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AIDS Risk Reduction Education and Skills Training Program (ARREST)
Investigators: Michele D. Kipke
Principles of the health belief model and social learning theory form the conceptual framework for this program, together with strategies previously found to be effective in changing such adolescent health-risk behaviors as cigarette smoking and early pregnancy. Originally designed for teens between 12 and 16 years of age, the intervention includes three 90-minute, small group sessions, in which participants receive five forms of assistance: (1) information about the transmission and prevention of HIV/AIDS; (2) instruction in purchasing and using condoms with spermicide; (3) guidance in self-assessment of risk behaviors; (4) training in decision-making, communication, and assertiveness skills; and (5) peer group support for HIV/AIDS prevention and risk reduction. In addition to lectures and modeling by instructors, teens complete role plays, skill-building exercises, and homework activities. A field study of the program was conducted with 87 African-American and Latino youths, who were recruited from three New York City community-based organizations providing alternative education and after-school programs for high-risk teens. Comparing four week follow-up measures of program participants with a control group of peers, participants showed significant gains in knowledge and attitudes about AIDS, as well as in sexual refusal and negotiation skills. However, no differences were found between the groups' risk-related sexual behaviors. Click here to view more detailed information on this program.
Adolescent Sexual Health Resources
Investigators: Sociometrics Corporation
This product consists of 5 resources: (1) 188 Facts About Teen Sex, Contraception, Pregnancy, Parenting, and Sexually Transmitted Infections. This handbook offers an accessible, reliable source of science-based facts on teen sex, contraception, pregnancy, parenthood, and sexually transmitted infections. (2) The Complete HIV/AIDS Teaching Kit. In a concise and convenient format The Complete HIV/AIDS Teaching Kit provides a multidisciplinary approach to teaching the biomedical, social, psychological, and behavioral aspects of HIV transmission, prevention and treatment-offering readers a full understanding of the disease. (3) Adolescent Sexual Health Education: An Activity Sourcebook. This sourcebook contains more than sixty ready-to-use activities to help practitioners educate teens about pregnancy and STD/HIV/AIDS prevention. (4) Model Programs for Adolescent Sexual Health. This is a directory of the most promising and proven effective sexual education and prevention programs in the United States. (5) Assessing Your Community's Needs and Assets: A Collaborative Approach to Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention. This guide will assist you in planning your needs assessment and evaluating the potential intervention strategies for your adolescent pregnancy prevention program.
DILS: Data and Internet Literacy Series
Investigators: Diana Dull Akers, PhD, Angela Amarillas, MA, Megan M. Bunch, MA, Tamara Kuhn, MA, Janette Mince, & Lauren J. Shapiro, PhD
The Data and Internet Literacy Series (DIL Series) was created with the goal of training data and internet novices on the appropriate use of these valuable resources. Comprised of a set of six self-paced training modules and a parallel set of teaching materials for instructors, the Data and Internet Literacy Series covers just about everything you need to know about utilizing data and the Internet to understand issues and optimize your research in the social sciences. The Data and Internet Literacy Training Modules are user-friendly self-paced guides to gaining usable skills for utilizing and understanding data and the Internet in the context of social science research. Each module has its own glossary to further define terms and concepts introduced in the module. Each module also comes with a set of activities to explore and apply data and Internet knowledge and skills. These activities encourage application of module concepts, review important terms, and stimulate critical thinking. The Data and Internet Literacy Instructor Packages provide materials for teaching the content of Data and Internet Training Modules in a classroom setting. In addition to a complete copy of Training Module materials, an Instructor Package includes a lesson plan, a set of PowerPoint® slides, review questions and answers, and photocopy masters of the module activities and review questions.
Evaluation Tools and Publications
Investigators: Josefina J. Card, Ph.D., Claire Brindis, Dr.P.H., James L. Peterson, Ph.D., & Starr Niego, Ph.D.
