BIS-PROGRAM-Youth Input

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Original "Brainstorming" Session including Ideas to Close the From-To GAP for Youth Interventions

Poor youth health outcomes
Optimal youth health outcomes
1. The number of youth participants enrolled in interventions is insufficient (4Real Health, School Health Connection - school wellness).
2. A sufficient number of youth are enrolled in interventions.
Ideas to close this From-To Gap:(Example - Ideas of how to get to the desired state):*
  • Offer incentives to participate - gifts cards, free meals, t-shirts
  • Create targeted branding of interventions
  • Use youth leaders to recruit participants
  • Offer transportation to/from intervention site - bus tokens, van
  • Provide the right level and type of information to recruit youth participants
  • Strategically locate recruitment information (point of sale)
  • Strategically locate intervention site
  • Barrier: HIV - BR YMCA focus not able to recruit enough participants possibly b/c of stigma or confidentiality
  • Barrier: Many youth are tired of being surveyed and studied
2. The number of youth participants retained in interventions is insufficient.
2. The number of youth retained in interventions sufficient.
Ideas to close this From-To Gap:
  • Reliable contact information or source for participants to follow up
  • Offer transportation to/from intervention site - bus tokens
  • Location of intervention site
  • Quality support staff at intervention sites
  • Barrier: Lack of understanding of why students don't return to SBHCs, confidentiality
  • Barrier: Youth tired of being surveyed and studied
3. Interventions may not be as effective in changing youth behavior as we would like.
3. Interventions are effective in changing youth behavior.
Ideas to close this From-To Gap:* Youth input on intervention design
  • Orient youth participants about the intervention's purpose and elements
  • Ensure that intervention and materials are culturally specific
  • Ensure high quality staff and facilitators administer the intervention
    • Hire qualified staff - not too young or old, culturally competent, gender balance between female and male, non-judgmental, genuine, respectful, experience working with youth, flexible and adaptable,
    • Train staff on culturally competency, content, working with youth (classroom management, rapport with participants)
  • Ensure that subcontracting organizations have enough staff to reach the participants - Optimal staff to student ratio of 1:7
  • Orient subcontractors and their staff to overall project purpose, goals and framework
  • Develop a process to report incidents to correct problems promptly
  • Ongoing qualitative feedback from participants
4. Many youth aren't knowledgeable about how to improve their own health (individual level).
4. Many youth know how to improve their own health.
Ideas to close this From-To Gap:
  • Basic health education re reproductive health
  • Providing information about where youth access resources
  • Better messaging
  • Formative research to develop better messaging
  • Using technology (i.e. social media, facebook, twitter, texting, instagram) appropriately to communicate to youth
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5. Lack of youth leadership and empowerment in policy and system changes
5. A cadre of youth leaders and spokespeople to provide input into policy and systems changes
Ideas to close this From-To Gap:
  • Creating a forum for youth to communicate ideas and concerns to improve overall youth health
  • Kids Rethinkers of New Orleans
  • Reach and recruit less engaged or inclined youth
  • Building on and continuing relationships and involvement formed during the intervention
  • Build recruitment of inclined youth into program design
  • Train youth in leadership skills and current policies
  • Build on existing community service programs in schools
6. Program results are not shared with partner organizations and participants
6. Program results are shared with partner organizations at least annually
Ideas to close this From-To Gap:
  • Develop an LPHI policy to share results
  • Establish a standing event to share results
  • Use Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month to disseminate results to media
  • Local community events - film screening
  • Build dissemination plan into the project timeline
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