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Web-based Empowerment Program for Disaster Victims and First Responders

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 1R41MH082498-01
Agency Tracking Number: MH082498
Amount: $249,988.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: PHS2007-2
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2008
Award Year: 2008
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
BLUESUN, INC. 206 S LIMIT ST
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO 80905
United States
DUNS: 626461797
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
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Business Contact
Phone: (719) 633-3399
Email: attentiveaa@aol.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): This project will support research and further development of a novel commercializable product designed to reduce and mitigate the psychological impact of a major disaster. The long-term objective of this project is to
provide a scientifically supported, highly accessible, culturally relevant, anonymous multi- media system that fills the current gap in mental health disaster assistance. Journey to Disaster Recovery is a customizable web-based program for post-disaster re
covery developed based on social cognitive theory to empower traumatized individuals to cope more effectively, and assist those in greater mental health distress to seek more in-depth treatment. This web-based system will be designed to help restore a sens
e of control (i.e. coping efficacy) and mastery to survivors and first responders by providing a) knowledge to assist in understanding the recovery process, b) skill training to manage trauma related distress, and c) assistance in determining the need for
and access to professional assistance. The product has wide potential utility with users from a variety of sectors including the general public, emergency services workers, hospital personnel, school personnel, and mental and physical health providers. The
customizable nature of the product provides a unique opportunity to generate an adaptable site that is culturally relevant to different users. The four specific aims for this project include: Aim 1: determine the initial feasibility, likeability, cultural
relevance and ease of use of a web-based empowerment recovery program for a high need population and selected first responders following a mass disaster; Aim 2: investigate the utility of the interactive web-based empowerment recovery program in reducing
distress, increasing knowledge, and improving help seeking for a traumatized sample; Aim 3: critically evaluate the effectiveness of using an interactive web-based empowerment program as a mental health referral system for high need populations seeking ass
istance following a mass disaster; and, Aim 4: solicit feedback from disaster response and recovery agencies and providers about the unique challenges of deploying the website post-disaster and about the technical requirements and constraints for using the
site immediately following a disaster. - Relevance Approximately 53 million people accessed the Internet following the 9/11 terrorist attacks demonstrating the utility of the Internet in a time of need. More than 50 percent of individuals exposed to a nat
ural disaster will experience severe to very severe mental distress, yet very few will seek out available mental health services. Journey to Disaster Recovery is a highly accessible, anonymous website designed to promote mental health and mitigate psycholo
gical problems following a major disaster.

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