Our Projects

ETR can support your organization or project in numerous ways to best fulfill your goals. Whether you need short-term capacity-building assistance, customized trainings, program evaluations, full-scale research projects, technical assistance clearinghouses, or high-quality print and digital resources, we can help. Please review our core competencies to learn more about our areas of expertise.

ETR's multidisciplinary teams are committed to the highest standards of quality in their respective fields.

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Adolescent Preventive Health Initiative (APHI)

Adolescent Preventive Health Initiative (APHI) is a CDPH-driven initiative that strives to improve access, utilization, and quality of adolescent preventive healthcare statewide. The collaborative framework that drives, guides, and sustains this initiative focuses on enhancing communications, coordination and collaboration across CDPH programs and with external stakeholders engaged in promoting adolescent health priorities in California. ETR’s YTHI is a key partner in this effort with the main task of developing the framework and building a communications platform to facilitate cross-sector and cross-program collaboration.

Evolve: A National HIV E-Learning Training Center

ETR is one of 17 organizations awarded a grant under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) new program, PS19-1904: Capacity Building Assistance for High-Impact HIV Prevention Program Integration. The program is designed to support the proposed new federal initiative, Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America, by strengthening the capacity and improving the nation’s HIV prevention workforce.

In the Know

Funded by the HHS Personal Responsibility Education Innovation Strategies Program (PREIS), In the Know (ITK) combines existing, in-person, group-based, comprehensive sexual health education with wraparound digital technologies. This enables reinforcement of key messages and skills while providing real-time information and referrals to local services and resources. In partnership with Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco and Fresno Economic Opportunity Commission (EOC), the team implements youth-centered health design methodology to develop curriculum and web-based wraparound technologies that focus on four main areas: sexual health and contraceptive use, healthy relationships, educational and career development, and life skills.

LIYT (Leadership + Innovation + Youth + Technology)

The goal of this project is to stimulate and support youth- driven and youth-centered innovation for increasing access and utilization of HIV prevention, testing, and treatment services by identifying, supporting and co-creating solutions with youth living with or affected by HIV. Selected participants will receive a mini grant of up to $5000.

This is a 12-month mentorship innovator program that connects youth to health and tech professionals to co-build and harness their wisdom, resilience and creativity to be authentic in their work.

Oregon Reminders

Oregon Reminders

Oregon Reminders is a mobile health (mHealth) program that provides a private, secure way for people to set their own health reminders, created in partnership with the Oregon Health Authority.

By visiting OregonReminders.org, Oregonians can sign up for reminder messages and health tips via text, email, or voice messages. Oregon Reminders is free and confidential. Users can easily customize the frequency or content of their reminders to suit their medical needs. In 2020, Oregon Reminders will offer condom delivery and content in Spanish. YTH Initiative has led this work since 2012. YTH Initiative manages the content development, message dissemination, and marketing efforts for Oregon Reminders.

PrEPTECH

PrEPTECH

PrEPTECH, an online program and research study, is an integrated tech approach to increasing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) uptake among young gay and bisexual men. In 2012, the US Food and Drug Administration approved daily oral pre-exposure prophylaxis medication to prevent HIV infection in high-risk individuals, which offered a unique opportunity to curb the rising incidence of HIV infection in high-risk groups, particularly among young men who have sex with men (YMSM).

Working closely with the community, YTH co-designed the PrEPTECH online web program to support the uptake and adherence of PrEP, while allowing users to bypass many of the barriers related to stigma, discrimination, and access. The multisite study aims to evaluate the PrEPTECH online program, and provide important PrEP access and care to a variety of community members including young gay and bisexual men, adolescents and transgender women.

