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Sentient Research Staff Have Two Oral Presentations and One Roundtable Presentation at the 2018 Annual Conference for the American Public Health Association (APHA) in San Diego.
06-10-18

The first oral presentation, Outcomes of a gun violence prevention-education program in the Los Angeles Unified School District, presents evaluation results of Where’s Daryl?, a program designed to provide gun violence education and violence prevention among middle school students. Results revealed that after participating in the program, students (n=286) showed statistically significant increases in scores for both knowledge and negative attitudes toward youth having guns in school. Programs like Where’s Daryl? can affect gun violence in society by impacting youth attitudes and knowledge and influencing norms. The next steps for the program will include a large-scale evaluation to measure the impact at the district level.

The second oral presentation, A qualitative study investigating the needs and gaps in existing services for women living with HIV in Los Angeles County, presents the results of 10 key informant (KI) interviews with stakeholders who serve women living with HIV (WLWH) and three focus groups (one English, one Spanish, and one recently diagnosed) with WLWH (n=22) in Los Angeles County, CA. The objectives of the study were to understand service gaps, barriers to service utilization, and general needs of women living with HIV. The study revealed that while high-quality HIV medical care is widely accessible and utilized by HIV-positive women in Los Angeles County, there is room for improvement with regard to addressing the social determinants of health (especially housing), the delivery of both HIV medical and social services, increasing availability of mental health services, and educating the community about HIV. Study results were presented to 25 local service providers and findings are being integrated into plans for service improvements.

The third presentation, Two approaches to engaging adolescents in the development of sexual and reproductive health interventions, is part of a roundtable discussion in the APHA Sexual & Reproductive Health Section titled How Might We Design and Test Innovative Interventions to Improve Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health? This discussion presents the process by which Sentient Research developed two federally-funded, technology-based, teen pregnancy prevention interventions from 2016 to 2018. For the first program, an entertainment-education video called Plan A, both the problem and the solution needed to be defined during the proposal phase. The target audience research included three focus groups (n=41) followed by numerous interactions with a 9-member review panel during script development and video production. For the second program, human-centered design was used, which requires deep collaboration with the target audience at every stage of program development. For this project, Sentient Research, along with collaborators Joann Schladale and Jenna Gaarde, engaged adolescent parents to develop a solution to identified problems, with the goal of creating a program that is as effective, meaningful, and useful as possible. Multiple rounds of interviews with young mothers and fathers were conducted to develop, test and refine program concepts for a holistic support mobile phone application. The roundtable discussion will explore the pros and cons of intensive target audience research and iterative approaches for creating effective and feasible interventions.

Citations:
Outcomes of a gun violence prevention-education program in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Plant A, Montoya J, Kordic T. Oral presentation presented at: 2018 APHA Conference; November 10-14, 2018; San Diego, CA.

A qualitative study investigating the needs and gaps in existing services for women living with HIV in Los Angeles County.
Snow E, Plant A, Montoya J, Key M, Zeghar A, Bailey, J. Oral presentation presented at: 2018 APHA Conference; November 10-14, 2018; San Diego, CA.

Two approaches to engaging adolescents in the development of sexual and reproductive health interventions.
Plant A. Roundtable discussion presented at: 2018 APHA Conference; November 10-14, 2018; San Diego, CA.

 

 





 

 

 

 

 
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