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Smartphone Technology for Parents and Teens: Improving Vaccination Uptake

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 1R41HD082901-01A1
Agency Tracking Number: R41HD082901
Amount: $224,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: NICHD
Solicitation Number: PA14-072
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-09-23
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-09-22
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DESCRIPTION provided by applicant Vaccinations for adolescents in the U S tetanus diphtheria and acellular pertussis Tdap meningococcal conjugate vaccine MCV Human Papillomavirus HPV vaccines Gardasil and Cervarex remain well below the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC goals and especially so for the HPV vaccines These vaccine deficits are pronounced among minority adolescents constituting an important health disparity A recent publication by the Presidentandapos s Cancer Panel has called for renewed effort in messaging to adolescents and their parents that would prompt informed decision making about the adolescent vaccine series and improved vaccine uptake Failure to improve this situation will result in a cohort of young adults especially minority adults needlessly at risk for a variey of disease sequalae both short and long term in nature Proposed here is smartphone application based strategy to provide effective messaging about the importance of adolescent vaccination An initial module smartphone application Be Vaccinated BVac will be systematically developed in Phase I of the project employing an Expert Advisory Board a Medical Practitioner Advisory Board and an iterative series of Parent and Teen focus groups designed to address concerns about vaccination accurate information about vaccination and logistical hurdles to vaccination Focus groups for parents and teens will aid in content definition and then in multimedia design and usability The Expert Advisory Board and the Medical Practitioner Advisory Board will review the outcomes of the iterative focus group cycles and aid the research group in the specifications of the initial module of BVac The deliverables of Phase I will be the initial BVac module with a specifications document describing the remaining modules In Phase II of the project the remaining BVac smartphone modules will be produced along with a Spanish version of the BVac modules A community level randomized trial of the BVac modules will be conducted with vaccine uptake as the endpoint outcome The commercial potential of the BVac smartphone application in both English and Spanish will be strong with potential commercial use by Accountable Care Organizations across the U S

PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE The uptake of adolescent vaccines in the U S is far below recommended levels particularly so for the Human Papillomavirus vaccines and especially so among minority and disadvantaged families Proposed here is a smartphone application that will accurately inform parents and teens about the adolescent vaccination series address ongoing concerns about adolescent vaccination particularly in minority communities identify sites for vaccination and schedule vaccination appointments An initial smartphone application module will be systematically developed and tested in Phase I research with the remaining modules developed and the complete application in both Spanish and English tested in a randomized efficacy trial in Phase II research

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