This product consists of eight evaluation tools, publications, and resources: (1) Data Management: An Introductory Workbook for Teen Pregnancy Program Evaluators. This publication describes the basic practical steps in conducting the second half of the research process, and covers data coding, data entry, data cleaning, variable creation, and analysis. (2) Evaluation Readiness Assessment Guide: Is Your Program Ready To Evaluate Its Effectiveness? This comprehensive, easy-to-use guide assists programs to determine if their intervention is ready to be evaluated. (3) Guidebook: Evaluating Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs. This is a comprehensive guide to the implementation of evaluation methods into all aspects of teen pregnancy programming. (4) Sourcebook of Comparison Data for Evaluating Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Programs. This Sourcebook is meant to facilitate use of existing data as a source of comparison statistics. (5) HIV/AIDS Prevention Program Archive Evaluation Assistance Kit (HEAK). This kit is a comprehensive questionnaire item bank that can be customized for use with any adult HIV/AIDS prevention program. (6) Prevention Minimum Evaluation Data Set (PMEDS). This publication provides a core Primary Questionnaire, with optional Supplementary Modules, that can be used for evaluating all teen pregnancy and teen STD/HIV/AIDS prevention programs. (7) Prevention Minimum Evaluation Data Set Jr (PMEDS Jr). This version of PMEDS is particularly well-suited for programs emphasizing abstinence and programs aimed at younger teens. (8) Prevention Minimum Evaluation Data Set Jr. + (PMEDS Jr. +). This publication is considerably shorter than PMEDS, making it easier for local programs to select questions and develop a survey. It is particularly well-suited for programs emphasizing abstinence and programs aimed at younger teens.
FOCUS Training Modules
Investigators: Emily Newman & Josefina J. Card
These multimedia, interactive training modules will help you train for and implement the intervention FOCUS: Preventing Sexually Transmitted Infections and Unwanted Pregnancies among Young Women. The FOCUS program, a four-session cognitive-behavioral group intervention addressed preventing sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and unintended pregnancies, was originally delivered to young women US Marine Corps recruits. The FOCUS training contains 8 modules, each approximately 5-10 minutes long, and covers important information and skills for FOCUS facilitators. The modules contain videos, quizzes, and interactive learning exercises. Over the course of the training, the modules cover topics such as: program background and information; the original implementation(s) of the program; how to lead a role play or group discussion; and adapting the program for your context.
HIV RAP (Research and Practice) Interactive
Investigators: Sociometrics Staff
HIV RAP (Research and Practice) Interactive: A Multimedia Guide to Awareness and Prevention is a collection of interactive, multimedia, science-based HIV information, prevention resources and personal stories to help build your HIV/AIDS awareness, answer your questions, and provide strategies to protect you and your partner. Developed with funding from the National Institutes of Health, these science-based resources have been vetted by independent expert scholars and tested by practitioners in the field. HIV RAP Interactive features reference materials, curriculum resources, interactive games and video clips that highlight HIV/AIDS Basics, Prevention, Testing, and Living with HIV/AIDS.
HIV/AIDS Prevention Practitioner Institute (HPPI)
Investigators: Josefina J. Card & Diana Dull Akers
The HIV/AIDS Prevention Practitioner Institute (HPPI) was created to empower HIV prevention professionals facing programmatic challenges and health disparities on the front line of the epidemic. HPPI consists of five interactive, multimedia, computer-delivered courses (and accompanying texts). The courses are designed to increase HIV health professionals' capacity to plan, evaluate, and sustain scientifically effective, culturally competent HIV prevention interventions. Each course in the multimedia HPPI series includes a video course guide, video segments with practitioners, quizzes, glossaries, workbook activities, and interactive learning exercises. Course 1: Developing a Program Model. defines and reviews the elements that make up a program model, explains how program models are used and what is involved in creating a program model, guides you through the specific steps for developing a program model and assessing its strength, and finally, explores strategies for assessing and improving the strength of your program model. Course 2: Program Replication and Adaptation. This course walks you through the steps required to select and adapt effective programs successfully. In particular, it addresses the following questions: 1. How do you identify effective programs? 2. How do you decide whether to replicate a program, and, if so, which one? 3. If necessary, how do you adapt a program to better meet the needs of your target population and setting? Course 3: Understanding Process Evaluation. This course focuses on strategies to assess an intervention program to see what is working and what is not, to determine what factors contribute to success or failure, and to refine the ways a program is im plemented. The course defines process evaluation, identifies key questions process evaluati on can answer, identifies uses of process evaluation findings, explains the steps necessary to conduct a process evaluation, and describes how a process evaluation can contribute to an outcome evaluation. Course 4: Understanding Outcome Evaluation. This course focuses on the most scientific way to determine if your program is having the desired positive impact on program participants' knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, skills, intentions, behaviors, or health status outcomes, such as prevention of HIV or sexually transmitted infection (STI). This course will help you: 1) Identify key research questions that can be answered by an outcome evaluation; 2) Understand the similarities and differences between outcome and process evaluations; 3) Understand the benefits of conducting outcome evaluations; 4) Implement the steps necessary to conduct a basic outcome evaluation; and 5) Understand why a comparison group is essential to outcome evaluation. Course 5: Creating Culturally Competent Programs. This course focuses on culture, cultural identity, and the importance of striving for cultural competence in your HIV prevention program. The course explores strategies for bringing cultural competence goals to bear on HIV/AIDS prevention program planning, implementation and evaluation processes.
