Creating new career pathways to reduce poverty, illiteracy and health risks, while transforming and empowering Cambodian women's lives

Helen Lee, Gabe Pollock, Vanna Ma, Neela Griffiths, Brett Dickson, Noeun Pring, Kris Sphkurst Huon-Ribeil, Natalie Lim, Jasmin Turner, Chris Winkler, Mee Lian Wong, Tiny Van Merode, Ian Lubek, Bun Cheem Dy, Sophiap Prem, Roel Idema, Stacy Niemi, Katie O'Brien, Michelle Green, Sabina Bashir & 3 others Ellyn Braun, Sarath Kros, Virakboth Huot

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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 - 2010

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