About Us: A Healthy Relationships Program for Vulnerable Youth

About Us: A Healthy Relationships Program for Vulnerable Youth

ETR was awarded a Personal Responsibility Education Innovative Strategies Program grant from the Family & Youth Services Bureau to refine and evaluate a relationships-based program called About Us. About Us is an innovative intervention that draws on developmental neuroscience principles to support young people in exploring and developing healthy romantic relationships and using condoms and highly effective contraceptives if having sex. ETR has partnered with the California School-Based Health Alliance to implement About Us in school-based health centers located in rural or suburban counties in California with large Hispanic populations. The evaluation is being conducted by Dr. Eric Walsh-Buhi and his team from the Graduate School of Public Health/ Institute for Behavioral and Community Health at San Diego State University. 

AIM 4 Teen Moms

AIM 4 Teen Moms

ETR is serving as external evaluator of CHLA’s adaptation of Project AIM for teen moms. AIM 4 Teen Moms is an individualized intervention for teen moms age 15-19 with one child between the ages of 1 and 7 months. It includes 7 one-on-one sessions in the teen’s home and 2 group sessions. The evaluation is an individual level randomized controlled trial that includes a baseline, 12-month, 24-month, and 36-month survey administered via an audio computer assisted interview (ACASI). ETR successfully recruited 950 teens for participation in the study. The 12-month follow-up rate was 85% and 24-month is running at more than 80%.

All4You! and All4You2!

All4You! and All4You2!

ETR was funded by the CDC to develop, implement and evaluate All4You!, a 2-component intervention (behavioral skills and community involvement/service learning) for youth in alternative schools with a high rate of sexual risk behaviors. The program was successful in reducing selected sexual risk-taking behaviors at 6 months.

With funding from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, ETR developed, implemented and evaluated the individual and combined effects of interventions that featured a skills- and norms-based curriculum, All4You2!, and/or service learning. The study involved youth in continuation schools. Results show modest short-term impacts of the skills-based curriculum, but not the service-learning or the combined service-learning/curriculum intervention.

Amaze

Amaze

AMAZE harnesses the power of digital media to provide young adolescents around the globe with medically accurate, age-appropriate, affirming, and honest sex education they can access directly online—regardless of where they live or what school they attend.

AMAZE also strives to assist adults—parents, guardians, educators and health care providers around the globe—to communicate effectively and honestly about sex and sexuality with the children and adolescents in their lives.

CDC Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) Professional Development Project

CDC Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) Professional Development Project

ETR coordinated and developed capacity-building services for 27 CDC-funded non-government organizations (NGOs) serving a range of constituents, including juvenile justice providers, service providers to runaway/homeless youth, and state and local education agencies. In collaboration with DASH staff, ETR developed and conducted a comprehensive needs assessment process to inform an annual calendar of CBA events, in the form of multi- and single-day trainings, roundtable discussions, webinars and workshops addressing both content and functions.

CDC Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) Programs That Work

CDC Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) Programs That Work

ETR, in partnership with CDC-DASH, spearheaded the first national “Programs that Work” initiative, which built the capacity of state and local education agencies (SEAs and LEAs) to disseminate and institutionalize HIV/STD evidence-based interventions (EBIs) and other health education programs. This work included training and technical assistance on EBI selection and implementation, as well as policy and environmental elements necessary for adoption and institutionalization, including gaining stakeholder buy-in and developing infrastructure needed for effective implementation and sustainability. This program reached all 77 funded SEAs and LEAs and provided training to over 250 school districts nationwide.

CDC Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) Survive Outside

CDC Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) Survive Outside

ETR provided national capacity-building assistance for staff in alternative schools, homeless youth organizations and juvenile justice to implement evidence-based and evidence-informed HIV/STD prevention and sexual health promotion practices and policies. The project worked at the policy level by assisting sites in educating stakeholders and providing training to staff who work directly with youth, and also facilitated linkages between youth and sexual health services, particularly youth-friendly HIV/STD testing. The project reached nearly 20,000 high-risk youth in hundreds of juvenile justice facilities and alternative schools from 25 states, and trained staff from 106 agencies who then conducted training events for community stakeholders.

