provide accurate health information during a time when individuals are specifically vulnerable to inaccurate sources of information. During the COVID-19 pandemic, physical gatherings were highly restricted; therefore, it became important to incorporate technology into the educational process.

Purpose

The purpose of this project was to determine if a thirty-day, online community health education program would increase the health knowledge and self-efficacy of participants.

Methods

This project utilized a quantitative quasi-experimental pre-test/post-test design from a convenience and snowball sample. The project manager worked in cooperation with Lincoln Amazing Grace Seventh-Day Adventist church during this project. Recruitment strategies targeted the areas of Lincoln, CA and the surrounding communities. The pre-test and post-test were performed in order to evaluate a health education intervention entitled Renew: Better Me, Better We which addressed topics relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic. The project was guided by the Health Belief Theory.

Results

Forty-five people completed the 30-day intervention. While the sample size was small and lacked some variety in demographics, there was a statistically significant increase in health knowledge following the intervention, t(44)=-5.288, 1-tailed p=<0.001. There was no significant change in self-efficacy following the intervention.

Conclusion

This thirty-day health educational intervention was found to increase the health knowledge of participants significantly. The results of this project validated the literature regarding the effectiveness of online health information during times of pandemic.

Subject Area

COVID-19 (Disease); Pandemic; Health education; Computer-assisted instruction; Self-efficacy

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Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

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