November 2000

Grant Results

SUMMARY

The New Jersey Collegiate Consortium for Health in Education in conjunction with Rutgers, The State University, New Brunswick, N.J. developed a manual on safe sexual health practices for college students, covering topics such as the prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, and the use of alcohol and drugs in the context of sexual relationships.

The New Jersey Collegiate Consortium for Health in Education serves as a resource for HIV/AIDS education for institutions of higher learning in the state of New Jersey.

This project was initiated when a survey of consortium members revealed that most prevention programs and materials are geared toward high school students, and there was a lack of college-specific materials and effective prevention programs.

Key Results

  • Consortium members conducted a literature search and review to identify strategies and resources for creating effective interventions for a college audience. The review revealed that there is a dearth of well-evaluated programs and little is truly understood about what and how college health programming changes student behavior.
  • The consortium assembled an advisory board — which included undergraduate students, college administrators and health educators and academic researchers (for a roster of members, see the Appendix) — to review 50 program ideas.
  • About half of the program ideas were approved for publication in the completed manual, More Ways to Go: Sex-Positive Strategies and Resources for Creating a Healthy Campus Environment.
  • Three thousand copies of the manual were published in September 1999, and 2,500 copies have been distributed nationwide to higher education administrators, faculty, staff, and students.

Funding
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) supported the project with a grant of $47,825 between July 1997 and September 1999.

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THE PROJECT

The New Jersey Collegiate Consortium for Health in Education serves as a resource for HIV/AIDS education for institutions of higher learning in the state of New Jersey.

This project was initiated when a survey of consortium members revealed that most prevention programs and materials are geared toward high school students, and there was a lack of college-specific materials and effective prevention programs.

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RESULTS

  • Consortium members first conducted a literature search and review to identify strategies and resources for creating effective interventions for a college audience. The review revealed that there is a dearth of well-evaluated programs and little is truly understood about what and how college health programming changes student behavior.
  • The consortium assembled an advisory board — which included undergraduate students, college administrators and health educators, and academic researchers (for a roster of members, see the Appendix) — to review 50 program ideas.

    The ideas were generated by the literature review and mailings and listserve postings to more than 600 individuals and national organizations. The advisory board evaluated each idea against four criteria:
    • Its potential effectiveness in building the skills of the target audience.
    • Its potential effectiveness in engaging the target audience.
    • How easily it could be replicated.
    • How much the reviewer liked the program overall.
  • About half of the program ideas were approved for publication in the completed manual, More Ways to Go: Sex-Positive Strategies and Resources for Creating a Healthy Campus Environment. The manual is divided into two sections:
    • Section one provides specific activities and programs that can be used in a range of settings on a college campus.
    • Section two addresses the broader campus environment and is divided into three chapters:
      • Chapter I offers suggestions for reaching students with HIV prevention messages.
      • Chapter II provides ways to integrate discussions of HIV into academic coursework and service learning activities.
      • Chapter III provides an overview of two prevention programs that illustrate the best principles of HIV prevention and education.
  • Three thousand copies of the manual were published in September 1999, and 2,500 copies have been distributed nationwide to higher education administrators, faculty, staff, and students.
  • The consortium has also established relationships with relevant national organizations to facilitate further distribution of the manual, including the American College Health Association and the American Association of Colleges and Universities.

    Training sessions for college students were not held as originally planned, but material from the manual was incorporated into two previously planned three-day workshops for professionals on risk reduction. About 30 people were trained at each workshop.
  • A draft of the manual was distributed for pilot testing at a statewide conference of college students, the New Jersey Peer Health Education Retreat, held on April 9–12, 1999.

    Because the process of developing the manual was more complicated than expected, consortium staff did not have time to conduct a planned project evaluation. According to the project director, an informal evaluation will be conducted through questionnaires distributed in June 2000. The project team also plans to continue promoting the manual and distributing copies of it, as well as creating an online version.

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GRANT DETAILS & CONTACT INFORMATION

Project

Development and Dissemination of a Safe Health Practices Manual for Use at Institutions of Higher Education

Grantee

Rutgers, The State University (New Brunswick,  NJ)

  • Amount: $ 47,825
    Dates: July 1997 to September 1999
    ID#:  031918

Contact

Fern Goodhart
(732) 932-7710
goodhart@rci.rutgers.edu

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APPENDICES


Appendix 1

(Current as of the time of the grant; provided by the grantee organization; not verified by RWJF.)

Project Advisory Board

Sourri Baetjer
Health Services Director
Raritan Valley Community College
Somerville, N.J.

Catherine Charlton
Dean of Students
Rutgers University
New Brunswick, N.J.

Joel Hummer
Student
Rutgers University

Marilyn Keener
Chair
Health Science Department
Middlesex County College
Edison, N.J.

Shannon O'Brien
Student
Rutgers University

Lillian Rivera
Health Educator
Planned Parenthood
Plainfield, N.J.

Kelly Sakai
Student
Rutgers University

Tina Sebekos
Dean of Special Services
Rutgers University
New Brunswick, N.J.

Reza Shahrokh
Faculty Member
Health Professions, Physical Education, Recreation, and Leisure Studies
Montclair State University
Upper Montclair, N.J.

Christine Shesler
Health Educator
Madison Health Department
Madison, N.J.

Sheila Trapp
Hyacinth AIDS Foundation
New Brunswick, N.J.

Louise Yohalem
Director of School-Based Health Services
Plainfield School District
Plainfield, N.J.

Ellen Zaltzberg
Coordinator of Sexual Health Education
Rutgers University
New Brunswick, N.J.

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BIBLIOGRAPHY

(Current as of date of this report; as provided by grantee organization; not verified by RWJF; items not available from RWJF.)

Books and Reports

Lewis D (ed.). More Ways to Go: Sex-Positive Strategies and Resources for Creating a Healthy Campus Environment. New Brunswick, N.J.: New Jersey Collegiate Consortium for Health in Education, 1999. 3,000 copies printed; 1,800 copies distributed.

Presentations and Testimony

Deborah Lewis, "Safer Sex Strategies," at the New Jersey Peer Health Education Retreat, April 9–12, 1999, Branchville, N.J.

Deborah Lewis, "Safer Sex Strategies," at the Health Education Risk Reduction Workshop, conducted by the New Jersey Collegiate Consortium for Health in Education, June 9, 1999, Sewell, N.J.

Deborah Lewis, "Safer Sex Strategies," at the Health Education Risk Reduction Workshop, conducted by the New Jersey Collegiate Consortium for Health in Education, November 8, 1999, Newark, N.J.

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Report prepared by: Robert Crum
Reviewed by: Susan G. Parker
Reviewed by: Richard Camer
Program Officer: Pamela S. Dickson

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