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Implementation Science of Sexual Health in Schools Sarah Kershner, MPH, CHES Project Coordinator Doug Taylor, MPH, CHES Chief Program Officer Healthy Youth. Bright Futures. Strong Communities.

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Implementation Science of Sexual Health in Schools

Sarah Kershner, MPH, CHESProject Coordinator

Doug Taylor, MPH, CHESChief Program Officer

Healthy Youth. Bright Futures. Strong Communities. Sarah Kershner joined the SC Campaign in October 2007 and is primarily responsible for overseeing and managing the federally funded implementation of theIts Your Game, Keep it Real!curriculum in South Carolina middle schools. Sarah received her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science from Clemson University, Master of Public Health degree from the University of South Carolina, and is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Health Promotion, Education and Behavior from the University of South Carolina, Arnold School of Public Health. Sarah is a Certified Health Education Specialist and has worked with high risk youth since starting the graduate program at the University of South Carolina.

Doug Taylor joined the SC Campaign in June of 2011 as the Chief Program Officer. In this position he oversees all programming activities through the Capacity Building and Research and Evaluation Departments. He also provides leadership in the SC Campaigns grant giving process, which is anticipated to provide over 1.7 million dollars back into the community this fiscal year. Previously, Doug worked at the Department of Health and Environmental Control where he coordinated the implementation of DHECs Health Services statewide performance management system, and lead quality improvement teams in process improvement projects. He also spent five years in the STD/HIV Division where he supervised the collection and analysis of process and outcome data and assisted in the development and implementation of the Divisions performance indicators. Doug has a Master of Public Health in Health Promotion and Education from the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion and Education from the University of North Texas. In addition to his professional work, he has served on the board of the SC HIV/AIDS Council and currently serves on the board of TB Photovoice.

1About UsOur MissionAs a 501(c)(3) non profit organization, we are committed to improving the health and economic well being of individuals, communities, and the state of South Carolina by preventing teen pregnancy.Our ApproachCommunication with target marketCustomization of approachesCapacity building at all levels of a communityCommitment to long-term investment

AH2Its Your Game, Keep It Real! Project OverviewSC Campaign was awarded funding from the Office of Adolescent Health in Fall 2010Awarded $1.5 million per year for 5 years ($7.5 million total)Replication of the comprehensive middle school curriculum Its Your Game, Keep it Real!

A minimum of 24 schools, reaching over 9,600 middle school youth will participate in the program over the course of five yearsSCC awards $570,000 per year to support implementation in 24 schools for 5 years ($2,850,000 total)

New, federally funded initiatives to prevent teen pregnancy are designed to build a body of evidence of programs that work which, in turn, will drive future policy decisions addressing teen pregnancy and STD/HIV prevention. In a highly competitive process, with over 700 submissions for funding, the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (SC Campaign) was awarded funding to replicate the comprehensive, risk reduction, award-winning middle school curriculum Its Your Game, Keep it Real developed by researchers at the Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research at the University of Texas Houston.

3Its Your Game, Keep It Real! Research Design

Participating Schools

InterventionControl1212Its Your Game, Keep It Real!Project Organizational Chart

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6Using fidelity log dataFacilitator completes lesson log per class via online database

Logs are reviewed weekly for timely submission and to identify issues that may impact fidelity (i.e., skipping an activity, technology issues)

Technical Assistance (TA) is requested from appropriate TA specialist to address implementation issue

TA specialist addresses issue through contact with site and/or training

All TA time and strategies are tracked in central database, FileMaker Pro, and reviewed for themes

7Using observation dataTrained observer completes and submits observation log (all teachers observed at least once and each lesson observed at least once)

Logs are reviewed weekly to identify issues that may impact fidelity (i.e., skipping an activity, technology issues)

Technical Assistance (TA) is requested from appropriate TA specialist to address implementation issue

TA specialist addresses issue through contact with site and/or training

All TA time and strategies are tracked in central database, FileMaker Pro, and reviewed for themes

Strategies for using Fidelity DataTips and Tricks Email

Targeted TA (meetings/communication with TA staff)

Targeted trainingsIdentify need for training and partner with agency to provide specific training

Whats Next?Better understanding of how fidelity is tracked in other programs.Successful strategies to track fidelityWays to overcome barriers to track fidelity (i.e., cost, time)

Better understanding of the degree to which an evidence-based program can be implemented and still produce same resultsDetermine the tipping point of fidelity when program is no longer producing same results