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Wednesday, June 16 (APP Conference)

2021 Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Grantee Conference. Creating Diamonds During Times of Great Pressure

 

Wednesday, June 16

1:00 – 2:10 p.m. EDT

Concurrent Session 3

2:10 – 2:30 p.m. EDT

Break

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. EDT

Youth Plenary Panel

3:30 – 3:45 p.m. EDT

Break

3:45 – 4:45 p.m. EDT

Poster session (4 sessions)

4:45 – 6:30 p.m. EDT

Break

6:30 – 7:15 p.m. EDT

Networking Session 2 (Option A)

 

 

Concurrent Session 3 - 1:00 - 2:10 p.m. EDT

 

Assessing Trauma-Informed Care in Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (APP) Programs

Track

Innovative Approaches and Emerging Issues

Presentation Type

Panel

Presentation Overview

Some youth attending APP programs will have experienced trauma. To address the needs of youth with trauma histories, staff can understand and incorporate the principles of trauma-informed care. This approach recognizes trauma’s impact on youth and helps guide programs to engage and avoid retraumatizing youth. APP program staff can incorporate trauma-informed care by creating a supportive environment and developing a response system that promotes safety and healing. This panel discussion will define trauma and trauma-informed care, explain how they apply to APP programs, share how one grantee has addressed trauma within their program, and introduce a checklist that programs may use to assess their use of trauma-informed care practices.

Presenters

Heather Zaveri

Deputy Director of Learning and Strategy

Mathematica

Melissa Azur

Principal Researcher

Mathematica

Audience

  • Project administrators (e.g., project directors and managers)
  • Frontline/field staff (e.g., health educators, program facilitators)
  • Evaluators

Level

  • Multilevel

 

Engaging Students with High Fidelity Virtual Programs

Track

Innovative Approaches and Emerging Issues

Presentation Type

Workshop

Presentation Overview

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented many new challenges to program implementation—perhaps the most pressing being how to adapt a curriculum created for in-person implementation to a virtual setting. In this interactive workshop, Child Trends and Identity will present strategies and lessons learned from adapting the El Camino goal-setting adolescent pregnancy prevention curriculum for virtual implementation. An El Camino facilitator from Identity will lead participants in a program activity and share lessons learned from virtual implementation. Workshop attendees will have an opportunity to bring their questions related to virtual adaptation and brainstorm solutions for adapting their own curriculum or activity for virtual implementation.

Presenters

Alison McClay

Senior Research Analyst, Youth Development

Child Trends

Jennifer Manlove

Senior Research Scientist and Program Area Co-Director, Reproductive Health and Family Formation

Child Trends

Christopher Gates

Program Manager

Identity, Inc.

Audience

  • Project administrators (e.g., project directors and managers)
  • Frontline/field staff (e.g., health educators, program facilitators)

Level

  • Multilevel

 

Meeting Youth Where They Are: A Community-Centered Approach

Track

Engaging Families, Schools, and Communities

Presentation Type

Panel

Presentation Overview

The panel will discuss the advantages of a community-based approach to sexual and reproductive health and safety programming, emphasizing the value of partnering with organizations embedded in communities and employing community members as facilitators. Urban will facilitate a conversation with our PASS implementation partner and comparison program partners, sharing their various experiences engaging youth and communities. Attendees will learn about advantages and challenges of working in a community setting and the value of investing in relationships with partners, community members, and youth. They will take away tips for identifying the right community partner and approaches to mitigate challenges in a community setting.

Presenters

Ellie Lauderback

Research Analyst

Urban Institute

Lauren Farrell

Policy Analyst

Urban Institute

Charmaine Jackson

Homework Club and Summer Camp Supervisor

Exodus Treatment Center

Courtney Gibbs

Program Director

Sasha Bruce Youthwork

Warees Majeed

COO, Co-founder

YaayMe

Audience

  • Project administrators (e.g., project directors and managers)
  • Frontline/field staff (e.g., health educators, program facilitators)
  • Evaluators

Level

  • Multilevel

 

Nationwide Description of Sexual Risk Avoidance Education (SRAE) Programming

Track

Program Implementation

Presentation Type

Panel

Presentation Overview

This panel discussion is intended for SRAE grantees and their program partners. To date, there is little evidence to help grantees shape their program plans under the new Title V SRAE legislation. Grantees can now learn from each other’s program implementation plans and expert reflection on those plans, noting the more prevalent trends in the plans, and joining a community of evidence-informed programmatic decision-making. Through learning what other grantees are doing and panel reflection on the nationwide “picture” of SRAE programming, grantees could consider refinements to their program plans and youth experiences.

