INTERVENTION & EVALUATION RESEARCH

CURRENT PROJECTS

Clergy Health Initiative

The Duke Clergy Health Initiative began in 2007. Its mission is to understand and improve the holistic health of United Methodist clergy in North Carolina. The Initiative has developed, conducted, and tested 3 interventions, including an intervention targeting metabolic syndrome and depression tested with over 1,100 clergy in a randomized controlled trial design. The Initiative includes a longitudinal panel survey on health and well-being conducted in 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016, as well as a mixed methods study seeking to determine how some pastors sustain high positive mental health. Recent work has focused on analysis and dissemination of intervention results, positive mental health findings, and contributions to the literature on the interplay between physical and mental health and spiritual well-being.

National Evaluation of Quality of Child Care in El Salvador

The primary aims of this four-year study are: 1) to evaluate the effects of an educational intervention by WCI on caregivers and children in child development and child protection centers in El Salvador; and 2) to convert the WCI-QCUALS quality of child care assessment tool into an electronic application to strengthen its capacity for monitoring and evaluating the quality of care in diverse settings.

Community Resources for Education and Wellness (CREW)

CREW will provide a continuum of substance use screening, education and treatment services and wellness promotion for individuals living with HIV and minority MSM and transgender women regardless of HIV status. 

Tough Talks

This study will further refine and enhance Tough Talks, a virtual reality disclosure intervention for HIV-positive young men who have sex with men, and develop a full-feature version to test via a multi-site study.

Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program (AP3)

This initiative utilizes an evidenced-based, best practice intervention to reduce teen pregnancy, STD and HIV among youth in Craven County, NC. Knowledge and behavior is measured at base line and three months after program is initiated.

Addressing Stigma Among Black MSM in a Mobile Phone and Internet HIV Intervention

This study assesses how young black men who have sex with men (YBMSM) are utilizing an online social support platform to address the multiple stigmas they face in their daily lives.

Building and Sustaining Interventions for Children (BASIC)

The BASIC project aims to evaluate the scaling-up of task sharing the delivery of mental health care for orphaned children in Bungoma County, Kenya. More specifically, it will investigate suggestions from previous studies that partnering with two government sectors, education and health, could be a low-cost and sustainable strategy to implement Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) in this population.

mHealth-Assisted Conditional Cash Transfers to Improve Timeliness of Vaccinations (MINT)

This ongoing project evaluates the feasibility and efficacy of an innovative mHealth-supported multi-tiered conditional cash transfer program as a means of overcoming barriers to timely vaccinations in Tanzania.

Sabbath Living Evaluation

Sabbath Living is an intervention, designed and conducted by Blessed Earth, to teach and encourage United Methodist clergy in North Carolina to set apart one day a week for spiritual and recreational activities. The Center is evaluating the intervention using mixed methods. We will compare the positive mental health and spiritual well-being outcomes (primary outcomes), as well as depression and anxiety outcomes (secondary outcomes) between two groups of clergy: 1) clergy who attend a Sabbath Living workshop and proceed to engage in Sabbath-keeping, versus 2) clergy who attend a Sabbath Living workshop and do not go on to engage in Sabbath-keeping. We will also examine the potential explanatory pathway of social support.

Prepared, Protected, emPowered (P3): A PrEP Adherence App for YMSM

This study will refine and test the efficacy of a mobile phone app that uses social networking and game mechanics to improve PrEP adherence among young men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women (TW).

Test Rehearsal: A Virtual Reality Intervention to Maximize the HIV Testing Experience for YMSM

This study is developing a virtual reality intervention to increase HIV testing uptake among adolescent men who have sex with men (MSM) by providing realistic character-driven scenarios that allow youth to actively experience the HIV testing process.

mHealth for Better Routine Immunization Data in Honduras

Vaccinations are a highly cost-effective public health intervention. They prevent over 2.5 million childhood deaths each year. Partnering with Clinica Esperanza and Offices of the Secretariat of Health Roatan, Bass Connections team members are developing an mHealth intervention to identify and reach under-immunized or unimmunized children.

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