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Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 1R43DA015645-01
Agency Tracking Number: DA015645
Amount: $102,339.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2003
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
TOWSON, MD 21204
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
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Business Contact
Phone: (410) 828-8948
Research Institution

DESCRIPTION: In Phase I, the goal of this SBIR project is to determine the
feasibility of using a web-based data gathering and assessment system for
addressing the problem of smoking among 6th, 7th, and 8th grade children in the
school setting. A major innovation is the estimation of social network
parameters which are relevant to smoking, smoking-related behaviors and their
The proposed software will consist of two complementary but distinct software
systems, and will be enhanced by a training workshop. The first software
program will collect data used in the description of each classroom?s informal
social network, in addition to collecting data involving smoking. The second
system entails a mapping and assessment system used by school counselors to
assist inanalysis and prevention. Together, these two systems, to be
implemented and tested over the course of Phase I and Phase II, are intended to
support two levels of intervention: (1) individual "treatment" by counselors of
smoking; and (2) using social network parameters to identify and influence
leaders and the group dynamics involved in smoking. In Phase I the main aims
are (1) to implement and test the feasibility of an effective and efficient
interface which children in school can use to record data on smoking and
smoking-related behaviors; (2) automatic calculation and presentation to
counselors of relevant social network parameters; (3) initial development and
software implementation of materials and functions to support training
workshops for program development and interventions.
For ongoing long-term development and evolution of a software system,
implementation of the software as a web-based, multi-tier (i.e., web client,
middleware and data base server) client-server system has significant
advantages. Deployment of such a system across classrooms and schools is far
easier compared to traditional client-server models, since no proprietary
networking software is needed nor does proprietary software (other than an
Internet browser) need to be installed and maintained on individual computers.
The proposed system?s reliance on Java for both the web client and middleware
development provides real platform independence, important when many schools
use a mix of Apple Macintosh and Windows-based systems. Having subject data
kept centrally and off-site on a secure data base server enhances confidentiality and security. In Phase II, targeted interventions will be guided by social network parameters, and outcomes will be systematically assessed through use of the system.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

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