Presenters

Susan Zeif

Principal Researcher

Mathematica Policy Research

Audience

  • Project administrators (e.g., project directors and managers)
  • Frontline/field staff (e.g., health educators, program facilitators)

Level

  • Multilevel

 

Pandemic Proofing Your Program

Track

Program Implementation

Presentation Type

Workshop

Presentation Overview

Until last March, many people set their calendars by school schedules. When our cities began to experience the effects of COVID-19, closures and uncertainty became something we all had to face together. Like many, our team pulled from past experiences of innovation using digital tools to serve students where they were—at home. In this workshop, participants will (1) implement a strategy to move students from casually engaged to fully committed, (2) develop and follow a communication plan to build meaningful relationships with school faculty, (3) describe two different implementation strategies for virtual/semi-virtual learning, and (4) identify three ways to ensure safety and accountability during virtual programming.

Presenters

John Williams

Project Director

Life that Counts, Inc.

Gabrielle Harris, LPN
Emily Dale, BS

Audience

  • Frontline/field staff (e.g., health educators, program facilitators)

Level

  • Multilevel

 

Pivoting Program Delivery: Virtual Implementation Guide

Track

Program Implementation

Presentation Type

Workshop

Presentation Overview

This workshop will share best practices related to virtual program implementation. Specifically, the presentation will focus on a recently developed virtual implementation guide, which covers four sections: logistics, curriculum adaptations, continuous quality improvement, and equity and environmental context. Virtual implementation strategies will also consider how participants might support sub-recipients and partners on the topic. Finally, participants will have an opportunity to share their own lessons learned in small groups and gain new strategies for virtual implementation.

Presenters

Katy Suellentrop

Senior Manager, Public Health

RTI

Lisa Unti

Program Manager

ETR

Chloe McIntosh

Public Health Analyst

RTI International

Audience

  • Project administrators (e.g., project directors and managers)
  • Frontline/field staff (e.g., health educators, program facilitators)
  • Evaluators

Level

  • Intermediate

 

Restorative Justice & Restorative Relationships

Track

Innovative Approaches and Emerging Issues

Presentation Type

Workshop

Presentation Overview

Learn how to integrate SRAE programming into existing school discipline systems to create a win-win-win for youth, school districts, and the community. We will highlight collaborative partnerships that fuse SRAE programming with school-based Restorative Justice systems and local agencies to support young people’s health and well-being. We will dive into effective methods of mapping regional services and stakeholders, identifying opportunities, framing partnerships to establish shared goals, and building collaborative service networks. This innovative approach offers an opportunity to leverage existing strengths while creating a fluid system that keeps youth connected to trusted mentors and services

Presenters

Nicole Cuellar

Program Manager

PRO Youth & Families

Clay Rojas

Program Director

PRO Youth & Families

Imani Lucas

Executive Director

United and Guided

Audience

  • Project administrators (e.g., project directors and managers)
  • Frontline/field staff (e.g., health educators, program facilitators)

Level

  • Multilevel

 

Youth Online: Technology, Risky Behaviors, Sex Trafficking

Track

Innovative Approaches and Emerging Issues

Presentation Type

Workshop

Presentation Overview

Youth between 13 and 17 have access to smartphones and are online on constant basis. In the past year, the migration of youth social activities to online platforms and their vulnerability to online victimization and risky behaviors has increased. From sextortion to sex trafficking, youth face challenges that can have lasting emotional and psychological implications and negative health outcomes. This workshop will explore Thorn’s latest research on technology and youth’s risky behaviors (i.e., sextortion, sexting, grooming, and sex trafficking). The participants will gain knowledge and learn how to integrate positive youth development strategies into their existing programs to address these topics with youth.

