Native VOICES: Adapting a video-based sexual health intervention for American Indian teens and young adults using the ADAPT-ITT model
Craig Rushing, S.; Gardner, W.
American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research 23(1): 24-46
American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth experience disproportionate rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Despite their need for culturally appropriate sexual health interventions, few evidence-based programs have been designed for or rigorously evaluated with AI/AN youth. The primary goal of this study was to adapt a video-based HIV/STI intervention for AI/AN teens and young adults (15-24 years old) living in urban and reservation settings. To capture the heterogeneous experience of AI/AN youth, as well as the viewpoints of adult stakeholders, formative research activities were carried out in collaboration with three geographically dispersed communities in the Pacific Northwest using focus groups and key informant interviews, following the ADAPT-ITT model. Based on participants' feedback, the team produced a culturally tailored intervention toolkit containing a Users Guide, the Native VOICES video, condom and dental dam demonstration videos, and a selection of condoms and dental dams. Forthcoming analyses are evaluating the effectiveness of the Native VOICES intervention with AI/AN youth living across the U.S.