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FOYC+ImPACT US: A digital platform for critical sexual health risk reduction curriculum customization and hybrid/remote delivery of Focus on Youth to underserved Caribbean youth in the U.S.

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 1R43HD112261-01
Agency Tracking Number: R43HD112261
Amount: $275,485.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: NICHD
Solicitation Number: PA22-176
Solicitation Year: 2022
Award Year: 2023
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2023-05-22
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2024-04-30
Small Business Information
Scotts Valley, CA 95066-4034
United States
DUNS: 079336099
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
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Business Contact
Phone: (831) 222-5035
Research Institution

While there is extensive epidemiological data on the high rates of HIV, STIs and unintended pregnancies among
Black populations in the U.S., this monolithic racial category problematically subsumes the ethnic diversity of
immigrant Black populations. Today one in ten Black people in the U.S. are immigrants, with the Caribbean being
the largest origin source. Caribbean immigrants in the U.S. account 46% of the total Black immigrant population
and 10% of our nation’s foreign-born population. Researchers note a variety of factors shown to impact
Caribbean immigrant’s sexual behaviors and HIV seroprevalence, including acculturation pressures (particularly
for adolescents), intersectional identities, racial discrimination, and settling in urban HIV epicenters with high
rates of STIs. While a variety of effective behavioral intervention (EBI) programs exist to address sexual and
reproductive health for Black adolescent populations, it is problematic to assume such programs, delivered as
is, will prove effective with Afro-Caribbean immigrant populations. There are no existing U.S. EBI programs
developed specifically for these populations; however, the EBI program Focus on Youth with ImPACT program
has been successfully culturally adapted and delivered in a Caribbean setting (FOYC+ImPACT). The 8-session
program, delivered in schools but including parent involvement, was evaluated through a randomized controlled
trial in the Bahamas. It was shown to be effective in improving condom use rates and skills, self-efficacy, intention
to use a condom, and HIV/AIDS knowledge. To address the gap in culturally tailored sexual health education for
youth within Caribbean communities in the U.S., we propose to develop FOYC+ImPACT U.S. This project will
(1) revise the FOYC+ImPACT program in a new, broader context, making it customizable and scalable across
Caribbean communities in the U.S.; 2) develop a cloud-based platform in which educators can build their own
customized curriculum for FOYC+ImPACT U.S. in which all program components are modularized and made
available in both e-learning and in-person formats; 3) address cultural tailoring needs by allowing teachers to
customize their course content by age, imagery shown, components (non-core) to include, and country/region-
specific content and linguistic references; and 4) increase implementation fidelity through providing online
materials, fidelity tracking, and implementation prompts. The primary goal of this Phase 1 project is to test the
feasibility of developing a digital platform that allows for implementation with fidelity of FOYC+ImPact U.S. in
diverse Caribbean community settings in the U.S. The Phase I project will include development of the cloud-
based platform with two lessons made available with customization of delivery formats and content/text/imagery
to meet needs of various Caribbean communities. A pilot test will be conducted to assess the impact on student
knowledge and improvement in implementation fidelity. Phase II will complete the remaining lessons, add new
lessons/content to update the program, and demonstrate effectiveness through a randomized controlled trial.

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