Our Kids’ Health: Digital Health Youth Fellows
Now more than ever, Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) are experiencing isolation and distress. Global crises like COVID-19, war and racism have exacerbated their lack of access to supports and networks. As a result, parents are seeking connection and parenting information through social media. However, existing online parenting resources are primarily Eurocentric and in English, and many are not evidence-based nor culturally relevant.
As such, Our Kids’ Health Network was launched to deliver information regarding the unique health needs of the BIPOC community. Our channels are currently available for the following cultural-linguistic groups: Arabic Black, Cantonese , Filipino, Hispanic, Inuit, Mandarin, Punjabi, Tamil, and Ukrainian.
Our project aims to improve overall wellness in these BIPOC communities by empowering the parents, improving parenting competence and stress, creating supportive virtual parenting communities, and sharing evidence-based and culturally relevant health contents that can be used by families and healthcare providers.
It is designed for youth to participate in the creation of evidence-based and culturally relevant health content that prioritizes the unique health challenges faced by different cultural-linguistic contexts. In our program, you will learn about:
- Creating evidence-based social media health content and compelling health infographics
- How to build community capacity for media literacy in the context of health, including dispelling myths and addressing misinformation
- Best practices for how to moderate and engage on social media
- Must be 15 to 24 years old.
- Must identify with at least one of the following cultural- linguistic groups: Arabic, Black, Cantonese, Filipino, Hispanic, Inuit, Mandarin, Punjabi, Tamil, Ukrainian.
- Language proficiency: English proficiency is required, with bilingual proficiency (where applicable).
- Must have a demonstrated interested in child/youth health advocacy.
- Able to commit 3-5 hours a month, attend synchronous/asynchronous virtual training events, and submit the required outputs.
- Engagement with the program can be up to 6 months, and may be renewable.