The University entered a partnership with two local community hospitals and the Regional Office of Education in 1996 to carry out the I Sing the Body Electric project. The ISBE project provides a unique approach to teen and rural health education.  It uses the arts as a means to start conversations and add accurate information to that conversation between the students, communities, and parents on rural teen health.  The method used in this program, as it is not a traditional medical model approach to prevention and education, has at times been difficult to get through the gatekeeping review process.  Creation of this manuscript is a means to move the discussion of the project into the public.  One of the potential avenues for distribution of the final project is as an open source document. The goal of the ISBE manuscript is to provide the in depth overview, history, theory, and analysis that is needed to demonstrate the value of this type of approach to health education. 

Multiple years of research to date show a significant impact on teen health behaviors.  Changes in behavior through a process of peer health education have been recognized on the local levels and via various health education associations through various awards over the years.  Unfortunately, the project is not accessible to many in its current use of web and scatter journal articles.  It cannot be underestimated the impact that a centralized source outlining the project, its structure, and outcomes can have on future health education programs. 

The purpose of this project is to provide  insights into the ISBE project to a level that would allow replication by others.  The new ground represented by this text is the introduction and defense of a process approach to health education that challenges the traditional medical model of health programs.

This project is a cooperative effort between three faculty members at Eastern Illinois University, Kathy Phillips, Julie Dietz, and myself. I am the principle investigator in this project.

Status

  • Role:  Lead Author
  • Co-authors:  Julie Dietz, Kathy Phillips
  • Level:Early - Middle
  • Status:  Manuscript outline complete; multiple sample chapters complete; proposal for additional research in draft form for IRB submission.

Projects so far

Borzi, M., Phillips, K., & Dietz, J. (2007). I Sing the Body Electric: health prevention and resiliency through engagement in the arts. National Communication Association Convention.

Phillips, C., Dietz, J., & Borzi, M. (2007). I Sing the Body Electric:  adolescent health program. Illinois Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance.

Phillips, C., Dietz, J., & Borzi, M (2006). I Sing the Body Electric: Description of an innovative health promotion and fine arts program for adolescents. International Electronic Journal of Health Education.

Borzi, M., Phillips, K., & Dietz, J. (2005).Evaluation report year one follow-up. Unpublished Manuscript

Phillips, C., Dietz, J., & Borzi, M. (April, 2005). I Sing the Body Electric Evaluation. Illinois Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Springfield, IL.

Phillips, C., Dietz, J., & Borzi, M. (2004, April). I Sing the Body Electric:  adolescent health program. American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, New Orleans, LA.

Borzi, M., Phillips, K., & Dietz, J. (2004). Evaluation Report Year One This manuscript provides a summary of preliminary results for Body Electric. Unpublished Manuscript.

Phillips, C., Dietz, J., & Borzi, M. (2003). Evaluation of "I Sing The Body Electric - Innovative Adolescent Health Education Program. American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, National Convention and Exposition, Philadelphia PA.