Creating New Career Pathways to Reduce Poverty, Illiteracy and Health Risks, while Transforming and Empowering Cambodian Womens Lives

Helen Lee, Gabe Pollock, Ian Lubek, Stacey Niemi, Katie O'Brien, Michelle Green, Sabina Bashir, Ellyn Braun, Sarath Kros, Virakboth Huot, Vanna Ma, Neela Griffiths, Brett Dickson, Noeun Pring, Kros Huon-Ribeil, Natalie Lim, Jasmin Turner, Chris Winkler, Mee Wong, Tiny MerodeBun Dy, Sophiap Prem, Roel Idema

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    Abstract

    Community health psychology provides a framework for local citizens themselves to systematically affect change in health and social inequalities, particularly through Participatory Action Research (PAR). The Cambodian NGO SiRCHESI launched a 24-month Hotel Apprenticeship Program (HAP) in 2006 to provide literacy, English, social skills, health education, hotel skills-training, work experience and a living wage to women formerly selling beer in restaurants; there they had faced workplace risks including HIV/AIDS, alcohol overuse, violence and sexual coercion. Quantitative and qualitative analyses indicate changes in health-related knowledge, behaviour, self-image and empowerment, as HAP trainees were monitored and evaluated within their new career trajectories.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)982-992
    Number of pages11
    JournalJournal of Health Psychology
    Volume15
    Issue number7
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2010

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