Presenters

Brooke Istook

Vice President of Youth & Communities

Thorn

Ana Cody

Human Trafficking Advisor

Family and Youth Services Bureau

Audience

  • Project administrators (e.g., project directors and managers)
  • Frontline/field staff (e.g., health educators, program facilitators)

Level

  • Multilevel

 

Innovation Spotlight Session 1

 

Trauma-Informed Youth-Centered Health Design (TIYCHD)

Track

Innovative Approaches and Emerging Issues

Presentation Type

Innovation Spotlight Session

Presentation Overview

Youth-centered health design employs principles of positive youth development and human-centered design to position young people as experts in solving the challenges affecting their lives. With the growing popularity and utilization of design thinking to engage young people to address sensitive public health topics, it is imperative that funders, designers and public health practitioners recognize and respond to the traumatic stress of all who participate in the design process. Through a community consultative process, ETR recently created a framework a process for Trauma-Informed Youth-Centered Health Design (TIYCHD). This spotlight will highlight the TIYCHD framework and findings from a TIYCHD pilot with youth in California. 

Presenters

Stephanie Guinosso

Sr. Research Associate

ETR

Ashley McLemore

Lead Facilitator and Program Coordinator

ETR

Audience

  • Project administrators (e.g., project directors and managers)
  • Frontline/field staff (e.g., health educators, program facilitators)
  • Evaluators

Level

  • Intermediate 

 

Using Data Collection Systems to Make Evaluation Data “Shine Bright Like a Diamond”

Track

Data, Research, and Evaluation

Presentation Type

Innovation Spotlight Session

Presentation Overview

This spotlight session will introduce Michigan’s REDCap data entry system and Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) data collection process and share ways in which other data system platforms can benefit from similar practices. This easy-to-use system and process can update effortlessly and streamline data reporting. Participants will learn how Michigan’s data entry system was adapted to meet the needs of PREP subawardees during the COVID-19 pandemic and how virtual survey practices were introduced, especially for Spanish-speaking and system-involved youth. Participants can use this information to improve the data quality and data collection processes at their own agencies, ultimately leading toward improved evaluation data.

Presenters

Libbey Kutch

Research Associate

MPHI

Erin Edgerton

Project Lead & Research Associate

MPHI

Audience

  • Evaluators
  • Project administrators (e.g., project directors and managers)

Level

  • Multilevel 

 

Innovation Spotlight Session 2

 

Engaging Schools with a Policy Action Toolkit

Track

Engaging Families, Schools, and Communities

Presentation Type

Innovation Spotlight Session

Presentation Overview

Schools can play a key role by implementing policies and strategies that empower and equip our youth to make informed choices that promote optimal health. This session will highlight the planning, implementation, and evaluation of a Policy Strategy Toolkit aimed at improving the school environment in rural Northeast Missouri. The policies and strategies are focused on several key areas, such as reproductive health, abuse, digital safety, human trafficking, and school culture. The toolkit plays a vital role in a program based on the Social-Ecological model for adolescent pregnancy prevention, providing interventions on the levels of the individual, family, community, and policy.

Presenter

Amy Posterick

Program Director

Lifeline Pregnancy Help Clinic

Audience

  • Project administrators (e.g., project directors and managers)
  • Evaluators

Level

  • Multilevel 

 

Outreach & Recruitment Evolution in the Virtual World

Track

Program Implementation

Presentation Type

Innovation Spotlight Session

Presentation Overview

BAE-B-SAFE is an on-campus sexual health resource providing evidence-based programs at community colleges. This session will feature the innovative approaches developed to deliver virtual programming to young adults during the pandemic. Join BAE-B-SAFE as they explain how they deconstructed traditional outreach strategies and evolved to best meet the needs of students virtually. Using various online resources, BAE-B-SAFE created fun and engaging virtual “stop-and-go” events and “Game Days” for students. BAE-B-SAFE will explain their foundational “know-trust-engage” approach and how strengthening student-educator rapport became key for the success of students utilizing BAE-B-SAFE as a sexual health resource on their college campus.

