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Culture-Based Well-being & Sexuality Curriculum Now Available for Chuukese & CHamoru Communities


In an effort to reduce the risk of contracting HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases in Chuukese and CHamoru communities, the Office of Minority Health Resource Center designed a culturally relevant curriculum distinct to each community. The authors of the curriculum will be facilitating a training next week, September 18 to September 22 at the Guam Museum.

The training, which is hosted by the Office of Minority Health in collaboration with Guam’s Alternative Lifestyle Association (GALA), will focus specifically on the Chuukese component of the curriculum. A press conference will be held on Tuesday, September 19 at 9:30 a.m. in the Guam Museum’s Indoor Theater to introduce the curriculum to the community at large.

The curriculum, titled Navigating Personal Wellbeing & Sexuality: A Facilitator's Guide for Working with Chuukese and CHamoru Communities, is a culture-based resource for peer educators, teachers, counselors, social workers, community & traditional leaders and health care advocates who educate about personal wellness, sexuality, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases in Chuukese and CHamoru communities. It includes ten lessons that address culturally distinct attitudes, myths, beliefs, and human behavior.  It also aims to explore barriers rooted in specific beliefs and attitudes that may place individuals at greater risk of contracting HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.

The authors, Dr. Lisa Linda Natividad and Dr. Timmy de la Cruz, worked with experts with in-depth knowledge of Chuukese and CHamorru culture and history. Their efforts in developing these lessons were guided and informed by community leaders, educators, parents, youth, and members of the LGBT community in Chuuk, Guåhan, and Saipan.

The University of Guam Press, with a grant from the Office of Minority Health Resource Center, published the curriculum and accompanying participant workbooks for both Chuukese and CHamoru communities. Next week’s training will cover all ten lessons in the curriculum and provide participants with culturally appropriate tools to address sex, human sexuality, sexual orientation and personal well-being practices that reflect Chuukese worldviews, values, histories, attitudes, beliefs and learning styles. The five-day training costs $40 and includes lunch, a copy of the curriculum, a participant workbook and a certificate of trainer status. Participants may register by contacting Flo at 969-5483 or emailing galaguam.va@gmail.com.

For more information, please contact UOG Press Managing Editor Victoria-Lola Leon Guerrero at (671)735-2154 or victorialola@triton.uog.edu.