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Building Skills for Sexual Health Educators

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 1R43HD088216-01
Agency Tracking Number: R43HD088216
Amount: $224,991.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: NICHD
Solicitation Number: PA15-269
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-04-11
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-03-31
Small Business Information
Scotts Valley, CA 95066-3245
United States
DUNS: 079336099
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 (831) 438-2223
Business Contact
Phone: (831) 440-2211
Research Institution

DESCRIPTION provided by applicant Using Streaming Video to Build Micro Skills for Sexual Health Educators Sexual risk behaviors continue to place adolescents at risk for HIV infection other sexually transmitted infections STIs and unintended pregnancy U S adolescents account for nearly of the cases of STIs each year which is unsurprising given that only of teens report using a condom at last sex In the effort to reduce teen pregnancy HIV and STIs a variety of evidence based interventions and promising curricula are being implemented in schools across the U S with sex and or HIV education mandated in states Regardless of the curriculum the quality of the instructor skills to lead the curriculum activitie is vital Unfortunately nearly one third of teachers responsible for sexuality education report receiving no training in this area and the vast majority of those who teach sexuality education are not sexuality educators physical education teachers actually account for the largest number of those providing sexuality education This Phase I SBIR project will address this critical gap i the training of educators by developing and testing a highly focused micro skills video library and learning community SkillFlix to build and support the skills sex educators need to lead teen pregnancy prevention and HIV prevention programs effectively The subscription based mobile friendly site will provide video modeling of critical educator micro skills in a way that i highly engaging instructionally sound and encourages repeat and continued use for reinforcement When complete the site will include more than video clips grouped into skill clusters such as engaging youth in sensitive discussions managing difficult behaviors monitoring small group work creating a safe and inclusive learning environment that each visually demonstrate a micro skill in seconds minutes Other features include tailored video recommendations accompanying instructions and printable learning materials like and comment functions a learning community that allows user video upload and encourages educators to constructively assess the skills demonstrated in the video Phase I will test feasibility by conducting formative research to further understand the needs of educators developing the content for micro skills within two skill clusters and producing the associated videos developing the prototype subscription based web site including establishing the technology infrastructure and conducting a pilot evaluation to determine possible impact of the resource on skills with a small number of educators In phase II the project will complete development of additional videos add features such as learning groups moderated groups of educators who can upload their andquot skills in actionandquot and get reviews and guidance from other educators Phase II will conclude with a large scale evaluation of the resource in real world settings in which the resource is provided to teachers nationwide and their skills are evaluated in comparison to a control group of educators

PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE While the rate of teen pregnancy in the U S is on the decline it is still one of the highest in the developed world Although year olds are only of the
U S sexually active population they account for nearly of the million new cases of STIs each year with only of sexually active year olds reporting condom use at last intercourse Prevention programs can reduce rates of sexual intercourse unprotected sexual intercourse and teen pregnancy among youth However effectiveness of these programs rely on effective program implementation which in turn is partially dependent on the training and skills of the educator facilitating the program Teachers are not routinely trained on the topic during credentialing and most have not been trained on the skills required for implementation of the complex elements of these types of programming possibly reducing program impact This project SkillFlix will teach educators the skills they need through a series of video based micro
skills trainings and the development of an educator community providing the opportunity for review of individual educator skills This may lead to improved implementation of sexual health risk reduction programs which in turn would ideally lead to a reduction in teen pregnancy and STI rates

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