Presenters

Ginger Mullaney

Program Director

Healthy Futures of Texas

Audience

  • Project administrators (e.g., project directors and managers)
  • Frontline/field staff (e.g., health educators, program facilitators)

Level

  • Multilevel

 

Youth Plenary Panel - 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. EDT

Jarienne Jackson, Mississippi, State SRAE

Mansa Lightfoot-Muhammad Tavernier, Florida, CPREP

Francesca Bill, California, Tribal PREP

Justyn Jaey Deseo Dela Cruz, Texas, State SRAE

Alexia Burgess, Wyoming, State PREP

 

Posters - 3:45 - 4:45 p.m. EDT

Posters – Data, Research, and Evaluation Track 

 

Collecting Data to Explore the Impact of COVID-19 on Youth and Research Results

Track

Data, Research, and Evaluation

Presentation Overview

Project Legacy is a Personal Responsibility Education Innovative Strategies (PREIS) program to adapt Project AIM for precariously housed and other vulnerable youth and evaluate the impact on youth in Los Angeles and San Diego Counties. In March 2020, we were in the midst of our follow-up data collection when COVID-19 hit these communities. We were able to continue with our virtual data collection; however, we were concerned about how the lockdowns and other mandates would impact our study results, particularly related to sexual and reproductive health behaviors. We added several sets of items related to COVID-19 to our surveys and are using the data to explore how COVID-19 impacted these vulnerable youth and how we might use the data in relation to our results. We will present on our methods and findings.

Presenters

Pam Drake

Senior Research Scientist

ETR

Daniel Kellogg

Research Assistant

ETR

Jessica Ponce

Intern

Cal Baptist University

Audience

  • Project administrators (e.g., project directors and managers)
  • Frontline/field staff (e.g., health educators, program facilitators)
  • Evaluators

Level

  • Intermediate

 

Serving Systems-Involved Youth with Evidence-Based Programs

Track

Data, Research, and Evaluation

Presentation Overview

Serving Systems-Involved Youth with Evidence-Based Programs is a poster presentation that highlights the successes and challenges of the Health Care Education and Training (HCET) Personal Responsibility Education (PREP) project, IN-PACT (Indiana Proud and Connected Teens). HCET has successfully delivered evidence-based adolescent pregnancy prevention and positive youth development programming to systems-involved youth and families for over eight years, has identified implementation challenges, and has developed trauma-informed adaptations. In this presentation, program implementation and continuous quality improvement is depicted through data visualization in the form of an infographic. The poster represents an evaluation tool that may be used for sustainability.

Presenter

Rebecca James

Director of Community Programs and Partnerships

HCET

Audience

  • Project administrators (e.g., project directors and managers)
  • Evaluators

Level

  • Multilevel

 

Single and Multi-Message Sexuality Education: Isolating Primary Messaging to Improve Implementation and Evaluation of Group-Based Programs

Track

Data, Research, and Evaluation

Presentation Overview

How clear are the messages you are communicating? Help your program shine with this presentation!  Learn from the findings and recommendations of an innovative study that isolated primary messaging frequently used in adolescent pregnancy prevention programs. Researchers review highlights from a targeted review of literatures on effective health promotion messaging.  Presenters make recommendations for programs using single message strategies (e.g., abstinence-only or condoms only) and programs using multi-message techniques (abstinence and contraceptive/condom use). Evaluators and program staff learn how to implement case study evaluation methods to tailor and improve the health promotion messaging in group and school settings.

Presenters

Lisa Rue

Senior Advisor Adolescent Behavioral Health

Cliexa

Michael Floren

Assistant Professor of Statistics

Misericordia University

Galena Rhoades

Research Professor Psychology

University of Denver

Audience

  • Project administrators (e.g., project directors and managers)
  • Frontline/field staff (e.g., health educators, program facilitators)
  • Evaluators

Level

  • Multilevel

 

Trends in Adolescent Health During COVID-19: The Power of Data to Promote Resilience

Track

Data, Research, and Evaluation

Presentation Overview

Understanding current trends in adolescent health is critical to providing inclusive, tailored, and relevant education to all young people. This need has been amplified by the global pandemic, which has affected the social, emotional, and sexual health of our young people in ways that are still emerging. With this poster, presenters will review the most current data on the health of adolescents, including pregnancy, STI/HIV, substance use, and mental health. The poster will examine vulnerable populations, including youth who are transgender and non-binary; black, indigenous, and people of color; homeless and highly mobile; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer; & in foster care. Participants will focus on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected these trends and what we can do as professionals to promote resiliency for all.

