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San Francisco Health Investigators

Grant Website

www.ucsf.edu/sep

Audience

High school students and their communities.

Subjects Addressed

Public health, vaccine preventable diseases, antibiotic resistance, with additional topics addressed in later years of the grant award.

Project Description

San Francisco Health Investigators (SF HI), will use a community-based participatory research model to provide authentic research experiences for high school students, the majority from backgrounds underrepresented in the sciences. Over the course of the project, 100 urban public high school students will be immersed in research projects that have the potential to directly benefit the health of their communities.

Resources for Sharing

Each year, SF HI will focus on a specific health topic. For each topic, we expect to develop: 1) valid and reliable instruments with accompanying scoring guides and exemplars for use by the public health and health education communities; 2) research-based health messages tested for effectiveness in diverse communities through a randomized controlled study design; and 3) research findings describing the knowledge, attitudes, and awareness of health topics among adolescents and young adults (ages 15-21) from diverse backgrounds.

Dissemination Strategies

Health messages will be disseminated via the web, in high school and college wellness centers, through the NIH SEPA community and other networks. Results on the public understanding and awareness of health issues will be published in peer-reviewed journals.

Abstract

San Francisco Health Investigators (SF HI), developed and led by the Science & Health Education Partnership at UC San Francisco, will use a community-based participatory research model to provide authentic research experiences for high school students, the majority from backgrounds underrepresented in the sciences.

SF HI will:
1) Develop a community of high school Student Researchers who will conduct research into health issues in their communities, study how adolescents respond to health messages, create new health messages informed by this research, and study the broader impacts of the materials they develop.

2) Partner with educational researchers to research the effects of SF HI on the high school student participants and the impact of the materials on the broader community.

3) Disseminate those materials shown to have the greatest impact nationally.

4) Publish results on the public understanding and awareness of health issues in peer-reviewed journals and other forums to inform and advance the field of public health.

The SF HI model is designed to leverage students’ cultural and technological knowledge and their social capital in the role of Student Researchers as they study the awareness, knowledge and attitudes about current health issues in their communities. It will have a broad range of impacts. Over the course of the project, 100 urban public high school students will be immersed in research projects that have the potential to directly benefit the health of their communities. These Student Researchers will design health messages informed by their social, cultural, and community knowledge and by their research results. They will collectively survey more than 8,500 community members – their peers, neighbors, and attendees at public gatherings to assess the effectiveness of these materials. Student-developed materials will be distributed broadly via the web, high school and college wellness centers, the NIH SEPA community, and other networks – thus these materials have the potential to reach over 1.5 million adolescents and young adults over the life of the project.

Additional Info

Publications

There are no publications yet from this project.

Evaluation(s)

The evaluation plan for San Francisco Health Investigators includes front-end, developmental research to inform the project design (year one) and instrument design (annually), ongoing formative assessment, and a final summative evaluation. Throughout the project, evaluation is integrated with the research agenda to realize a complete description of the project’s outcomes and the programmatic structures that contributed to those outcomes.

San Francisco Health Investigators /grants/san-francisco-health-investigators R25 OD020244 High School students CA 2015 07/15/2015 03/31/2020 University of California, San Francisco 100 Medical Center Way
Woods Building
San Francisco CA 94143-0905 Center for Science & Health Education Partnership PI SMITH REBECCA LAUREN PhD 415-514-0588 rebecca.smith@ucsf.edu OTHER CONTACT NIELSEN KATHERINE M MA, MS (415) 502-5137 katherine.nielsen@ucsf.edu www.ucsf.edu/sep http://www.ucsf.edu/sep

High school students and their communities.

Public health, vaccine preventable diseases, antibiotic resistance, with additional topics addressed in later years of the grant award.

San Francisco Health Investigators (SF HI), will use a community-based participatory research model to provide authentic research experiences for high school students, the majority from backgrounds underrepresented in the sciences. Over the course of the project, 100 urban public high school students will be immersed in research projects that have the potential to directly benefit the health of their communities.

Each year, SF HI will focus on a specific health topic. For each topic, we expect to develop: 1) valid and reliable instruments with accompanying scoring guides and exemplars for use by the public health and health education communities; 2) research-based health messages tested for effectiveness in diverse communities through a randomized controlled study design; and 3) research findings describing the knowledge, attitudes, and awareness of health topics among adolescents and young adults (ages 15-21) from diverse backgrounds.

Health messages will be disseminated via the web, in high school and college wellness centers, through the NIH SEPA community and other networks. Results on the public understanding and awareness of health issues will be published in peer-reviewed journals.

San Francisco Health Investigators (SF HI), developed and led by the Science & Health Education Partnership at UC San Francisco, will use a community-based participatory research model to provide authentic research experiences for high school students, the majority from backgrounds underrepresented in the sciences.

SF HI will:
1) Develop a community of high school Student Researchers who will conduct research into health issues in their communities, study how adolescents respond to health messages, create new health messages informed by this research, and study the broader impacts of the materials they develop.

2) Partner with educational researchers to research the effects of SF HI on the high school student participants and the impact of the materials on the broader community.

3) Disseminate those materials shown to have the greatest impact nationally.

4) Publish results on the public understanding and awareness of health issues in peer-reviewed journals and other forums to inform and advance the field of public health.

The SF HI model is designed to leverage students’ cultural and technological knowledge and their social capital in the role of Student Researchers as they study the awareness, knowledge and attitudes about current health issues in their communities. It will have a broad range of impacts. Over the course of the project, 100 urban public high school students will be immersed in research projects that have the potential to directly benefit the health of their communities. These Student Researchers will design health messages informed by their social, cultural, and community knowledge and by their research results. They will collectively survey more than 8,500 community members – their peers, neighbors, and attendees at public gatherings to assess the effectiveness of these materials. Student-developed materials will be distributed broadly via the web, high school and college wellness centers, the NIH SEPA community, and other networks – thus these materials have the potential to reach over 1.5 million adolescents and young adults over the life of the project.

Publications

There are no publications yet from this project.

The evaluation plan for San Francisco Health Investigators includes front-end, developmental research to inform the project design (year one) and instrument design (annually), ongoing formative assessment, and a final summative evaluation. Throughout the project, evaluation is integrated with the research agenda to realize a complete description of the project’s outcomes and the programmatic structures that contributed to those outcomes.

Community-based participatory research, student research projects, high school