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Academic Edge, Inc. launches to support SBIRT implementation

Academic Edge, Inc. (AEI) has launch, a website of videos, case studies, courses, and other resources to support adoption and implementation of SBIRT: Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment. “We’ve been involved in many many SBIRT efforts over the years, from NIH funded R&D efforts to helping universities and other programs set up, rollout, and maintain SBIRT programs,” according to Richard Goldsworthy, PhD and Director of Research and Development, “We have a large collection of resources, and we wanted to put them all in one place so people can review and use them.” includes videos of the SBIRT process, of patient case studies, and of a full { read more }

Sex in the CBO: Helping Youth Development Professionals Support Sexual Health

Academic Edge, Inc. is currently working on a research project to support youth development professionals working in community-based organizations (CBO). CBO help hundreds of thousands of kids each year and youth development professionals working therein are often called upon to address sexual health issues. Supported in part through a grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, a part of the National Institutes of Health, and in partnership with Indiana University and University of Nebraska researchers and other experts, the effort seeks to understand the types of sexual health related issues that youth development professionals encounter, the factors that make handling these situations easier or harder, and to develop resources to assist them, and their organizations, in handling sexual health issues in { read more }

When less is more: Optimizing SBIRT/MI training for primary care medical residents

AEI’s Director of Research and Development presented a poster at APHA on behalf of a team of Indiana University researchers who are exploring better ways to train medical residents to adopt and implement SBIRT–screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment.

Screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) has been shown to reduce substance use and related consequences in primary care settings. Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) trains all primary care medical residents to implement SBIRT at an adult primary care clinic. Training methods include web-based modules, face-to-face trainings, and interactive workshops. Continuous process evaluation and training modification is important to institutional adoption of new protocols. Further, time spent in training often is related to { read more }

PartnerCare: Results and Reflections from a Multi-year Effort to Support Expedited Partner Therapy

EPT is a CDC-recommended healthcare strategy, with demonstrated efficacy. With EPT, patients diagnosed with bacteriological STI deliver extra prescription medication to sexual partners. When initially recommended by the CDC, very little research and few materials were available to understand and support implementation. We sought to close these gaps.

METHODS A five-year research effort was conducted to understand EPT uptake and to create resources that enhance provider and patient participation. The effort followed an iterative, multistage, user-centered approach grounded extensively in mixed methods descriptive research, expert input, psychosocial models of EPT behaviors, and formative evaluation.

RESULTS The research effort led to multiple models of patient EPT adoption, including identifying factors that influence { read more }

Faith & Suicide: Development and Evaluation of Web-based Resources to Support Faith Leader Intervention Implementation

This year at the American Public Health Association annual meeting, we discuss development and evaluation of pilot web based resources for supporting faith leaders as they address suicide within their faith organizations.

In 2009, 37,000 people died by suicide, nearly 30 times that number attempted suicide, and 8.4 million had serious suicidal ideation. Faith leaders are well-situated to proactively address suicide prevention and reactively help those at-risk. In fact, 6 of 100 faith members may have serious thoughts of suicide. Unfortunately, there is a dearth of evidence-based resources to help faith leaders effectively integrate suicide prevention into their organizations. We sought to close this gap. Methodology. Guided by established behavioral change and educational theories, nationally distributed interviews { read more }

Sex in the CBO: Academic Edge Awarded Grant to Improve Sexual Health Training of Community-based Organizations

Academic Edge, Inc. has recently been awarded a grant to explore ways to improve sexual health counseling and education in community-based organizations, such as Boys and Girls Clubs.

In the United States, disproportionately high rates of sexually transmitted infection (STI) and unplanned pregnancy among adolescents suggest the continuing need for evidence-based sexuality education.

Moving beyond traditional educational providers, community-based organizations (CBOs) have been identified as venues with significant potential to promote adolescent sexual health. Within CBOs, youth development professionals (YDP) are important sources of sexuality education for adolescents; however, recent research documents a need for systematic training and accessible resources for YDP and indicates that the YDP themselves desire ongoing { read more }

Social Virtual Reality and Education: But why is everything so hard to do?!

AEI researchers Goldsworthy and Honebein have an article recently accepted for publication in Educational Technology for 2010. They stipulate the virtual worlds aren’t really good for much, but that perhaps the one unique quality about them that has educational benefit is that social virtual worlds are, well, social, and that learning projects that have social objectives might just benefit from the social aspects of virtual worlds. They’d allow, among other things, people to practice social skills and yet not be physically co-present…. This article is the story of our experiences….

But why is everything so hard to do?
exploring learning and the COMPLEXITY factor IN social virtual reality

Virtual classrooms and virtual { read more }

APHA 2011 Presentations: SBIRT in Action, Suicide Case Studies, Much More…

Dr. Goldsworthy was a busy researcher at the latest American Public Health Association Conference, the end of October, in Washington, DC. Topics ranged from structured methods of video case development to understanding substance use intervention in faith organizations; from using a web-based dashboard for diabetes management to facilitating patient delivered partner therapy through a toolkit of clinic resources. Each presentation and a summary is available online. { read more }

AEI Partner in $8.3M Effort to Improve Substance Use Treatment Throughout Indiana

Academic Edge, Inc. will provide design and development services on a large scale effort to identify substance misuse issues earlier and to address them more effectively. Richard Goldsworthy, PhD, Director, Research and Development for AEI, will serve as the efforts Director of Implementation and Dissemination. AEI will assist the project by helping guide protocol development, develop training and implementation materials, capture and document early CHC adoption experiences, and gather materials to assist other organization with initial adoption and ongoing implementation. AEI will also rollout online and social media support in the form of a website, facebook, and twitter presence (,, and @indianaSBIRT, respectively). For more information, please visit the { read more }

AEI @ APHA 2010: Presentations include Sex, Drugs, Suicide, and Social Virtual Reality

Members of the AEI team presented on several of our projects at the 2010 National Convention of the American Public Health Association, Denver, CO. From a full session on Expedited Partner Treatment, aka PartnerCare, to understanding how faith leaders address suicide in their organizations, through understanding prescription medication misuse, to examining how social virtual reality may be used to support SBIRT training, the presentations range across many fields and come at these different health problems from a variety of perspectives: theoretical frameworks, qualitative research, descriptive research, all with a focus on understanding and changing behavior. We have more information and the presentations themselves available on the site. { read more }

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