Presenters

Jill Farris

Director, Adolescent Sexual Health Training & Education

University of Minnesota Healthy Youth Development - Prevention Research Center

Audience

  • Project administrators (e.g., project directors and managers)
  • Frontline/field staff (e.g., health educators, program facilitators)
  • Evaluators

Level

  • Multilevel

 

Youth Builders Impact on Northern Navajo Nation

Track

Data, Research, and Evaluation

Presentation Overview

Teen pregnancy rates in San Juan County of New Mexico and the Navajo Nation continue to exceed the national average of adolescent females aged 15–19. There is a continuous need for early and effective, culturally competent teen pregnancy prevention programming. In 2017, Capacity Builders, Inc. established the Youth Builders Program in six partnering high schools in San Juan County and the Navajo Nation. Capacity Builders conducted a Randomized Controlled Experimental Design in Grades 9–12, and the Native STAND for Classroom curriculum was delivered to the Treatment Group. As a result, Capacity Builders developed a comprehensive Youth Builders Blueprint, describing all action steps taken to achieve goals and objectives.

Presenters

Eudora Redhouse

Project Director

Capacity Builders, Inc.

Nisha Talk

Prevention Educator

Capacity Builders, Inc.

Audience

  • Project administrators (e.g., project directors and managers)
  • Frontline/field staff (e.g., health educators, program facilitators)
  • Evaluators

Level

  • Multilevel

 

Posters – Program Implementation + Engaging Families, Schools, and Communities Tracks

 

Leveraging Strong Community Partnerships for Continuous Quality Improvement and Sustainability

Track

Program Implementation

Presentation Overview

Strong community partnerships can be challenging to establish.  But when a good connection is made, the partnership will continue to thrive. This poster will follow the partnership between one Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) sub awardee and a teacher within the Milwaukee Public School district over six years.  Attendees will learn about the teacher’s increasing role in implementation, her incorporation of PREP content over the school year, and the impact of her involvement on the program’s success. Participants will learn how this partnership has been strengthened over time, improving the program’s impact on youth as a result. 

Presenters

Nancy Hahn

PREP Fidelity Monitor and Coach

Medical College of Wisconsin

Michelle Young

Master of Science in Health Ed

8th Grade Science/Health Teacher

Cynthia Jasper

Health Initiative Manager

Neighborhood House of Milwaukee

Hayley Geers

Lead PREP Educator

Neighborhood House of Milwaukee

Audience

  • Frontline/field staff (e.g., health educators, program facilitators)

Level

  • Beginner/Introductory

 

Outcome of Adopting Digital Online Delivery Versus Traditional Face-To-Face Curriculum During the COVID-19 Pandemic in the Puerto Rico Implementation of a Sexual Risk Avoidance Education Program

Track

Program Implementation

Presentation Overview

During the COVID-19 pandemic, a protective shutdown was ordered impacting traditional learning and working environments, requiring innovative adaptations in the way we connect, deliver, and receive services. Our Sexual Risk Avoidance Education program implemented digital learning strategies with the aim to continue providing an evidence-based program (EBP) that promoted positive outcomes toward forming healthy relationships. This study describes and compares the outcome of adopting digital online delivery versus traditional face-to-face EBP. Both modalities were equally effective in improving healthy relationship domains. This experience demonstrated that students are capable of learning using the RSP4c independently of educational approaches used, suggesting their capacity to adapt to changes.

