The goal of the MEA Peer-to-Peer Health Education Program is to develop health education projects that use media arts (video, the web, motion graphics, social media), print material (brochures, postcards, posters) and music as a means to disseminate health information to a youth audience.
The work is produced in a peer-to-peer format reflecting the art, music, and language of youth as a way to make a meaningful connection that will attract youth to view the material while learning about important health issues affecting their lives.
MEA partners with the Public Health Institute’s FACES for the Future program, Children’s Hospital-Oakland’s CHAMPS program, and La Clinica de la Raza’s internship programs to deliver media about health issues that affect the lives of young people.
Among the topics addressed by MEA students and their community-based partners have been Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise, Access to Healthy Food, Teen Pregnancy, STD’s, HIV Prevention, and Prevention of Community Violence in youth of color. The material developed from these Health Campaigns have gone out to schools, health clinics, youth organizations and incarcerated youth throughout Alameda County.