The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA

5005.0: Wednesday, November 13, 2002 - Table 6

Abstract #39184

Interactive CD-ROM training for prevention providers

Lisa Carella, BS, CHES and Erin Hrubi, BS. Health Education, National Health Promotion Associates, Inc, 141 South Central Avenue, Suite 208, Hartsdale, NY 10530, (914) 421-2525, lmcarella@nhpanet.com

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to develop and test a prototype teacher-training CD-ROM for an effective, competency-enhancement drug abuse prevention program.

Abstract: While significant progress has been made in developing effective research-based approaches for drug abuse prevention, little attention has been devoted to the importance of developing accessible and affordable training technologies, specifically multimedia educational software. The prototype CD-ROM combines the latest research concerning effective drug prevention programs with technologies and effective training methods to combat current high rates of adolescent drug use in the United States.

Methodology: The interactive CD-ROM provides teachers with the knowledge, skills and behaviors necessary to successfully and confidently deliver a research-based, drug prevention curriculum to their students. In order to determine the feasibility, acceptability, and efficacy of using CD-ROM technology in training prevention providers, the prototype was subjected to focus group testing. Focus group participants consisted of teachers and prevention providers that had attended a live-training workshop. The overall purpose of the focus groups was to ascertain qualitative data on the CD-ROMís credibility, effectiveness, and ease of use in school and at home.

Results: The procedure for developing the CD-ROM, demographic data and focus group themes will be presented. The findings will be used to direct the future development of a complete CD-ROM product.

Learning Objectives:

Keywords: School-Based Programs, Training

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

Roundtable Discussions on Issues in Tobacco Control

The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA