Category: FAQ

FAQ: What are Professionals Saying about RAAPS?

We have the good fortune of working side-by-side with some of the most incredible professionals working with adolescents in a variety of settings, such as middle and high schools, hospitals, health clinics, school-based health centers, juvenile centers, university dorms, and state and national youth serving organizations.

Check out the top five things professionals are saying about RAAPS!

  1. 1.  “I used to dread coming up with a way to discuss at risk behaviors. The RAAPS gives me a way to not only bring it up, but identify risky behaviors that warrant intervention.”
  2. 2.  “Since using the online version, I receive more “risky” answers than when I was verbally asking.”
  3. 3.  “Organized in a way that is easy to review and counsel on risk behaviors. Online version allows for tracking to be used for future needs assessments and targeting adolescents for group discussions.”
  4. 4.  “RAAPS puts sensitive topics right out on the table for discussion and helps teens feel more comfortable discussing topics that impact greatly on their overall health.”
  5. 5.   “RAAPS is an easy way to assess for a range of behaviors that would be difficult to ask about in a more open-ended format without taking a great deal of time.”

Share your success story about using 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. We would like to invite you to share your story in a virtual networking session – over a cup of coffee. But since we can’t get together “live”, you can submit your success stories in the “Tell Us Your Story” tab on the RAAPS homepage.  We’ll email you a $5 Starbucks card as a small token of appreciation for your time and your stories will be shared in future RAAPS communications (anonymously of course) for others to learn from and be inspired by.

Here is to an inspirational week!

FAQ: In What Format is the RAAPS Survey Available?

RAAPS is available in paper as well as a web application.

If you are interested in obtaining the paper version of RAAPS, you must complete contact information and agree to the copyright disclaimer. You may NOT place the RAAPS into an electronic system nor distribute the RAAPS to other colleagues or agencies, but may direct them to the RAAPS website for access. A paper version of the RAAPS survey is available for download.

However, the web application will directly improve your efficiency and effectiveness in your practice!  You can access the web application of RAAPS on all web enabled devices, including mobile devises.  Did you know that it has been found that adolescents taking surveys electronically answer questions more openly and honestly? 

The web-based application is the same survey as the paper-based version, however it is packed full of these additional features:

  • – Professionals can electronically document the counseling they provide
  • – Comprehensive reporting capabilities, not available in most electronic health record systems
  • – Data can be examined at both an aggregate or individual level, depending on need
  • – Data on risk behaviors can be examined over time, both as an aggregate and individually
  • – You can securely track and send referrals from the RAAPS within your professional network
  • – Adolescents with reading difficulties can listen and respond to the questions through an audio option (English as well as other languages available)
  • – RAAPS is available in the web application in a variety of languages with the completed survey appearing in English for professional review
  • – Upon completion of the questions, health messages specific to the adolescent’s identified risk behaviors will appear on the screen for the adolescent to review. These messages can be viewed for professional use when discussing survey responses with the adolescent and can be printed and given to adolescents as individualized health education

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FAQ: How is Confidentiality/Security Maintained?

Have you used the online RAAPS system and wondered how the security and confidentiality of your data is maintained? There are some key things you should know about how data is stored in our web system.

1.  Adolescent names are never stored in the system, only a registration number.

2.  Clinic users only have access to the data from their own clinics.

3.  The adolescent survey is a separate area of the RAAPS system application, so adolescents have no access to any part of the RAAPS system other than the survey question pages.

All access to the RAAPS web server is secured against eavesdroppers with industry standard SSL. The web server is secured with PHP, MySQL, and SSL encryption in order to host the RAAPS system.  Possibilities for Change has partnered with Rackspace to power RAAPS risk behavior screening tool in a safe, secure, and compliant hosting solution. Please click here to learn more about hosting security details.

Contact us with any questions you may have about how confidentiality and security is maintained.

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FAQ: How Does RAAPS Meet Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Standards for Adolescent Care?

RAAPS is a vital part of the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) vision for adolescents.  PCMH models envision healthcare that is focused on the needs of patients. Did you know that RAAPS meets NCQA key components of PCMH?

The RAAPS meets NCQA PCMH Key Components of….

1.  Enhance Access and Continuity

RAAPS is time-efficient, electronic and a web-based application.  It is age appropriate and youth friendly.

2.  Identify and Manage Patient Population

RAAPS is part of the comprehensive health assessment.  Data from RAAPS can be easily accessed to remind patients of services needed for preventative care related to risky behaviors.  You can easily monitor trends, set program goals and evaluate the effectiveness in reducing risky behaviors.

3.  Plan and Manage Care

RAAPS is evidence-based identifying risk behaviors contributing most to the leading causes of morbidity and mortality among adolescents.  It screens for unhealthy behaviors (related to nutrition, physical activity, injury and violence, sexual behaviors), substance abuse and mental health.

4.  Provide Support and Community Resources & Track and Coordinate Care

RAAPS offers an electronic referral and tracking mechanism which may be used across the health care continuum.

5.  Measure and Improve Performance

RAAPS pre-populated reports measure adolescent preventative care needs and effectiveness of care provided to reduce risky behaviors.  Data can be stratified by vulnerable populations to assess disparities.

To access detailed information about how RAAPS meets NCQA key components of PCMH, view this document on our webpage. Contact us with any questions you may have about how RAAPS can further meet your patient centered medical home needs!

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FAQ: How Can I Use Data Generated from my Clinic’s Reports to Improve the Care Provided to our Adolescent Population?

Using a survey to track behaviors and risk reduction can assist professionals in monitoring risk and behavior change over time, similar to the monitoring of weight or blood pressure. Early risk identification can assist in tailoring specific preventive education counseling and intervention programs that are geared to meet the specific needs of each adolescent population. If rates of nutritional deficiency, sexual activity or depression are particularly elevated in a select population, special attention could be directed to these issues with appropriate health education materials placed in waiting and exam rooms.

Try these free resources for teen risk behaviors to place in your classroom, exam or waiting room:

  • –  ACOG’s Tool Kit for Teen Care: Resources on a variety of issues from alcohol use, depression, STIs and violence.
  • –  US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Adolescent Health Talking With Teens Website
  • –  TeensHealth is a website that is a safe, private place for teens who need honest, accurate information and advice about health, emotions and life.

High-quality data can contribute to the efficient and appropriate use of limited resources and the eventual reduction in health risk behaviors.  How will you start to use your data?

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