Objective: The objective of year six of iCook 4-H was to expand program impact by diversifying the endeavors of the five principal investigators for the out-of-school program for youth and their adult meal preparers.
Description: Franzen-Castle led the finalization of the eight, 2-hour session curriculum, composed of skill-based family activities in cooking, eating, and playing together for health promotion. Kattelmann led development of new family play time options for the curriculum. White revised and finalized the evaluation tools. Olfert evaluated the dissemination tool using survey and cognitive interviews from experts (n = 137) across all states in community nutrition, public health, and dissemination research. The tool, eB4CAST, is evidenced-based for data capturing, assembling, sustainability and timelessness. Colby led community-based participatory research to adapt the curriculum for use with Sub-Saharan African refugee families.
Evaluation: The curriculum was reviewed and approved by the National 4-H Council. For eB4CAST testing, there was a 27% (n = 38) response rate. Participants reported that the tool showcased the impact of iCook 4-H (77% agree/strongly agree) and would be valuable to use with stakeholders (83% agree/strongly agree). Curriculum adaptation was initiated through feasibility testing to address perceived dietary acculturation barriers to food insecurity.
Conclusions and Implications: Year six was a productive year resulting in movement of the curriculum toward access on the National 4-H Mall. iCook 4-H includes evidence-based pre/post program outcome measures, a fidelity of implementation instrument, and a supplemental training course, hosted on eXtension campus. Dissemination will be enhanced through the eB4CAST tool. The adapted curriculum will be used to address nutrition programming for refugee families using the dyad model. The impact of iCook 4-H should be realized through the expanding reach and systematic approach for dissemination and sustainability.
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