HORIZONS Training Modules
Investigators: Emily Newman, Lucy Baden & Josefina J. Card
These multimedia, interactive training modules will help you train for and implement HORIZONS: an STI/HIV Sexual Risk Reduction Intervention for African American Girls. HORIZONS, a two-session STI-prevention program developed for small groups of sexually-active African American adolescent girls, was developed to address a broad range of risk factors, including personal, relational, sociocultural, and structural factors. The overall goals of the program are to reduce recurrent STIs and enhance STI/HIV preventive behaviors. The HORIZONS training contains 6 modules, each approximately 5-15 minutes long, and covers important information and skills for HORIZONS facilitators. The modules contain videos, quizzes, and interactive learning exercises. Over the course of the training, the modules cover topics such as: program background and information; the original implementation(s) of the program; facilitation tips; and implementation challenges.
IMPACT: Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Prevention Training Modules
Investigators: Sociometrics Corporation
Developed with grants from the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), IMPACT includes 13 online learning modules designed to equip practitioners with the knowledge, skills, and confidence they need to implement effective IPV prevention programming in diverse communities. Module features include video-based narration, video clips showing prevention techniques in action, and supplemental downloadable resources. IMPACT is intended for use by IPV prevention practitioners working in a variety of contexts, such as social service organizations, schools, clinics, and faith-based institutions. It is designed for a wide range of professionals, including peer educators, counselors, prevention specialists, and advocates. IMPACT can be used in several ways, as an introductory course and as part of continuing education and training. It includes seven modules designed for all IPV prevention practitioners, and an additional six designed for those working with specific populations (e.g., high-risk couples, IPV perpetrators, and people who have mental health or substance use difficulties).
Know the Risks (KTR): An Interactive HIV/AIDS Information and Personal Risk Assessment Center
Investigators: Diana Dull Akers & Tamara Kuhn
With funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, Sociometrics has developed Know the Risks, a computer-based sexual health and HIV/AIDS prevention education application, created in both English and culturally-tailored Spanish language formats. Know the Risks was designed to help support four HIV prevention goals: 1. To empower patients/clinic clients in diverse clinic settings to take a pro-active interest in learning about HIV/AIDS prevention and other sexual health topics; 2. To encourage more discussion of these topics between health providers and the patients/clients they serve; 3. To facilitate increased levels of HIV/AIDS risk screening and testing (referred services or direct) by health providers; and 4. To support the work of HIV/AIDS prevention professionals by providing an innovative tool for helping them to accomplish their objectives. Know the Risks was primarily designed for use in waiting rooms or other common areas of diverse clinic settings. These include doctor’s offices, hospitals, community-based health clinics, college health centers, and HIV/AIDS counseling and testing centers. However, because Know the Risks is a client-directed, stand-alone tool, any setting that supports sexual health education goals (e.g., community centers, residential communities, medical libraries, etc.) may find this application of interest.