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Sentient Research Staff Co-Author Three Presentations at the 2017 American Public Health Association Meeting in Atlanta
11-04-2017

1. A Mixed Methods Evaluation of Test4HepC: A Social Media Program to Promote Hepatitis C Testing to Baby Boomers

APHA Poster 2017Approximately 4 million US adults are infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV). Baby boomers (born 1945 to 1965) have a high HCV antibody prevalence yet most of those infected remain unaware. We created a Facebook page and paid Facebook advertisements to promote Test4HepC, a program promoting HCV testing to baby boomers in Los Angeles County. Test4HepC includes a website with HCV information and a testing site locator, and offers free testing through local private laboratories. We evaluated the program from October 2015-January 2017 using website analytics, laboratory testing data, an online survey (n=302), and qualitative interviews (n=20). Results indicated that in the first 16 months of the program, Test4HepC.org had 6,919 visitors and 48 individuals used the free testing offered. Within one month of visiting the website, 24.5% (74) of survey participants tested for HCV with 2.7% of them testing positive for HCV. Survey participants finding the website “very useful” were three times more likely to test than those finding the website less useful. Most of those who did not test reported intention to test in the near future (60.5%). Qualitative interviews suggested that Test4HepC increased HCV risk perception and encouraged testing. These results indicate that social media is a promising strategy for promoting HCV testing to baby boomers. We are currently considering statewide expansion of the program.

Citation: A Mixed Methods Evaluation of Test4HepC: A Social Media Program to Promote Hepatitis C Testing to Baby Boomers
Plant A, Snow EG, Montoya J, Young S, Javanbakht M, Klausner JD. Poster presented at: 2017 APHA Conference; November 4-8, 2017; Atlanta, Georgia.

2. Using a Web-Based Application to Manage a Multi-State HIV Testing and Linkage to Care Program

APHA 2017 PosterAIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) conducts over 155,000 HIV tests every year across the United States through a network of mobile testing units, wellness centers, thrift stores, and event-based testing. Prior to 2014, AHF captured HIV testing data using multiple paper forms and electronic systems. The time required for data entry, merging, and analysis hampered surveillance and program improvement. We conducted a process evaluation of an innovative HIPPA compliant, web-based application we developed called CHAMP (Client Health Access Management Portal), designed to capture and report client information on HIV testing, risk behaviors, and linkage activities from multiple testing sites in real-time. Results revealed that in 2016, 73,081 AHF clients registered through CHAMP, provided contact/location information, completed a risk assessment, and screened for HIV at 232 testing locations. Of these clients, 1.06% (777) tested positive, all of which were immediately referred to linkage services and 60% were successfully linked to HIV care. Testing data were transferred to health departments through CHAMP, using the data format required by each jurisdiction. These results suggest that CHAMP is an acceptable, feasible, and scalable client management tool that streamlines data capture and retrieval for client-centered HIV testing and linkage, and can be used in many settings without compromising the collection and use of client information.

Citation: Using a Web-Based Application to Manage a Multi-State HIV Testing andLlinkage to Care Program
Montoya J, Bordach N, Plant A, Goncalvez A, Gorre M, Jaques G, Engeran-Cordova W. Poster presented at: 2017 APHA Conference; November 4-8, 2017; Atlanta, Georgia.

3. Providing Inclusive Care for LGBTQ Patients at School-Based Health Centers: An Evaluation of Clinical Staff Trainings, Los Angeles, 2016

National studies have demonstrated that LGBTQ adolescents are disproportionately impacted by negative health outcomes including STDs, HIV, and unplanned pregnancy. This oral presentation covered the outcomes of staff trainings aimed to improve LGBTQ-inclusive services for 97 staff representing 6 school-based Wellness Centers in LAC. The trainings and evaluations were conducted by Essential Access Health, an agency sub-contracted by Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Sentient Research provided technical assistance on the training evaluation. Training content included LGBTQ terminology, health disparities, inclusive clinic environments, clinical care recommendations, and documentation of sexual orientation and gender identity data. Outcomes were assessed using pre- and post-tests and evaluation surveys, which revealed that following trainings, staff participants were more likely to agree that knowing a patient’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity is important for providing effective healthcare; to report feeling very confident using LGBTQ terminology; and to report feeling very confident asking patients about their sexual orientation or the sex of their partner. Average scores on knowledge questions increased significantly. These results indicate that providing trainings on LGBTQ-inclusive care positively impacts staff knowledge, attitudes, and self-efficacy. These outcomes will be used to improve future trainings.

Citation: Providing Inclusive Care for LGBTQ Patients at School-Based Health Centers: An Evaluation of Clinical Staff Trainings, Los Angeles, 2016
Roush S, Uysal J, Plant A, Kordic T. Poster presented at: 2017 APHA Conference; November 4-8, 2017; Atlanta, Georgia.





 

 

 

 

 
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