Event Title

Reproductive and Sexual Health Disparities Among College-Aged Black Women: An Examination on Perceptions and Consequences

Location

CSU 201

Start Date

16-4-2013 2:20 PM

End Date

16-4-2013 3:20 PM

Student's Major

Gender and Women's Studies

Student's College

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Mentor's Name

Shannon Miller

Mentor's Department

Gender and Women's Studies

Mentor's College

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Description

Health disparities are a form of healthcare marginalization that exists currently in the United States healthcare system. Women’s health continues to gain attention; however, gender and racial marginalized black women continue to struggle to gain access to or utilize healthcare resources. Black women have been noted to have increased diagnosis of reproductive and sexual health diseases. College-aged black women may be at greater risk for poor health outcomes than other populations of black women because they are often busy with their education and may lose discernment of the importance of health. This research study examined the perceptions and consequences of health disparities amongst black women attending Minnesota State University, Mankato. Surveys questions obtained information on how

college-aged black women perceived reproductive and sexual health as well as possible factors that may be influencing health disparities among them. A total of 75 responses were collected. Research findings reveal that most respondents have very little to no knowledge regarding reproductive health. This lack of perception leads to a detrimental consequence, thus contributing to health disparities. The implication, accordingly, is to push for more aggressive campaigns on the availability and utilization of healthcare resources, particularly for college-aged black women.

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Reproductive and Sexual Health Disparities Among College-Aged Black Women: An Examination on Perceptions and Consequences

CSU 201

Health disparities are a form of healthcare marginalization that exists currently in the United States healthcare system. Women’s health continues to gain attention; however, gender and racial marginalized black women continue to struggle to gain access to or utilize healthcare resources. Black women have been noted to have increased diagnosis of reproductive and sexual health diseases. College-aged black women may be at greater risk for poor health outcomes than other populations of black women because they are often busy with their education and may lose discernment of the importance of health. This research study examined the perceptions and consequences of health disparities amongst black women attending Minnesota State University, Mankato. Surveys questions obtained information on how

college-aged black women perceived reproductive and sexual health as well as possible factors that may be influencing health disparities among them. A total of 75 responses were collected. Research findings reveal that most respondents have very little to no knowledge regarding reproductive health. This lack of perception leads to a detrimental consequence, thus contributing to health disparities. The implication, accordingly, is to push for more aggressive campaigns on the availability and utilization of healthcare resources, particularly for college-aged black women.

Recommended Citation

Ogunnowo, Omolayo. "Reproductive and Sexual Health Disparities Among College-Aged Black Women: An Examination on Perceptions and Consequences." Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 16, 2013.
http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/urs/2013/oral-session-12/3