CDC Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention Capacity Building Project

CDC Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention Capacity Building Project

ETR built and managed the Capacity Building Resource Center (CRC), an online resource designed to facilitate communication and collaboration between the CDC-funded Capacity Building Assistance (CBA) providers and CDC’s Capacity Building Branch (CBB) key staff, with the goal of improving the delivery and effectiveness of HIV prevention services provided to the nation’s workforce who serve populations at risk for HIV. The interactive, password-protected website allowed CBA Providers access to timely CDC news alerts and documents related to public health and included a resource library, webinars, CBA provider directory and e-learning courses. Center staff coordinated and archived monthly CBA Network calls; ensured quality of materials through review, assessment and approval by CDC; and completed a yearly assessment of current and future TA needs for CRC services.

Community Impact Solutions Project (CISP)

Community Impact Solutions Project (CISP)

ETR’s Community Impact Solutions Project (CISP) works to strengthen the capacity of the HIV workforce to plan, implement, and sustain community high-impact HIV prevention interventions and strategies. We support prevention with HIV positive individuals, high-risk negative individuals, and Organizational Development and Management to community-based organizations. CISP applies a blended learning approach driven by the Adult Learning Theory to ensure all CBA is effectively addressed in this way.

DASH Professional Learning Collaborative (PLC)

DASH Professional Learning Collaborative (PLC)

ETR was awarded a 5-year contract to provide training and technical assistance (TTA) support for professional development (PD) and capacity building assistance to DASH-funded State Education Agencies (SEA) and Local Education Agencies (LEA) in order to strengthen the approaches required under the 1308 cooperative agreement. We have named this contract the DASH Professional Learning Collaborative or PLC for short. The PD team at ETR is referred to as the PLC Core Team.

Digitally Blending HIV Prevention for Heightened Impact (Blended RTR or BRTR)

Digitally Blending HIV Prevention for Heightened Impact (Blended RTR or BRTR)

In this Phase I SBIR project, dfusion with its research partner, Education Training and Research (ETR), will establish the technical merit and feasibility of producing and using a “blended” learning version of Reducing the Risk: Building Skills to Prevent Pregnancy, STD and HIV (RTR) for 14-18 year olds. A modernized delivery model will be used that capitalizes on recent trends, such as blended learning and technological advances to enhance students’ motivation and perceived relevancy, yielding stronger and more lasting impact. The Blended RTR prototype will use a flipped classroom approach and include traditional RTR classroom-based activities and new transposed online activities (InstaRTR activities) to be completed by youth as online assignments, outside of the classroom.

Draw the Line/Respect the Line

Draw the Line/Respect the Line

ETR collaborated with the University of California, San Francisco Center for AIDS Prevention Studies on an intervention study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health called Draw the Line, Respect the Line. The study involved the development, implementation and evaluation of a culturally appropriate HIV-prevention intervention aimed at middle school youth, with a special emphasis on Latinos. Results suggest the intervention was successful in delaying the onset of sexual activity among boys as well as improving most psychosocial variables measured.

Evaluations of Promising Prevention Programs and Coordinated School Health Programs

Evaluations of Promising Prevention Programs and Coordinated School Health Programs

ETR provided rapid evaluation technical assistance to agencies funded by the CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health to implement innovative health programs, including nutrition, physical activity and HIV prevention programs. Staff worked with selected sites to provide assistance in the development of evaluation plans, data collection, data analysis and synthesis, and dissemination of findings.

Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) National Training & Technical Assistance Provider for PREP

Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) National Training & Technical Assistance Provider for PREP

In partnership with RTI, ETR provided training, technical assistance and annual meeting planning services to support the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) grantees. ETR was a lead technical advisor to over 100 state and tribal agencies and community-based organizations funded by FYSB to educate young people toward preventing pregnancy and STD via implementation of evidence-based sexual education programs. Staff designed and delivered both online and in-person trainings and technical assistance to increase knowledge and skills to implement and sustain PREP.

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