Project RHEA, Fact Forward’s recent South Carolina college-focused initiative for reproductive health education and access, aimed to increase student knowledge and usage of sexual health resources among young adults, increase their use of reproductive health centers, reduce STI rates, and improve student health.
After reviewing the available resources, Fact Forward quickly decided that using Media Aware, an asynchronous, online sexual health education program for college students, would be instrumental in their fight for improving college sexual health.
Media Aware stood out from other sexual health interventions. It is evidence based, proven effective in a clinical trial with young adults. It can be taken online and on demand – even on a smartphone!
Uniquely, Media Aware teaches sexual health using a media literacy education approach, meaning it engages young adults in the program by including contemporary examples of TV, music, and other types of media. The program challenges students to think critically about implicit messages found in media.