Presenters

Lyzbeth Cordero

Coordinator SRAE

PR Department of Health

Arcelis Escabi

Coordinator SRAE at United Way of Puerto Rico

United Way of Puerto Rico

Audience

  • Project administrators (e.g., project directors and managers)
  • Frontline/field staff (e.g., health educators, program facilitators)
  • Evaluators

Level

  • Multilevel

 

Partnerships: The Glue to Successful Implementation

Track

Program Implementation

Presentation Overview

Partnerships are essential to successfully execute implementation of a program from its inception to program implementation and participant evaluation, all of which informs its final packaging. This poster will address lessons learned in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the development of “Project Legacy,” a positive youth development program to reduce risk behaviors, reduce unplanned pregnancy, and increase self-sufficiency among homeless youth and those at risk of homelessness. We will discuss lessons learned regarding our partnering with community-based agencies for implementation and evaluation purposes and their role as eventual end users of Project Legacy.

Presenters

Frances LaSalle-Castro

Manager of Implementation Science

Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Leslie Clark

Director of Intervention Science

Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Mona Desai, MPH

Research Manager

Audience

  • Project administrators (e.g., project directors and managers)
  • Frontline/field staff (e.g., health educators, program facilitators)
  • Evaluators

Level

  • Multilevel

 

The HEARTS Program: Key Findings and Future Directions for Delivering Sexuality and Healthy Relationship Education to Black/African American Youth in Florida

Track

Engaging Families, Schools, and Communities

Presentation Overview

The purpose of this presentation is to share key findings from the Health Education and Relationship Training Services (HEARTS) program, which targeted Black/African American youth in St. Petersburg, Florida. In addition to describing facilitators and barriers to successful implementation of the HEARTS program, future directions will be explored.

Presenters

Tiffany Chenneville

Professor of Psychology

University of South Florida

Kemesha Gabbidon

PhD, MPH

University of South Florida

Vicki Draeger

PhD

University of South Florida

Julianna Capobian

BA

University of South Florida

Marlayna Cromedy

AA

University of South Florida

Audience

  • Project administrators (e.g., project directors and managers)
  • Frontline/field staff (e.g., health educators, program facilitators)

Level

  • Intermediate

 

Posters – Innovative Approaches and Emerging Issues Track

 

A Comparative Case Study of the Implementation of a Digital App-Based Platform Aimed at Reducing Sexual Risk in Adolescents and Young Adults

Track

Innovative Approaches and Emerging Issues

Presentation Overview

Risky sexual behaviors in adolescents and young adults often result in negative outcomes such as sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unwanted pregnancies. This case study compares the experience of implementing a digital app-based platform aimed at reducing adolescent sexual risk behavior in a rural medical clinic and a university-based mental health clinic to better understand how the digital app-based platform can inform care and enhance the overall quality of treatment in very different clinical settings. Implementers at both sites indicated a highly positive overall experience and a desire to use the digital app in future contexts. It was also a positive experience for patients and clients.

Presenters

Becky De Oliveira

Research Assistant

University of Northern Colorado

Kaitlin Dent

Research Assistant

University of Northern Colorado

Jennifer A. Smith

Assistant Professor

University of Northern Colorado

William Merchant

Associate Professor

University of Northern Colorado

Stephen Wright

Professor

University of Northern Colorado

Audience

  • Project administrators (e.g., project directors and managers)
  • Frontline/field staff (e.g., health educators, program facilitators)

Level

  • Multilevel

 

Amplifying Youth Voices by Decreasing the Risk

Track

Innovative Approaches and Emerging Issues

Presentation Overview

Through a qualitative analysis of youth transcripts of their perceptions and beliefs of the Sexual Risk Avoidance Education SRAE YES You Can! program, using the Health Belief Model, and through an extensive literature search of the impact of evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs, this poster aims to provide an integrated conceptual framework for researchers, clinicians, and practitioners to incorporate appropriate techniques in their interventions to prevent adverse health outcomes among youth.

Presenter

Kimberly Pierre

Educator

NJPAG

Audience

  • Frontline/field staff (e.g., health educators, program facilitators)

Level

  • Beginner/Introductory

 

Creating the Sex Ed Curriculum You've Always Wanted: Tips and Lessons Learned

Track

Innovative Approaches and Emerging Issues

Presentation Overview

Over the past 18 years, James Madison University’s (JMU’s) Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services has provided sexuality education programming to thousands of young people in and around Harrisonburg, VA. Combining understanding of what was lacking in current health education with our sexual health content expertise, the JMU team began to imagine what sex ed could look like—especially for youth in special populations that might not be receiving sex ed at all. Collaborating with another Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services program, we developed an online sex ed curriculum called “Vision of You” for high-school aged youth. Learn how we did it and lessons learned along the way, and leave with some inspiration to create your own curriculum.

