Month: August 2013

Gearing Up for a New School Year!

While teens are still soaking up the last few days of summer break, parents and guardians are gearing up for a safe and successful beginning of school year.  A new school year brings a rush to your local doctor’s office or school-based health center.  As you are prepping for sports physicals and well-child checks, join us in celebrating immunization awareness month and read up on the 2013 recommended immunizations for children and teens from 7 through 18 years old.  As we know, teens can develop risks for other diseases as they get older and protection from childhood vaccines begins to wear off.

Check out these immunization resources for all audiences:

  •  – For parents — A resource for parents to contemplate the reasons to vaccinate
  • –  For teens — A great resource for teens to learn how to discuss vaccinations with their parents
  • –  For clinicians — Activities and resources to promote vaccinations in your clinics
  • –  For parents and teens — Use this interactive quiz to find out what vaccinations are needed for adults and teens

Don’t forget!  This is also the perfect time to also implement RAAPS and effectively screen teens for their risky behaviors!  RAAPS has the technology that teens respond to, and that integrates with your existing practice workflow. It was made for you! RAAPS was developed in a medical practice by a clinician who faced the same challenges with screening adolescents that you do every day. RAAPS is the only standardized, validated adolescent risk screening tool made just for your needs.

The beginning of the school year is the best time started with RAAPS so you can have one full school year to identify and track risk trends and prove your outcomes and effectiveness.   Contact us today to learn more!

Here’s to a great new school year focusing on reducing risks for teens!

Blog Series: Success With RAAPS

We all know that the best way to improve practice and inspire each other in our work is through sharing stories of tackling tough topics, identifying hidden risks, and making a difference.  Take a moment to learn from one of your peers…

Read our latest RAAPS success story:
An 8th grader came to the clinic for an acute visit. He disclosed having problems with peers in school. Upon completion of RAAPS, he revealed that he thought he might be gay and did not have an adult who he could confide in. The review by the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) allowed him to express his feelings and fears of others knowing.  Furthermore, the FNP was able to discern and assess the anxiety presented and connected him to the clinic social worker.  This led to him connecting to further positive support systems.

Do you utilize RAAPS and have a story you would like to share?  Please continue to send in your experiences and share your story.  You can access this feature on our website in the “Tell Us Your Story!” tab on the right hand side.   Your stories will be shared in future RAAPS communications (anonymously of course) for others to learn from and be inspired by. We believe the best of best practices come directly from our peers!

Your Back-to-School Checklist: 5 Fast Facts

We hope you are still enjoying barbeques, the beach, and basking in the sun.  But, it is almost “that” time again…back-to-school!

The beginning of the school year – with the rush of sports physicals and last minute vaccinations – is the perfect time to implement RAAPS and effectively screen teens for their risky behaviors.

RAAPS has the technology that teens respond to, and that integrates with your existing practice workflow.

Since it is still summer, and you’ve got important stuff to do – we’ll keep it short. Here are 5 fast facts (you might not know) about RAAPS.

  1. 1.  It was made for you. (Literally.) RAAPS was developed in a medical practice by a clinician who faced the same challenges with screening adolescents that you do every day. RAAPS is the only standardized, validated adolescent risk screening tool made just for your needs.
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  2. 2.  Still using GAPS for teen risk assessment? RAAPS will save you about one hour every time you give the survey. (And you’ll get the same results – we’ve got the studies to prove it.)
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  3. 3.  It’s not you it’s them. Research shows teens are more honest with technology than in face-to-face interviews or paper surveys.  RAAPS technology makes it easy for you (cloud-based, no installation) to get real with teens. (Real risk data; real connections; real behavior change.)
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  4. 4.  In just the last year, the number of practices using RAAPS increased by 149%Curious what they know?
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  5. 5.  Summer is the perfect time to get started. Just in time for physicals.  And if you get started with RAAPS now, you’ll get one full year of data for the next school year. That’s data you can use to identify & track risk trends, prove your outcomes & effectiveness for PCMH and quality-based reimbursements, and/or to apply for more grant funding!

So give us a call…just as soon as you get back from the beach.

Learn more about RAAPS by visiting our website.  You can also reach us via email or by calling 1-855-pos4chg (767-4244).