Presenters

Laura Leischner

VPREIS Program Coordinator

James Madison University/SexEdVA

Kim Hartzler-Weakley

Associate Director of Research and Public Health

James Madison University/IIHHS

Audience

  • Project administrators (e.g., project directors and managers)
  • Frontline/field staff (e.g., health educators, program facilitators)

Level

  • Intermediate

 

Early Impacts of COVID-19 on Adolescents in the Northern Mariana Islands

Track

Innovative Approaches and Emerging Issues

Presentation Overview

When COVID-19 abruptly shut down the schools in the Northern Mariana Islands, the AmeriCorps Program had to halt its tutoring program for low-achieving elementary students.  The AmeriCorps Members, who are high school students continued to write in their reflection journals and find new ways to complete their year of community service.  This poster uses the Reflection Journals to illustrate the youth’s concerns and reactions about safety, education, family, future plans, and serving their community. The youth voice, as they describe the ways that COVID-19 has affected family life, is compelling. These unscripted and often poignant journal entries provide insights into youth reactions to trauma and what services and supports helped them cope.

Presenter

Judith Clark

Executive Director

Hawaii Youth Services Network

Audience

  • Project administrators (e.g., project directors and managers)
  • Frontline/field staff (e.g., health educators, program facilitators)

Level

  • Multilevel

 

Innovative Approaches to Student Engagement in a Rigorous Teen Pregnancy Prevention Research Study

Track

Innovative Approaches and Emerging Issues

Presentation Overview

In 2016, Future Foundation, an Atlanta-based youth development agency, formed a partnership with Fulton County Schools, our local school district, and Metis Associates, a research firm, to implement and rigorously evaluate our Second Family Model for preventing teen pregnancy among South Atlanta’s high-risk middle schoolers. With support from a Personal Responsibility Education Innovative Strategies grant awarded by FYSB, Future Foundation pioneered innovative approaches to keeping youth engaged throughout the 5‑year research study. Learn how Future Foundation used these successful student engagement strategies and pivoted during the pandemic to improve youth outcomes.

Presenters

William W. Green

Director of Programs

Future Foundation

Michael Scello

Senior Associate

Metis Associates

Audience

  • Project administrators (e.g., project directors and managers)
  • Frontline/field staff (e.g., health educators, program facilitators)
  • Evaluators

Level

  • Multilevel

 

Posters – Innovative Approaches and Emerging Issues + Sustainability Tracks

 

Mixed Messages: Considerations for Messaging in Teen Pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Infection Prevention

Track

Innovative Approaches and Emerging Issues

Presentation Overview

This poster explores the role of messaging strategies in sexuality education curricula. We conducted a conceptual review of multiple different health promotion literatures focused on three central considerations regarding messaging in teen pregnancy and STI prevention programs: single versus multiple messages in program curricula, messages that may produce risk compensation, and the sociocultural context of sexual health messages. Our presentation will discuss these different issues in messaging strategies, list research findings relevant to the debate, and provide recommendations for future program development and evaluation.

Presenters

Kayla Knopp

Research Fellow

VA San Diego Healthcare System

Galena Rhoades

PhD

University of Denver

Lisa Rue

Senior Advisor Adolescent Behavioral Health

Cliexa

Michael Floren

Assistant Professor of Statistics

Misericordia University

Kylie Floren

Audience

  • Project administrators (e.g., project directors and managers)
  • Evaluators

Level

  • Intermediate

 

Priorities for Innovation in Youth Engagement: Findings from an Environmental Scan

Track 

Innovative Approaches and Emerging Issues

Presentation Overview

Meaningfully engaging youth in the policies, programs, and systems that impact their lives is believed to support young people’s development; to strengthen programs, services, and organizations; and to benefit society socially, politically, and economically. As a component of ETR’s Youth Engagement Network, we undertook an environmental scan to explore the overall context, current research, needs, and resources related to youth engagement in sexual and reproductive health programs and services. This poster will highlight findings from our environmental scan, including a literature review and stakeholder interviews, and present priorities for innovation in youth engagement.

Presenters

Amy Peterson

Program Manager

PRO Youth & Families

Pam Drake

Senior Research Scientist

ETR

Audience

  • Project administrators (e.g., project directors and managers)
  • Frontline/field staff (e.g., health educators, program facilitators)
  • Evaluators

Level

  • Beginner/Introductory

 

The Journey to Virtual Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) Programming in Puerto Rico: Adaptations, Challenges, and Opportunities

Track

Sustainability, Program Management, Organizational Capacity, and Infrastructure

Presentation Overview

The COVID-19 pandemic in Puerto Rico presented not only a major public health issue but also an unexpected challenge to sustain PREP programming. Fortunately, we are able to adapt the programming to virtual modality. This process took months of preparation and practices. In this poster, we present the tools, resources, and strategies used in the Puerto Rico PREP for shifting into virtual modality to continue the implementation and delivery amid the COVID-19 emergency in Puerto Rico during 2020. In addition, we describe the challenges and opportunities managed during the process.

Presenters

Karen Pabon-Cruz

PREP Programmatic Coordinator

Puerto Rico Department of Health

Patricia GarcÍa-DÍaz

PREP Community Coordinator

Puerto Rico Department of Health

Audience

  • Project administrators (e.g., project directors and managers)
  • Frontline/field staff (e.g., health educators, program facilitators)
  • Evaluators

Level

  • Intermediate

 

Using Mindfulness Skills to Reduce Risk Factors in Sexual Health

Track

Innovative Approaches and Emerging Issues

Presentation Overview

We know that when we are unaware of what is happening with our bodies and brains, we are more likely to make risky decisions. Providing information that youth will hear and use starts with providing mindfulness skills. These mindfulness skills are relevant, empowering, and easy to make a part of everyday life. When implemented, people find they are more likely to grow in social and emotional regulation, make more informed decisions, and see brighter futures.

Presenters

Dixie Zittlow

Senior Training Advisor and Master Trainer

The Dibble Institute

Michelle Wilson

Mind Matters Trainer and Outreach Manager

The Dibble Institute

Audience

  • Project administrators (e.g., project directors and managers)
  • Frontline/field staff (e.g., health educators, program facilitators)

Level

  • Multilevel

 

Using Principles of Behavioral Economics to Encourage Healthy Eating with Adolescent Mothers

Track

Innovative Approaches and Emerging Issues

Presentation Overview

This poster will provide participants with information and application of an exciting and newly emerging behavioral intervention called Behavioral Economics (BE). Although BE can be applied to all six of the PREP/SRAE Topics, our panel will demonstrate how principles of BE were used within the Healthy Adolescent Transitions (HAT) research study in the specific domain of Healthy Eating. We will also demonstrate how an interdisciplinary team of social workers and nurses worked together to synergistically provide the HAT curriculum. Finally, we will provide a didactic session to help conference participants assimilate BE principles into their own programs.

Presenters

Robyn Lutz

Project Director/PI Healthy Adolescent Transitions

Ohio Health

Lianna Aeling

Social Worker for HAT

OhioHealth Research Institute

Amber Robinson

Nurse Educator for HAT

OhioHealth Research Institute

Audience

  • Project administrators (e.g., project directors and managers)
  • Frontline/field staff (e.g., health educators, program facilitators)

Level

  • Multilevel

 

Networking Session 2 (Option A) - 6:30 - 7:15 p.m. EDT

During this session, participants will have the opportunity to engage in dialogue and connect with other colleagues. There will be chances to connect with colleagues to ask questions and share strategies and lessons learned. This session is being offered at two times (Wednesday, June 16 from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. EDT and Thursday, June 17 from 1:00 to 1:45 p.m. EDT) to accommodate multiple time zones. Attendees may choose the time slot that works best for their schedules–attendance at both sessions is not required.

 

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